Door of Protection
The outside doors to your home are in place for your protection. They protect you from bad weather as well as unwanted “guests.” When you answer a knock at the door, you are the one who decides who is granted access into your home. In a similar way, while there are some doors for which only the Lord can grant access; there are other doors to which only you determine who gets access. Jesus has given you the Holy Spirit to guide you (John 16:13; Romans 8:14) in making wise decisions, but the ultimate decision as to who or what gets access is entirely up to you. Let’s take a look at 4 doors to which only you can grant access.
1. YOUR MIND. The Bible tells us as a man thinks in his heart so is he (Proverbs 23:7). What you continue to think about is what you will become, what you will do. BUT the Lord provides a way for you to shut the door to the enemy when he tries to fill your mind with wrong thoughts; the answer is the His Word, the Bible. The Word of God has power to renew or transform (change) your way of thinking (Romans 12:1-2). For instance, when the thought comes, “I can sin and no one will know,” you can change your thinking with Numbers 32:23, “… be sure your sin will find you out.” God sees all things and knows all things. You cannot sin without His knowing. What you continue to think about is of utmost importance. That’s why the Lord instructed Joshua when He was about to lead the children of Israel to meditate on His Word day and night (Joshua 1:8).
2. YOUR EYES. When I was young, we used to sing a song in Sunday school that went in part, “O be careful little eyes what you see, for the Father up above is looking down in love; so, be careful little eyes what you see.” Good advice. When you are tempted to look at something you know you shouldn’t (whether on the computer screen, TV, magazine or another source), a good verse to help you turn away is Psalm 121:1-2, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.” Once you close the door, keep it shut as you remember Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
3. YOUR MOUTH. The Lord warns in Matthew 12:34, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” James also warns that both blessing and cursing comes out of the mouth, and this should not be (James 3:10). Be sure to put a guard over your mouth and keep guarding it. Always honor the Lord in your heart; so that you will honor Him with your words. Use your words to build up and encourage others, never to tear them down. Proverbs 18:21 warns, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.” Be sure to speak life. The more you renew your mind with the Word of God, the easier it will become to speak life.
4. YOUR ACTIONS. The Lord instructs us in His Word to be doers of the Word and not hearers only (James 1:22). The Holy Spirit will always guide you in what you do if you ask Him to. He will also warn you when you are about to make a wrong decision. In Genesis 4:7, God warned Cain before he killed his brother Abel saying, “But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master." To you and me, God says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able to say no to, but will always make sure there is a way of escape for us.
So, the question is: have you opened doors to the enemy which need to be shut? If so, admit your sin to the Father, and shut the door! Remember the toothpick and the nail? A toothpick by itself is easily broken. However, put that toothpick alongside a nail, and the toothpick cannot be broken. With Christ, you can stand up against and experience victory over any temptation! And…you have His Word on it!
Next time we will talk about the Door of Privacy. Be blessed!