When Paul wrote the Epistle to the Ephesus, he gave many exhortation and encouragement to the church. Among the verse, read a very short verse

“nor give place to the devil” – Paul (Eph 4:27)

Resisting the devil seems to be the lifelong work of every Christian in his daily walk with God. In fact, Apostle Peter once said

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” – Peter (1 Pet 5:8)

Sometimes we may be wondering, why does the devil need to walks about among us in order to devour Christians. Do you know that when you come under the protection of Christ the devils are not allowed to touch you?

Let us see what Apostle John had to say about it,

“We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself,and the wicked one does not touch him.” – John (1 Jn 5:18)

This is the reason why whenever satan wanted to harm the believers, he needs the permission of God, just like in the case of Job .

It is because satan is unable to harm us on the spot, which is why he needs to look at us from the distance, and observe us to see if he can detect our witness and tempt us.

This is the reason why Elder James said this

“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” – James (Jas 1:13-15)

Very often than not, the process of sin is one which takes times, James used the term “conceive” to describe this.  Every doctor will tell you that a pregnancy process take about 10 months from conception before the baby is born.

There is a similarity to the process of sinning, because it started up small and it slowly grow bg. The difference is that when sin is full grown, it will lead to death.

The process of conceiving sin, started by members giving a foothold for the devil to work. As the days go by the sin gets greater and greater.. and finally the person will make a great mistake and sin against God. Falling out of his protection.

Therefore we should study the battle plan of satan as a warning to all of us not to give place for the devil to work. 

we will look at 3 bible characters in the bible to learn from their mistakes, and to understand the circumstances in which they gave place for the devil.

The three characters that we would be looking at the next few blog post are.

1. King Saul (1 Sam 15, 1618)
2. Judas Iscariot (Jn 12,13, Matt 26,27)
3. Ananias And Sapphira (Acts  5)