James 4:7 (NKJV)
"Resist the devil and he will flee from you"
It is the story of a shrub that grows up and the crows of the field come and make their place in the shrub. They actually nested in it. That was my springboard to use that metaphor in a slightly different way. I said, "The crows may come and land on the tree, which represents your mind, but you don't need to let them nest there". Thoughts are very much like those crows, they are just passing through. You filter your thoughts with faith, hope, and love and keep them moving on. That is a different way of viewing it.
Oppression from the devil may come upon your mind. You may not feel good about that oppression and if you're not careful you may feel that you have had something to do with it. Perhaps, feel a sense of responsibility for those thoughts you're having. If you have been given the mind of Christ, you can say to those thoughts, "You have nothing to do with me. I am not going to accept defeat, guilt, or self-condemnation". It has been suggested that every major bondage begins in the mind. Our scripture says resist the devil.
What is resistance? It could be ignore the thought and let it pass through, quickly forget it. One of the best ways to resist the thoughts is by doing just that. Ignore what it is, don't listen to it. Sometimes we get really busy trying to rebuke the devil every time a bad thought comes into our mind. It ends up that we begin to rebuke the devil all the time. Remember, when we turn away from something (the devil); we need to turn towards something better (God).
We are either conscious of the devil or conscious of God. We know the obvious answer to this is to be God conscious. We WIN the battle by denying the thoughts, ignoring them, and refocusing on God's word. There have been many people over the years, who have understood mental anguish and torture regarding horrible thoughts against God. Yet as they have turned to the scriptures and allowed the Word of God to prevail, much of the confusion and difficulty was cleared away. You may ask the question "How do you win this battle for your mind?" the answer is found in Jesus. He is your righteousness. He is in Heaven. He can never be removed no matter what you have done or thought. You still remain in the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus. When deceptions come, be assured that Jesus in you is causing you to be everything you need to be and all you need to do.