People are not the enemy, though there are people who cooperate with the devil to accomplish his will on earth. He requires human agreement.
People say Eve was gullible and that’s why the serpent chose to go to her first. I disagree. Eve was given the same mandate as Adam; fill and subdue the earth, have dominion (Genesis 1). She had authority. God did not say, “Adam have dominion, Eve go pick berries, clean the Garden, do whatever Adam tells you to do.” God said to both of them to have domion.
God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”~Genesis 1:28. Notice He said, “Them” plural.
Dominion Definition: sovereignty; control, authority, mastery, power, rule, government.
The serpent did not need to deceive Adam. Scripture says Adam was with Eve when she ate from the tree (Genesis 3:6). Adam knowingly betrayed God, committed treason, and then blamed Eve. Why not go for the one who will knowingly betray God?
Eve represented a part of what the devil hates; life, relationship. She was bone of Adam’s bone, flesh of his flesh. He would cleave to her. They would together enter into the first covenant between humans. They would together be fruitful and multiply, fill and subdue the earth, and have dominion together (Genesis 1).
God had given them (Adam and Eve) a mandate that would continually crush the head of the serpent. They would together fill the earth with the glory of God and create more humans to worship God.
The devil abhors the true worship of God.
If you turn them against each other, it is the perfect set up for chaos, disorder, and dysfunction. Adam blamed Eve, and today women are one of the most persecuted people groups. It is challenging to see in America-though we have stats that show the validity of an issue. If you look to other parts of the world, you can see horrific abuse of women.
If the one chosen to carry life (Eve) is turned on by the one chosen to protect life (Adam) you can destroy civilization. When a woman is pregnant she carries two lives, and one is quite vulnerable (baby). The mother is also going through some challenges as her body is changing to carry a life. God seeks to protect life. Satan desires to steal, kill, and destroy lives.
Knowing your opponent…
Lucifer (the devil) is not God’s equal, he is far below God. He is a created being who turned evil due to pride (Isaiah 14:12-14). He had the ability to choose, just as we do. He was not created evil.
He is to be under the feet of the born again believer. So no glory to him. He is a defeated, losing loser. Yet he is still deceiving the world, turning allies into enemies, trying to hijack identity, and use human authority.
There are women today who are still living under the curse of Eve; stripped of Godly authority, feeling shamed, gullible, less than, and naive. Women who have been silenced or their voices condemned because of the actions of one woman. Jesus nailed the sins of Eve to the cross and took on every curse to restore what was lost in the Garden. Women believers are redeemed, joint heirs with Jesus, empowered, and have the same access to God as their male counterparts.
There are men today who are still living under the curse Adam; stripped of Godly authority, betraying God and looking after their own interests. Men who have had Godly masculinity replaced with with worldly masculinity, pride, lust, and ego. Jesus nailed the sins of Adam to the cross and took on every curse to restore what was lost in the Garden. Men believers are redeemed, and can walk in the same character traits of Jesus through abiding and intimacy with God (John 15:4-5).
It is a good time for men and women to be restored to Godly identity pre the fall, to work as allies, and see the fulfillment of God’s mandate on earth. No us vs. them. It’s team Jesus; unified allies representing God in the earth. Each created in the unique expression of God. Each uniquely and passionately loved. Each redeemed through the blood of Jesus.
Let’s end with a look at the nature of our true enemy, the fallen angel Lucifer-also known as the devil.
- A liar
- A deceiver
- A murderer
- A control freak
- A pervert (twisting God’s trust and will)
- A divider (he loves division)
- A manipulator
- An imitator (he takes what God has created and perverts it into something unintended or wrong)
- A coward
- A user and abuser
- A destroyer
- A thief
- A blasphemer
- An accuser
- An instigator
- A bully
- Full of pride, self exaltation
- Full of ego
- Full of selfishness (he would be considered a narcissist or sociopath)
- Full of jealousy and envy
- Full of hatred (there is no love in him)
- Full of lust/immorality/lawlessness/sexual perversion
- Full of deceit (he is the Father of lies)
- Full of desire to dominate, force his will on people
- Full of fear
- Full of anger and rage
- Full of offense
- Full of criticism
- Women (targets women/motherhood/identity/authority/purity)
- Men (targets men to lead them to surrender their Godly masculinity/authority to lust, anger, selfishness, pride, independence from God and others)
- Godly prayer/intercession
- Godly covenant
- Holy sex (inside covenant between a natural born man and woman)
- The True Body of Christ
- True disciples of Jesus
- Intimacy with God
- Worship of God
- Exaltation of Jesus
- Genuine compassion
- Agape love (unselfish, sacrificial, unselfish love)
- Starting fights/strife
- Religious activities void of the power and love of God
- Sexual sin
- Stealing joy, hope from people
- Doing bad things and watching people blame God or each other
- Activity not birthed from intimacy with God
- Guilt, shame
- Embarrassing people/humiliation
- Using people
God is 100% good. We see the true nature of the Father in His Son Jesus. God is love. He is for humanity. May you and I know our true enemy. May we walk in the Spirit and be allies with other believers. May our identities be restored to their pre-fall state. May we rise up in our God given authority and stand with God for holy dominion and expanse of His Kingdom on earth.