What Is the Meaning of the Devil’s ‘Workshop’ or ‘Playground?’
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When you understand the true meaning of the word ‘idle,’ then the concept of the devil’s workshop or playground makes a lot of sense. Who is the one who plots evil? Who is the one who very intentionally uses words to do harm and cause damage? That person is the devil himself. Consider these two verses:
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. – John 8:44
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. – Ephesians 6:11
in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. – 2 Corinthians 2:11
The Bible refers to the devil’s schemes. There are two different words for schemes used in these verses:
Methodeia (from Ephesians) is a predictable (pre-set) method used in organized evil-doing (well-crafted trickery).
We get the word ‘methods’ from this word.
Noéma (from 2 Corinthians) is defined as a mental perception, an evil purpose, or thoughts that you think.
What we learn from these verses is that the devil has thoughtful, purposeful methods that are devised from within his own mind. He literally sits and plots evil to happen in the lives of people—especially the people of God. He looks for ways to try to bring you down.
When a person sits and plots evil against another person or tries to tear them down with their words, then it’s one of the ways an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Should this happen, then what Jesus said in John 8:44 becomes true—this person wants to carry out their father’s (the devil’s) desires.
The definition therefore of the ‘devil’s playground’ is the place in a person’s mind where they are influenced to plot evil or some other sinful activity.
With this background in place, knowing that an idle mind can be the devil’s workshop, how then do you guard your mind?
When Satan attacks he usually attacks the mind. There is good reason for that, because we know the actions you take first begin with thoughts in your mind. Satan looks for little footholds or entryways to gain access to your mind. We have to learn how to shut those doors and keep them closed. Here are 5 doors to be keenly aware of:
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