Birds make nests in trees for a good reason.
The other day my daughters found an old birds nest and proceeded to embellish it, apparently so a bird could come and use it. They enjoyed what they were doing, but didn’t realise that birds make nests in trees for a good reason – to give them the protection against predators that height affords. A cat even came to investigate the nest, whilst my children were working on it! But how many of us are not even taking basic protection measures against the enemy of our souls? How many of us are leaving the doors of our lives wide open to attack? As Christians we should be as diligent to make sure that those doors are shut and firmly secured, as we are the doors to our physical houses. A bird would not build it’s nest on the floor. Likewise you would not leave your front door wide open (I’m making an assumption here!), so why would you leave any possible access for the devil open? Why would you give him the chance to get in?
A criminal will do whatever he can get away with.
One of the reasons that we might inadvertently leave a door open to Satan is because of lack of knowledge. My daughters built the nest on the ground for two reasons:
- They could hardly climb a tree to build it!
- They did not know that a nest built on ground would be in danger of attacks from cats and other predators.
Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge“. It is important that we read the Bible regularly so that we are well aware of The Secrets of Satan’s Tactics. It is also important that we know the authority that we have as believers (see ‘Who’s In Charge Here?‘ & ‘Using The Name Of Jesus‘) . If we do not know that we have authority over Satan, he will just barge his way in whenever he likes, just as a criminal will do whatever he can get away with.
We usually feel justified in holding on to negative feelings.
Strife is another way that we can leave a door open. James 3:16 says, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work“. We must learn to recognise the beginnings of strife and stop it dead in its tracks. I wrote more about avoiding strife in my post, ‘Friendly Fire Avoidance‘. Another, very similar, door is unforgiveness. We usually feel justified in holding on to negative feelings that we have about someone, but in so doing we are leaving a door wide open both to spiritual attacks and to the effects that bitterness can cause in our physical bodies. You may find this post on ‘The Power of Forgiveness‘ by Dr Don Colbert helpful. Likewise, be prepared to apologise – even if the other person does not accept your apology, you have done what you need to do and you can then go to God and repent and receive your forgiveness.
Forgiveness doesn’t make them right, it makes you FREE!
— Terri Savelle Foy (@terrisavellefoy) 16 July 2017
Faith opens the door for God to work in our lives.
The door marked fear is one of Satan’s favourite points of access, because most people think that fear is a perfectly normal, healthy response to certain situations. But whilst fear may be normal for many people, it is certainly never good. The account of Job reveals just how dangerous fear can be. Just as faith opens the door for God to work in our lives, fear opens the door to Satan. The good news is that we do not have to allow fear to rule over us, we can stay in faith and refuse to submit to fear (see my post, ‘It’s Time To Get Rid Of Fear‘).
We think that we deserve what is happening.
The final door that I will mention here is the door of guilt. If we sin, the natural response is to dwell on negative guilty feelings. The consequence of dwelling on guilt is that we do not put up much resistance when attacks come, because we think that we deserve what is happening. On the other hand, by feeling guilty we hinder the blessings that God wants to pour out on our lives, because we do not think that we deserve them. The best way to deal with the guilt that results from sin is as quickly as possible; 1 John 1:9 in the God’s Word translation says, “God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong“.
So be on the lookout for any doors that you may have inadvertently left open and slam them shut in the devil’s face.
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