A Foothold

Today I consider what it means to “give the devil a foothold” from Ephesians 4:27. I read that a foothold is a secure position from which further progress can be made. 

I think of common footholds that allow more and more destruction into my life: bitterness, unforgiveness, and jealousy. I think of the footholds of behaviors that simply don’t honor God. I don’t want to mess around with giving evil any kind of foothold.

I think of very small things that cause avalanche results, like the tiny splinter that gets horribly infected or the one dislodged rock that causes a landslide. I even remember an episode about infestations where just one or two little bugs can quickly multiply and overtake a home.  Maybe it seems harmless, inconsequential, and small, but what if this little thing that doesn’t please God is giving the devil a foothold?

I ask God to show me any footholds. I don’t want to mess around with evil.

Have you thought lately about ways we give the devil a foothold in our lives?


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  1. I don't give the devil footholds anymore. If I do see one, I thank him for reminding me of how empty my life was when I was letting him lead me around and climbing all over me. We walk a parallel line with the devil. He's not really allowed on our side and I don't cross over on to his. You never play any game by your opponents rules. We can't deny that he is there but we can't give him more credit than he deserves. Our own flesh and our choices are more of an enemy than the devil. We can't make the devil a scapegoat for our sin.

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