There is a battle going on, but it’s not out in the heavenlies. The battle is in your mind. Paul warns us against Satan’s ‘wiles’ in Ephesians 6:11 – his lies, cunningness, and craftiness – because that’s all he’s got. He has no power and no authority except that which we give him. All he has is deception. So how does Satan try to deceive us? But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (2 Cor 11:3). Satan’s aim is to corrupt our minds from simple, childlike faith in Christ. “In other words, he tries to make us think that the Gospel is harder than it really is”. He complicates and confuses things and does whatever it takes to distract us from Jesus. The best antidote to Satan’s deception is the truth. It’s knowing the Truth that sets people free. “I wage spiritual warfare over a city or a country by sending in the truth!” Many believers think they have little to no power and that Satan has plenty. They’re wrong on both counts. Yet in their ignorance and unbelief, they re-empower a disarmed enemy. Read your Bible, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you (Rom 8:11). Satan, on the other hand, was defeated around 2000 years ago. Jesus made an exhibit out of him in a public show! (Col 2:15). If that strikes you as over the top or a bit much, then you need to value what Jesus has done more and you appreciate what He’s given you: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Eph. 1:3).