We may be strong believers, some of us even may have word of knowledge, some prophecy – whatever the gift is, are we exempt from giving the enemy a foothold? Are we even allowing the enemy in our prophetic utterances?
This post is a continuation of ‘It all starts with the mind‘. God wants us to submit our plans to HIM, submit the analysis of the mind to Him and that He will make all paths straight. What happens when our minds aren’t submitted to His Wisdom and His perfect plan?
We looked at Peter getting a revelation from the Father one minute and the next minute thinking through his mind (to protect Jesus from harm despite Jesus saying this was going to happen) which gave Satan a foothold to enter him and speak through him.
Judas was greedy, full of covetousness, money minded. He objected to Mary pouring pure nard on the feet of Jesus:
“Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages/” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it – John 12:4-5
Satan was able to enter Judas (Luke 22:3, John 13:2) to betray Jesus for a good amount of silver as he had already given a foothold over the years of ministry! Then Satan entered Judas again at the last supper as he took the bread. So Jesus told him to do what he was about to do quickly (John 13:27). Another incident of greed giving a foothold: Peter asks Ananias how Satan had so filled his heart that he had lied to the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3).
We also read of God asking Satan who had just returned from going to and fro the earth whether he hadn’t considered His servant Job who was a righteous man. So we see God allowing Satan to test them. In fact Jesus told the disciples that Satan had asked to sift them as wheat and that His prayer was that Peter’s faith would not fail and when he turns back that he would strengthen his brothers (Luke 22:31).
David wasn’t where he was supposed to be – it was spring time when all the kings went to war. David however stayed back and sent his men. He then idled…. his eyes wandered and he saw Bathsheba bathing. David found out who she was and despite knowing she was married he had her brought to her. From the sin of idleness stemmed out the sin of lustful glancing to adultery to scheming to murder! His idleness gave the enemy a foothold to lure him! If he had been where he should have been, if he had been doing what he should have been, he could have possibly avoided giving the enemy the room to lure him!
Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel and as a result of it Israel was punished (1 Chronicles 21:1).
We also read of Jesus’ parable – of how Satan snatches the word that was sown into people who are like seed along the path (Mark 4:15)! If the seed isn’t sown into solid ground, it gives the enemy the grounds to snatch the word away!
We need to seek God’s discernment to know whether the sheep is bound by Satan like the daughter of Abraham kept bound for 18 years (Luke 13:16). Likewise we need to seek God’s discernment to discern the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Married couples are told not to deprive each other than for a time so that they may devote themselves to prayer. They are clearly told to come together again so that Satan won’t tempt them (1 Corinthians 7:5).
Yet another area that we are being cautioned in:
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil – Ephesians 4:26,27.
We need to also remember that Satan attempted to tempt Jesus Himself in the wilderness! If he could try that, how could we possibly be exempt from it?
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour – 1 Peter 5:8
Don’t despair if you have already given the enemy a foothold – you have the victory in Christ.
“Deception is the glue that makes every stronghold stick. Identify the lie at the root of your defeat. Once you identify the lies, go to Scripture and find opposing truths. Write them out, confess them daily, believe Jesus. You WILL break free” – Beth More, Twitter Talk
Put on the Armour of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) and also forgive anyone who has caused you grief “in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes” (2 Corinthians 2:11). God tells us to forgive one another for our sins to be forgiven. Who are you holding back on from forgiving today?
Often we try to think with our own mind and through doing this we give the enemy a foothold. Even prophetic utterances can be tainted with our analysis adding head and tail or perhaps subtracting from the message as a result of it too! How often do we try to hinder God’s plans in our own lives as well as in others trying to ‘safeguard’ them from ‘harm’ as we think of it as harm whereas God could be preparing them through the experience. Of course we are specifically told to seek justice and righteousness and stand up against oppression – so where people are being victim to those things we shouldn’t cop out with ‘minding my own business’. However trying to shield ourselves or other people from pain that God is allowing for a purpose is something we need to be careful about – to refrain from being a vessel to the wrong hands! In every situation, we need to SUBMIT our minds, our earthly wisdom to Him and discern His plans and ways for each and every situation.
Spending more and more time in relationship with the Father, being still at His feet and getting to know Him and His ways and His heart is vital to discern and also to be able to increasingly submit our minds! The outcome is the Fruit of the Spirit – patience, self control, goodness, kindness… Then as our minds are submitted to Him they can discern God’s perfect and pleasing will for our lives!
- Are you spending much intimate time with the Father without any expectations of ‘blessings’?