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Know Thine Enemy - July 2018

When we fall to discouragement, our minds have surrendered to the devil’s lies

The Devil and Discouragement
Call to Mind – Part 2

Scripture Reading: Lamentations 3:19-26

Key Verse: Lamentations 3:21

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope

Jeremiah, in the midst of his deep discouragement, did what the Apostle Paul teaches us to do: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). These words of Jeremiah and the apostle remind us of the power of our minds. The battle that our enemy wages really starts in our minds. The devil does his best to get us focused on the circumstances that are around us. If he succeeds, we fall to discouragement.

Discouragement is the “thought” of being defeated. Discouragement is the “thought” of hopelessness. When we fall to discouragement, our minds have surrendered to the devil’s lies. Discouragement is only good for us for one reason: It can drive us to call upon our God and feel totally dependent on Him. If we allow feelings of discouragement to quickly drive us to our knees in prayer, then it has served its purpose. Once we get up from prayer, we must take captive any thoughts of discouragement. Jeremiah turned his thoughts to God’s love: “Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed” (Lamentations 3:22). What does it take to take a thought captive? It takes God’s Word—the Bible. We must have some verses close at hand to repeat—loudly—in the devil’s face!

Father, I will refuse to fall victim to the devil’s lies and schemes. I will call to mind your great love and compassion. In Jesus’ Name, amen.