“Doors That Open You To Satan’s Attacks”

by Roger Hicks

 

“Christ hath redeemed us (Born-again Christians) from the curse of the law (poverty, sickness, and spiritual death), being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:” (Galatians 3:13)

That being a fact, why then, are many Christians impoverished and why are many Christians sick? The Bible declares that God’s Word is “forever settled in heaven”. It also declares that God “watches over His Word” to perform it. Since His Word is a “settled fact” and God personally insures that His Word is carried out, obviously some shortcomings are keeping “His Beloved” from enjoying God’s best.

There are four primary areas or “doors” through which Satan is able to attack Christians. As we become aware of these avenues of attack, we can close those doors, and live in victory. 

“As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.” (Proverbs 26:2)

According to God’s Word, our actions (or lack of actions) sometimes result in opening the door for Satan to attack. Since the Holy Scriptures proclaim that without a cause … the “curse” (poverty, sickness, and spiritual death) cannot come upon Christians, we’d do well to recognize what those “causes” are.

1. Ignorance:

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” (Hosea 4:6)

God said that His People (Christians) are destroyed because they’re not knowledgeable concerning provisions He’s made within the Word of God. Ignorance of those provisions allows the Devil to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10)

Many Christians don’t know that demons and evil spirits are subject to Believers!

“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10: 17-20)

Jesus informed the disciples that He’d witnessed Satan being defeated and falling from heaven. He also confirmed that devils are subject to us through His name. Jesus told them that we have power over “all the power” of the enemy. Upon discovering this, the disciples became excited! While Jesus confirmed their discovery, He went on to say that the thing that we should be really excited about is … that our names are written in heaven.

2. Fear:

“For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.” (Job 3:25)

Both “Faith” and “Fear” are motivating forces. “Faith motivates God to do things for His people. “Fear” motivates the Devil to attack God’s people and gives him legal access into their lives.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith…” (1 Peter 5: 7-8)

Satan can’t devour just anybody. He has to seek (search for) someone who doesn’t know that the Devil is a defeated foe, or find someone who will give him entrance into their life … through fear, ignorance, or strife.

3. Strife and Unforgiveness:

“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves … And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” (2 Timothy 2: 24-26)

The Word of God clearly teaches that when we get into opposition with each other (strife) we play into the Devil’s hands. When we’re in strife or unforgiveness, we open ourselves to attacks from the Devil; he can take us captive at his will; and our faith won’t work.

Mark 11:25 teaches us that we must rid ourselves of strife and unforgiveness in order that God will hear our prayers and so that our faith will work.

4. Sin:

“Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:14-16)

In the fifth chapter of James, the Word of God implies that SIN is sometimes the “cause” that opens the door to sickness. Sin is one avenue whereby Satan brings sickness upon Christians. “Unrepented” sin often blocks the healing power of God, but once repentance has occurred, healing is a Christian’s right!

Note: Fighting in the Wrong Arena

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the
devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
(Ephesians 6:11-12)

First of all … Our enemies are not flesh and blood (people)!!! The “wiles (shenanigans) of the devil” include Satan using unsuspecting people to antagonize Christians. Oh, I know!!! It’s tempting to strike back at people, when attacked by those you encounter. However, those people are not your real enemies!!!

Your real enemies are Satan and his Satanically inspired spirits! Sometimes unsuspecting people yield to those spirits, and are used by them to carry out attacks against Christians. But those people are not your real enemies.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith …” (1 Peter 5:8)

The Devil is your adversary … and he is a defeated foe! His ONLY real weapon is DECEPTION!!! He doesn’t want Christians to know that he was already defeated by Jesus! Satan (that deceiver) will attempt to get Christians to fight in a battle that has already been won! Resist that impulse!

“Fight the good fight of faith.” (1 Timothy 6:12)

The Word of God tells us that our fight is not really with the Devil (or people) but rather it is a fight to remain in the “Arena of Faith”. Let me explain that!

“If you attempt to fight the devil in the ‘Arena of Reason’, it’s a foregone conclusion, … you’ll loose every time. But if you’ll maintain your fight in the ‘Arena of Faith’, it’s a forgone conclusion … you’ll win every time.” (The “Arena” in which you do battle, determines whether the outcome is victory … or defeat.)

The Word of God instructs us on how to deal with “thoughts” that might influence us, or defeat us.

“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.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Satan’s tactics include bringing imaginations and thoughts into our minds. Thoughts that would  inspire us to fight against other people … or even against demonically inspired (defeated) spirits. The Word of God instructs us to cast down (throw to the ground with force) those thoughts and fight to stay in the “Arena of Faith”.

First Peter 5:7 reminds us that we need to be sober (take it seriously) and be vigilant (watchful), because our adversary (enemy) the Devil is searching for those who don’t understand his tactics for gaining victory over their lives. It is my prayer for you, that you commit these principles to heart so you will recognize any area of your life that needs reinforcing. God Bless you as you serve Him!

© Copyright 2018 Roger Hicks Ministries