Flee the Devil

26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. ~ Ephesians 4:26-27

Our reactions are always the most important part of each and every encounter we have. Why? Because our reaction determines whether or not we have given the devil an open door to enter our lives. Some believe that if that was the case, we would be possessed by a demon. But that is not the case at all.

See, Paul himself warns us that we can give opportunity to the devil with our emotions. Unchecked anger isn’t the same as righteous anger. Unchecked anger can stem from many different roots, but the most common one is probably the root of bitterness. When we allow these different strongholds in our lives, we are allowing opportunities for the devil to enter into our lives. He doesn’t come in and possess us as he did to Judas the night he betrayed Jesus, but what he does do is enter into our lives and start causing havoc.

He steals our blessings, our peace, our patience, our call, and anything else we allow him to take from us. This is why Jesus calls him a murderer from the beginning because he leads the people of God away from God and spiritually kills them. He causes many Christians to spiritually die, and they don’t even realize it. The only way to overcome Satan is to flee temptation. We have to flee unchecked anger, lust, bitterness, grief, depression, guilt, or anything else that could cause us to give opportunity to the devil. The only way to have the strength to flee temptation is to be strengthened by the LORD. Our relationship with God has to be strong enough so that we can run into His name and be saved. So that we can soar on wings as eagles and be renewed. So that we can be tempted and have the means to escape. So, draw near to God so that you might not fall into temptation.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Flee the Devil.

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