Do we open a door for the enemy when we believe a lie? Have you ever believed something negative spoken over you? For instance: “You’re accident prone!” “Cancer runs in your family!” And in the back of your mind, you believed that it is true. Are there any areas in your life that something like this was said or you said it about yourself? How about this lie: “You’ll never get ahead in life!”
Before Satan can get us to fall or sin, he has to get us to believe a lie!
Genesis 3:1 – Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (That is the opposite of what God said in Genesis 2:16.) He really said: “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; (Verse 17) “but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Satan said it negatively and God said it positively. Genesis 3:2 – And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; (Verse 3) “but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, “You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.”
Eve wasn’t lying, she was just giving her interpretation of what she thought God had said because she wasn’t even there when God had spoken this to Adam.
Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. (Verse 5) “For God knows that in that day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
This was the first lie Eve had ever heard. She didn’t know what a lie was, because there’s only been her, Adam, and God, and neither of them had ever lied. The serpent comes along and he knows the only way he can get Adam and Eve to sin is for them to believe a lie. This is the only way Satan gets access to our lives. The lie always contains a “little truth.”
Satan told Eve, “In the day you eat, your eyes will be opened…” In verse 7, after they had eaten the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, “Their eyes were opened!”
However, they were like God before they ate the fruit and were like the devil after they ate the fruit. Remember when Satan came to Jesus? He said, “If” You are the Son of God…” He did the same thing with Adam and Eve that he tried to do with Jesus.
In Genesis 4:7, God is talking to Cain and says, “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” Who is the author of sin? Satan! So Satan is laying at the door. So don’t open the door and let Satan in your life. There are three ways that we open doors and allow Satan to come in:
1) The Sins That We Continue
Any sin that a person continues in, that they persist in, that is habitual, opens the door to the enemy. James tells us that if we practice lawlessness, we are of the devil. Continuing in sin is a wide-open door.
In Matthew 18, Jesus tells a story about a man that’s forgiven, but he won’t forgive his fellow servant: Matthew 18:32 – “Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. (Verse 33) ‘Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ (Verse 34) “And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. (Verse 35) “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”
If we keep unforgiveness in our lives, we have an open door to the tormentors to come in and torture us in our lives. Sounds pretty scary, doesn’t it? Well, Jesus is the One that said that is exactly what will happen.
2 Corinthians 2:10 – Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, (Verse 11) lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.
When we keep unforgiveness, Satan now has access to our lives. Unforgiveness was just one example of a way that gives Satan an open door into our lives – unforgiveness is continuing in sin – refusing to forgive.
2) The Words That We Speak
Proverbs 18:21 – Death and Life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. If you speak death, it will produce fruit and you will “eat it.” If you speak life, it also will produce fruit and you also will eat what it produces. Speak life!
However, let me be clear about something: We do not have creative power with the words we speak as some TV preachers have said. But we do have the power to “agree” with the Creator, who brings life. The destroyer, Satan, brings death. What we speak either opens a door for God to come in or it opens a door for the enemy!
Proverbs 6:2 – You are snared by the words of your own mouth; you are taken by the words of your mouth.
But, can words that we speak bind us and can words that we’ve said or words by people spoken over us, be broken?
Numbers 30:1 – Then Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes concerning the children of Israel, saying, “This is the thing which the LORD has commanded: (Verse 2) “If a man vows a vow to the LORD, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.
(Verse 3) “Or if a woman vows a vow to the LORD, and binds herself by some agreement while in her father’s house in her youth, (Vers 4) “and her father hears her vow and the agreement by which she has bound herself, and her father holds his peace, then all her vows shall stand, and every agreement with which she has bound herself shall stand.
(Verse 5) “But if her father overrules her on the day he hears, then none of her vows nor her agreements by which she has bound herself shall stand; and the LORD will forgive her because her father overruled her.
We can say things that bind us, but we can also have someone who has the spiritual authority to break those words that were spoken. The father in this passage had spiritual authority over the daughter. We bind ourselves by our own words, but they can be broken in the name of Jesus Christ! What was spoken can be “overruled!” If we don’t break the negative things that have been spoken over us, then those words stand and open a door for the enemy.
3) The Thoughts That We Think
Proverbs 23:7 – For as he thinks in his heart, so is he… If you think all the negative things that have been said over you is true, then it will continue. If you dwell on it in your heart then it will more than likely come to pass. John 8:32 – “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” So, if the truth sets us free, what does a lie do? Puts us in bondage!
Do you remember when Moses sent 12 spies into the Promise Land and two brought back a good report and ten bad reports? Numbers 13:32 – And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it were men of great stature. (Verse 33) “There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants), and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
Because they thought they looked like grasshoppers in their own sight they became grasshoppers in the enemy’s sight. Do you think that Satan doesn’t know the way we see ourselves? Sure he does, by what we say out loud and tell other people about ourselves.
Keep in mind that there is always some truth to the lie from Satan” The truth about what they saw was there were really giants in the land. But the kingdom truth is, “God loves to kill giants!” Giants are no problem for God. The lie in the story is that they believed they were merely grasshoppers. However, they were men, soldiers.
How do you see yourself as a believer? Are you victorious in Jesus Christ? Here is a way to know if you have believed a lie from Satan or not; If it doesn’t shock you. What is normal for the world, is not normal for the kingdom. For instance; If you’ve believed your accident-prone, then it’s not going to surprise you when something happens. If you think cancer runs in your family, then it’s not going to surprise you when you get that diagnosis.
If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have been adopted into a new family – the family of God! If what is being said doesn’t shock you, then you have believed a lie straight from the enemy.
Once you figure out the lie, “The Truth will set you free!”