Resist the Devil by Thinking God’s Thoughts

On our sojourn to the Eternal City, the New Jerusalem, we are to overcome many road blocks and hazards along the way. These are imposed and green lighted by our Father. He knows that our struggles against our adversary Satan will strengthen and fortify us and prepare us for kingship, which is His plan and purpose, after all.

God has authorized us to overcome Satan. He said, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Before we came to Christ, we were children of selfish darkness. We overcame the sin in our lives by coming to the cross and letting our old sinful self be “crucified with Christ.” And by belief in His literal bodily resurrection, He has raised us up to spiritually walk in “a newness of life.” HalleluYah! A wonderful freedom!

But that is only the first few steps of our walk with God. Satan is still around, trying to invade our minds with improper thoughts. He still “comes against us” by trying to direct our thoughts into retaining false concepts. Therefore, we are encouraged to “bring every thought into captivity unto obedience unto Christ.”

Those called and chosen are locked into a battle of the minds. Will we conquer, defeat and destroy every thought that comes against God’s plan? Will we search and destroy the vestiges of the carnal mind within us? When we receive Christ’s Spirit, we receive a new spiritual beginning. But in the Holy Land of our minds, thought-nations reside; they must be destroyed like Joshua and the Israelites were directed by God.

These are selfish little thought-nations; they are fearful little cowards that say, “The giants are too big. We cannot be like Christ. Nobody can.” These dastardly little beliefs have remained in the Holy Land of our minds, and they must be conquered and annihilated. We are to “bring every thought into captivity.” Studying His word will give us the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, and will enable us to do battle.

There is a fight, a war that is waged against Satan. Much war imagery is used by the early apostles to describe what we are going through. But it is this very struggle with evil that strengthens us spiritually. We grow as we overcome Satan and the negativity that pervades his agenda.

In the parable of the tares, if the workers pulled up the tares, which are the evil ones, it would root up the good wheat and disturb their growth. So the Lord of the harvest told His servants to not gather up the tares. “Let both grow until the time of the harvest.” The children of God need to grow in the presence of the evil ones. Prematurely up-rooting them would impede the spiritual growth of the elect. This is why in God’s plan that evildoers inexplicably prosper while the righteous suffer. It is because the wheat needs the evil ones in order to grow and overcome and become stronger. The children of God have to suffer at the hands of the evil ones. These are the sufferings of Christ—our temptations and over comings (Matt. 13: 24-30, 36-43).

This is what helps us to grow as we overcome. The sons of God, the elect, need things to forgive so that His divine nature can mature within us. We need battles to win. We need the sick to heal and the dead to raise. By overcoming Satan, we grow into the manifested sons and daughters of God.

So how do we overcome the devil and all his wiles? First we have to learn just who and what he is. We need to know his purpose and the source of his power. And through our entire enquiry, let us remember that his power has limits. Why? Since Satan flees from us when we resist him, then he does not have unlimited power. Righteous resistance thwarts his attacks.

And God has provided us a way to resist. It is clear cut and to the point. The Spirit writing through His apostle Paul tells us to put on the armor of God. “Take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm” (Eph. 6:13-18 NASB). We resist the devil by arming ourselves with “the same mind that was in Christ” (I Peter 4: 1). When meditated upon, the armor fills our mind with the same thoughts that Christ our example thought upon. The literal armor represents aspects of God’s vision and plan to fulfill His purpose. His armor is spiritual, clothed in thoughts—Christ’s thoughts. As we exercise all aspects of the armor, we will resist the devil by standing against him and for God.

The devil works through our mind. We are, after all, led by our thoughts. We then must repent of our old thoughts and think God’s thoughts. The armor of God is an array of His thoughts, likened to parts of armor, both offensive and defensive. Thinking these thoughts allow us to resist the devil: truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, and prayer. But they must be free from old leaven teachings in order to be effective.

To more efficiently fight Satan, we need to know just who he is and for what purpose the Creator has loosed him on the earth.     Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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3 responses to “Resist the Devil by Thinking God’s Thoughts

  1. Ruth M

    Thank you Wayne – such an important message and timely for me in particular as I wrestle with my thoughts regarding a betrayal of someone important to me.

    I love the imagery you use to show us the result of thinking God’s thoughts. Another cool image I read somewhere was that as we take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, we are in essence building a spiritual altar where we place our flesh as a living sacrifice. At some point Yahweh will accept that offering and consume our flesh, leaving only the spirit, or God’s thoughts, nature, LIFE! So blessed to be on this journey together with all who are with me in spirit.

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