Satan is a master manipulator of the emotions. We must realize that Satan is actually powerless in and of himself, his only real power is that which we give him when we give into his lies and manipulations.
“They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.” – Jonah 2:8
Our Spirit and our Flesh or always at war with each other (Galatians 5:17) The spirit wants what’s right, whats moral, humble, selfless, and obedient to the will of God, where as the flesh wants what’s pleasing to itself, whats selfish, prideful, and displeasing to God. These two are at war and what they are fighting over is the soul. This is the battlefield of the mind and understanding it can help you recognize the enemies tactics in this war, stop falling for them, and start walking in victory rather then defeat.
You see the soul is really our emotions, and Satan, the spirit of error (1 John 4:6) and father of lies (John 8:44), will tell you anything (from hurtful lies to deceitful flatteries) to gain control of you’re soul (or emotions), that your flesh might follow it and by proxy, his manipulative will. The Spirit, on the other hand will lead you into all truth (John 16:13), power, and victory through Christ Jesus. You must recognize this tactic and put both the flesh and the soul in submission to the spirit, that both your emotions and actions be led by the Spirit. Christians are to be led by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, not by emotions or the lust of the flesh. Satan’s biggest tactic is to lie to, overwhelm, and manipulate your emotions so that your flesh will react. Stop, recognize the tactic, and kill it. Choose to let your spirit rise up and not your flesh, and you will move from defeat to victory.
This is what Jonah did in the belly of the fish. Here he was eaten alive, sitting in the dark, in the depths of the sea. He was in a pretty dire situation and his emotions began to take over him. Then all of a sudden he realized the vanity of his complaining, worrying, and wrestling with God’s will and how it was stealing God’s mercy away from him. He chose to stop giving his emotions control over his flesh and chose to let his Spirit take control over his emotions, and thus his flesh by proxy. In that moment when his rebellious defeated complaining shifted to thankful submissive praising, the atmosphere changed and he was delivered.
“The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God. When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord. And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.” – Jonah 2:5-10
Do as Jonah did and choose to stop letting the devil manipulate your emotions. Choose to stop listening to his lies and fears. Choose to seek, praise, and trust God. Choose to let your emotions be led of the Holy Spirit rather then letting your emotions lead you. Choose to see the vanity of fighting God’s will and choose to trust it instead.
“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (physical), but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” – 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – Romans 12:2