THE DECEITFULNESS OF SIN


                                 Phil Scovell

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          Why is  it possible for  demons to  put their  thoughts into  our
     minds and  their feelings  into  our emotions?    I was  preaching,  I
     pastored two different churches, I had been an assistant pastor, I had
     traveled off  and on for  five years preaching  as a guest  speaker in
     churches,  I  had  memorized literally  hundreds  of  individual Bible
     Verses, including whole books, I had read  the Bible over 100 times, I
     had  led many people to Christ, I had  been to Bible college, I was an
     intercessor, and I could easily add a lot more to my list as well.  So
     why could, and  why did, demons have  access to my mind  and feelings?
     Why did I  begin having anxiety episodes  and panic attacks?   Why did
     things get worse, instead of better, every time I  began spending more
     time  in prayer and more time  in God's Word?   Why did I hear demonic
     voices in  my head?  I mean, I knew I wasn't perfect but I hadn't done
     anything wrong,  as far as I knew, and I  wasn't living ungodly, and I
     had no unconfessed secret sins.  So why me?

          The chapter  on my daughter  running away clearly shows  how, and
     why, this is possible.   We can, and do, give place  to the devil, and
     in many cases, without even knowing it or without committing sin.  For
     example, a sexual abused child has committed no sin but the act itself
     has  created  an atmosphere  where evil  is  present.   Add to  this a
     perpetrating  adult who intimidates the child  and implants threats in
     their little mind,  and you can see,  as the years  roll by, how  that
     same child begins  to live in fear  and can be further  intimidated by
     demons.   Such fear creates fertile soil  for the demonics to function
     and plant even more lies.

          Let's say this offending  adult manipulates the child by  saying,
     "It was all your fault.  If you weren't a little girl, I wouldn't have
     these feelings in the first place.   Besides, no body will believe you
     if you tell them  what happened."  Are not those  statements lies?  Of
     course they are.   So what  if this little  girl grows up hating  men?
     Could you blame her?  I have a client, as a matter of fact, that falls
     into this category.   She is a lesbian.   Her father molested  her all
     her adolescent years.   Has she  given place to the  devil?  Not  as a
     child.  As an adult, on the other hand, the fear and anxiety certainly
     have created an atmosphere which allowed demons access to her life.

          What  if  the molester  increases  the level  of  intimidation by
     threatening to kill the little girl if she tells.   What if he says he
     will kill the person she tells?  What  if he shows her a knife or what
     if he actually holds the  knife against her neck  just to back up  his
     threats?  Do you  think that this, in and of itself,  might create the
     atmosphere of fear in her little mind?   If so, what about demons that
     function in  the area of fear?  Does this give them place, or room, in
     which to function in the little  girl's mind?  The answer is  obvious.
     We must  also  not forget  the  molester.   He,  or she,  has  demonic
     activity and  emotional woundedness  going on in  their life  as well.
     He, by his very sinful  and evil actions, introduces demonic influence
     into the little girl's life.  The demonic presence is there during the
     act and doesn't go away just because the little girl grows up to be an

          I am going to  stick my neck out  and address the same issue  but
     from the perpetrator's standpoint.   He is functioning and  committing
     evil  out of his  own woundedness.   Is it  possible that he,  too, is
     being demonically  influenced?    The  answer  has to  be  yes.    The
     difference is,  however, the  little girl is  not responsible  and the
     perpetrator is; both by law and by God.

          The real question becomes, can  the perpetrator also be healed by
     God or is he  condemned forever for his  evil and unholy acts?   If we
     believe in an omnipotent, omniscient, and holy God, we have to believe
     all of  His Word.  Thus, the  perpetrator, if he turns to  God, can be
     born again and forgiven.   Is he still guilty of his  sin?  the answer
     is no.   For many years, due  to the way I was  raised, I believe that
     such a person could be saved and go to Heaven but could never be fully
     set free.  In short, I believed the perpetrator would always have such
     desires, just  like the homosexual, and  could never be free  of these
     feelings.   I admit  freely now that  I was wrong.   I  trust you will
     understand why I feel this way  in the balance of what I write.   Keep
     in mind, however,  one who commits a  crime, can, and should  be, held
     accountable for their crime.  Yes,  he might become born again,   Yes,
     his guilt can be  healed.  Some acts of sin, however,  have a price to
     pay and  society, by  the power given  to it by  God, and the  laws of
     society must collect the debt that is owed.

          What about the  Bible?  Does  it have anything  to say about  the
     topic of demonic  influence in the life of a Christian?  Let's examine
     some applicable Scriptures.

                             1 Corinthians  10:20-21

     But  I  say,  that  the  things which  the  Gentiles  sacrifice,  they
     sacrifice to devils,  and not to God:  and I would not  that ye should
     have fellowship with devils.  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and
     the cup of  devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of
     the table of devils.

                      2 Corinthians 6:14-2 Corinthians 7:1

     Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what
     fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what
     communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ
     with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And
     what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are
     the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in
     them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall
     be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye
     separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I
     will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be
     my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.  Having therefore
     these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all
     filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the
     fear of God.

          These passages  are  basically in  reference  to the  worship  of
     demons or, at the very least, former  occultic and cultic practices by
     the Corinthian  Christians.   The second  passage  is specifically  in
     reference, however, to trying to live a spiritual life of duality and,
     of course,  that is impossible  and creates spiritual conflict  in our
     relationship with the lord.  I personally believe this is an aspect of
     quenching the Holy Spirit mention in I Thessalonians 5:19.

          The word  for "Belial"  is translated  a  devil or  demons.   The
     second passage  is literally  saying, therefore,  what agreement  does
     Christ have with  Satan.  As previously mention, however,  the bulk of
     this is in  reference to what the  Corinthian Christians once were  in
     their  heathenism.   Regardless,  the  same  is  true for  born  again
     Believers.    If we  have  given  place  to the  devil,  knowingly  or
     unknowingly, we must remove those places of legal demonic access or we
     will always be influenced  and tormented.  This  cleansing is done  by
     confessing the sin, if any, and renewing the mind.

          "Is  there any  place else  in the  bible which  clearly outlines
     mental and emotional infiltration into the Christian life?"  I am glad
     you asked  that question because  there is a classic  demonstration of
     demonic activity in a Christian's life we need to consider.

                               1 Timothy   2:13-14

     For Adam was first formed, then Eve.   And Adam was not deceived,  but
     the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

          the  word for "deceived"  used twice in this  passage is the root
     word translated  "deceitfulness" in Hebrews 3:13 with which we started
     this study.  This passage means Eve was completely fooled by  the lies
     of Satan in the garden but Adam,  on the other hand, sinned willfully.
     It makes little difference because they both sinned.  Let's read about
     it in detail and then point out some specifics.

                                 Genesis 3:1-14

     Now the serpent was more  subtil than any beast of the field which the
     LORD God had made.  And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye
     shall not  eat of every tree of  the garden?  And the  woman said unto
     the serpent, We may  eat of the fruit of the trees  of the garden: But
     of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath
     said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye  die.
     And  the serpent said unto the woman, Ye  shall not surely die: 5  For
     God doth know that in the day ye  eat thereof, then your eyes shall be
     opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.   And when the
     woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to
     the eyes, and a tree to  be desired to make one wise, she  took of the
     fruit thereof,  and did eat, and gave also  unto her husband with her;
     and he did eat.  And the eyes of them both were  opened, and they knew
     that  they were naked;  and they sewed  fig leaves  together, and made
     themselves aprons.   And they heard the voice  of the LORD God walking
     in the  garden in  the cool  of the  day: and  Adam and  his wife  hid
     themselves from the  presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the
     garden.   And the LORD God called unto Adam,  and said unto him, Where
     art thou?   And he said,  I heard thy voice  in the garden, and  I was
     afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.  And he said, Who  told
     thee that  thou wast  naked? Hast thou  eaten of  the tree,  whereof I
     commanded thee that  thou shouldest not  eat?  And  the man said,  The
     woman whom thou gavest to be  with me, she gave me of the  tree, and I
     did eat.  And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou
     hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
     And the LORD God said unto  the serpent, Because thou hast done  this,
     thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of  the field;
     upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all  the days of
     thy life.

          First, let's Identify the lies.

     Lie #1  And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said.
     Lie #2  Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
     Lie #3  Ye shall not surely die
     Lie #4   For God doth know that  in the day ye eat  thereof, then your
     eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

          I believe there  are possibly four lies  in that last lie:   "god
     knows," and "your  eyes shall be opened,"  and "ye shall be  as gods,"
     and "knowing good  and evil."  To me that appears  to be four separate
     lies.   It makes little difference, I suppose,  because it is far more
     important what  Eve believed and she  believed the devil.   Let's read
     her reply.

          "And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the  fruit of
     the trees  of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the
     midst of the garden, God  hath said, Ye shall  not eat of it,  neither
     shall ye touch it, lest ye die."

          Do you see what happened?  Satan planted the seed of doubt in her
     mind.  Eve turns around and switched God's Words for her own, while at
     the same time mixing some  of Satan's words with her own,  and the mix
     created  a fatal  lie.    God never  said  any such  thing  concerning
     touching  the tree and dying  by touching it; He  just said not to eat
     the  fruit  of  it.   Once  Satan  realized he  had  tricked  Eve into
     believing  something that  wasn't true,  he released  the rest  of his
     arrows of deceit and Eve committed sin.

          May  I be  quick to  point out  that Eve,  up to this  point, was
     perfect?  Eve was  the smartest woman ever created; she  was the first
     woman and she was sinless.  Adam was the smartest man God ever created
     and although  he was created  sinless, yet even he  sinned.  So  I ask
     respectfully,  what makes  you think  you are  exempt today  from such
     demonic attacks?   Maybe  because you are  a New  Testament Christian?
     That's why?  Yes, God defeated Satan at the cross.   Yes, when you are
     born again, Jesus  Christ is  the Lord of  your life.   You have  been
     cleansed by His  blood.  No  question about it.   Let me ask  you this
     then.  Do you ever  experience doubt, fear, guilt, shame, inferiority,
     bitterness,  unforgiveness,  or  anger?    Of course;  we  all  do  as
     Christians.   Then what are  those things I named?   Are they  of God?
     Tell me,  if you can, is God ever "ashamed"  about anything?  Does God
     have any problems  with "forgiveness?"  Does  God ever feel like  some
     days He's  just  not good  enough to  make it  because  He might  feel
     "inferior?"  Does He ever "doubt" anything?  When was He last "bitter"
     about  anything?   Is  God ever  "fearful"  or afraid  of  anything or
     anybody?   "Does the Lord ever  lose His temper and  displays "anger?"
     Then from  where do  we get  those character  traits if  they are  not

          Now, I hear someone saying, but  how can demonic feelings be  put
     into our emotions?   Surely we would know it  when it happens if  that
     were true.  May I quote the Bible to answer this question?

          "And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that
     it was pleasant  to the eyes,  and a tree  to be desired  to make  one
     wise, she  took of the fruit thereof, and did  eat, and gave also unto
     her husband with her; and he did eat.  And the eyes  of them both were
     opened, and they  knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves
     together, and made themselves aprons."

          Eve "saw"  that the tree was "good  for food."  How  did she know
     that; never  having eaten of this tree before?   She also noticed that
     it was "pleasant to the eyes."   Apparently she was examining the tree
     pretty carefully about  this time even though she had been told it was
     off limits.   Finally, how did Eve  know that this  tree was one  that
     would make her wise?  Who told her that?  According to God's Word, she
     actually thought it was a  tree "desired" to make one wise.   The word
     for "desired" is  a word which means it was  appealing sensually, that
     is, to  the inner self and  to one's own  innate desires.  If  this is
     true, how did Satan get in  there in the first place?  He  didn't.  He
     used her mind and her feelings  to confuse and deceive her.   In light
     of this, let's consider another passage.

                                1 John   2:15-17

     Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If  any
     man love  the world, the love  of the Father is  not in him.   For all
     that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes,
     and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And
     the world passeth  away, and the lust  thereof: but he that  doeth the
     will of God abideth for ever.

          The lust  of the flesh was identified by  Eve as "good for food."
     the lust of the eyes is what Eve recognized  as being "pleasant to the
     eyes."   the pride  of life  is what  Eve thought  was a  tree "to  be
     desired  to  make  one wise."    I  find it  interesting  how  the New
     Testament confirms the same three areas of demonic influence the devil
     perpetrated in the Garden:  Physical, verbal, and mental.

          Let's establish  a line of  truth by asking some  questions about
     what we've just read concerning Adam and Eve.

     Question 1.  Did Satan have physical access to Adam and Eve?
     Question 2.  Did Satan have spiritual access to Adam and Eve?
     question 3.  Did Satan have verbal access to Adam and Eve?

     If the answer is yes, then what would hinder Satan from gaining access
     to our lives today in the same areas and in the same ways?  Most argue
     against this idea by  saying we are living in the  New Testament times
     now.   Yet, as I pointed out, they have no explanation for the doubts,
     guilt, bitterness, worry, fear, anxiety, and the numbers of other such
     troubling  emotions  when  connected  with  the  life  of  a  faithful
     Christian.   What if  these things  came from  an earlier  event in  a
     person's life and  were demonically generated lies?   I have described
     one of my own events which clearly  proves that Satan gained access to
     my life without  me committing any sin.   I also illustrated  the same
     point by  a traumatized little  girl who was  sexually molested.   She
     likewise committed no  sin.  Yet, lies were  still being manifested in
     her later life.


          Lie based thinking comes from and through events I have described
     in this booklet.   Of course, if we do commit sin,  we can easily, and
     quickly, be forgiven according to 1 John 1:9.  What about the guilt or
     fear which seems to hang around  and often for years?  Why doesn't  it
     vanish with the forgiveness of sin?  The answer is lie based thinking.
     Sinful acts,  and acts which  are traumatic but not  sinful, gives the
     devil room,  or  a place,  to  operate.   The  key, therefore,  is  to
     eliminate the lies and let the true Lord Jesus Christ bring healing by
     speaking  His truth  into our  past woundedness.   When  this  type of
     healing is executed, it is called the renewing of the mind.

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