The Snare of the Trapper - Chapter III: Three Open Doors
The devil uses three open doors to gain access into our lives: illegal entry, willful disobedience and generational curses, and although these are not the only entrances, they are the main ones to be concerned with. Throughout history he has wreaked havoc in the lives of countless souls, entering through these doors of opportunity and taking full advantage of our ignorance to recognize him. Because of our lack of knowledge we are easily overcome by his cunning schemes, unaware of the doors that we left open.
These three doors are shown to us in the book of Genesis when Satan is expelled from Heaven and ends up landing in the Garden of Eden. Full of rage for anything created by God he quickly begins to take advantage of his new found prey, Adam and Eve. The door is wide open and Satan walks in taking the form of a beautiful creature and begins his fateful dialog.
You wouldn't dream of leaving your front door open all night, because the next morning would reveal that you had been visited by every creature in the neighborhood. Under the cover of darkness, animals, insects, not to mention thieves, would all have paid you a visit leaving your home in a mess. The same thing happened in the Garden of Eden, the door was wide open because Adam was unaware that he had any enemies or even knew what an enemy was.
In the beginning God created Adam and placed him in a beautiful garden. He gave him dominion over it and all it contained, Adam even named the animals that God had created for mankind's enjoyment. Then one day God took one of Adam's ribs and created woman, Eve, the First Lady of all mankind. Now it looked as though paradise was complete, man and woman, the birds and the bees and everything was coming up roses.
Just before God created Eve he gave Adam a command, and told him that there was a certain tree in the garden that he was not to eat of, "The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil." Like all of us, Adam was given a free will to choose to love and obey or live his life for himself and disregard the commands of God. Down through the ages mankind has missed the mark by ignoring God's commandments and living as though there were no tomorrow, not realizing the penalty that sin carries, and the penalty is death.
Adam was the gatekeeper of the garden, responsible for the cultivation and care of all that it contained. He was also supposed to relay the commandment that God had given him to Eve about not eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. As Satan made his entrance into the garden he walked right up to Eve and said, "Has God said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" Evidently Satan had been listening to their conversations and observing their actions just as a thief would case your home for a robbery.
Satan is described as a thief, and the father of lies, but he is also a student of God's word, remember he grew up in Heaven. The devil is also a lawyer and he will come to you to argue his case against you and accuse you of any wrongdoing he can dig up. He questioned Eve about God's commandment and found that she wasn't sure of what she was saying because she told him that they were not to eat the fruit of the tree or touch it. God didn't say anything about touching the tree, proving that Eve wasn't sure of what God really said.
The devil's tactics haven't changed in thousands of years, he still uses doubt and false accusation against those he encounters to try and trip them up because of their lack of knowledge of God's word. He even approached Jesus in the wilderness and tried to get Him to doubt who He was after Heaven had opened and God Himself said, "This is My beloved Son." If he's not afraid to approach the Son of the living God and try to deceive Him, what do you think he will try on you?
After he saw that Jesus wasn't falling for his scheme he had the audacity to quote the word of God to Him as he also tried with Eve in the garden. Most of the divisions in the church as well as the many different cults and religions of the world are divided over scripture, I wonder who thought that up? Remember Satan is an angel of light coming to you as a beautiful creation of God and even quoting scripture to try and convince you of his legitimacy.
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. II Corinthians 11: 13,14
Satan knows his rights and uses them to enter a person's life, such as Job. Legal or illegal, it doesn't matter as long as he can gain access into your life. Twice he came before God Himself and asked to have his way with Job and twice God allowed it, only on His terms. Job was a blameless and God fearing man, one who turned away from evil, he wasn't deserving of an attack from Satan. The Bible says that Job had a hedge about him protecting him from the devil, but God allowed it to be taken up for a test.
God tests every one of His creations and many times He will use the devil to see what we are made of and how we will react under attack. You may say that that is unfair but even the military tests their troops to see if they will fold in battle. God has given us weapons and armor for battle and He expects us to utilize them to the utmost in our war with the powers of darkness. When God gave Satan the go ahead to attack Job He gave him explicit instructions on how much he could inflict him and then He watched to see the outcome as a coach would his team in a game.
Job suffered greatly, losing all of his possessions, not to mention his children and his health, but in all this he didn't turn against God. When the attack was over and the dust cleared Job was a better man having withstood the onslaught of the devil. God was pleased and restored everything that was stolen from him and Job lived a long and prosperous life. Ultimately, God is with us through every circumstance that enters our life and He is always looking to see good defeat evil, even as a loving father would his children.
We would do well to examine the story of Adam and Eve in the garden and acknowledge the fact that Satan only convinced them that God didn't mean what He said. God told them that if they ate from the tree they would die, and the devil said that if they ate they would become like God.
They had never seen anything die, so they had no knowledge of death, only life. They knew God and definitely wanted to be like Him, so because of what Satan planted in their mind they made the wrong choice and broke God's command.
Then the serpent said to the woman,"You will not surely die."For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Genesis 3: 4,5
Too much of a good thing can kill you, just as eating too much sugar, it tastes so good but when over indulged it can cause death. Satan just took advantage of something that was good, and convinced Adam and Eve that God wanted them to have it. The Bible says that when the woman saw that the tree was good, that it was pleasant and that it was desirable to make one wise she took from its fruit and ate. God gives us boundaries to live by and we have to choose to follow His commands and live or disobey and die.
Sin has consequences, and the rewards of disobedience is death. For instance sex is good and it is created by God for our enjoyment and to procreate, but it has a boundary set that it can only be performed within the confines of marriage. Cocaine is a pure white substance that when first taken will create an alluring euphoric feeling that afterwards cannot be found again. From that time forward you end up chasing a memory and find yourself hopelessly addicted to something that was so good at the beginning, but so bad at the end.
Adam and Eve made the fatal mistake of disobeying God and eating from the tree that He commanded them not to eat of. The wages of sin is death and immediately they died spiritually and their eyes were opened and they realized for the first time that they were naked and they went and hid themselves from the presence of God. Sadly this one act of disobedience caused the fall of all mankind resulting in a deadly domino effect that is still resounding throughout history up until today.
The devil only has the power of words to try and deceive you, he cannot make you sin by forcing you to do something bad, only the use of temptation to try and seduce you into disobeying God. The very sins that you struggle with can be turned into the very bait that Satan uses to ensnare you. Jesus was tempted with all things so that He could aid us in our war with sin and the powers of darkness and so we would do well to heed the word of God and cling to Him throughout our life to ensure our eternal safety.
For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Hebrews 10:26
Adam and Eve sinned against God by disobeying His commandment to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Satan deceived them and they fell into sin and they were expelled from the garden of Eden forever. Because of Adam's rebellion and sin all of mankind inherited a curse down to this very day. Sin, sickness and death began their fateful journey down the bloodline of man, only to wreak havoc on millions of unsuspecting souls.
Then God said to Adam, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it: "Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return. Genesis 3:17-19
Cast out of the presence of God and locked out of the garden, Adam and Eve were made to become tillers of the ground. God pronounced a curse on the ground and told them that this would be their new livelihood. The full effects of their sin were now upon them and the consequences were about to get worse. The word of God says that the wages of sin is death, spiritual death and then eventually physical death and it always accompanies our sins. Because of Adam's rebellion a generational curse is about to start moving into his bloodline and the effects will be deadly; inevitably it will cost him a son.
Adam and Eve gave birth to two sons, Cain the eldest and Abel the youngest. Cain was a farmer and Abel raised sheep for a living and they both brought an offering to the Lord. Cain brought an offering of produce and Abel brought the firstborn of his flock. It seems that the Lord was displeased with Cain's offering and rejected it, but accepted Abel's. Cain was angry with both God and his brother and sought to avenge his rejected offering by killing Abel. God had warned Cain that sin was at the door and that it's desire was for him, but it was to no avail, the curse was in full force and moved him to kill his brother.
Jesus had to die for this very reason, to stop the generational curse and to shed His blood for all of mankind. Adam's sin activated the curse and it began to travel down the bloodlines of all of humanity dealing out retribution to everyone from the garden until now. Nothing short of repentance and receiving the blood of Jesus can stop the iniquitous curse from its deadly mission. Millions have succumbed to its power to kill and nothing of this world can stop it, only the power of the blood of Jesus Christ!
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. Romans 5:12
From the time of Adam and Eve's sin the curse began to ravish the world with it's terrible consequences killing seemingly innocent people that were without the laws of God, nonetheless it continued on down through the bloodlines of countless people with its deadly force. For thousands of years the sins of the fathers have been brought down on the children, over and over again, family after family, all received the generational curse of Adam.
Today we can be free from the generational curse of Adam by repenting, not only for our sins, but for those of our ancestors. By asking for forgiveness and turning away from an evil lifestyle and believing that Jesus died for your sins and was resurrected to give you a new life, you can become a born again Christian. Washed in His blood and filled with His Spirit the curse will be broken from you and your loved ones forever.
Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous. Romans 5:18,19