The Adversary gains advantage against us when we give him ground.
“I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me” (John 14:30 NKJV).
Jesus was with his disciples the night before he died. He said that the devil was coming, but that he had no basis in him.
There was no anger in Jesus … no lust, bitterness, disobedience, or anything not in harmony with the Father’s design. The devil had no ground against Jesus.
Give no ground to the devil … he CANNOT OVERCOME US unless we give him the ground to do so
Paul said, “Be angry, and do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:26-27).
Place is topos (Greek) … topography. Give the devil no ground.
The Lord’s word to Cain in Genesis 4 was, “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And it’s desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
In the Hebrew, this is a picture of sin as a crazed, vicious animal outside your door. If you give it access, it will tear you apart.
Christ has won the victory! We are now the righteousness of God in Christ. Give no ground to the devil.
Routinely ask the Holy Spirit to search your life and reveal to you any access points you need to close. It’s a smart tactic!