Demons at Your Door
On December 7, 1941, citizens of the United States discovered an enemy that had been secretly planning and mobilizing to destroy them. The Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor utterly surprised them. You might be similarly surprised to discover the enemies that are plotting against you.
You naturally think your battles are with people who are hurting you and depriving you of what’s rightfully yours. Those people aren’t the enemy. They’re controlled by demons at their door. You have demons at your door too. They’re trying to destroy you. Hidden forces lie behind life’s problems. Things are not what they seem. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12, NIV). How you treat demons at your door affects every area of your life.
Consider some of the whole-life-pollution these door-knockers want to bring. They seek to disrupt your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Satan inflicted physical, mental and emotional damage in Job’s life (Job 1:5-10). A demon rendered a man unable to speak (Matthew (9:33). Another caused a man’s son to experience seizures (Luke 9:37-42). Another was linked to a lack of mental health (Luke 8:35). Demonic influence feeds the foul thinking, talking, and behaving to which you’re prone when circumstances go south.
Demons inspire false teachers to render Jesus less than fully God and fully man and make His death, burial and resurrection less than fully adequate for your salvation. Demons resist your spiritual growth to keep you ineffective in building God’s kingdom (Ephesians 6:10-12). They resist your forgiving others who’ve hurt you (1 Corinthians 2:10-11).
Revelation 3:20 describes a door at which Jesus is standing and knocking. Receiving Christ is opening the door of your life to Him. That door is also an entry way for demonic influence. Judas Iscariot opened the door of his life to Satan instead of Jesus, perhaps by his insatiable greed (John 12:6).
Worshipping idols opens the door to demonic influence. The Bible repeatedly describes idol worship as demon worship (1 Corinthians 10:20). That might not seem like a real temptation for you. But consider that idol worship is valuing anything more than you value God.
You open the door to the demonic by possessing occult objects like Tarot cards and Ouija boards. You do so when you attempt to contact the dead. You do so through involvement in witchcraft. Drug use clouds your mind. It opens the door to evil spiritual forces that would destroy you. You get my drift.
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God” (Romans 8:14). Keep the door of your life wide open to the Holy Spirit. Slam it shut on the demons at your door.
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