And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him; John 12:2
The study of the mind has baffled philosophers and scientists for centuries. They have asked questions like: What are thoughts? Can thoughts take up space in our brains? In the spiritual realm, our minds enter a different world altogether. Satan cannot read the human mind but he does have access to the mind. Where did Judas get the idea to betray Christ?
The heart or mind is the target of satanic attack. Satan will use the areas of your life that you are weakest in. We know the Word of God calls Satan, the devil, describing him as a “roaring lion,” seeking whom he may devour (I Peter 5:8.) Be sure he is involved in your besetting sin and will use his power, Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Ephesians 2:2 to frighten you and keep you from obeying God. One of Satan’s most successful tools is fear, which to a Christian is crippling.
We as Christians, need to realize that Satan has no rights in our lives. Christ’s death on the cross and His ascension to heaven won the victory over satanic forces. We can say, “No” to Satan! We can look at him as a dethroned king who keeps giving out orders and says you are his but you are not. All power and authority belong to Jesus and in His name is that power. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father Philippians 2:10-11.
Sometimes we may feel weak and helpless, but don’t let this discourage you. Your position of authority is in Christ and not in how you feel. The power of the Word of God is released when you bring yourself under its authority. Satan and his forces must flee when confronted by an obedient child of God who makes bold use of biblical truth. “...greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4)
Knowing the names of the enemy is important to the Christian in his walk with God. The devil means “accuser,” because he accuses God’s people day and night before the throne of God (Revelation 12:7-11). Satan means “adversary,” because he is the enemy of God. In Matthew 4:3, he is called the “tempter,” and in John 8:44, he is called a “murderer” and the “father of lies.” He is compared to a “lion,” a “serpent,” and “an angel of light.” In all of his names, none can compare to the name above all names, JESUS.
Thought: We cannot fight the battle in our minds and heart through our own power, no matter how strong we may think we are. God has given to us His armor to put on to assure us that our victories can outnumber our defeats. We may loose a few battles along the way, but we are promised we will win the war. We will wrestle against the kingdoms of darkness, but Scripture will be proved which says, “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4). Take courage in this great truth by putting on the armor of God and praying against Satan and his forces.