CONFRONTING THE ENEMY WITHIN
PART 4 of 7
An excerpt from Chapter 5 in David Orton's book,
"Snakes in the Temple: Unmasking Idolatry in Today's Church"
“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ”
2 Cor 11:2-3 NIV
"The mind – the battlefield of the enemy
Paul knew that the mind is the battlefield of the enemy –
“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ”.
It is the place where the serpent’s cunning leads the child of God astray. Through deceitful mental processes Satan takes ground and establishes “strongholds”. Consequently, he explains to the Corinthians,
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world (flesh). On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension (every deceptive fantasy and every imposing defence, JB Phillips) that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Cor 4, 5 NIV, emphasis & parenthesis mine)."
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