I originally wrote this in November of last year. However, I have felt the Lord stirring in me recently of how He stands at the door and knocks...may we learn to open our hearts and allow Him to step into every area of our lives as the new year approaches.
There is a picture in my mind this morning as I write. It is a picture of a door opening into something that looks like a secret garden type place.
Have you ever prayed for the Lord to open a door? Have you ever asked Him to close one? It is true that He opens doors no one can shut and shuts doors that no one can open. We crave for Him to direct us, and we long for Him to make clear the choices we should make. All of this is awesome. I mean no negative connotation in seemingly stating the above so lightly. However, I feel that while we love the Gentleman that our Lord is, the way He opens the door for us—I wonder, how often do we open the door for Him?
Remember that well-known, often-quoted verse that He stands at the door and knocks? That if we hear His voice and open the door, He will come in and eat with us? Do we only apply this to those who don’t know Him, to those who have yet to surrender their lives to Him? If you recall, He said this to a church.
How often do we close and lock the door to any and every one, in effort to protect ourselves? Sometimes it is hard to let people in to the secret garden that is the heart. Of course, not everyone should have the key. But if anyone should have access to the deepest places of us, it should be Jesus.
When someone knocks at your door, do you immediately open it…or do you look through a window to do some recon before giving them access to your home? Yes, guard your heart…above all else. But be careful not to guard it from the One to whom it belongs.
I see the Lord knocking. Do you hear His voice? Will you open the door? If you don’t recognize His voice, become familiar with it. Moreover, I urge you to give Him the key—give Him full access. Your heart is safest when He dwells in every room of it.
Lord, take the key to my heart. I don’t want to wall off any area, refusing You access to it. I need You to rule on the throne within me. Come in…and stay. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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