“Satan didn’t come into the Garden of Ede violently and take possession of Adam and Eve. He couldn’t…The suggestion to eat the forbidden fruit was simply the devil’s effort to get Adam and Eve to agree with him in opposition to God, thus empowering him… It’s important to realize that even today Satan is empowered through man’s agreement” (Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth, pg. 31).
Then, a little while later I saw this scenario played out on a TV show I watch. I won’t tell you which show because it’s kind of a spoiler. In the show, there is this man who was addicted to drugs, alcohol and prostitutes. Another man gives him a shot at cleaning himself up and making something of himself. He begins to become a sober man! He goes to AA meetings, stays with his girlfriend, kicks the drugs and alcohol and begins to make a big upswing in his career.
Then she walks in. She sits down next to him, flirts heavily, offers him alcohol…then offers herself by giving over her room key and suggesting he come to her room for alcohol and much more.
He has this chance to prove to himself (and the world) that he’s defeated this thing once and for all. He has this moment to confront and defeat the old ground that was taken.
When you look at his face you can see a deep wrestling going on and you can almost hear him audibly say: what’s one time? It won’t hurt. I can get away with this. I deserve this.
So he goes up to that women’s room, gets drunk, has sex and does a radio interview still hung-over and loses everything, even his life.
He gave the dominion over once again. He had received freedom, but he chose to re chain himself to the thing he had just gotten free from. He debated. He hesitated. He chose to wrestle with this choice alone, even when he had a group of people who would have been willing to help him through it and assist him in making a better choice.
As soon as I saw this story play out in front of me, I knew it was my story. Not in the details…so don’t worry, but in the wrestling. The struggle is the same. Satan dangles the lure of our old chains and says: “just this once! You deserve it! Celebrate!” Or “you need this to cover your pain, God won’t help, friends won’t help. You need _________”
As Johnson suggests, once we give over dominion, we are now in deep waters and it will be hard to get out. This story on TV, as it played out literally took my breath away because it was so blatantly the game Satan plays with many of us, including myself! I know a lot of times we find ourselves playing the fool and handing the keys over to Him again and again.
God, open our eyes to the tricks of the enemy. Give us discernment to see the end result of handing the keys over. Too often we look at the quick view and we miss the longer, fuller picture of what giving over dominion will mean. Spirit, give us the power to deny the whiles of the enemy and the desire to deepen our intimacy with you!