Many of us strive to keep our homes open and inviting to our families and friends. When they come, we gladly open the door. We have an open door policy for those we love. But who or what else do we open the door to?
Never sin, especially something so blatant as murder. Of course not! But what about R-rated movies? What about questionable reading or internet viewing?
Do we allow fear to enter? Fear can come in many forms – what movies we watch, what thoughts we entertain, even in some news stories. Although we can monitor what we view as entertainment, we cannot avoid the news. Are we allowing fear to sneak into our thoughts, our mind, or worse, our attitude through what we read or view? Have we opened the door to fear?
It’s easy to do the same for negativity. Do we see things as God sees them? Trials are always with us. They are the vehicle to lessons learned. How do we see problems? As someone dumping on us or as a challenge? Have we opened the door to negativity?
Gossip is something we usually strive to avoid and have extreme difficulty admitting that we succumb to this sin. But sometimes this seems to creep in unawares. How do we fight this tendency to cross the line between caring for another and sharing more than we should? Do we open the door to gossip?
It seems to me that we need a powerful ally. Is the door wide and often to our Best Friend, to God Himself? Or to the enemy of our soul? Do we pray whenever tempted by negativity, fear, gossip, or sin? Do we use the weapons against the enemy’s attempt to get in our homes: Scripture, God’s wonderful promises of protection, His faithfulness in supplying all we need even spiritually, or His counsel found in the Bible? How about thankfulness, songs of joy, and praise? I know I need to work on this daily, moment by moment, because the enemy is working at the same pace.
Let’s have an open-door policy, letting God in so He can keep what harms us out!
“The LORD’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, therefore I have hope in Him. The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of the LORD.” Lamentations 3:22-26.