“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Rev 3:20
I’m in a season right now where God is asking to occupy places in my life where I’ve never allowed Him in before. It is painful, freeing, terrifying, relieving and uncharted. More than anything it has been a pathway to freedom and healing in areas where I had no idea I needed it.
God often gives me a mental picture of what He’s revealing to me. He showed me a long, dark hallway with many doors. Above each one was a sign that signified something in my life I’d been holding back from Him.
There are many I cannot list here as they are private sins I didn’t want to surrender or invite the Lord into. These rooms were places I’d been going in alone over and over again. Some, for most of my life. They are rooms in my heart I had kept to myself.
I’m finally at a place in my life where I no longer want to play games with God. I asked Him, “Please show me the names of these rooms. I want to invite you into them no matter how difficult it might be.” He began to show me the signs above the doors. Some surprised me. Others were ones I knew about. However, every time He pointed them out, I had peace. Only God can point out our sins and withholdings with loving conviction. The enemy will always use condemnation. That is NEVER of God. (“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1) God only does things that will heal us, not harm us.
In faith and trust, I began to respond, “Okay Lord, I open the door of Abandonment. I open it all the way and ask You to come in and take residency there.” I called out the name of every room I knew about and ones He revealed to me and asked Him in. He is currently making Himself at home in some of these rooms and in turn, I feel more peaceful in them. In some He is redecorating or moving the furniture around. :-) And He is closing the doors to some of these rooms forever.
What are the names of the rooms you need to let God into? Addiction? Anger? Rejection? Private Sin? Are some of these rooms places you cannot imagine inviting Him into because you’ve lived there so long, it's comforting? Even prison cells begin to feel like home, the very bars of our bondage begin to look like curtains...if we've lived there long enough. As I have begun inviting Jesus into these areas in my heart, He has opened new doors that lead to GREAT ROOMS so much more spacious and beautiful than the shabby, tiny rooms I’ve been hiding alone in for so long. I encourage you to call them out to Him (He knows what they are anyway!). We cancel the power of the Enemy when we confess these places and invite God into them to redeem and restore. Let Him take residency in the rooms down that dark hallway...and step into the place of abundant life He's longing for you to live in today!
“Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.” Psalm 24:9
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This song has been such an encouragement to me as I've been responding to the Lord this week. I pray it becomes the cry of your heart too!