The Battle for Our Minds
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
INTRODUCTION: Satan desires to control our thought life. We must beware of the ''mind bender''. Is a bad thought a sin? ''Temptation is Satan looking through the keyhole of your life and desiring to come in.'' A backslidden Christian is artillery in the hands of Satan aimed at the heart of God.
I. SATAN'S DESIRE. v.5
The devil wants your mind. He had rather get you to think wrong then to do wrong. The thought is the father of the deed.
Romans 8:7, ''Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.''
ILLUSTRATION: Take Noah's generation Genesis 6:5, ''And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.''
Proverbs 23:7a, ''For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he...''
It was satan's desire in the beginning to get God's creatures to question His truth. ''Hath God said?''
Satan's desire is to steal the glory that belongs to God; ''Glory Stealer!''
In Isaiah l4:l3-l4, ''I'' is mentioned five times
II. SATAN'S DEVICES. 4a. (II Cor. 4:4)
A. Satan Blinds The Minds of The Unsaved.
II Cor. 4:4, ''In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them''
l. It commenced with self (unbelief)
2. It continues with Satan
Satan is seen in the Bible as a strong man holding captives; one must pray for them and bind the blinder.
B. Satan Corrupts The Minds of The Saved.
II Cor. ll:l3-l5, ''For such are false apostles, Deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their w ...
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