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SHUT-DE-DOOR

SHUT DE DOOR

There is an old song many of us would sing for fun, and as a reminder for the Christian walk. It goes:

Shut de door, keep out de devil.

Shut de door, keep de devil in the night.

Shut de door, keep out de devil.

Light de candle, everything’s alright

Light de candle, everything’s alright”

That song should be our Christian lives in a nutshell

We should shut the door on the devil…..his demons who tempt us, many times when we aren’t aware of it, because he disguises himself as ourselves. Of course, we are our own worst enemies too, and many times it is us, in which case, we need to open totally up to Our Lord and ask forgiveness.

We should not only be aware of large, obvious sins, but also of sins of neglect…..sins of thought and words. The Word says in 2 Co 10:3 that we are to be “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” Thoughts make way to words. Most people aren’t aware of how powerful words are…especially when coming from a true, born again Christian. We have been given the power to speak God’s words, and the demons know it. The minute a person receives Christ in their heart, they are listening to every word we say…..because they know that we can speak words that will “make us or break us”.

Words are powerful…they are full of truth or lies, love or hate, and they determine how spiritual wars go. If people knew what is going on around them, they would talk and act differently. We cannot see the spirit world, but the Lord gave me a momentary glimpse of it one time, and it changed my life. The “space” around us is thick with angels and demons at war. How the war goes is determined by us. This is why certain areas seem to be “good” or “bad”…neighborhoods, countries. Each nation of the world is ruled by principalities and angels, and the shift of powers is determined by the conduct and words of the people occupying those areas. This is a sobering responsibility for each of us.

In the Book of Daniel, (10:13) the messenger angel was delayed by battle in the heavenlies when the “Prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days”. But Michael, the leader of the Warrior Angels fought to protect the messenger so he could get to Daniel with the message. These things are going on all around us…to greater and lesser degrees. When we have conversations or encounters with each other, to the degree that the words are Godly or evil, that is how the battle in our lives will go. This increases to encompass the entire world, great principalities and God’s Warriors battling for nations.

This is why we, personally, and our nation as a whole, MUST not let go of God. We must hold strong so as not to set the stage for the battle to go wrong.

James tells us in Chapter 3 how important our words are. In fact, the entire book of James is a reminder about keeping our lives in line.

Eph. 6:12 reminds us that: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” This is speaking of direct spiritual warfare, but also of our daily lives and keeping the door shut to “de devil”

We need to do what Eph. 6:10-20 says, to put on the Armour of God.

V. 14 speaks of the loincloth of Truth and the Breastplate of Righteousness. When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we gave our heart to Him. When our heart is devoted entirely to Him, nothing the demons can do can get through to our heart. They may entice us to sin momentarily, or even fall for a time, but our hearts remain true to Our Lord underneath, and we will return to Him for forgiveness and run into His arms. Since we were saved, we are wrapped in the Truth. We have Truth (given us in the Bible) and knowledge of our blood-washed salvation and forgiveness to throw back at the lying demons, whether it be for guilt, temptation, self-hatred, unforgiveness, or any other lie.

We can “stand, therefore” (v. 14) in Truth and Salvation (Righteousness because of Jesus’ substitution)

Our shoes (v. 15) are the”preparation of the gospel of peace”–This is our need to tell others about salvation, about what God has done in our lives, and show them the way to peace with God and within themselves. This not only helps them to be able to put on their own armour, but also helps us reinforce the Truth in ourselves.

And the biggest defense is the “Shield of Faith”…when the demons (or our own mind) lie to us …..trying to depress us so we’re useless to the kingdom, or inflicting an unforgiving attitude, or anger, or strife, or materialism, or a host of other things that are meant to draw us away from the Lord, we can put up the sheild of Faith and say, “ I am the Lord’s and He is mine, and you have no place here.”

These are all defensive gears, and when we need to be offensive, our greatest tool, of course, is the Word of God. This is all Jesus used in fighting off the tempter in the wilderness.

Here we are, back at “words” again……whether it’s the quoted Word of God, or our faith-filled words, we’re back to seeing that WORDS ARE OUR GREATEST WEAPON.

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So much for shutting the door..now how about lighting the candle??

The best and foremost way is to have almost constant fellowship with the Lord. How can we do that? We have to go to work, take care of our families, live our lives…..????

Fellowship with Him should come naturally no matter what we’re doing. Its not so much talking to Him constantly, as having an attitude of being aware of His presence, and knowing and wanting Him to share everything we do. That, and as much informal prayer with Him as possible, will develop our spirits to constantly be praying even when our minds are busy with other things. He tells us that our spirits pray with groanings that cannot be heard.

We are called to be a light in this world… a candle on a candlestick—Jesus tells us this in Mt. 5. That light comes from Jesus, who is the True Light, and the light should show the way to Jesus for others, so they don’t stumble.

He is the Vine and we are the branches…….branches reaching out to other branches to help them draw nourishment from the Vine. Just like candles burning with His Love, getting close to other candles, and spreading that fire that only comes from Our Lord.

So, let’s “light the candle, everything’s alright”

God bless you and keep you.

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