BIBLE VERSE FOR THURSDAY
Thursday, June 20, 2019
NO PLACE FOR THE DEVIL
Nor give place to the devil.
Boy Scouts, infantry soldiers, and wilderness explorers are required to have a working knowledge of topography. The key root in "topography" is the Greek word topos or "place". So topography is the science of place--as in the places laid out on a map. In the New Testament, topos is translated "place", "locale", or "opportunity". When it occurs in Ephesians 4:27, it means not to give the devil a place or opportunity. The New International Version translated that verse as "Do not give the devil a foothold." That works--a "foothold" being a "place" where a climber can insert his foot when scaling a cliff. A foothold was needed by soldiers seeding to gain entrance to an enemy stronghold or fort. The longer anger remains in the human heart, the greater an opportunity, the more secure a foothold, it becomes. All the devil needs to get his foot in the door of the human heart is for us to nurture our hurt feelings, anger, or resentment.o what gives the devil this place, opportunity, or foothold? Sinful anger, or resentment.
Keep short accounts. Fill in the footholds. Erase the sinful places from the map of your heart. Give the devil no opportunity. If the emotion of anger appears, make sure it has a godly purpose.
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