Did you give the devil a foothold? I have.

26“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27NOR GIVE PLACE TO THE DEviL. Eph 4:26-27.

In the NIV “and do not give the devil a foothold” 4:27

This last verse is an additional instruction. It has less to do with sinning and is more akin the idiom

“Like water off a ducks black”

Don’t give the devil place by letting in the negativity and letting it get to you.

In other words-
Someone insults you- you might get angry about it, but don’t sin. Don’t go all day being mad. Nor allow the Negativity to take hold and find place in you.

“26“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27nor give [g]place to the devil.”

The content of this verse is in Eph. 4:25-32 and it’s about not grieving the Spirit.

When did you realize that the devil has Evil in his name? Me- just now. 😜

Side note – we are righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ. His Blood cleanses us from all sin. To say, when we sin we have opened the door to the devil is like saying our sin is greater than God’s grace. Where then is our faith ~ in the redemptive work of Christ or in our sin?

Who are we putting our faith in?

Faith in our ability to have faith?
Faith in our good works?
Faith in our giving?
Faith in our own goodness?
Faith in our prayers? (Pharisee prayed all the time)
Faith in our sacrifices?
Faith in our worship?
Faith in our Words?
Faint in our ability to cast out demons?
Faith in the words of other people?
Faith in our ability to getting everything right?

Our faith should be in Him/Jesus! We are good at making it too much about us and not enough about Him.

“Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.” And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” Matt. 13:58

They had little to no faith in Him/Jesus.

20Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” 22Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment. Matt. 9:22-23

She was healed because she put her faith in Him/Jesus.

He is our Huband, our Father, our Teacher, our Provider, our Savior, and Our God. And whatever comes our way may our faith always be in Him/Jesus, what He is doing, and all that He has already done for us.

Are Christians just a bag of dirt or are we supreme supernatural beings with God like powers?

He was a well-known physician; she was a simple wallflower. But from the first time he saw her, he couldn’t take his eyes off her. She was not worldly and overlooked by most, but to him, she was everything. The physician chose her as his own, and they soon married. She was the apple of his eye. She would catch him just looking at her and smiling because of the overwhelming love he felt for her.
As a physician, he was kind and worked tirelessly to meet the needs of all those who inquired of him. His wife was always by his side, loving, giving and helping where she could.
One day, an older woman who was talking with the Physician started making derogatory comments about that simple appearance of the women walking in front of them. Just then the wife turned and smiled, and her husband beamed back at her. The older woman didn’t realize she had been insulting the physician’s own wife. But the judgement of others caused her no shame. She recognized who she was, HIS. There was nothing anyone could say or do that would diminish the love the physician had for her.
It was her unique quirkiness, and humbleness of heart that drew him to her. She felt and knew the physician loved her for the person she was. She knew their love was true and eternal.
You see, the physician is our Great Physician, and we are His bride the church. We can rest knowing His love for us in unchanging, and He is faithful to His bride.

He gave us His Name – Jesus

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+5:22-33&version=NIV&interface=amp

Are we working towards perfection or towards all that God has called us to do?

Is human perfection our goal as Christians?

Pressing Toward the Goal
Php 3:12-14 Apostles Paul is speaking

12Not that I have already attained,[c] or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13Brethren, I do not count myself to have [d]apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Here’s the definition in the Greek of

“have already been perfected,”

Verb – Perfect Indicative Middle or Passive – 1st Person Singular
Strong’s Greek 5048: From teleios;
to complete, i.e. accomplish, or consummate.

Consummate: FINISH, COMPLETE
consummate a business deal
b : to make perfect

Apostles Paul’s goal here is not to achieve some kind of human perfection, but to finish all that the Lord has called him do.

“Forgetting those things that lay behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.”

He’s not focusing on what he has already done, but on that which he is yet called to accomplish.

And if you still believe our goal here is perfectionism, here’s another thought from Apostle Paul in Gal 3:3,

Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

Like Paul our purpose is to do that which God has called us to do in Christ Jesus.

“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Do you think you can take the place of honor by dishonoring the one to who it belongs?

“When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 14:7-11

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

I watched two video Commentating on the life Fred Price. I had never seen Fred Price Preach before, but he has die recently of covid.

The first videos comes from Fighting for the Faith (I believe this man is Lutheran.) The second video comes from Jew and Greek. (I believe he is Pentecostal/charismatic) The first man says Fred Price was a heretic and questions if he will even make it into heaven. The second man believes Fred Price was one of the great faith teach of all time and looks forward to seeing him in heaven.

We are to worship in Spirit and truth. Can we be so spiritual if we lack Truth/sound Doctrine? or Can we hold on to Truth/sound Doctrine so tightly that we stifling the Holy Spirit?

https://youtube.com/watch?v=RqneMbc1Ai8&feature=share

https://youtube.com/watch?v=E-huJ-mPGdg&feature=share

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Heb. 11:1

I’ve always thought, “What does this even mean?” But the more my faith grows the more I understand it.

Substances – the quality of having a solid basis in reality or fact.

Evidence – one or more reasons for believing that something is or is not true:

Some helpful verses.

Our faith in Christ – “Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who comes to God must believe that He exists, and that He proves to be One who rewards those who seek Him.” Heb. 11:6

14”And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 John 5:14-15

12Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:12-14

Before I think I mostly hoped, but now I believe – Faith