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Monday, April 25, 2011


One door and only one, and yet its sides are two, Inside and outside, On which side are you?

Or so goes the old children’s song. Its the analogy being saved or lost; Outside lost, Inside saved.

There are many other analogies that portray the Christian experience; the whole armor of GOD being one of them. This armor is one of the keys to being a successful Christian.

Ephesians 6:10-18 provides us with instructions on how to arm ourselves for successful combat within the spiritual world.

If we are not careful we will be caught up by the colorful language Paul uses. It will cause us not to understand that Paul is telling us to reinforce ourselves both psychologically and spiritually to do spiritual battle.

One of the things soldiers would do in WW1 was to take off their helmet and compromise their protection, the reason for that was the helmet was uncomfortable and a burden to wear. This act caused the death of many troops.

In a similar way the Christian solider can compromise his armor by letting down and not staying in full battle mode.

It is possible to be on the inside of the door and still have a desire for what’s on the other.

Symptoms of this is the peeping through the keyhole and lusting for what is seen on the other side. Then try to create the same conditions on the inside as they have seen on the outside. One mild example of this is addressed by James.

James 3:19 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!

Luke 9:62 But Jesus told him, "Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God."

A quote by Monsignor Dennis Clark, Ph.D.
“Jesus understood this part of our human experience very well, this mid-course weariness that tempts us to look backward instead of forward, which blinds us to the new and deeper joys, and possibilities that are within our reach here and now, this mid-course weariness that tempts us to give up, abandon our “plough,” and walk away.” (To have a keyhole moment)

Don’t look back. It will only freeze you in place and embitter your soul. Instead, look forward, and look deep. You’ll be amazed at what’s waiting there for you!

The moral is; keep looking forward for looking through the keyhole can become an addiction with dire results.

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