Thoughts, Ideas, Entrapments, & Strongholds
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV)
But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:28)
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 10:5 KJV)
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:2-5)
The mind is the dwelling place of ALL existence. Every created thing started out in the mind of God. Everything we envision, create, and act upon starts out in our mind. The devil wants to prevent you from developing the fruits of the Spirit in your life and seeks to stunt your Spiritual growth. His only purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10), and his first attack is always towards the mind.