October 12, 2021
Ephesians 4:27 King James Version
Neither give place to the devil.
If you haven’t read Ephesians chapter 4 lately, I encourage you to read it and think about it. Halfway through the passage are Paul’s “Instructions for Christian Living”. Now you can read this as another list of “Thou shalt nots” because he deals with lying, stealing, cursing, bitterness, anger, and malice. But the purpose of this is not to restrict you or even tell you what to do. The purpose is to help you truly live the abundant life Jesus died to give you.
Just the other day Eric and I were talking about tragedies going on around us and I said, “that kill, steal, and destroy is bad out here in these streets!” That’s what we need to understand. We have an enemy, and he is doing his best to kill us anyway he can. He is trying to steal our peace and our families. He is out there doing his best to destroy destinys, breakthroughs and health. How do we avoid all of that? How do we obtain abundant life? Verse 27 tells us not to give place to the devil. Many versions say “don’t give the devil a foothold”, but I like thinking about this version. The devil only operates in our lives if we give him a place. We leave him a small space in our lives with a lie or a curse word. We hold him a place in our lives when we choose not to forgive. All that stuff Paul tells us not to do are things that give the devil place. So you can choose to live like that, but just be informed that every time you do, YOU give the devil place. He has no right in the life of the believer, but believers give him permission with their living to come and bring all of his “kill, steal, destroy” with him. So the next time your flesh is fed up, you feel like cussing something, or you feel like it might just be easier to lie, ask yourself is it worth dealing with all the evil the devil will be pouring into your life. It’s your choice.
Lord, thank you for all the tools you give me to protect and enjoy this abundant life. Help me to see every choice as either life or death. Give me wisdom to see life. Change my desires to want Your will and to do things Your way. In Jesus’ Name...
Deidra B. Johnson, PhD