Don’t Give Place to the Devil
Ephesians 4:27 – ” Do not give place to the devil.”
If we guard every door, close every window, and seal every entry point that the enemy would try to access, we will never have to fall prey to the devil! One of the main entry points that the devil tries to access is our relationships. If there is an unresolved issue or conflict with a loved one, a friend, or a co-worker, these conflict points become entry points through which the devil can get a foothold in the relationship. This term “foothold” means that the devil has a stronghold on you, which will determine the direction of the relationship. Once the enemy is able to slip in through one of these cracks and build an offense in our minds, we’ve already begun to construct a wall that will eventually separate us from the people we need and love. The word “place” in Ephesians 4:27 means territory. Because the word “place” means territory we know that the devil is after every territory in our lives – our marriage, our money, our health, employment, business, and ministry. He is so territorial that he wants it all. Remember in Matthew 4, the devil told Jesus that if he would worship him that he would give Jesus the kingdoms (territories) of this world. The devil is after every territory that you have authority over. But in order for the devil to gain control of these territories in our lives he must find an entry point. When he does, now he can bring his devilish destruction (John 10:10).
How does the devil get these entry points? The devil attempts to enter our minds by making accusation against others. But because we are more than conquerors we do not have to fall victim to his plot. Because GREATER is He that is in you, than he (devil) that is in the world (1 John 4:4). We must choose not to give any territory or “place” to the devil. You have the power of choice. No one (including God or the devil) can take that away from you. Joshua said, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15). We can choose to give the enemy a place in our minds and our emotions or we can choose to walk in the Spirit. When we choose the lower road of the flesh and un-renewed emotions, we will end up doing and saying things that we will regret.
Let’s take a look at the word “devil”. In the Greek the word is diabolos. One of the definitions of the word diabolos is to make penetration. Once diabolos has located an entry point of offense he now has access to penetrate our minds and our emotions, to drive a wedge, build a wall between us and them (spouse, boss, friend, family member, co-worker). The enemy’s objective is to cause separation by accusing and making slanderous accusations. You know when the devil has made penetration because your whole perception of that person changes. Anytime you become nit-picky, negative and fault finding against the people that God has told you to honor and respect (Exodus 20:12, Ephesians 6:4, 1 Peter 3:1, Romans 12:10) you’ve allowed yourself to become more focused on a weakness instead of who they are. This is clear that the “accuser” has found an entry point to penetrate your relationship. I want to encourage you to stand up to the tricks and the lies of the enemy (Ephesians 6:11). Don’t allow conflict, disagreement, or disappointment to cause a wrong attitude that will ruin a relationship. Instead of meditating on all the bad things about that person, look in the mirror. Consider how many times you’ve let other people down; how many mistakes you’ve made in relationships; the times that you should have been held accountable but instead were given great mercy.
Ask the Holy Spirit to take that criticism out of your heart and to cause the love of God to take over. Pray for an opportunity to strengthen the relationship. Recognize the penetration points that the devil is attempting to enter into the middle of your relationships and decide “not to give place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27).
My prayer for you today is that you will ask God to help you keep the doors to your heart and soul closed to the devil and open to Him. To help you stay free from offense, free from unforgiveness, and free from bitterness.