The Enemy

Satan can influence one’s thought processes. He is, for instance, indicted for blinding the minds of the unbelieving (see 2 Corinthians 4:3-4), and he darkens their understanding (see Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:17-19). He and his demons can communicate false doctrine (see 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Galatians 1:8; 1 Timothy 4:1; 1 John 4:1-3). Satan is credited for prompting Ananias to lie to the Holy Spirit (see Acts 5:1-3), for moving David to consider his own strengths when he numbered the people of Israel (see 1 Chronicles 21:1-2), for inspiring Peter’s resistance to Christ’s statement about His impending death (see Matthew 16:23), for putting it in the heart of Judas to betray Christ (see John 13:2), for inspiring worldly wisdom rooted in jealousy and ambition (see James 3:14-15; 4:7), and for leading minds away from devotion to Christ (see 2 Corinthians 11:3). Spiritual warfare is based on deception: Satan is indeed the father of lies. (John 8:44).


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