I doubt any of us would choose to live with an opened back door--we're far too aware of the risks and dangers. Instead, we lock our doors securely to keep all the creepy and bad things out.
Yet how many of us unwittingly open a spiritual door to the enemy without realizing it?
Types of Doors
The Bible has a lot to say about doors. There is the door of hope and expectation (See Hosea 2:15), a door of mercy (See Amos 7:8), a door of persistence (See Luke 11:10), the door of our own lips (See Psalm 141:3), the narrow door we are encouraged to enter (See Luke 13:24), a door of faith (See Acts 14:27), and a door of opportunity (See 1 Corinthians 16:9).
An Accidentally Opened Door
Believe it or not, the enemy waits outside, hoping we'll leave our door open. He roams around looking for an opportunity to devour us (See 1 Peter 5:8) Seemingly harmless things can open the door to Satan, leaving us vulnerable simply because we're not aware the knob is turning. The number one way we open a door to the enemy is through sin, which crouches at our door, (See Genesis 4:7).
Some other potential (and more specific) areas that can open an unwanted door in our lives can include:
- TV Shows
- Immoral Activity
- Drug Use
Closing the Door
Thankfully, if we're involved in anything that has opened a door to the enemy in our lives, all we have to do is genuinely repent to the Lord, ask His forgiveness, and ask Him to close the door. The good news is God is faithful to forgive us and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness (See 1 John 1:9), and the blood of Jesus is more powerful than anything.
The truth is, Jesus is The Door (See John 10:9). If we are wise, we will walk through Him and expel sin from our lives. Then we'll know that the door to the enemy will remain firmly closed and locked.