“Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8 HCSB
Without a doubt, the believer is hands down more powerful than the devil. Therefore, it’s never a norm in the faith to accomodate demoniacal forces.
True as this may sound, there are areas we may unknowingly give the devil a free rein in our lives.
Ephesians 4:27 HCSB says “don’t give the devil an opportunity.”
The Amplified version is even more descriptive. It says:
“And do not give the devil an opportunity [to lead you into sin by holding a grudge, or nurturing anger, or harboring resentment, or cultivating bitterness].”
Let’s term the above “matters of the heart”. Matters of the heart must be properly handled or the devil will be inadvertently given a place in our lives.
A person may genuinely not want to have anything to do with the devil but if he chooses to bear grudges, remain unforgiving or allow bitterness in his heart, the devil will make friends with him.
In order to shame the devil, such a person must forgive and forestall strife from emanating from offence. The believer must choose to love and forgive. (Ephesians 5:1-2).
Another way a person can give place to the devil is through his desires. Excessive desire for money (1 Timothy 6:9), for the spotlight (3 John 1:10-11) and other inordinate affections (Galatians 5:19-21) are opportunities for the devil to take advantage of.
Therefore, one must resist the devil and submit to God by obeying His word (James 5:7). Pay no attention to strange curiousities and entanglements (Deuteronomy 18:9-12).
Knowing that the devil will take a mile if given an inch, guard your hearts from these things (Proverbs 4:23).
Focus on Jesus. Forgive, love everyone and submit to God. And lastly, be at alert!