"Neither give place to the devil" [Ephesians
• Why Does God Allow Christians to be Attacked by the Devil?
• What Does it Mean When the Bible Says: Neither Give Place to the
• How Do Christians "Give Place to the Devil?
• How Do I Defeat the Attacks of the Devil?
• How Do I Prevent the Devil From Attacking Me?
These questions, and many more like them are often asked by Christians
who do not understand some of the basic principles of the victory we
have in Christ and how we can actually 'open the door' to trials,
troubles afflictions and attacks of the enemy.
Below is a brief summary of the
Audio teaching: "Give No
Place to the Devil" taken from the series: "Overcoming
Tests, Trials, Troubles and Afflictions"
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"Do not let the sun go down while you are
still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold." [Ephesians
JESUS PROMISED THAT CHRISTIANS WILL EXPERIENCE TROUBLE:
One of the most misunderstood principles of the Christian
life is the fact that Christians do, and will continue to
experience tests, trials, troubles, tribulations and afflictions as long
as we are on this planet.
Unfortunately, what most Christians do not realize is that more
often than not we are the cause of many of the trials,
troubles and afflictions that come our way!
WHAT DO THE SCRIPTURES SAY?
• "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not
the sun go down upon your wrath:  Neither give place to the
devil." [Ephesians 4:26-27"
The NIV Translation says it this way: "Do not let
the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil
• "As the sparrow in her wandering and the swallow
in her flight, so the curse does not come without a cause."
[Proverbs 26:2 BBE]
The NIV makes it even clearer: "Like a fluttering
sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to
DON'T INVITE TROUBLE:
Notice that according to the above scriptures that thru improper speech
and/or actions actually open the door to the devil and allow him to
bring trouble and afflictions that are associated with the curse into
yes, the devil will attack people (Christians included) - but
what most people do not understand is that they were the ones who
invited him into their lives in the first place: "Neither
give place to the devil" means exactly what it says: Do NOT
give the devil a place in your life!
Don't give him the right or the opportunity to trouble or
afflict you. We know from scripture that when he comes he does so
to kill, steal and destroy [John 10:10] - so why invite him to do
so by giving him a place or a foothold in your life?
THE CURSE WILL NOT REST WITHOUT A
"Like a fluttering sparrow or a
darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest."
[Proverbs 26:2 NIV]
"As the sparrow in her wandering
and the swallow in her flight, so the curse does not come without
a cause." [Proverbs 26:2 BBE]
Notice that it does not say the
curse will not try to come. What the scripture says is that even
if or when the curse tries to take a foothold in your life, it
cannot do so unless there is a cause!
Most Christians understand that we have been redeemed from the curse
(and all of it's effects on us). Yet it is important to understand
that when we choose to conduct ourselves like those who are not
redeemed and who still live under the curse - then we become susceptible
to the curse as well! We open the door to the curse in our lives
and even even though we have been redeemed from it we have chosen to act
as those who are not and therefore it has every right to affect us!
DON'T OPEN THE DOOR:
fearful people dread most will happen to them" [Proverbs
"And to whom
swore he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that
believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of
unbelief."[Heb 3:18 KJV]
envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work."
goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall."
"Death and life
are in the power of the tongue" [Proverbs 18:21]
There are many scriptures that warn us
the consequences of acting, and speaking in ways that
invite trouble! Yet most people are unaware that their words and
their actions can and WILL have consequences!
Here are just a few of the ways people 'give place to the devil" and
invite the curse to affect them:
• FEAR Opens the Door to the enemy: [Prov. 10:24]
• DOUBT & UNBELIEF opens the door to the enemy: [Heb 3:7-19]
• ENVYING / STRIFE / ANGER Opens the door to the enemy: [James
• PRIDE Opens the door to the enemy: [Proverbs 16:18]
AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION:
Benjamin Franklin is famous for his witty sayings. One of his most known
quotes was: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".
When it comes to avoiding trouble, it is much wiser to take the steps
necessary to avoid the trouble than to have to deal with all the
problems that arise because we failed to do so.
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prevent the enemy and the curse from gaining a foothold in your life.
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overcome and even avoid many of the trials, troubles, tribulations or afflictions
that comes against you!
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