The Unseen War - The Devil is Real

Women look at their men (who are thinking silently) and assume they're meditating deeply about an important issue (the one he's been talking or not talking about). But what the men are really wondering is.....Is there any pizza left in the refrigerator?

We just do not know what going on in there.  In fact the statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you. But seriously, we are in a battle for our thoughts and those thoughts can either make us or break us.

Don't give into wrong thinking

If we give into the wrong thoughts (and there are plenty of them) our actions soon follow, and then come consequences. 

A wife begins to feel not so pretty any more after her 3 children, and her husband is not as affectionate as he used to be.  She has this thought,

“Hey I deserve better than this.  I have worked hard and I am not too old yet.  I bet somebody will think I’m pretty.”  

And sure enough with in a week some man at work begins to pay special attention to her.  One thing leads to another and before you know it ……. It’s an affair. 

How did it happen?  Where did those thoughts come from?  The enemy of our souls, Satan. 
Now if you have grown up in a semi-intelligecia community, speaking on the subject of the devil can be relegated to superstition.  You know like chupacabra.  Fairly tales and the like are filled with stories of evil entities, and some people throw the Bible in that same group.

Dr. C. S. Lewis, graduate of Oxford, professor at Cambridge, and once atheist who became a Christian, said this about the devil:
 
"There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight."
 
The apostle Paul told the church at Corinth to beware of Satan’s thought-out plans (2 Cor. 2:11) 

"...in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes."

The apostle Paul said that Satan could think and plan (to scheme), and that it is possible for him to  trick us and take advantage of us. He also said we need to not be in the dark when it comes to understanding how he works. And so it is.  People who go blindly through life acting like there is no spiritual war going on are either a set up for destruction, or they are already in the enemy’s camp.

Be aware that Satan can talk and communicate thoughts. 

Matthew 4:3 says,

"The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."

Jesus had come from his baptism where He heard God the Father say, "You are My Son in whom I am pleased.”   In the garden of Eden, Satan also questioned God’s integrity by asking Eve, “Did God really say….” And, "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:5)
 
Challenging God’s authority and integrity with questions is Satan’s strategy.  Like the woman we mention earlier.  The enemy whispers, “Did God really say you could not flirt?   God just wants to make you unhappy and take away what little pleasure you deserve.  You deserve better!”

Yes, there is a war going on.