Let me bring you into the enemy’s kingdom and the strategy of the devil. The first thing the enemy attacks is your mind. He knows that the battle is in the mind, and he knows if he can capture the territory of your mind, your thoughts, and the way you operate, he’s got you in a stranglehold. The next move he makes will be to attack your soul. This includes your mind, will, and emotions. Once he’s got a person’s soul, he will paralyze that person and bring them down to nothing. He has done this for centuries.
I believe every person has two doors in their lives. One of the doors is your mind and the other is your heart. These areas are “gateways” into your soul. God and the devil are in a battle for the doors of your life. The enemy is clever; he studies each person—their character, their personality, their bad habits, their strong points and weaknesses. Then he sets traps based on all the information he has gathered, whether that person is a believer in Christ Jesus or not. He knows how to wait for the right opportunity to open the spirit realm in your life. This is how he gets that entry point into your life.
When Jesus walked the earth, He warned us that the devil has a three-pronged mission: to kill, steal, and destroy. But then He added these precious words: “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Yes, the devil is real and very powerful, but there is someone more powerful than he: Jesus, the Son of God.
"And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies [and minds] to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." – Rom. 12:1-2 (NLT)
Doing this will keep you in the perfect will of God and out of the hands of the enemy, who wants to destroy your life. I believe that many Christians read the Word but never act on it, and the danger of this is that we leave ourselves open, unguarded, to the enemy’s devices and entrapments and to the strongholds of the Satanic world. If we want to be more than conquerors, reading the Word is not enough. Acting on the Word and applying it—mixing it with faith—will destroy the enemy’s game plan for your life.
The craftiness of the devil has trapped fallen humanity—and all of modern society—in a gross lie. So many people are tied up in the hands of this creature called the devil, and they don’t even realize it. From our earliest childhood to the end of our lives, if someone doesn’t sound the trumpet and point to the Cross of Jesus Christ, we are doomed.
– John Ramirez, author of Unmasking the Devil