“…And give no opportunity to the devil.” Ephesians 4:27
Most of us know to avoid the outright immoral things in life. However, the enemy uses little things to catch us off guard. Those little things open the door to the enemy and we soon see how immorality has crept into our lives.
One day, I was walking through the neighborhood and noticed a house had a for sale sign. My neighborly friend, Monica lived next door to this house. Monica was walking her dogs and asked if she knew the status for the sale of the house. She didn’t know, but instead told me about what a relief it was to have the house vacant for a while. Apparently, that house had some bad renters. They had parties until 5 a.m., the other days loud music was played at all hours, and had people living in the house that didn’t belong. The Sheriff was called many times over the years to that home.
I did not think these renters could sound any worse until she said that they had cockroaches. (Ewww…) And these cockroaches that were living in that home decided to explore through an unknown hole in the wall and come into her kitchen. She and her husband patched the hole in the wall and bleached everything in their house. She said it was a miserable experience that she hopes never happens again.
After my walk, I came inside the house to see my daughter walking around while she was eating. I told her Monica’s story about the cockroaches and how she needs to sit at the table when she eats, so we don’t see those bugs in the house. My tween daughter (tween=can have an attitude when she talks) says, “well they aren’t hear yet!” I brought her over to the dining room table and said, “just because they aren’t here, doesn’t mean we want to give them an invitation.”
I thought about how I have had that same attitude my daughter had about the cockroaches that I have had towards things in life. What kind of invitation have I given to the enemy? I have heard conversations amongst co-workers that were filthy or were filled with gossip that I decided to join in on. Music that had colorful language or degrading lyrics that I listened to because it had a good beat. Watching t.v. shows that had too much violence, sex scenes or bad language so I didn’t want to feel left out because everyone else was talking about it. My life needed a good bleaching like my friend’s home.
It may not seem like a big deal to watch a t.v. show or listen to some music, but it does over time. This is the gateway for the enemy to take advantage of to bring more opportunities to sin.
The fight is exhausting but it is important to stay vigilant or the sin will take over. All of this sin takes us farther away from the relationship God wants with us. The competition is too strong. Keep in remembrance that God’s will for us is better than anything we think of as fun.
Lesson Learned: God’s narrow path is better and wiser than any wide path the world wants to take you.
“Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for trying to fit into the world. Convict me when I slip up. Thank you for your grace and mercy since I am not perfect. Show me the way you want for me. Guard my eyes and mind from the tricks of the enemy. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”