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And the spiritual controls the natural. The things, which are not seen, made the things, which are seen. We have talked about the area of our imagination. Now that there are two parts of the soul; one is the dialogismos which is the reasoning part of us. And there is another part of our soul call the dianoiawhich is the imagination, the creativity part of our soul that needs to be brought in line with the word of God. Now that is the part of the soul that satan also attacks. See when satan attacks he not only sends false ideas, he also sends false imagination. He sends false images into our dianoia part of our soul so that we could be deceived and flow with what he wants us to do instead of what God wants us to do. Satan knows that if he could control our imagination, He can control our decisions and our life. So satan actually targets his attacks and his temptation at the part of us called the imagination. All of his fiery darts that he constantly throws at us are targeted at our dianoia, which is the part of us that will respond and create images. Satan knows that if he could get our imagination, he has got us. If he could keep our imagination in bondage to him and if he could put a blueprint into us of his work of destruction, we will produce the results of the same blueprint.

So the fight and the cosmic battle over the souls of men are in the realm of the imagination. Satan will seek all he can to re-programme us to destruction. He seeks to imprint upon our minds and hearts his blueprint of destruction so that we could be programmed to function the way he wants us to function.

It all started in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3. In the passage here is the first temptation and the first attack of satan. He used the same techniques that he is still using today. And he attacks at the dianoia the same part that God wants to implant his word that programmes us onto holiness. Genesis 3: 1 onwards. Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God has made. And it said to the woman, "Has God indeed said you shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" He used words. He said did God said you shall not eat of the fruit of the garden. And Eve knew God's word to a certain extent. Eve replied to the serpent, "We may eat of the trees of the garden. But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden. God has said you shall not eat nor shall you touch it lest you die." She added to God's word. God only said you shall not eat. And the serpent said to the woman you shall not surely die. God knows that in the day that you eat of it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God knowing good and evil. Up to verse five Eve was still not defeated. She was still fighting the fight of faith with the word of God at least to a certain extent although she added a little bit about the touching part. She quoted the word. There was a battle going on and the word was being used. The devil used his own words whereas Eve used God's word.

But it is verse six that gave the problem. Look very carefully at verse six, the woman saw. Up to verse five she was still alright. But when the devil through the serpent could begin to influence and affect her imagination the battle ground began to be lost. Eve was looking at the fruit. There was an image transferred from the outside to the inside. Not the image of God. When she saw the fruit she should have an image God said don’t eat. Inside her she should see a ring of fire or something that says don't eat. But when the serpent began talking to her, a different image was being implanted in her imagination. Her imagination was being polluted and re-programmed. When she saw the fruit she saw something else.

Verse six said the woman saw that the fruit was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes - a second emphasis on the image. See how much the bible emphasized on the image that was being implanted in the mind of Eve. And desirable to make one wise.And that came from the devil. The devil said this fruit will make you wise. She began to receive the word and the word began to form an image, and an imagination. She is heading for defeat. That is how the devil attacks people today. He comes to you not directly. He does not come and just say, "Would you like to sin?" Your first answer would be "no." But he doesn’t come that way. And he paints out what he wants you to do and he makes you see it. When you see it, you want it and you desire it. He has got you. See the devil knows how to use our imagination against us. He knows how to turn it for our defeat. So we must guard our mind.

In fact the bible tells us in First Peter that says, "Gird up the loins of your mind." That word came from the word dianoia. Gird up the imagination of your mind. How do you gird up the loins of your mind? Lets turn to First Peter 1: 13. Therefore gird up the loins of your mind. That refers to your dianoia. It is the same word dianoia the imagination part of you that needs to be girded up. Otherwise your imagination will be filled with the wrong thoughts and with the wrong imagination. Gird up means to cover up. Cover up your imagination against the attacks of the enemy. Do not receive his images. Gird up the loins of your mind be sober and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. The bible exhorts us to gird up our minds looking into the revelation of Jesus Christ. Your mind is the part of you that satan seeks to defeat. If satan can get your imagination he has got you.

Today some of our problems as we go through as a Christian is because deep in our past satan through imperfect circumstances that we have been through in our life has used all of them to programme our mind for defeat. Some of us have a very poor self image. Some of us have an image of failure. Some of us have an image of defeat. Some of us have an image of rejection that satan have programmed into us. And today when you are born again, you seek to live the life of God, you hear the word of God, you know that you should walk by faith and not by sight. You know that you are an over comer and yet you are being over come. You know that you are to be healed and yet you are sick. You know that you are in prosperity and yet you are in poverty. You know that you are to be successful but you are a failure. As long as satan has an image and a stronghold in your imagination, you cannot be free physically in your action until you free your imagination from that bondage. Until you remove that wrong imagination from your heart.