It’s a common thing to hear persons caught in any evil act to accuse the devil of being the one who pushed them to carry out such acts or that their misdeed was the work of the devil. True as it were, it is important to say it emphatically here that each individual is responsible or is the architect of all satanic invasions and activities in his/her life! The reason being that Satan cannot forcefully enter into any one’s life without the person intentionally or unintentionally creating a chance or an opening for him to enter. What I am saying in essence is that as terrible, relentless, wicked, crafty and powerful the devil is, he cannot force himself into anyone’s life; he needs the individual to give him the chance to enter! All Satan needs to invade a person’s life is just a little chance, as small as the mustard seed in the mind/heart and all other space in one’s life would become his territory and domain of operation and such person would become his servant to carry out his nefarious activities. This is why we are charged to take very good care of the heart, Proverbs 4:23.
WHY YOU SHOULD NOT GIVE THE DEVIL A CHANCE IN YOUR LIFE
When the devil wants to be given a chance into one’s life, he comes subtly through lies, deceit, and enticement mostly during one’s unguided hours because he is a liar and a deceiver, John 8:44; Revelations 12:9.
Once the devil has the smallest chance in a person’s mind, he plunges it into total darkness thereby causing chaos and confusion. With the heart in darkness, he gets an advantage over one’s life and enslaves the heart. The devil is evil and wicked, he binds any life he enters and influences them towards evil, immorality and destruction in their thoughts, emotions and actions.
He further carries out his three cardinal duties of stealing, destroying and killing in the person’s life, John 10:10. He buffets and inflicts the person’s body with sickness. He tempts the individual and subjects him/her to grievous spiritual warfare. The incident that happened at the Garden of Eden gives us a very good example of what happened in a life invaded by Satan. All was well in the Garden of Eden until Eve entered into a conversation with devil the serpent and that conversation led to the ruin of all God’s wonderful plans and all the beautiful things that life had to offer them.
WAYS ONE CAN USE TO GIVE DEVIL A CHANCE IN ONE’S LIFE
1) Committing any form of sin is the commonest means of giving the devil a chance in one’s life. Sin is what Satan has been using to gain entrance into man’s life right from time immemorial. For this reason, God gave humanity His laws to guide and protect us from sinning. Sin is Satan’s property and once it is in any man’s life it points and attracts the devil to such lives for invasion. It was because there was no sin in Jesus’ life that Satan could not have power over him and Jesus could say “the devil came but found no property of his with me”. Satan could not touch Job’s, his family and all he had until he had God’s permission to do so because Job was a righteous man, Job 1:1-11.
2) Idol worshiping and belonging to the cult is another means of giving the devil a chance into one’s life. The devil is behind every form of idol worshiping and occult practices. Every form of sacrifice and rituals made in any idol’s shrine or satanic temple or any other designation to any other power or name apart from the Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth are means of opening up one’s life for satanic invasions and covenanting with the devil.
3) Loving the world: The World is described as lying in wickedness (1 John 5:19) because the world and many things in it is controlled by Satan and exists independent of God. Many things of the sinful world all look good, enticing and appealing yet not easily accessed to all. Satan has used the love and desire to acquire the things of the world to lure many into the occult and other evil practices. Therefore we are charged not to love the world and anything in it, 1 John 2: 15-16.
HOW NOT TO GIVE SATAN A CHANCE IN ONE’S LIFE
1) Unforgiveness breeds bitterness and hatred toward others. Satan dwells where there is no love for this reason we should not abhor bitterness in our hearts, 2 Corinthians 2:11.
2) Don’t join the occult for any reason at all such as for power, children, fame, politics appointment/position, wealth, protection and others. Doing so involves giving of one’s soul to the devil for which Jesus asked “what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose your soul” (Matthew 16:26). Your soul is worth more than everything in this world that the devil is giving in exchange for it.
3) Don’t involve in any of these occult practices such as astrology, Ouija board, tarot card, parapsychology, fortunetelling, metaphysics and magic. Don’t listen to the enticing words and promises from the cultist who would not reveal the price you would pay until you have sworn to the oath of secrecy, by then it is too late.
4) Don’t visit any seer, babalawo, or prayer house of any prophet for anything because many of them are agents of darkness. Don’t perform any bath outside your home. Don’t perform or contribute money towards carrying out of any sacrifice or ritual. Don’t put any incision on any part of your body.
5) Don’t eat food offered to idols, 1 Corinthians 10: 19-20; Deuteronomy 32: 17; Psalm 106:35-38.
6) Don’t read or bring anything belonging to the occult such as books, rings, things dedicated to idols such as artifacts into your dwelling place.
7) Give no room to sin. Confess and repent of any sin you mistakenly fall into immediately.
8) Don’t be unequally yoke with an unbeliever, 2 Corinthians 6: 14-18. Have nothing to do with any person known to belong to the kingdom of darkness. If you marry the daughter/son of the kingdom of darkness you have Satan as your father in-law and he has every right to visit your home at will, Philippians 3:2.
9) Don’t be where evil is being perpetuated. Speak no evil of no one, Acts 23:5. Hate that which is evil, Romans 12:9. Recompense for no man evil for evil, Romans 12:17. Be not be overcome by evil, Romans 12:21. Don’t imagine evil things, Zec 7:10;8: 17.
Follow not that which is evil, 3 John11. Abstain from every appearance of evil, 1Thessalonians. 5:22.
More than anything try and resist the devil, James 4:7. This implies you should do everything in your power to avoid having anything to do with Satan because no one can be too careful with him. He would outwit you!
Jesus overcame Satan in the wilderness with God’s words, so read your Bible and pray always.