Day 3 – Wednesday 1/9 – Shut the door

Day 3 – Wednesday 1/9 – Shut the door

        – Close off the entrance that allows for un-godly distractions in your life

I love the phrase, “shut the door.” It seems to be a Southern colloquialism that means, “you must be kidding” or “that is unbelievable.” However, today I am taking that saying to mean something a little different. I am going to use it in a much more literal sense. Today is the day for you to close up the flood of distractions which come into your life and steal away your attention from the spiritual quest you are engaged in.

There are so many distractions which scream for you time and attention that it can be very difficult to keep your focus. The Word for today is really one story which is separated into two sections, first Jesus’ teaching and then later His explanation. Read the passage included below and then I will explain.

Mark 4:1-9

1 And again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea. 2 Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching: 3 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.  4 And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it.  5 Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth.  6 But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away.  7 And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.  8 But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” 9 And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” 

Mark 4:13-20

13 And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?  14 The sower sows the word.  15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.  16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness;  17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.  18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word,  19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.  20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”

I will be straight forward, there is an enemy of your soul which does not want you making any progress in this season of concentrated prayer and punctuated by fasting. He will stop at nothing to attempt to steal away all that God is doing in your life. If allowed he will take it all and destroy you in the process.  Today is the day you begin to stand your ground and disallow him from taking anything from you. The Word tells us that the power of God is “mighty” so as to pull down any strong attempts which come up against you. It also instructs us that the One within you is even more mighty than the one who is against you. 

The challenge to you will not only come directly in the front door, but will also seek any crack or crevice in which to gain access (more on this in the next two days). Be very aware that there will be a spiritual war being waged all around you. Stand strong and firm in the power of His might and you will win! It is time for you to get a grip on the intensity of this battle and draw your spiritual weapons and fight the good fight of faith for yourself and your loved ones.

Today as you meditate and pray, I challenge you to shut the door and refuse to allow the enemy any entrance into your life.

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