Good morning, I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! I have been blessed to have my son, his wife, and my three grand-babies from Tennessee in to visit with me. They will be staying for a few days, so I am sure my smiles will be extra big on the blog.
Today I want to talk about something I had on my mind. I don’t know how many of you have seen, or read, the Twilight series. This was books that were later made into movies, about the Cullen family. Believe it or not, this was a romance movie about vampires.
In the movie, and in others I have seen, a vampire cannot enter your dwelling unless you extend an invitation. I am not sure why I was thinking about this, or even why I started associating the devil with vampires, but I wondered if the devil worked in the same way. Can he only enter your dwelling if you extend the invitation?
After I said my prayers that night, I laid there and started talking to the devil. I told him he was not welcome in my home, and that he needed to vacate immediately. It was a little more detailed than that, but you get the idea. I went to sleep and had a dream that scared me. I dreamed that the devil and the Lord were in a battle with me in the middle. I was screaming and kicking at the devil to leave, and the Lord was trying to pull me to him. I am ever so thankful that even in my dream, the Lord won. But, when I woke up I was still a little shaken by the dream.
In Sunday school the teacher was talking about a frog that would grab the innocent fly and gobble him up. She said it reminded her of how the devil does, just waiting to gobble us up. I asked her about my theory, did she think that the devil has to be invited. After all, the devil tries to trick us into doing wrong, but he doesn’t grab an innocent person. In order for the devil to grab us, we have to willing give him an opening. Does your thoughts open the door? What about lying, even the little white lie, does that open the door? Profanity, vanity and pride, gluttony, jealously, and gossiping are just a few ways that the devil can open the door and enter your house. These are “normal” sins that almost everyone is guilty of committing, it does not have to be robbery, rape, or murder.
So, what are we to do? There is not one of you reading this (or writing this) who is not a sinner. There will not be anyone in my church today who is not a sinner. That is depressing, but that is the reality of situation. BUT, because Jesus died on the cross for our sins, we have hope. We can ask for forgiveness, and the Lord will show mercy. If you repent to the Lord with an honest heart, He will not only forgive your sins, they will be erased. That is the truly amazing part!!! I have forgiven several people for grievances against me. I have even said prayers for those same people. BUT, I have a hard time erasing the memory of the grievance, or the pain that was caused by their actions. I am thankful the Lord shows us mercy and grace.
While the devil may not need an “invitation,” to tempt us into doing evil, we do not have to accept his “invitation” either. Tell him to leave, he is not welcome. Maybe, if we tell him long enough, he will move on to an easier target.
I hope you will share this post on Facebook or Twitter. I hope this reaches someone who maybe struggling, just like me. Have a blessed day with those you love.