Do Not Give the Devil a Foothold (Ephesians 4:27)

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
26 Be angry, but don’t sin – don’t let the sun go down before you have dealt with the cause of your anger;New International Version (NIV)

26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,

One verse, two slightly different nuances of meaning. The NIV translation. One important part of this verse is what comes after “while you are still angry”. Verse 27 reads, ‘and don’t give the devil a foothold.” After a fairly lengthy exhortation in the preceding passage to learn how to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in unlearning the habit of saying whatever comes to our mind, learning how to deal with anger in a Godly way, not that it is expected that we won’t get angry after we have become followers of Christ, it’s how we behave when we do get angry that Paul is referring to He then ends these series of learning how to control our baser instincts, in this case, anger, lying, stealing, unwholesome speech. Finally he deals with the emotions that lead to the aforementioned behavior

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ‘GIVE THE DEVIL A FOOTHOLD’?

A foothold is defined in the dictionary as a ‘secure position, especially a firm basis for further  development:

They gained a foothold in the New York market before beginning their national campaign.

These are 2 things we really don’t want the devil to have in our lives, one, a ‘secure position’ and two a firm basis for more development.

How do we get free from spiritual footholds? In one word, obey. If our issue is anger it will take a lot of grace and the decision to, by obedience, take the devil’s foothold away. Reread Ephesians 4:26…….read the thoughts before it and finish out the chapter. This was an actual letter to actual people and it makes much more sense when read in context. If we just pick out passages of scripture to prove our point, the Bible is no longer our standard of faith and practice, we are. (yikes!) So ask God to give you strength, the Holy Spirit is our helper, but we will need to use our will also. God usually does not wave a wand and fix everything. Where would be the learning in that.

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About Jeff Hamric

Jeff Hamric is married to his wife of 25 years, Colleen. They have 4 children; Justine 22, Keely 20, Jody 18. and Caspian 16. Jeff grew up in Southern California and 3 years after giving his life to Christ, became the Youth Pastor at John Wimber's church, The Vineyard. 3 years after that, him and his family moved to Illinois to be part of a church plant with John Paul Jackson. Within 6 months, him and Colleen became Senior Pastors. They stayed there for nearly 10 years and now reside in Northern Caliornia in the City of Roseville. The are members of The Rock, a local church where Jeff plays bass and him and Colleen co-lead The 18:30, a young adult community with Daniel and Debra Giles
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