If you have done any sort of climbing you know that having a place to plant your foot is vital. Losing a foothold is not something to be trifled with. Being able to set your foot and keep it still could be mean the difference between life and death. When we are climbing something, we want and need footholds.
But let’s flip this idea around for a moment. What if we are the mountain and satan is looking for a spot to gain access? Remember, he is like a professional climber. He knows his stuff and will take every occasion to plant himself where we leave space. If we think about our sin being a place where we are giving satan an opportunity to gain a hold on us allows us to see, in a visual way, the importance of things dealing with the sin in our lives.
See it. Confess it. Root it out.
Those thought patterns that don’t seem like a big deal or those secret sins that are growing in strength – those are all the places where Satan can hang around and, if it feels like you have a monkey on your back, well, that might not be a bad way to look at it.
I think we all generally know our areas of sin. Of course, some new ones might creep in, but most people understand they have areas that need work. Getting to the root of those issues and letting God really deal with them through His Word will help eliminate footholds for Satan.
See it. Confess it. Let God root it out.
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. [Ephesians 4:26-27, NIV].
Blessings as you consider those places where satan wants to place his foot in your life.