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Don’t Give the Devil a Foothold

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“Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil” Ephesians 4:26b-27 (NLT, 2nd edition).

When you give the Devil a foothold into your life, he takes a stronghold. What does that mean? If you give Satan control of one little part of your life, he will soon take over the whole thing. You give him a foothold into your life, and he turns it into a stronghold.

Let me explain it this way: On D-Day, Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy. It was critical that they establish a beachhead — that is, a foothold on the beach that would allow them to set up a staging area to bring in more men and equipment for the battle. From that tiny foothold, the Allied forces were able to push inland in an effort to liberate France.

But Satan isn’t trying to liberate you. He wants to establish a foothold in your life in order to take over more and more of your life. Once he gets deep enough into an area of sin, he turns the foothold into a stronghold, and that makes it harder for you to take back control of your life.

How does Satan get a foothold in your life? In Ephesians 4:27, the example is anger, but it could be any negative emotion. If you fill your life with worry, he’s gained a foothold in your life. If you fill your life with resentment, he’s gained a foothold in your life. If you allow guilt to turn into shame, Satan has a foothold in your life.

The Apostle Paul says the best way to deal with these negative emotions is immediately. He says, “Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil” (Ephesians 4:26b-27 NLT, 2nd edition). You make a choice to deal with it right away.

Otherwise, the negative emotion will fester in your heart and give Satan the opportunity to establish a foothold in your life.

Talk It Over

  • What negative emotion have you allowed the Devil to use to take a foothold in your life? Or, what emotion has the potential to become a foothold for the Devil?
  • What does it mean for a negative emotion to fester in your life?
  • How can you be proactive about dealing with negative emotions that may arise in your life?

By Rick Warren
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In Everything by Prayer

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6

It is so easy to be anxious and worry over situations simply because we don’t know how to handle things, and circumstances seem to be out of our control. But even though we may not be able to handle some situations we go through in life, we do have a God who can handle all things and is willing to help us, if we will just call on Him. The more we pray, the more we realize how we are dependent on God.

Prayer helps keep worry and anxiety away as I trust Him to lead and guide me. Each time I go to God in prayer, what I am telling God in essence is, “Lord, I depend on you, for wisdom, strength, direction, protection, provision, for all that I may need. I am not going to lean on my own understanding, but rather, lean on yours.”

And glory to God, as Psalm 46:1 states, He is a very present help in the time of need. A great example can be found in 2 Chronicles 20:12, where Jehoshaphat prays, “…For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” This story teaches me not to try to figure things out on my own — although sometimes I am tempted to — but to rather depend on God to show me the way that will lead me to victory concerning the situation, just like He did for them.

Lord help me to constantly live a life of prayer, thus showing my dependence on you in all situations. Amen

By Folasade Oladapo
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