Are your emotions giving Satan a foothold?

While doing research for Lies Young Women Believe, we asked girls if they had ever been exposed to satanic activities. The majority said “no.” But when we pressed them on their answer, we found that many of them were naive about what even constituted as “satanic activity” or the potential harm participating in those activities could have on their lives.

We certainly want you to realize the potential danger in things like horoscopes, psychics, and supernaturally themed movies and television shows (for a more in-depth discussion on this topic read our post about magic). But, we also want you to realize that dabbling in dark activities isn’t the only way to expose yourself to satanic activity. Did you know that your emotions also have the power to open you up to Satan’s influence?

I am leading a Lies Young Women Believe Bible study with a small group of girls from my church. We recently tackled the lies about Satan presented in the book and I found that many of us were pretty clueless about the power of our emotions to make us vulnerable to Satan’s attacks. As I confessed my own recent struggle with feelings like anger and bitterness, I was hit between the eyes with the realization that my emotions were opening me up to Satan’s influence.

This Truth is spelled out clearly in Scripture.

Ephesians 4:26-27 says, “ In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”

2 Corinthians 2: 10-11 says, “If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.”

The Truth is, it’s not just séances and palm readings that open the door for Satan to have access in our lives. Certain heart attitudes can be just as dangerous.

Here’s a short attitude assessment we included in the LYWB Companion Guide. I wanted to post it here on the blog as food for thought on the power our emotions have to make us vulnerable to Satan’s influence.

How often are you angered to the point that you yell, curse, or throw things?
never        rarely        sometimes        often
How often do you imagine yourself “chewing others out” or confronting them over something you are mad about?
never        rarely        sometimes        often
How often do you find yourself in verbal fights with others?
never        rarely        sometimes        often
How often do you find yourself rolling your eyes or arguing when your parents ask you to do something you don’t want to do?
never        rarely        sometimes        often
How often do you get in trouble at school for disrespecting teachers or administrators?
never        rarely        sometimes        often
How often do you hold resentment in your heart toward someone who has hurt you?
never        rarely        sometimes        often

Do your answers indicate a pattern of anger, rebellion, or bitterness? If so, there is work to be done to limit Satan’s activity in your life.

Nancy and Dannah offer words of encouragement for this process in the book.

“We want to encourage you to examine your life. If you are exposing yourself to any activities that could have occult connections, or if there is anger, unforgiveness, or rebellion in your heart, you are opening the door to the Enemy. Slam it shut! Choose to forgive those who have wronged you. Make sure you renounce every evil practice you may have been engaged in or exposed to; then ask the Lord to forgive you and to release you from any foothold that Satan many have gained in your life through your choices” (Lies Young Women Believe, 66).

In addition to the attitude assessment above, here are some questions to help you think through this Truth.  As always, we would love for you to share what God is teaching you by leaving us a comment.

  1. What specific emotions seem to do the most damage to your spiritual walk?
  2. Why do you think emotions like anger, bitterness, and rebellion make us vulnerable to Satan’s influence?
  3. Did the attitude assessment reveal any surprising areas of struggle in your life?

About Author

Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. She is the author of many books and Bible studies including: 7 Feasts, Connected, Beautiful Encounters, and the My Name Is Erin series. She serves on the ministry team of Revive Our Hearts. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

HEY, GIRLS! We love hearing from you, but feel limited in the ways we can help. For one thing, we’re not trained counselors. If you’re seeking counsel, we encourage you to talk to your pastor or a godly woman in your life as they’ll know more details and can provide you with ongoing accountability and help. Also, the following comments do not necessarily reflect the views of Revive Our Hearts. We reserve the right to remove comments which might be unhelpful, unsuitable, or inappropriate. We may edit or remove your comment if it:

  • * Requests or gives personal information such as email address, address, or phone number.
  • * Attacks other readers.
  • * Uses vulgar or profane language.