"GIVING THE DEVIL A FOOTHOLD"
Delivered By
Dr. R.E. Banks Sr.
Delivered On
August 8, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Genesis 3:2-3
Subject
"How It All Got Started", Msg. 13
Description

The changing of the times has caused many of us to become defensive and guarded when it comes to our space. It becomes more difficult as to whom you can trust. If we allow someone with a hidden agenda to get a foothold on us, it can literally destroy us.

In our scripture today, the woman explained to the serpent about which trees she and Adam may eat from in the Garden. Her innocence and inexperience does not allow her to detect danger. The woman has now allowed herself to go on the defensive. She defends what the Creator has said. But, we don’t have to defend God because He can defend Himself. Unwittingly, the woman is creating further dialogue with the devil. We were taught to talk to the devil, but never have a discussion with Him (Jude 9).

I’m led to believe the woman was thanking God for allowing them to eat from some trees, but not the fruit of the tree in the middle of the Garden. Instead of her not turning away from the tempter, she has come under his influence. When we are under his influence, our prayer life is out of sync. We don’t participate in the worship of the triune God. Not only are we out of focus, but out of the ark of safety.

The woman speaks only of one tree located in the midst of the garden. She doesn’t mention it by name. There are two trees mentioned. The one in the midst of the Garden is the Tree of Life, which she didn’t mention, but she did mention the Tree of Good and Evil. What the woman doesn’t seem to know makes her all the more vulnerable to deception as she didn’t know the name of the tree. She lacked perception of what was no good. But today, since we have met Jesus and know Him for ourselves, we have been taught to say, “Get thee behind me, Satan.” We tell him to get away from our children. Get out of my house. Get out of my finances. We are not to have discussions with him, but talk to him.

It is believed that in light of the woman’s ignorance as to exactly what God said, it was really Adam’s responsibility. We know God told Adam (Gen. 2:14-16), but we don’t know when the woman was told. We assume, however, that Adam told her about the trees and what not to eat. Did he do a poor job in relating this information to the woman? Is Adam the blame for her vulnerability? The woman gives the impression that it is forbidden – and to the highest degree – it was sacred. She said she was instructed, “Neither shall ye touch it.” When we add words to God’s command, it is equivalent to putting words in His mouth. It’s dangerous to quote or teach things that seem as they are commands of God’s word. The woman seemed to waver as opposed to what the scripture truly says. Wavering faith and a wavering response gives great advantage to the devil. We must be prayed up to deal with him. If we are not in our armor, we must not deal with him. We must ask God to go before us.

The tree represents nothing more than a restraint on Adam and the woman. God wanted them to have riches and glory. He wanted them to know good and bad. God has a legitimate right to their\our obedience to Him. However, the woman gave the impression that the fruit is forbidden because it is poisonous…will kill you. The Word of God does not say that.

Ephesians 4:27 tells us not to give the devil a foothold. We give way to the devil when we open the door to allow people to prey on our weakness(es). Though we have the power to say yes or no, when we allow them to come in, we give them room to come into our life’s situation. We give the enemy a foothold. We unwittingly influence Satan through discussion. Sometimes we try to close the door after we’ve let him in. But by then, it is too late for he has already stuck his foot in the door.

Desire what pleases God. Wrong or ungodly desires do not give the devil a foothold, it gives him control over us (James 1:14). Forgive. Unforgiveness gives the devil a foothold (Ephesians 4:26-27). Be angry at sin and not the sinner. Think of what is right. When you think of what is ungodly, you give way to the devil (Philippians 4:8). Whatever is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report; if there be any virtue and praise, think on these things.

The woman should have immediately said, “Time out! I see what you’re up to. This is a conversation for my husband. God gave him the authority. He has more tenure and experience in this Garden. My husband is the head of this union. Thanks, but no thanks.”

Satan is not trying to make life easy for you. He is not your friend. The needle is not your friend. Pills are not your friend. Substance abuse is not your friend. Satan’s M.O. is to take you out; to mess you up because he knows that God has purpose for you in your life. Others who started out with you may be gone, but you’re still here. Satan’s goal is to get in the door and establish a foothold to keep your life in bondage. Don’t give Satan a stronghold!