A Foothold

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - The Virtuous Life - Day 233 - Ephesians 4-26-27 - A Foothold - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Virtuous Life – Day 233 – Ephesians 4-26-27 – A Foothold – Growing As Disciples

And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry,  for anger gives a foothold to the devil. Ephesians 4:26-27 (NLT)

Do An Inventory

That is what I would like you to do. What would you like me to do? I would like you draw near to me at the end of each of your days. I would like it if we discussed how your day went. I would like you to meet with me so we can assess your day together. In other words, I would like us to do an inventory of your thoughts and words and actions during your day. How does that sound? You seem a little hesitant. Does this seem like a scary prospect to you? Yes, it does. Why is that? I am sure that each of my days will not stand up to your scrutiny. Haven’t you frequently said that you want to think and speak and act in ways that please me? Haven’t you said that you want to become like me in your thoughts and words and deed? Yes, I have said those words many times. Were you not serious? Yes, I was and am very serious about my desire to live a life that is pleasing to you. Nothing would make me happier than to think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to you. So, when you fail to live out this desire, you would rather not talk about it? You would rather not discuss it with me? I didn’t say that. I said that discussing my failings with you seems like a scary prospect to me. Would you rather we remain silent with each other, and you go on thinking and speaking and acting in ways that displease me? No, certainly not. You know that you cannot think and speak and act in ways that please me without my help? Yes, of that I am certain. Our talking together, discussing your day, is when and where you will ask for and receive my help. Does asking for and receiving my help seem like a scary prospect to you? No, not at all. Well then, will you meet with me to discuss your day with me? Yes, I will. That will be very good.

What is one thing we can discuss right now? I have been angry. I have been offended. My rights have been violated. Yes, I noticed. You agree? Yes, I do agree. So, it is ok for me to hold on to anger? What do you think? I think you want me to let go of anger. You don’t want me to hold on to anger. You want me to forgive others willingly and freely, just as you have willingly and freely forgiven me. When I do that, I will be thinking and speaking and acting like you. Yes, you will and in doing so you will not be giving a foothold to the devil. I will let go of anger. I will not carry it with me. I will forgive others just as you have forgiven me. That is very good. See, taking an inventory with me is a very good thing. Yes, it is. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will not let the devil gain a foothold in my life. I will not carry anger with me from day to day. I will let go of anger and willingly forgive those who have wronged me. Help me to assess each day to verify that I am not letting the sun go down on my anger. Amen

Key Question…  How willing are you to let go of your anger and forgive those who have wronged you?

Living It Out…  Make sure that you do not carry anger with you from day to day.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the devil will not gain a foothold in your life when you don’t let the sun go down on your anger.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are not letting the sun go down on your anger.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you never give the devil a foothold by letting anger take hold of you.

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Do Not Give The Devil A Foothold

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Anger – Ephesians 4:26-27 – Do Not Give The Devil A Foothold – Growing As Disciples

“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 (NIV)

 Your Move

What are you doing? I’m rehearsing my anger. What do you mean by that? I’m thinking about how angry I am. I’m thinking about how deeply I have been hurt. No one should treat me the way I have been treated. It’s just not right. It’s not fair. Who do they think that they are anyhow? Don’t they realize who they are dealing with? I’m a very important person. I deserve to be treated with honor and respect. Wait till I give them a piece of my mind. I will set them straight. They will never treat me with such disrespect again. They will think twice before they ever cross me. Once I’m done with them they will never dare to hurt me again.

Do you feel a lot better since you started rehearsing your anger? What kind of question is that? It’s a question that I would like you to answer. No, I don’t feel better since I started rehearsing my anger. Are you less angry since you started rehearsing your anger? No, of course not. That’s not even my goal. What is your goal? I want to get even. I want to make them pay for what they have done to me. I want revenge. I can see that you are very unhappy now. Will getting even, paying them back and seeking revenge make you happy? I doubt that. Do you want to be happy? Yes, I do.

I thought you said it would make you happy if you were able to know and do my will. I have said that many times before. Do you think it is my will for you to carry your anger from one day into the next? No, I do not. You have said that you want to become like me. That is also true. Was I hurt? Was I wounded? Was I mistreated? Yes, you were hurt, wounded and mistreated. Did I rehearse my anger? Did I think about getting even, paying back or seeking revenge? No you did none of those things. What did I do? Did I carry anger from one day into the next? No, you didn’t carry anger with you from one day into the next. You loved and forgave others even while they were mistreating you. Yes, I did. Did I forgive those who did not deserve to be forgiven? Yes, you forgave even those who didn’t deserve to be forgiven. Did you deserve to be forgiven? No, I did not deserve to be forgiven. Will you make the first move to love and forgive others just as I have loved and forgiven you? Will you let go of your anger? Yes Lord, I will let go of my anger. I will make the first move to love and forgive others just as you have loved and forgiven me. That will be very good.

Lord, I will make the first move. I will let go of my anger. I will not carry my anger with me from one day into another. I will not hold on to my anger and let the devil gain a foothold in my life. I will love and forgive others just as you have loved and forgiven me. Amen

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A Foothold

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Spiritual Warfare – Ephesians 4:26-27 – A Foothold – Growing As Disciples

“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 (NIV)

An Opportunity

Do you want to give an opportunity to the devil? Do you want to allow the devil to damage your relationships with others? Do you want to live a life of constant strife? Who would say “yes” to any of those questions? Certainly not me. I would much rather live a life filled with your peace. I never want to give the devil any kind of opportunity in my life. I want to have healthy and happy relationships with others. I want to live as one of your peacemakers in the world. That’s good. Why are you asking me these questions? Is there something that I am not doing that you want me to do? Is there something that I am doing that I could do better? Those are good questions.

Are you forgiving towards others? Are you willing to overlook an offense? Are you easily angered? Do you freely vent your anger to others when they fail to live up to your expectations? Do you carry anger towards others from one day into the next? Do you carry grudges with you wherever you go? I see where you are headed with this. Where is that? You want me to become like you. You want to forgive others just as you have forgiven me. You want me to be willing to lay down my rights so that I will not be angered when someone does not live up to my expectations. You don’t want me to carry anger from day into another. You don’t want me to carry grudges wherever I go. That’s right.

So, where should I can I start? How do I begin? You could begin with prayer. How so? You could ask me to help you to become one of my peacemakers in the world. I will ask that of you right now. That’s good. That’s a start. How else can I pray? Do you have in mind anyone that rubs you the wrong way? Can you think of anyone who frustrates you? Can you remember anyone who has hurt or harmed you? You’re kidding right? No, I am not kidding. Well, I don’t need to rack my brain to think of someone who frustrates me. It won’t take but a second to recall someone who has hurt or harmed me. I know of several people that definitely rub me the wrong way. Put these people on your prayer list. Ask me to help you to bless their lives. Do for them what you want me to do for you. Like what? Show them your kindness. Give them your mercy. Extend to them your help. Love and forgive them just as I have loved and forgiven you. I get it. Will you do it? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. Then the devil will never be able to use anger to gain a foothold in your life. 

Lord, I have held on to anger and harbored bitterness and wrath. I have wanted to get even. I have wanted to seek revenge. Forgive me of these attitudes. Help me to love others and make peace with them. I will forgive others just as you have forgiven me. Amen

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Give No Opportunity

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Will – Ephesians 4:26-27 – Give No Opportunity – Growing As Disciples

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Ephesians 4:26-27 (ESV)

Your Anger

You have had your difficulties with anger. That is an understatement, I’m sure. Why do you say that? I have allowed myself to become angry. I have fully vented my anger. I lost control of my emotions and expressed anger in ways that have damaged and destroyed relationships. I have held on to anger. I have carried resentment. I have let anger linger in my life over days and weeks and months, maybe even years. That’s not good. No, it’s not. I have been discouraged and defeated by anger. I have let the devil have an opportunity to gain a foothold to do great harm through my anger. I have distanced myself from others either because I was angry with them or they were angry with me. What do you want to do about that? What do you mean? You have described your past experiences with anger. What do you want to do with your anger now? I will no longer give full vent to my anger. I haven’t done that in a very long time. I agree. That does not mean I have not been angry. That does not mean I have not expressed my anger. That’s true. If I express anger at all, I want it to be under control. I don’t want to express anger in a way that will damage relationships. If I express anger, I don’t want to hold on to it from day to day. Every day, I want to resolve anger and reconcile relationships. I want to live in harmony with others. I want to love like you loved. I want to live like you lived. So, I will value relationships with others above whatever reason I might have to be angry. I want you to make me into a peacemaker. I want others to know that, above all, I love them even though I might be angry with them.  That’s good.

Anger is not all bad. What do you mean by that? I was angry. It is not a sin to be angry. You will be angry in ways that are not sinful. How might that be? Have you ever been angry about injustice in the world? Yes. Has your anger every caused you to act to right wrongs in the world? Yes. Have I ever called you into action through some passion and anger that you have felt? Yes. Have I ever born fruit through your life and brought glory to my name through passion and anger you held in your heart? Yes, there have been many times I have done something good in response to injustice I have seen in the world. I know that you have borne fruit through my life and brought glory to your name through actions you guided me to take because I was angry. That’s right. Anger is more complicated than I imagined. Yes, it is. Will you bring your anger to me? Will you ask me how you should deal with your anger. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I will not let the sun go down on my anger. I will resolve anger and reconcile relationships with others every day. I will not let anger give an opportunity and foothold to the devil. Instead, use my passion and anger to bear fruit for your kingdom and glory. Amen

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