2 Corinthians 10:4-5
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
We have an enemy whom Christ has defeated and therefore is simply trying to seduce or deceive us to believe and act upon what he wants us to do. Christians need to learn that every thought, idea, or suggestion contrary to God’s way of thinking that comes to your mind based on things happening around you in the natural is from the enemy. If he can get you to take these thoughts, he can seduce you or deceive you into obeying your feelings or your flesh and defeat you. If you want to win in life you better learn how to win the daily battle of the mind.
The devil through outward circumstances will suggest things for you to do that will get your mind on thoughts that will depress you or anger you, etc. Many never even realize it is happening, and next thing you know they are depressed, fearful, angry, or frustrated. It all began with a thought, idea, or suggestion from a very subtle deceiver who knows how to take advantage of our thought life. That is why the above scripture teaches us there is a battle for our mind, but we have powerful weapons that will work if we use them. Our weapons are the Words of our God.
To win this battle you have to take every thought that would lead you away from God’s peace, love, joy, and all the fruits of the spirit, and cast those thoughts down. How do we cast thoughts down? With the sword of the Spirit, which is the spoken Word of God. Every time the devil tempted Jesus to take advantage of His life He declared the Word of God. If you do not learn to take the Word of God and counter every thought that is trying to lead you away from walking in the fruit of the Spirit, you will fall prey to this enemy. God gave us the ammunition we need to win everyday, but you must speak it, casting down every contrary thought, idea, or suggestion to win in life. Use you weapons daily.