The Invasion of the Body Snatches debuted in 1956. This science fiction film introduced the thought that normal human beings could be replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. In the original movie, a doctor discovers that the population of his small town is secretly being replaced. Twenty two years later, a remake features a scene change as San Francisco is under attack by clones who are swapping out bodies. While this classic horror flick put fear into the audience, Satan has his own ongoing scheme known as the invasion of the mind.
Now the serpent was more crafty (subtle, skilled in deceit) than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And the serpent (Satan) said to the woman, “Can it really be that God has said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees of the garden, 3 except the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God said, ‘You shall not eat from it nor touch it, otherwise you will die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You certainly will not die! 5 For God knows that on the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened [that is, you will have greater awareness], and you will be like God, knowing [the difference between] good and evil,” Genesis 3:1-5.
Based upon the passage above, the invasion of the mind begins by planting seeds of doubt. If your belief system begins to crumble, develop holes or fall apart, the boundaries that once kept you safe and out of trouble can disappear. When prodigal spirits are conceived within human minds, individuals will push the limits, exploring areas once forbidden by God. Every day there are reports of strange news stories, mostly embarrassing, a sign of souls looking for love in the all the wrong places. Despite this decline of morality, Satan is convincing modern people to rely on justification as a means to rationalize what the Bible calls sin.
For though we walk in the flesh [as mortal men], we are not carrying on our [spiritual] warfare according to the flesh and using the weapons of man. 4 The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ, 6 being ready to punish every act of disobedience, when your own obedience [as a church] is complete, 2 Corinthians 10:3-6.
Evidently, the apostle Paul saw disconcerting signs from a first century city. While its unclear how many people were infected, the invasion of the mind was under way within Corinth. New Christians trying to break free from previous addictions, habits and unhealthy patterns were failing, just like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. To address this concern, Paul introduces a plan to fight back against this invisible attack. Like the modern phrase “fight fire with fire,” the only way to defeat Satan is by using spiritual weapons. Fasting, prayer and worship are key to reclaiming minds poisoned by the world. Yet, the greatest asset is the Sword of the Spirit, the Bible which can be used for defense and offense. Like a spiritual fast break, good defensive praying can lead to regaining lost ground. May the reality of this invasion of the mind keep you spiritual sharp, putting of the armor of God daily to ward off evil spirits.
by Jay Mankus