Tuesday, September 1, 2015

"Open The Door"

"If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.”  Genesis 4:7

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.'  Revelation 3:20

In order for anything to gain entrance into our lives, there has to be an opening.  There is, it is called a "door".  There are two things that desire access.  One is sin and the other is not a thing but a person, Jesus Christ.  Though they both desire access, there is a difference in the way they gain that access.  

Sin crouches at the door waiting for any opportunity to weasel, deceive, slip, push, barge or squeeze its way in.  Sin came into our lives originally through deception and disobedience in the Garden of Eden.  It still tries to enter the same way.  It desires access so that it can destroy you through guilt and condemnation.  Its desire to enter is never for a good purpose but to steal and to kill and to destroy you.  It comes in and takes its liberty until it abuses and uses you up.

Jesus, on the other hand, knocks at the door.  He patiently waits for you to open the door and receive Him as a welcomed guest.  He waits for you to invite Him in.  His desire for access is so that He can lavish His love on you.  His desire is always for a good purpose.  It is so that He can bless you with eternal life, spiritual blessings, every good and perfect gift, peace, joy, wisdom and everything else that tends to life and godliness. 

The question then is-- who will you open the door of your life to?  Will you allow sin to enter uninvited?  If you do, it will set up residency there before you even realize it and take over to do its destructive work, reeking havoc of your life.  Or will you open the door to Jesus' loving, patient knocks?  If you do, He will set up residency and as a welcomed guest bring healing and restoration into your life.  Once He is a permanent residence, there will be no place for sin and Him both.  He will give you strength and power to keep the door closed to sin, and victory over it so that it cannot gain access again. 

Have a great.  Sin and Jesus both desire access into your life.  Which one will you open the door to?        

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