Authority in the Heavenlies, Part III

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh (for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the casting down of strongholds), casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

“Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Wherefore take up the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; withal taking up the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: with all prayer and supplication praying at all seasons in the Spirit, and watching thereunto in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:10-18)

Recently, I underwent what seemed to me like a “mass attack” on my mind. Satan was attacking me. He (or his demons) were literally “bombarding” me with all sorts of negative thoughts. They were not disgusting thoughts. They were not repulsive thoughts. They were spiritual thoughts, that I could hardly “put my finger” on.

I knew I was under attack. The only problem was, I wasn’t quite sure how to “address” this attack. I tried praying. I had no victory whatsoever. Just a continual, repetitive, bombardment of my mind, which is the primary place where Satan attacks (see 2 Corinthians 10:3-5). I tried reading the Scriptures. That helped “off an on.” For example, it helped, let’s say, for the first few minutes of reading (while my mind was diverted to the Scriptures), but then, the foothold was still there, and the battle continued to rage (in my mind).

In the morning, while doing my income taxes, as I focused getting these done, the attack subsided, and I was able to carry on as normal. While at work, as I focused on my work, and interacted with some people there, I also sensed much more relief than by either praying or reading the Scriptures. Somehow, peace came back again, and I was able to carry on with my work. But the instant I took my mind off work, the “attack” manifested itself again. Something was really “holding on,” and though momentarily it would go away, I couldn’t seem to shake it!

I went upstairs to pray. I sat down in the room and tried to “get a handle” on what was happening. For some reason, Satan had an incredible “foothold” in my mind. In some way, I felt like I was going crazy, out of my mind. But I knew I wasn’t. (You may be able to identify with this if you have or are suffering from mental disorders, which may have a spiritual origin.) Intuitively, because I was a Christian, I knew this was an attack of the enemy, Satan. What was going on? What was Satan doing? How was he doing it? How was I to shake it?

Past experience, and the Bible, told me that Satan always attacks through lies. (Jesus called him the “father of lies.”) As such, I knew that some “lying” was going on in my mind, and this was what was causing all the upset, and the definite feeling that I was “losing my mind” (though I knew I wasn’t). Though I was not immediately able to discern what exactly the lies were, I knew that Satan (or his demons) was/were sowing lies into my mind, which is his preferred method and place of attack, according to 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. That passage says that we are to “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” I knew that. I still didn’t know, however, what the thoughts were. Did I need to know?

How could I “take captive every thought,” as the Scripture says, if I could not discern exactly what these thoughts were? Well, even though I could not discern the lies “word for word” (which we sometimes can do), I was still able to conclude that lies were definitely being sown into my mind and that the attack was spiritual in nature, designed by Satan to “bring me down.” So, BY FAITH I began to counter his lies with God’s truth. Like a locksmith looking for the “secret code” that would unlock the door, I tried various combinations of “truth” to see what would work. Finally, after only about 10 seconds of trying, I came across the right words. And those words were: “I am going to be successful, I am going to do well.” When I said those words, the attack which had been prevailing against me for a long time suddenly “dropped to the ground,” even as a brick hits the floor when you drop it. No more attack. My mind was suddenly clear.

I’m not saying this is the only way to fight the enemy. But if you are a Christian and you know a battle is going on in your mind, don’t by any means think that Satan isn’t involved. The Bible says that we are fighting in a spiritual war (Ephesians 6:10-18). As such, the weapons we use are spiritual in nature, involving the use of God’s word, supplication, fellowship with the saints, prayer and praise, and — by no uncertain means — declaration of God’s truth. By declaration of God’s truth, I mean, as it is in spirit, and not necessarily “word for word” from the Bible (as long as it is consistent with the Bible). The Bible calls this the “rhema” word of God, and is used in Ephesians 6:17 when it says we are to fight spiritual attacks by using the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word [rhema] of God.” (The word here is not “logos,” commonly used in other passages to denote both the written word of God (or even Jesus Himself, when it refers to Him as the “word [logos] of God in John 1:1, but “rhema,” meaning the applied word of God).