Murderous Toe Holds
Satan wants murderous toe holds in your life and mine. When Satan has his toe in the door he will poison your whole life. Give him an inch and he*ll take a mile is more true of Satan than of anyone else. If we give him a little space he will always take a lot bigger space than we intend to give.
James 2:10: For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Galatians 5:9: A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
Death is separation. Physical death is the separation of our souls and spirits from our bodies. Spiritual death is separation from God. Satan would like to murder us spiritually more than physically. Before we received our life-giving Jesus we were already spiritually dead. Satan was glad.
1 John 3:14: We know that we have passed from death unto life, . . . He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
Satan is a liar and a murderer.
John 8:44b: . . . He (Satan) was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
When a liar and a murderer wants a toe hold in our lives he will give us all sorts of false reasons why he should have it. He will try to convince us that his little toe hold will do no harm and will be for our benefit. The truth is that he wants that toe hold because he wants to destroy us. If you are an unbeliever he wants to destroy you before you get into a spiritually life-giving relationship with God. If you are a believer he wants to destroy you before God will use you to spread the gospel (and spiritual life) to others. If you are spreading the gospel (and spiritual life) to others he wants to destroy you and stop you from doing that.
Satan is a dishonest murderer. This little sin won*t hurt anyone is one of his biggest lies. There is no such thing as a little sin against a Great God. Satan*s murderous invasions into our lives are ALWAYS more than toe holds. Satan was the first to make use of the practice we call bait and switch. He was the first false advertiser. Calling his intrusions into our lives toe holds without pointing out their devastating results would be a falsehood. They are victories for Satan and costly defeats for us. They are temptations that we have yielded to and they are sin.
Romans 6:23a: For the wages of sin is death; . . .
Lord, forgive us for believing that sins are harmless.