Life’s Moments

February 5, 2020
Do not give the devil a foothold

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.

I share more about it in my devotional on Devotable today here.

Don't let life's moments give the devil a foothold...

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.

And don’t forget to head on over to Devotable to read the devotional I wrote for today, “Keeping Our Eyes On Jesus.”

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8 Comments

  • Reply April February 6, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Yes, I definitely have to keep a watchful eye on this too! My latest post is actually me sharing testimony of this as well. The enemy wants to steal our joy away from us and we must be diligent in protecting our joy because it’s tied to our strength in the Lord. It can be so easy (even though we know better) to take our eyes off of Jesus and instead on the circumstance that troubled(s) us.

  • Reply Erin Gram February 6, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Thank you for this! Such good food for thought and a great reminder to fix our eyes on Jesus in all things. I definitely need to work on this and I appreciate the awareness you brought on this topic!

  • Reply Jaime Hampton February 6, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    For me it’s allowing myself to spiral into chronic worry, rather than taking my anxious thoughts captive! I used to think of worry as something that only affected me, and was a “bad habit” but realized at some point that it was stealing glory from God and could turn into sin if I didn’t deal with it pretty immediately. Thank you for the reminder, Heather!
    Jaime Hampton recently posted…When Things Get Worse After You Pray

    • Reply Heather Hart February 7, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      That’s so true, Jaime! There are so many ways that Satan tries to worm his way in. But we can always turn back to God.
      Heather Hart recently posted…Living in Light of the Gospel

  • Reply Valerie Riese February 8, 2020 at 9:58 am

    I wanted you to know how much your devotional helped me this week during my husband’s cardiac issues. I read it just as the whole thing started and it helped me stay in perspective all day. I had the deer in the headlights look all day but I clung to the hope I knew instead of the fear of what could be. Thank you
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