August 18 • Sparkling Gems from the Greek, Volume I, by Rick Renner

You and I never need fall prey to the devil. If we shut every door, close every window, and seal every place in our lives through which the enemy would try to access us, we can prevent him from getting into the middle of our affairs.

One of the entry points the devil tries to use to enter our lives is relationships. If there is an unresolved issue or an ugly conflict with a loved one or friend, these conflict points often become entry points through which the devil can get a foothold in our relationships with those we love. Once the enemy slips in through one of these cracks and builds an offended place in our minds, then construction has already begun on a wall that will eventually separate us from the people we need and love the most.

In Ephesians 4:27, the apostle Paul writes, “Neither give place to the devil.” The word “place” is the Greek word topos. It refers to a specific, marked-off, geographical location. It carries the idea of a territory, province, region, zone, or geographical position. It is from this word that we get the word for a topographical map. Because the word “topos” depicts a geographical location, this lets us know that the devil is after every region and zone of our lives—money, health, marriage, relationship, employment, business, and ministry. He is so territorial that he wants it all. But to start his campaign to conquer those areas of our lives, he must first find an entry point from which he can begin unleashing his devilish destruction in our lives.

We often throw open the door to the devil ourselves when we:

Refuse to let go of old hurts and wounds.

Refuse to acknowledge what we did wrong.

Refuse to forgive others for what they did.

Refuse to stop judging others for their grievances.

Refuse to admit we were wrong too.

Refuse to apologize when we’re wrong.

Refuse to lay down our rights for others.

If we do any of these things, we leave a marked-off place through which the devil can enter to accuse others in our minds. But we don’t have to fall victim to the enemy’s tactics. We can say, “No, you’re not going to do this!”