The Devil's Foothold

Tom McCrossan

READ : Ephesians 4:26-27

Can the devil possess Christians? No, but the devil’s associates snatch any opportunity or foothold we give them to oppress, distress and distract us.

I once heard demons compared to ticks. They’re not powerful in themselves, but don’t give them an open ing to attach themselves to you if you want to stay healthy. The diseases they carry do enormous harm. So it is with demons. But like ticks, we should not fixate on demons, but recognize their reality and danger, and take precautions. “He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

So Paul says Christians must beware lest anger supply an opening for a demonic spirit to attach itself to us and cause harm. Leave no opening for a spirit of rage, revenge, brooding, self-pity, etc. Don’t let anger lead you to sin. Deal with your anger and its cause immediately. If not, you invite Satan’s exploitation.

Paul does

not

say that all anger is sin. Actions caused by anger may be sinful. Anger is simply a signal that something is wrong. We have to decide who or what is wrong (it may be us!), and then take appro priate action. Remember, God’s solution is only a prayer away.

PRAYER

Thank you, Jesus, for your victory over the world, the flesh and the Evil One. Amen.