Don’t Give Place to Satan
- Date: June 4, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:26-27)
- From No Greater Love
We want to look at a couple of passages in Ephesians, Chapter 4 and see what Father has for us. We were talking about this the other night, but just a quick look at a verse here that might be helpful to us in getting started. As Paul speaks to us, "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil" (Ephesians 4:26-27). I want to tell you something, man. The longer you put this off, the greater bondage you're in. Don't give place to the devil. For every day that goes by without you resolving conflict in the body of Christ, Satan puts a stronger hold on your neck and reaffirms your justifications and causes you to be more right in your eyes because he is the accuser of the brethren. It's his job, and he will find every way possible for you to justify your accusation against your brother. He's a liar and he's the father of lies, and there is no truth in him. So when we realize where those accusations are coming from and who you've partnered with, it should frighten you. And he says, "Give no place to the devil." Do it quickly! He gives more admonition to us and he says in verse 29, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers."
If there are conflicts in our midst, any time you speak toward that individual to anybody else, to them when there is any type of a confrontation, and I don't mean that in a way that would have to do with negative. I'm just talking about whenever you would confront one another and address one another, would you say that all of your words and your heart's attitude is, "I'm going to edify this person. When they leave my presence, they will be built up because I am ministering grace to those that hear my voice." "[Because] by grace are ye saved…" (Ephesians 2:8). All I've got to show anybody around me is grace. All I do in the body of Christ, as it pertains to my brothers and sisters, is to seek ways to edify them and build them up.
We spoke a little bit recently on this. Verse 30, if I don't have this kind of an attitude, I am grieving the Holy Spirit of God, "…whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." He's the sealer. He's the guarantee, and the moment we walk contrary to His Spirit of forgiveness and grace and gentleness and meekness, that seal is broken, man! You've grieved Him. He backs off. I don't know about you. I don't want to be out here on my own. Amen? I need the Holy Ghost. I want to tell you something. For me to treat you properly, the Holy Ghost has got to be working in me. Because, otherwise, I am in it for me. I can't love without the Holy Spirit. I can't walk in humility without the Holy Spirit. I can't walk in a Biblical compassion without the Holy Spirit. I do not want the Holy Spirit grieved in my temple here, this tabernacle, that's been built for the glory of God. What a tragedy! What a tragedy when we can't speak to edifying about a brother and sister who Jesus died for! "But you don't understand, Pastor, they said something that really hurt my feelings or they said something that wasn't true about me. You just don't understand." That's true. I've never had anybody do that, but the reality is, I'm the debtor. I'm the chief of sinners. Jesus made it very clear. So somebody said something that hurt your feelings, wasn't totally accurate, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. Jesus said, "Pray for them." He didn't say write them off. And that also goes for our enemies. How much more for people that are part of us that are struggling against the same flesh that we are, that we should be speaking words of grace and seeking opportunities to edify them.