Ephesians 4:27 "and do not give the devil a foothold."
Consider a good friend who is a foodie, who is bragging of a new slice of pizza covered in many toppings for you to try. You're on a diet spent the last few weeks watching every food put in your mouth and spending every effort exercising to get in shape. You friend brags and you try this tasteful slice. You cave. It tastes amazing and the next thing you do you've eaten another size and tried the the dessert too.
It's a wicked spiral that can be seen in many different ways of life. If we can master this in our spiritual life, we will have victories all over. The devil just wants to get a little foot in your door, because then once he does it's easier to pry open the rest of the door. How do I overcome this? Stay focused on God's promises of victory (Deuteronomy 20:4, 1 Corinthians 10:13). God is with you and his Holy spirit in you. This is how we have freedom because of what Jesus did on the cross and the power associated with this resurrection.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you 2 free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin,3 he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Don't give the devil an inch. Study the word, seek the Lord and wait for the Victory.
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