Don’t Give Place To the Devil
The Apostle Paul encouraged the members of the church at Ephesus in the faith, admonishing them to refrain from evil, and rather stay renewed in the spirit of their minds.
With all of his admonitions, detailing what the saints can do to stay strong in the faith, he wrote one passage of scripture that stood out to me perhaps more than all others:
“Neither give place to the devil” Ephesians 4:27.
In other words, don’t give the devil a foothold in your life through any means whatsoever. Don’t let him bring unholy thoughts into your mind; don’t tell half-truths; don’t compromise on anything.
We can certainly go down a very long list of things in this world that can destroy a person spiritually, but rather than compile a very lengthy list, such as be careful not to sin if you get angry; don’t commit fornication, because that is a sin against the body and sins against the body will destroy the body; don’t allow filthy communication to come out of your mouth, because out of the intents of the heart, the mouth speaks, and such a heart is not filled with the Spirit of the Lord, etc, etc, etc…; know this, if you give the devil an inch, he will take a mile.
Don’t let the devil ride!
We can actually sum it all up in that passage of scripture above, which means the same thing as “don’t give the devil any place to start a spiritual cancer in your life.
Anything at all that allows the devil passage into your life, whether it be cursing, telling what some might call “little white lies” (a lie is a lie and God hates them all [Revelation 21:8]), gossip and backbiting…
In summary, if Jesus wouldn’t do it, we must not do it. God is watching all the time.
“I say to you, every idle word that men speak, they shall give an account of it on Judgment Day” Matthew 12:36.
Some say it is impossible for man not to sin, but that couldn’t possibly be the case, because Jesus came to earth in the flesh, but He conquered the flesh and lived without sin.
The Word of God says,
“For we have not a High Priest (Jesus) which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin” Hebrews 4:15. (emphasis added)
We aren’t able to live holy, that is absolutely true; but Christ can live holy in our mortal bodies, if we surrender ourselves to Him.
The Apostle Paul wrote,
“I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” Galatians 2:20
This is exactly why Jesus said,
“Jesus said to His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me” Matthew 16:24.
The Word of God also tells us,
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” Romans 12:1.
There are a lot of people in the world today who hold on to the name of Jesus, and they hold to the name of Christian, but they aren’t into denying themselves. These are the same ones that will tell you all day long, “No one can live without sin.”
“Whoever seeks to save his life shall lose it; and whoever shall lose his life shall preserve it” Luke 17:33.
Salvation is free, but we owe Him our lives; He purchased them with his blood (Acts 20:28). If we don’t turn our lives over to Him now, we will have no part with Him in the world to come. It is as simple as that.
A lot of people want Jesus and eternal life, but they also want to hold on to their compromising, sins and decadence. It doesn’t work that way.
The Word of God tells us,
“No man can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (money)” Luke 16:13.
We are either servants of God, or servants of the devil by default. We have to serve somebody. If we aren’t serving God, we are serving the devil, like it or not!
Don’t give any place for the devil to gain an advantage in your life.
“Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate (men acting like women) nor abusers of themselves with mankind (homosexuals), nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the Kingdom of God” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
Leaven in the Word of God equates sin.
The Word of God says,
“A little leaven leavens the whole lump” Galatians 5:9.
Some people believe they can get by with just a “little sin” in their lives, but the Word tells us that if there is a “little leaven” (sin) in us, we are sinners, willful sinners, and we will stand before God on the Day of Judgment.
Are you still living in sin? It is time to purge it now and get right with God; tomorrow could be too late.
Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth (Revelation 20:12-15)? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.
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