Keep the Door Locked

"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 King James Version

I keep the doors to my home locked all of the time because there is so much violence these days. I do not open the door unless I recognize the voice and I never open the door when it is dark unless I first see who it is. It doesn’t matter if I think that the person is a member of my family because anyone can say that he or she is someone else. I turn on my porch light and ask them to step where I can see them.

Jesus stands at the door of our hearts and knocks for us to let Him in. For some people, He has been standing at the door of their hearts and knocking for many years. However, they have refused to unlock the door to their hearts and let Him come into their hearts. He is the only one who has the key to salvation and it is only through His precious blood which He shed for us on the cruel cross of Calvary that we may have the forgiveness of our sins.

If we have asked Him to forgive us for our sins and let Him into our hearts, we need to give Him the key to our hearts and let Him control who enters our hearts. When I accepted Jesus as my personal Saviour on August 14, 1980, I gave Him the key to my heart and I promised Him that I would never open the door to my heart to anyone else. I asked Him to please take control of the door to my heart. So unless He unlocks the door and allows someone into my heart and tells me that it is safe to trust the person, I do not have a close relationship with the person.

We are to be friendly to everyone but we need to be very careful about who we form a close relationship with because it only takes one person to pull us down. On the other hand, it only takes one person to pick us up. Just as Adam pulled us down into sin when he disobeyed God, so our precious Saviour picks us up out of our sins through His precious, cleansing and atoning blood. He not only forgives us for our sins; He also gives us a new life and a new heart and never holds our sins against us again.

Too many times we are lured and enticed by the temptations of the world and we open the door of our hearts to our enemy, satan. By doing so, we make the way for satan to attack us with discouragement, heartaches, criticism, sarcasm and ridicule. We read in the Bible "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5: 8).

Even if we only open the door to our hearts a little crack, that is all that satan needs to start an attack that will devastate us. Our enemy, satan, is very sneaky because he will entice us with things that are beautiful and look appealing. However, if we will trust Jesus to let into our hearts who He wants in our hearts and what is good for us and what is in His perfect will for our lives, we will live a much more joyful and peaceful life. It is always safe to trust Jesus.

Have you given Jesus the key to your heart or have you given it to satan? If you have given it to Jesus, you will have peace, joy, happiness and contentment. If you have given it to satan, you will live a discouraged and defeated life. I urge you to allow Jesus to control who and what comes into your heart. He is very protective and He will only allow into your heart people that He approves and things that are good for you. Again, who has the key to your heart, Jesus or satan?

Copyright 2008 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.

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