Have you ever gone somewhere and accidentally failed to lock the door, and when you came home, the door was wide open? What was your first thought?
I’ve had that happen to me. I walked in cautiously, going from room to room, looking for some intruder who might have been hiding there with evil intent. Fortunately, there was no one there.
But what if we were to come home and find some evil intruder in our home? Wouldn’t we call the authorities for help to command the intruder to leave?
We live in a world where we feel the need to lock our doors and even our windows in an effort to keep out any intruders. We consider intruders to be dangerous to us and to all that we hold dear.
But what about intruders to our minds and hearts? Should we not guard these treasures just as carefully? Or do we, like some, not believe that we have an enemy of our souls?
The apostle Peter says it this way,
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith.” (1 Peter 5:8, 9a)
And Paul says it like this,
“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
We don’t have to leave the door wide open to the devil. All we need to do is open it a crack, just enough for him to get his big toe in the door. Then he waits it out until we aren’t paying attention and revisits us with a sneak attack.
Unforgiveness is a perfect military campground for the devil to plan his stealth attack.
However, I’ve found that any sin that we refuse to confess and repent of can and will give the devil a foothold, a place for the enemy to prepare and launch a surprise attack against our souls.
So, the question is, are we going to cooperate with the enemy and leave him the opportunity to barge in and steal from us such prize possessions as joy, hope, faith, and love? Or are we going to call in the authorities, who will, of course, require our cooperation in order to kick out the intruder in the name of Jesus?
I like what Adrian Rogers once said about the authority of the name of Jesus.
He said that when the police knock on the door with a warrant, they say, “Open up in the name of the law.”
In the same way, he said that we can tell the enemy of our souls to get out in the name of Jesus.
Jesus is our authority. As Christian believers, we can call on Him and on His name to kick out the enemy. But we need to recognize that His being our authority also means we are to obey Him.
2 Corinthians 10:4, 5 says, “for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”
Jesus is my authority. His rules are for my benefit and for the benefit of all His creation. I am to grab hold of every thought and bring it before Him to examine it and say whether it is pleasing to Him or not.
This is part of His perfect plan to protect us from the evil one.
Will I lock the door of my heart to intruders by bowing to His authority on a daily basis? Will you?