WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9
“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
2 Corinthians 11:3 (ESV)
SATAN’S BATTLE FOR MY MIND
Pastor Dwight Pentecost writes, “The greatest area of sin in the believer’s life is not the area of actions but the area of thought. There is a whole classification of sins that we would have to call “sins of the mind.” What was the first sin of Lucifer? It was pride. What is that? A sin of the mind. What is lust? A sin of the mind. What is covetousness? A sin of the mind. Greed? A sin of the mind. Suspicion? A sin of the mind. Discouragement? A sin of the mind. We could go on and on. Those sins are more real to the child of God than such sins as adultery and murder and theft.
The Apostle Paul was also concerned that Satan could change our thinking about the things of God and deceive us, much like he deceived Eve in the garden. Satan tried to get Eve to question God’s Word in Genesis 3 when he said, “Did God actually say…?” That is still where a lot of us struggle today. We begin to question what God has said, and what God says is life-giving for us and what is destructive for us.
Jesus called Satan the father of lies in John 8:44. What are some of the lies you think Satan has tried to get you believe about yourself and about God? What are some bible verses that argue against the lies that Satan has tried to get you to believe?