Shared May 25th, 2014
WHEN SATAN KNOCKS AT YOUR/MY HEART’S DOOR
As believers, the apostle James urges us, James 4:7, to “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Another weekend whizzed by, just like that and do you know what? With each passing day, we are closer to the coming/return of the Lord or closer to going to meet Him, closer to death. Let me clarify something here; meeting the Lord could be a joy (rest) or a terrible thing (judgment). Whether we like it or not, whether we want to hear it or not, with each passing day and night, the grave draws nigh, closer for each person. And satan is working tirelessly, accusing born again Christians before God Almighty.
Some years ago, I wrote a song and a part of the lyrics was “When satan knocks on your heart’s door let Jesus open the door”. It is not an easy thing to let Jesus open the door, but that is the best way to overcome satan’s wiles and temptations. The deceiver-tempter will always come after you, especially if you are born again and when he comes after you, in effect he’s saying or urging you to “sign your soul away and I will give you all that your heart desires.” With every “little” temptation that we succumb to, we have to admit that satan has succeeded in getting us to sign a piece of our life away. And he always tries to get you to do that with just “a little piece of sin here, a little piece there.” But they all add up. Thing is, what satan offers is nothing but lies. And the sin he wants you to commit is nothing but death.
Do you remember our recent devotional? When satan tempted Jesus, he promised Jesus all the kingdoms and governments of the earth, Jesus refused. Fact is, Jesus didn’t deny satan “ruled” the world or that he had some power and some authority over those things to give to Jesus; as if they were his. But Jesus didn’t desire or want anything that satan had to offer.
When satan comes against your mind with wrong thoughts, you don’t have to concede to him because in effect, you defeat yourself. You can overcome satan’s temptations. Ephesians 6 gives us a clue as to how. In v.14, it says Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place (Ephesians 6:14). So then based on Ephesians and James, we know that there are certain things we can do to combat and overcome satan’s temptations. Here are some examples.
Refusal to feel guilty for wrong thoughts that come to mind or dog you; I know that we are not always responsible for those devastating and evil thoughts that come knocking on the doors of our hearts and minds. Sometimes though, we permit foreign stimuli to come in and dictate to us, such as: the internet sites we choose to visit, the kinds of TV programs/movies we willingly watch with glee, the types of reading materials that we absorb, the nature of the conversations we have with certain people whom we know will not positively help us. Messages from these fill our minds and hearts and many a time incites unwanted thoughts like envy, immorality or greed. I say incite because chances are, if you were caught all alone on Mars you may still find yourself harbouring or doing serious battle with these ungodly thoughts.
I’m not out to lunch on this because as we saw in our recent devotional Jesus, for 40 days and nights was totally isolated. Mary wasn’t there. Joseph wasn’t there. There were no disciples yet. And, there was no internet, no face-book, no newspapers, no e-mail, nothing. Yet during those 40 days and nights, Jesus was tempted with thoughts of doubt, discontent, greed, and pride.
Refusal to allow wrong thoughts to linger in your mind is another way to defeat satan’s wiles. All satan is looking for is a toehold which will eventually become a foothold. You know the saying, Give an inch, they take a yard. The toehold of lingering thoughts becomes the foothold of full-blown sin.
Replacement of wrong and ungodly thoughts with God’s thoughts (e.g. Jesus, in the temptation quoted Scripture) is also another way to let Jesus open the door when satan comes knocking. When you recognize your situation, you are then in a better position to replace the sordid thoughts. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Let me end by asking you to ask yourself this question, “When I am tempted, do I battle it with the truth of the Bible or do I try, albeit futilely, to defeat it with my own inadequate willpower? You know you are the best person to answer this question. And satan is so interested in accusing you before God, even if you have not fallen to his wiles. That’s all he does: accuse! When he accuses you before God, let it not be true, that you failed his temptation.
Proposed prayer: Dear Lord, I need to let go and allow You to answer my hearts door when satan comes knocking. You live in me and You are enthroned in my heart so I am not my own. I have been bought with a price, the precious blood of Jesus so I am more than a conqueror. Thank You for answering my prayer, in Jesus’ name. Amen.