In my last blog, I described, based on the word schemes from 2 Cor 2:11 the devil as a determined and focused traveller –
Who is heading in one direction, towards a specific destination with three things on his mind: rob, steal and destroy.
That destination is our mind and I am likening it to a military HQ. If the HQ goes then the army is defeated and the territory that’s at stake, in this case our whole life, is handed over to the victor. This in essence, is what the battle for Eden which was Project Cultivation, was all about. Satan was after the delegated territory and all the authority, rule and splendour that came with it and this is what he offered Jesus in the wilderness!
Satan gain access to all of it by infiltrating Adam and Eve’s HQ, their minds and he used two major weapons which he still uses today to gain access to their & our minds, HQ – deception and lies!
The soul has a three-fold make up – mind, will and emotions. What I refer to as the thinker, chooser & feeler! It is helpful to place the will, aka the chooser in the centre of the three because it reveals to me that Satan will try to influence my thoughts and feelings, so as to get me to choose, i.e. act. It is through my actions that I can and will give place to the enemy and yield the authority and power I already possess. Cf Jn 14:30 & Eph 4:27.
This is his ultimate aim, to take the authority and power we have invested in us and use it against us!
In Eden, Satan presented an image and a thought which created a mood in Eve which she then acted upon and Adam joined in and the rest as they say is history. Satan’s methods have not changed and so he presents to our imagination and our thinker, images which are really outcomes – “you’ll be like God!” As soon as we focus on the images and thoughts, corresponding feelings are formed and attached, and as Ecclesiastes 4:12 says; a three-corded strand is not easily broken.
The accumulative effect of image, thoughts and feelings; are a difficult trio to break, so it is vital to not be ignorant of his methods, and demolish images and take captive thoughts. I am also learning that any feeling or mood has its roots in someone’s thinking and will have attached images and is designed for me to act out or move toward the outcome(s) being presented.
God or Satan cannot just walk through the door of our HQ, they both have to use the same system and they both know that the HQ is strategic to their outcomes – “I have come that you may have life, in abundance until it over flows. The thief comes to rob steal and destroy!” Jn 10:9&10
The Father decided from the outset to fill the earth with His Eden project and central to all this filling of the earth were Adam and Eve. They and us were not created as passive but proactive partners, through whom God intended to fill the earth. In Genesis 6:13 this filling the earth through men and women dynamic is clearly spell out –
“for the earth is filled with violence because of them!”
All the resources of Eden, all the authority and the power to exercise these resources were delegated to Adam and Eve, to God’s co-workers. What was delegated was then abdicated by the surrender of the HQ’s by Adam and Eve.
The great news, of the good news, is this – that in Christ, we are back in the place of authority and power. In fact, we have more authority and power than Adam and Eve. See Phil 2:10.
Father’s creation mandate, to fill the earth with Eden is still valid and through Christ we have been given free access to the resources of the king of kings and His kingdom. These resources can and will become our realities, as we exercise faith and confront the works of the Devil, as Jesus did. Cf Jn 14:12 & 1 Jn 3:8
Satan is a determined traveller but in Christ he is a stripped, disarmed and defeated one. Col 2:15 And through the abundant provision of grace and the gift of righteousness, we have the right and the might, to rule and reign in life! See Roms 5:17.
That right to reign includes exercising authority over our imagination, thinking and emotions. All of our HQ!
There’s a war on and in Christ we are super conquerors and nothing and no one can separate us from His love or snatch us from His hands. Deception and lies are the only weapons Satan as in his arsenal. So, let’s not be ignorant of his schemes? Let’s proactively guard our HQ because the stakes are high. Very high indeed!