Devotional: Ignore the Knock at the Door
A few weeks ago I was sitting quietly in my room, just praying and spending alone time with God. I truly crave that time now, because it settles my mind and soul like nothing else can. On this particular day, I was laying quietly in my bed, repeating His promises to myself and letting my mind slow as I focused on the image of Jesus carrying me, protecting me, guiding me. I’ve been meditating on this a lot lately, trying to visualize this image in my mind’s eye. As I was doing this, there was a loud knock on the bedroom door (surely from one of my kiddos wondering when mom’s quiet time would be over). It interrupted my thoughts and startled me, but I chose to ignore it. Matt was home, so I knew the kids were fine. I held my breath for a few seconds, anticipating something more, but another knock never came and I was able to continue with my prayer time.
This made me think about how the enemy works with our thought life. Sometimes a negative thought comes out of nowhere–it surprises us and interrupts our thoughts/mood/focus. Even when we have the best intentions, fear and discouragement can knock on the door of our minds and attempt to completely derail our day. Sometimes it can be really loud and obvious–other times they’re subtle and barely noticeable. But if our door is securely locked (our mind and hearts are sealed in God’s truth) we can ignore that knock and let it pass on by. But if we get up, open the door, and let that negative thought into our minds, that’s when the enemy beings to gain a foothold.
I know it isn’t always easy to ignore the knocks from the enemy. Sometimes it’s really hard and it feels like the knocks just keep on coming, whether that be with negative thoughts, health issues, financial troubles, etc. But as I’ve personally walked through a season of battling those knocks in my own thought life, I’ve come to realize that we do have great authority and power over the enemy (Luke 10:19). He doesn’t want us to realize that. No, the enemy wants us to feel defeated, discouraged, and afraid. But we can choose to keep the doors to our minds locked as we stand strong in our true identity in Christ. And at the end of the day, we are not defined by the knocks at the door, but in our response.
If the enemy keeps knocking on the door of your mind, I want to encourage you to hold strong my friends. Remember your mental and spiritual authority and put on the full armor of God. Stand your ground. Refuse to open the door. I’ve found that memorizing scripture, or even writing an empowering verse on a notecard and carrying it in my pocket for easy reference, is a great way to replace the enemy’s thinking for God’s thinking. Say that verse over and over until you can feel it in your soul.
Believe with all your heart that you are unstoppable. You are immune to failure. You will rise, you will overcome. No knock has the power to defeat you. Embody that way of thinking and start thanking God now for the victory, then sit back and watch Him show up for you.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:10-11
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from His love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away.” Romans 8:38
“I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.” Psalm 16:8
“And I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you.” Luke 10:19