Our lives are made up by moments.
And we are made by how we respond to those moments.
Every moment impacts us in one way or another, and how we respond to it shows the strength of our character. It displays our faith. The moments of our lives, how we view them and respond to them shape us.
Have you ever had a moment that left an imprint?
And not necessarily a good one?
Maybe something scary happened. Or something bad. And even after it was over, you were just kind of left reeling?
We’ve probably all had several. I had one specifically that is stuck in my mind.
But the important thing I have been learning about moments, especially bad ones is that we have to be careful. Or I have to be careful not to let them morph into more than a moment.
Do Not Give The Devil A Foothold
Ephesians 4:26-27 says, “ Be angry [at sin—at immorality, at injustice, at ungodly behavior], yet do not sin; do not let your anger [cause you shame, nor allow it to] last until the sun goes down. And do not give the devil an opportunity [to lead you into sin by holding a grudge, or nurturing anger, or harboring resentment, or cultivating bitterness].” (AMP)
The Easy to Read Version words verse 27 this way: “Don’t give the devil a way to defeat you.”
The Passion Translation says, “Don’t give the slanderous accuser, the Devil, an opportunity to manipulate you!”
And that’s what it is. When we let a bad moment morph into more, it’s Satan’s way of manipulating us. I don’t know how I have lived for over thirty years and just now realized that. But it’s true.
Join The Conversation
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably heard the saying, “do not give the devil a foothold” your whole life. Have you ever considered dwelling on bad moments giving him a foothold before? Can you think of any other ways we give Satan a foothold?
I’d love to hear from you. Join the conversation in the comments below.