Cultivating Good Relationships PT.3 - Ephesians 4:27

We can’t truly submit to God unless we resist the devil

Neither give place to the devil. Ephesians 4:27

What about you? Have you ever given place to the devil by allowing anger, resentment, bitterness, or unforgiveness to have a "place" in you?

Let's look at the word "devil" for a moment. The word "devil" comes from the Greek word "diabolos", an old compound word that is made from the words "dia" and "ballo". This name is used sixty-one times in the New Testament.

The first part of the word is the prefix ‘dia’, which means through and often carries the idea of penetration. Because ‘dia’ is used at the first of this word, it tells us that the devil wants to make some kind of penetration. We've already seen that the devil is looking for an entry point.

The enemy's objective is to separate them from each other with his railing, accusing, slanderous accusations. You’ll know when the accuser has gone to work in your mind because your whole perspective about the person you are upset with suddenly changes. You become nit-picky, negative, and fault-finding.

You used to have high regard for that person, but now you can't see anything good about him at all. James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” This verse instructs us to do two things at the same time. We have to submit to God and resist the devil.

We can’t truly submit to God unless we resist the devil, and we can’t truly resist the devil unless we are submitted to God. These must be done simultaneously. The word resist means "to actively fight against." This isn't a passive word. We have to have a violent resolve to take advantage of the kingdom of God (Mathew 11:12). The devil loves passiveness.