Don't Give the Enemy Any Ground

Neither give place to the devil. Ephesians 4: 27

Have you ever found yourself in a place where you were tempted to compromise with the world? Maybe you felt a white lie was in order to protect someone’s feelings or to keep your boss happy? Maybe you felt that you would be more likeable if you were a little more relaxed about the things the world accepts but God still calls sin?

Don’t compromise. We’ve all heard that old saying, give the Devil an inch, and he’ll take a mile. That’s true. And anyone who has ever been entangled in the world again knows it’s true.

In I Kings, Ahab’s foe Ben-haded told him he would take his silver and gold and his wives and his children. I want to note that Ahab was not a Godly king, in fact he was very far from it. Still, his interaction with Ben-hadad supports the point of not giving your enemy any leverage. Ahab was weakened by the years of drought and famine, and instead of resisting his enemy, he agreed to those demands. But Ben-haded wasn’t satisfied and demanded more.

Christian friend, your enemy is Satan, and he will never be satisfied until he destroys your testimony, your relationship, your family, your life. If he cannot drag you to hell because you have given your heart to Christ, he will do all he can to make you miserable and ineffective, so you take no one to heaven with you. Don’t give him an inch. Do not compromise!


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