How To Outwit The Devil
“Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven — if there was anything to forgive —I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes”
—2 Corinthians 2:10-11 (NIV)
We are engaged in a warfare—a warfare that rages and never stops. We can put on the whole armor of God, halt the evil one’s advances, and stand fast on the Word of God, but we won’t put a complete end to the war.
As long as we are alive, our minds remain Satan’s battlefield. Most of our problems are rooted in thinking patterns that produce the problems we experience. This is where Satan triumphs—he offers wrong thinking to all of us.
This isn’t a new trick devised for our generation; he began his deceptive ways in the Garden of Eden.
The serpent asked the woman, “Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1a). That was the first attack on the human mind.
Eve could have rebuked the tempter; instead, she told him God would let them eat from the trees, but not from one particular tree. They couldn’t even touch that tree, because if they did, they would die.
Eve would have recoiled and run away. He tricked her because he lied and told her what would appeal to her.
Satan promised, “You will be like God. You’ll know good and evil.” What a marvelous appeal to the woman.
He wasn’t tempting Eve to do something bad—or at least he phrased it in such a way that what she heard sounded good.
That’s always the appeal of sin or satanic enticement. The temptation is not to do evil or to cause harm or bring injustice. The lure is that we will gain something.
Eve lost the first battle for the mind, and we have continued to fight for it since that time.
But because you have the power of the Holy Spirit in your life, you can win—and you can keep on winning.
Dear Victorious God, help me resist the onslaughts of Satan, who attacks my mind and makes evil seem good. Help me to stand strong in resisting the devil always. Help me to be bold and courageous always. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.