Neither Give Place to the Devil Eph 4:27 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
Paul gave us very specific instructions about putting on the new man in Eph 4:24-32. In the midst of these instructions he told us, neither give place to the devil. When you think about that instruction it is a little hard to understand exactly how to accomplish this without looking up some other scriptures. So, we are going to run a couple of cross references and see how we can keep from giving place to the devil.
To keep from giving place to the devil requires:
Humility – Jas 4:6, 1 Pet 5:5-6 – Adrian Rogers said, “Nothing sets a man out of the devil’s reach so much as humility” – he is the king over the children of pride – he tempts with the pride of life – he is a destroyer and pride goeth before destruction – Jesus humbled himself and Paul said let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.
Submission – Jas 4:7 – submitting to God is like a child submitting to a father commanding him to stay out of the street, or to an officer commanding a soldier to stay down, or an owner commanding his dog to heel – submitting to these commands is in the best interest of the one being commanded to obey – the best way to submit is to learn the truth of the word of God and then do what it says – submit to the authority of the words of God – the centurion was a man under authority and demonstrated great faith – when you submit to God then he is the one who protects you in a battle with the devil – and when you submit to his truth his truth keeps you our of the devil’s snare.
Vigilance – 1 Pet 5:8 – Paul said of the devil that we are not ignorant of his devices – those are words of a vigilant man – he knew his enemy – he tempts in three principle areas [lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life] – Dr. Ruckman preached on the watch words of the Bible – he said watch your words, your actions, your thoughts, your companions, and your heart – these are five things the devil will use against you – pay attention.
Resistance – Jas 4:7, 1 Pet 5:9 – you cannot give in to the devil’s temptations – Eve should have quoted Gen 2:17 to the devil – if he shot back a reply she should have said, “The Lord rebuke thee” and moved on – you are to resist, not run, not attack – stand your ground by the grace of God – if the devil is not messing with you then don’t invite an attack [or give place] – don’t blame him for things that you did; he might get permission from God to get you back – draw near to God and stay right there with him.
Conclusion: If you will live by these four things you will not give place to the devil – this doesn’t mean that you won’t get attacked – the Lord might allow him to try you like he did Job or Jesus – if he does, God intends for you to come out being a better person for it. Like soldiers in boot camp; they endure hardness to make them combat ready. Look at 1 Pet 5:10. You will come out perfect, stablished, strengthened, and settled.