The devil is like a roaring lion that is always seeking people to devour. And when he finds a gap, he pounces! That’s why closing the doors that give him access to our lives is extremely crucial. Moreover, two doors that the devil uses to infiltrate our lives are doubts and unforgiveness.
When a person allows doubts to remain in their mind, evil spirits will inevitably have access to their lives. The devil comes with thoughts and suggestions that we can easily succumb to, if we are not watching, thus opening a huge door that can be hard to close. When doubts come, we have to react quickly by doubting the doubts and confessing the opposite of these doubts. In other words, we have to believe wholeheartedly in what is written because the Word of God is our most potent weapon against the devil and his lies.
And the same goes with unforgiveness because this attitude is directly linked to having grudges. Whenever we refuse to forgive, we put ourselves in grave danger of becoming oppressed and depressed. But even more painful, we separate ourselves from God because we are rebelling against His Word, which says: “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” (Mark 11:25)
Our Lord Jesus is essentially telling us that forgiveness is a must! Without forgiveness, we won’t see the power of God in our lives, but even worse is the fact that we won’t be saved.
Yes, we put our souls at risk of eternal condemnation. Is it easy to forgive? No. But if we want to have a chance at eternal salvation, it is crucial!
We have to sacrifice our will daily and distance ourselves from anything and anyone that is a hindrance to our communion with God. As long as we are alive and breathing, we have the opportunity to draw near to God. But if we don’t grab the chance He is giving to us, it could be too late. God doesn’t want anybody, let alone those who know the truth to perish.
For this reason, we must give heed and obey what God is telling us today: “Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6) This is how true freedom is attained!