Sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). It was through Adam that sin entered the world. When Adam sinned, he immediately died spiritually—his relationship with God was broken—and he also began dying physically—his body began the process of growing old and dying. From that point on, every person born has inherited Adam’s sin nature and suffered the same consequences of spiritual and physical death.

Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.
Job 1:7 The LORD said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.”
Job 1:8 And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?
Job 1:9 Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason?
Job 1:10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

We need to understand that for us the blood of Jesus has made us righteous and this blood and our relationship with Jesus becomes our hedge of protection. 

Eph 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
Eph 6:15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
Eph 6:16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;
Eph 6:17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
Eph 6:18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

  • 2Co 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
  • Eph 4:27 and give no opportunity to the devil.
  • 1Co 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
  • 2Th 3:3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.
  • Psa 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.

Most Christians understand that we have been redeemed from the curse (and all of it’s effects on us).
Gal 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—
It is important to understand that when we choose to conduct ourselves like those who are not redeemed and who still live under the curse .We open the door to the curse in our lives and even though we have been redeemed from it we have chosen to act as those who are not and therefore it has every right to affect us!
Here are just a few of the ways people sometimes unknowingly ‘give place to the devil”

  • FEAR Opens the Door to the enemy: [Prov. 10:24]
  • DOUBT & UNBELIEF opens the door to the enemy: [Heb 3:7-19]
  • ENVYING / STRIFE / ANGER Opens the door to the enemy: [James 3:16]
  • PRIDE Opens the door to the enemy: [Proverbs 16:18]

Jas 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.
Jas 1:14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
Jas 1:15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

OPEN DOORS: How does Satan and his demons attack us as believers?
The Bible shows four ways:
Satan incites our fleshly desires within us through the unbelieving world around us. Because of the fall of Adam every human being has a fleshly nature in him or her. That fleshly nature has fleshly desires. Those desires can result in fleshly sinful actions if we follow them.

In Gal.5:19-20 Paul describes those actions using four categories:

  • Sexual immorality, that is, sexual activities outside of marriage.
  • Idolatry, that is, false religious doctrines and practices 1 Tim. 4:1- 5 speaks of “deceiving spirits through hypocritical liars.”
  • Selfishness.
  • Destructive addictions. In Gal.5:17 Paul says that our sinful nature, our flesh, desires what is contrary to the Holy Spirit who resides in us.

1Jn 3:9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.

Notice in 1 Jn.2:15-17 **** what the world is full of which incites our fleshly desires.
1. “The lust of the flesh,“ the desires of the flesh for that which God forbids.
2. “The lust of the eyes,” the desires incited by the eyes – by looking – the world is full of things which incites our fleshly desires for the forbidden through sight.
3. “The pride of life” – the world is full of pride and selfishness that boasts how one is above all others, deserves more than others based on their abilities and achievements, looks, etc.

Ge 4:6 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?
Ge 4:7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”

A door may be opened by:

  • An Uncontrolled Tongue. Pr 15:4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
  • An Uncontrolled Imagination. (2Cor 10:4,5)
  • Sinful Habits. Examples = unforgiveness, immorality, pornography, anger, bitterness, and jealousy.)
  • Stubbornness. 1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
  • Any kind of occult involvement.  (1Chron 10:13).

You are able by the grace of God (His will and power working in you) to overcome all future attacks of the enemy.  (Phil. 2:13; Eph. 4:27, 1Cor. 10:13)

So, you CAN close the door (Philp 4:13) to the enemy by taking the following steps:

1. Put on all the armour of God and pray daily (Eph 6:10-18) – prepare for battle!
2. Understand nothing can separate you from the love of God (Rom 8:35-39, Jn 10:28 ****).
3. Cast all your cares upon Jesus because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7-9). Ask for help!

Begin House Cleaning – begin the wrestling match!

  • With God’s help, be willing to repent of (turn from) all habitual sins. Act 3:19
  • Destroy by fire all physical objects in you possession associated with the occult or false religions.  Deut. 7:25-26, Acts 19:18-19.  Some examples are books, magazines, records, Rock music CDs, tapes, videos, statues, art objects, charms and other objects of worship.
  • Destroy all personal possessions of drugs, and pornography.  Jam 1:14-15.
  • Reject all wrong thoughts and run from all temptations to sin (2 Cor 10:4-5, 2Tim 2:22)
  • Confess to God all known sins in your own life asking for His forgiveness. This is not to be born again, but to be free from Satan’s dominance in your life!
  • Tell God that you are willing to forgive everyone who has offended you and hurt you.
  • Then ask God also to forgive them.  Mt 6:12, 18:22-35, Lk 23:34, Act 7:59.
  • Yield all personal rights that you have, to letting Him take control over all areas of your life.  Rom. 12:1-2, Rev. 3:20.
  • Read, memorize, meditate upon and obey God’s Word.   Psa. 119:11, Josh. 1:8, James 1:21-22
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