Foothold #2

This was supposed to post last week, but obvious I did something wrong because it did not post?!?!

There is another Scriptural reference to foothold. Here is a teaching about it. Green print is quote and blue print is Scripture.

The most common use of the word foothold today is as a place or thing that will support a climber’s foot or as a secure starting position from which further advance can be made. In biblical Greek it can refer to a spot, place, location, room, home, position, tract, occasion, opportunity, locality, region, or condition.

Paul gave us insight into how Satan might establish a foothold in our thinking from which further advancement towards hindering our walk can be made. He says:

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:26-27)

In these verses Paul warns us to quickly forgive an offense so that retained anger does not turn into bitterness, because bitterness (long-held unforgiveness) gives Satan a “foot up” in our thought life. It can give him a platform that will support further incursions into our thought life.

See the website above for a more thorough teaching.

Long-held unforgiveness creates a foothold and stronghold…. how is your hold upon Scripture? “In your anger do not not give the devil a foothold.” I am familiar with a woman that many folks are having difficulty understanding. Seems she has a rather violent and shocking verbal temper that does not always show. Something has happened to make her this way. Perhaps an unwillingness to be angry but sin not? God reads hearts and He is the only One who knows for certain.

Previously I focused on creating a foothold for the Gospel to take root. What about a foothold for evil? Do you have unforgiven anger towards someone or a situation? Do you find your walk with Christ full of boulders and slippery areas that keep you stumbling and even falling? Perhaps it is time to ask the LORD to help you uncover those areas and deal with them in the Light of His love and power?

By refusing to forgive we make our lives difficult and bring more trouble than we need have into our existence. If we practice this relentless anger for decades we create chasms as deep as the southwest Grand Canyon. Then we come to the edge, thinking we can simply step over and the eroded area surprises us. There are so many times when we plainly do not know ourselves and the difficulties we have created in our own lives. Jesus is a bridge builder. He can show us how to release that unforgiveness and build a bridge into His arms of love.

A foothold can become a ladder towards the kingdom of darkness. Do you recognize the footholds you have created? Are you willing to let the LORD destroy those footholds and show you the way into His life?

Turn to the One who loves you best and loves you the most! He is able to do marvelous things!

giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. 13 He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves. 14 We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, in Him.

Colossians 1:12-14 HCSB

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