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We must understand that we have a formidable enemy—one that has an ultimate goal of defeating and overthrowing the body of Christ. The average Christian is ignorant to his schemes and to the fact that no matter how divisive Satan may become, his fate is sealed. He is a defeated foe thanks to Jesus Christ!
Many believers are blind to the invisible war taking place around them. They are not equipped to fight a spiritual battle, let alone win the war. Consequently, Satan often uses born-again, Spirit-filled believers as his emissaries to do his bidding in order to destroy God's work.
Unless you deal with these strongholds, Satan will enter your life and steal your peace, joy, and effectiveness for Christ.
How can this happen? Imagine that you are facing a room with many doors. If any one of these is left unattended or open, the enemy can enter. These doors are labeled hatred, bitterness, rebellion, jealousy, sexual lust, greed, and more. Doors that lead to dark attractions such as fortune telling, reading one's horoscope, and becoming involved in the occult are there, too. If left unbolted, these doorways provide a passageway for the enemy to gain access to your life.
Take a moment and ask God to reveal to you any doors in your life that you have left open to the enemy. Unless you deal with these, Satan will enter your life and steal your peace, joy, and effectiveness for Christ. He will also hinder your relationship with the Father, and then your relationship with others. Whatever doors are open in your life, confess these strongholds before the Lord and watch as He closes each door, one by one.
Prayer: Father, help me to make sure that no door in my heart is left unattended or open for the enemy to enter. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:3).
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