Imagine yourself a mountain that moves. Who or what is king of the mountain? Who or what is king of you? Is it a fleeting emotion? Is it a relative, friend or thing?
Imagine again, but this time picture yourself as a portable room. Who have you let in your door? Who or what are you letting in your door currently?
Ephesians 4:26-28 mentions the word "foothold" as a condition brought about by the enemy of our souls that has given him possible strategic advantage over our lives. The verse reads -
- "'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."
The original word for "foothold" here is topos. It is likely where we get our word topography - the study of land or places. Topos can refer to a specific advantageous location, like a foot in the door or right placement of the foot on a mountain outcropping. Some would say this is being in the right place at the right time. Foothold can also refer to a condition or advantageous opportunity the the likes of anger and other passionate emotions which can turn negative or positive depending on the user.
The instruction in the verse is three-fold:
- Do not allow the condition to get to you and lead you to sin. ('In your anger do not sin')
- Do not allow the day to end with the condition still unresolved. (Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry)
- Kick the devil off your mountain or out of your door/home! (do not give the devil a foothold.)