Day Two – Not Giving A “Foothold” 101

Ephesians 4:26-27 NIV – In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. 

Ephesians 4:14 NIVStand firm…with the breastplate of righteousness in place…

We are taught by scripture to not stay angry so that we “do not give the devil a foothold.”  Let’s read what Dr. Grant Osborne said about “foothold” in his commentary, Ephesians: Verse by Verse:

“The term topos (‘foothold’) means ‘place,’ and the picture is of letting the devil into our house and allowing him to inhabit a room. A similar term is used in Romans 7:8 for sin as an invading army that seizes the opportunity (aphormē) to gain a foothold in our lives. Aphormē is a military term for a bridgehead from which forays may be sent out to attack the enemy. This metaphor has much the same force. We do not want to permit Satan the opportunity to use our anger to gain control over us. Rather, we must gain control over our tempers.”

“Have no room and give no opportunity for the influence of the enemy…What does it mean in a practical way? If you dwell on the things like anger, depression and fear, all these can trip you and influence you, but to not give a foothold is to stop at the beginning, dead in its tracks… Don’t give a foothold, say ‘I don’t think so.’” (From P. Mark’s message)

Let’s consider all the ways that we can “dwell” on things like anger, depression and fear.  How do we allow these to trip us?  We have the full armor of God to be able to say, “I don’t think so.” Particularly, the breastplate of righteousness where our hearts are guarded in the truth of who we are as dearly loved and redeemed children of God.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that I can say “I don’t think so” to anger, to depression and fears because my heart has been made right and whole through your redeeming work on the cross.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s we receive the truths of this song, “Strong in Us” by Bethel (click here).

– EK