PROTECTION FROM THE DEVIL AND DEMONS
(2 Corinthians 10:3–5)
British author and Christian apologist C. S. Lewis warned the modern world of the two dangers associated with considering the devil. One error is to disbelieve in him altogether, and the other is to become overly preoccupied with him. Lewis made this observation in The Screwtape Letters, a series of fictitious epistles written by a senior devil to his protégé on exactly how to keep a human subject from becoming a victorious Christian. Outright frontal assaults on health and wealth might have their place, but the most effective way to distract and disarm a potential believer, Screwtape lectured, is in the realm of the mind.
This tactic was well known to the apostle Paul as his teaching came under attack by the enemies of God’s truth. These enemies of Christ had built themselves a stronghold of arguments and pretensions from which they were flinging fiery darts at the believers in Corinth—and at Paul.
Paul’s defense against these weapons of the mind was to encourage believers in Corinth to take their own thoughts captive and submit them to the lordship of Christ. Only then could the believers hope to determine what was true. By protecting their thoughts, the believers demolished their enemies’ strongholds in the same way that cutting off a supply channel would eventually cause a stronghold to fail. With no one to listen to them or believe them, it was only a matter of time before the false teachers would cease their rhetoric.
Believers should worry less about the devil’s reaching them than about his teaching them—with lies and false doctrine. When you learn to capture your own thoughts, you’ll learn to defeat your enemy.
God’s weapons are the only ones that give you divine power in spiritual battle.