THE THIEF COMES ONLY TO STEAL AND KILL AND DESTROY
I bless you to be mindful when the father-of-lies knocks on the door of your heart. Know that your heart is vulnerable…susceptible to attack…easily hurt.
HE WAS A MURDERER FROM THE BEGINNING, NOT HOLDING TO THE TRUTH, FOR THERE IS NO TRUTH IN HIM
Therefore, keep the door to your heart shut…locked…bolted and barred, when the murderer knocks. Know that the accuser only needs a sliver of an opening to push the door wide open and rush in. When he detects an opening, he loses no time. He will bombard you with everything he is able to drag in: condemnation, abandonment, shame, and rejection.
BE SELF-CONTROLLED AND ALERT. YOUR ENEMY THE DEVIL PROWLS AROUND LIKE A ROARING LION LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO DEVOUR
(1 Peter 5:8).
Understand that once the door is open, it is extremely hard to close it again, once you have welcomed the enemy with all his lies and deceit. It is far better to keep the door to your heart shut and sealed from the start, than to try and close it, once you have given the father-of-lies right of entry. He will not be eager to leave.
SUBMIT YOURSELVES, THEN, TO GOD. RESIST THE DEVIL, AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU
May you understand that it is through your thoughts that the roaring lion finds an open door. Therefore, submit each thought to God for approval, before you start accepting, believing, and obeying it. Reject each thought that is not from God, keeping the door to your vulnerable heart shut and padlocked.
What do you do with your daily thoughts: do you accept and believe each one, or do you screen them, as they come in?
I urge you to use discernment with your daily thoughts. Distinguish between the thoughts that cause your heart to hurt, and the thoughts that bring your heart joy. Make sure you take the thoughts that hurt your heart to the Lord Jesus, as soon as you get a chance, so that you may shut the door to the roaring lion, as soon as possible.
PRAYER: Most High, make me mindful of my thoughts, so I may know which thoughts to accept and which thoughts to reject. Help me to not hold onto hurtful thoughts, but submit them to You, for Truth, as soon as they enter my heart.
Maintain an Awareness
Know that your struggle is not against the people or the circumstances in your life, but against the spiritual forces of evil—against the OLD MAN beliefs of abandonment, shame, condemnation, and rejection.