In the Complete Jewish Study Bible, 2 Cor. 10:3-5 reads,
“For although we do live in the world, we do not wage war in a worldly way; because the weapons we use to wage war are not worldly. ON the contrary, they have God’s power for demolishing strongholds. We demolish arguments and every arrogance that raises itself up against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah.”
How you think will determine how you live. The devil understands this principle better than most Christians. This is why he works so hard to tell us lies and throw thoughts of doubt into our minds so we fail to be all who God has destined for us to become.
If the devil can get you to accept a lie or any of his other crazy thoughts, he then has succeeded in making you unsure and unstable. The Bible declares that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. The devil is out to keep you double-minded with the hopes of making you confused, unstable and defeated.
How do we overcome this? The way to overcome the work of the enemy is to...
1) Take authority over the negative thoughts by rebuking them in Jesus' Name
2) Fill your mind with the Word of God on a consistent basis
3) Leave no space for the lies of satan by meditating on the Word of God day and night. This means you speak the Word and quietly whisper it though out your day so that it becomes a part of your memory.
You have to pulled out the sword of the spirit (the Word of God) on a daily basis so that you whipped the devil’s butt with it. When the devil says, “you are weak,” you must say “I am strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.” (Eph. 6:10)
When the devil causes you to fear, you must say “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes came upon me to eat up my flesh, they all stumbled and fell.” (Ps. 27:1,2)
If the devil says, “if you get on this plane, it’s going to fall and you will die.” Your response must be “devil, I have some thoughts for you. The Lord is going before me. The blood of Jesus is over me. The everlasting arms of God are under me. And His goodness and mercy are behind me following me all the days of my life." (Now this is how you fight!)