An Opportunity
Ephesians 4:27

The Upward Look
    by Max D. Hutto,

“and do not give the devil an opportunity.” Ephesians 4:27 NASB

While this phrase is specifically tied to anger in the previous verse, it is also a good general principle for laying aside the old sinful life and putting on the new life in Christ. Any sin in the believer’s life opens the door, allowing evil to come in and giving wickedness an opportunity, a foothold, a place in the believer’s life. According to 1 Peter 5:8 the devil is like a prowling lion seeking someone to devour. James 4:7 instructs believers to resist the devil. Psalm 1 exhorts the blessed man not to walk, stand, or sit with the wicked. Don’t allow evil to exert its influence.

Lord Jesus, help me to be aware and leery of things that give evil an opening into my thoughts, my actions, and my heart. Help me to live rightly and holy in Your sight.


  March 10, 2023   -  © Copyright 2023, Max D. Hutto.

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