In psychology there is a famous researcher named Ivan Pavlov. He did some famous experiments with dogs. His theory is called classical conditioning. A quick synopsis:
Every time a bell rang the dog was fed. So, the dog would associate the sound with food and start to drool (even before seeing the food). Just the sound of the bell was enough to get Pavlov the desired response.
I’ve been thinking about how I’ve allowed Satan to use the tactic on me. Satan knows that he can’t stop God’s plan. On the other hand, he knows that he can condition my response. If I become so familiar with his tactics that I never change my response then I’m at the mercy of my mortal enemy. He wants me to expect the same things..discouragement, depression, confusion, delay. Instead I should do what he least expects. Do I expect Satan to ring the bell? Of course I do. He is going to attack because it’s his job. But, once he has done it, do I fight back or do I retreat? My ability to recognize the ways he comes to attack me is greater than the drooling dog. If I recognize the things he does to get a response out of me then it’s my job to react differently. Recently I faced some familiar challenges. I saw him coming, I knew what he wanted me to do, but I messed up Satan’s experiment. My mind has been reconditioned and my response is not the same. I’ve decided to bite the hand that keeps pretending to feed me.
In what familiar ways has Satan been attacking you? How will you respond next time he comes?
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 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; 2Co 10:3-5(KJV)