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February 26, 2021, 5:00 PM

Eph. 4:27 (KJVS) Neither give place to the devil.

In his letter to the church at Ephesus Paul dropped this wise warning.

"Do not give the Devil a place in your life"

This scripture came to my mind when I was thinking about a few situations that I have observed.

We always tend to think of "giving place to the devil" as committing some illicit sin, doing evil things, etc but I would seek to show you that it can be applied to so much more.

In the Apostle Paul's context he is speaking of anger and not letting the darkness overtake you while you are still angry, the night is when one can brood in the darkness of distemper thus giving place to the devil.

However, like many scriptures there is a "Divine Principle" attached…that principle is simply "Don't give the Devil a place in your life".

Other translations put it this way:

Eph. 4:27 (AMP) Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him]. 

Eph. 4:27 (BBE) And do not give way to the Evil One. 

Eph. 4:27 (NIV) and do not give the devil a foothold.

Eph. 4:27 (NASB) and do not give the devil an opportunity.

The old saying is "if you give an inch they will take a mile"

I say "If you give the Devil an inch he will take as much as he can".

With this in mind I raise your awareness to an issue that as a Pastor I have:

  1. Watched played out in people's lives.
  2. Experienced in my own life.

The enemy is a sly ol' fox, we used to sing a Sunday School song that spoke of catching him, putting him in a box and locking with a key for all the tricks he played on me…what a striking thought…locking the devil away and never having to deal with him again…after all…he is to blame for ALL of my issues…

…or is he?

How often do WE give place to the sly ol' fox?

How so Pastor? By letting him "manipulate" us out of devotion, church attendance and things that God is calling us into.

The devil is a studier of mankind…the Bible teaches us that he is the "Prince of the POWER of the air"…that he "roams about seeking to devour" and that he goes "to and fro upon the earth".

Notice that when God asked "have you considered my servant Job?" that Satan pulled out his notepad on Job and started down the list of why exactly he couldn't get to Job, notice that when God granted permission Satan already knew where to hit Job.

He studies humanity…he has been doing so since the Garden…while he cannot read minds, he can in fact read body language and well, many times we let him in on our weakness by what we speak…and how we act.

The Bible calls him the accuser of the brethren, if he has things to accuse you of then that means he's been watching you.

His fiery darts are well aimed and you can guarantee that they are aimed at the place where they will do damage…our "weak-spots" if you will, which doesn’t always mean "sin-spots"…

…sometimes it means "sick-spots, distraction-spots, pain-spots, depression-spots".

Wanna know more? Keep reading.

I have both observed and been party to the enemy preying on weakness.

I remember times in my life where I would get sick, go into a state of depression, deal with extreme pain either the night before a service or before prayer time…sometimes I found myself "sleepless" thus causing me to "miss" my times of visitations.

I simply "gave a place to the enemy".

Let's get into this:

Tell-Tale Signs:

  • If you get a migraine every-time you are planning to be at prayer or if it keeps you from praying……you might be giving place to the devil.
     
  • If you come down with sickness every Saturday night after planning to be in service Sunday…if you stay home…you might be giving place to devil.
     
  • If a deep sense of depression washes over you right before time to do things for the Kingdom……you might be giving place to devil.
     
  • If every-time you plan to go to church, do something for God, further your walk and something or someone distracts you whether it be people, calls from work to take over-time, or fill-in, sickness, headaches, depression, anxiety…or…here is a big one……sleeplessness.

If you let these things keep you away from church, God's will, the Kingdom, furthering your walk, etc…you might be giving place to the devil.

You see, I have watched a trend and experienced it where Satan has used our weakness to keep us from our purpose.

Once we fall for it once then he will do it again, and again, and again because he found out it worked.

Satan will do this UNTIL we STOP giving him a foothold.

How To Stop:

Get ready for a deep answer (not really lol).

You stop by stopping….resist!!

James 4:7 (KJVS) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

  1. Submit to God - OVER all anxiety, pain, depression, anxiety, sickness, distraction, etc……submit to Him…your problems are MINOR compared to what our forefathers did.

Think about the Apostle Paul: "…for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. (Gal. 6:17)

Our migraines and sleeplessness pales in comparison to what the man who wrote much of the New Testament experienced…and we are supposed to be writing the next chapter of Acts.

Paul was submitted to God…over ALL the torments, thorns, weaknesses and pain…he was submitted to God and he SHOWED UP!!

  1. RESIST the DEVIL!!! No deep explanation needed!!! Resist!! That word means "WITHSTAND".

RESIST!! WITHSTAND!! STAND AGAINST!!

Stop staying home…push through the pain and go pray.

If I stayed away from prayer every time I had a headache, sickness, sleepless night…well, I'd never pray.

Go pray and maybe you will get a healing, if not you have told the enemy…I RESIST YOU!! YOU LOSE!!

PUSH through the pain…push through the weariness and go pray.

I heard about a minister who right before she would leave town for ministry engagements something would happen, someone would get sick.

Finally she told her daughter, I'm sorry sweetie but I'm leaving…I'm not going to keep letting the enemy play this game (paraphrasing) after she made that decision, the enemy stopped fighting on that front.

Think about this: Would you allow sleeplessness to keep you from your job? A migraine? (a virus is understandable lol) no, you'd push through and go because you don’t want to get fired and you need the money…your job is simply NOT optional…

…but prayer is? Church service is? The things of God are? This ought not be.

If you will push to go to an institution of man harder than you would to go to an institution of God…something is wrong.

If you push harder to go to work than you do to operate in the Kingdom, to pray, to attend church…then your God is Mammon (Money).

"But Pastor, I work so I can give to the Kingdom"

Sorry, I can't buy into that…I think you are lying to yourself…either that or you have found something to appease your conscience since you are not doing what you should.

Why would you want to give to a Kingdom of which you don't care about it's King?

You SHOULD give of your money but you should also give of your time…God wants ALL of you…not just a part.

Why would that King want the gift of your $$$ when you reject Him on every other front?

Why does the "prince of this World" influence you more than the "King of the Universe?"

It's simple, when the Kingdom becomes optional…so does the King.

If the King and Kingdom isn't your Master….there is only one other master to serve…Satan.

When we let the enemy take us away from the Kingdom by "interrupting" our devotion, church attendance, giving, etc…we have bowed knee to him in worship.

Neither Give Place To The Devil!!

In conclusion:

Yes, there will be times you will miss prayer, miss church, miss events…you won't always "bat 100" but let it not be said that you never even tried to "step up to the plate".

There will be times where you are too sick to go and do…that's not what I'm referencing.

I'm referencing those times where things are constantly happening in the same form…consistent sickness, consistent distraction, consistent pain, consistent sleeplessness…and yet on other times when you want to go and do other things it's not nearly as hard…

…beware, beware…it might just be the Devil and you might just be giving him a foothold.

PUSH THROUGH FOR THE KING!!!

RESIST THE DEVIL!!!

PRAY!!

FAST!!

GIVE!!

ATTEND CHURCH!!!

LIVE FOR GOD!!!