In the first several chapters of Numbers, the tribes of Israel were strategically set up around the tabernacle. God had called 603,500 men to be warriors outside the tabernacle, because of the tremendous warfare that often took place.
Today, there is also a tremendous warfare that Satan wages against the mind. Unless the mind is being redeemed, quickened by God’s Word and made entreatable by the Holy Spirit, the mind is sick. “The whole head is sick and the whole heart faint” (Isaiah 1:5b). Satan deceives Christians in every area he can, and often gets away with it because many do not keep an eye on themselves through self-examination (2) without condemnation.
Satan attacks unbelievers by blinding their minds so they cannot see the light of the Gospel (3). With believers, he continually tries to darken their understanding and separate them from the life of God (4). He is very subtle in how he does this, but it is true that he is waging war against all Christians who are bearing fruit. We must realize this and do as the psalmist did by crying out to God to teach us to war. “Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight” (Psalm 144:1).
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