If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in. Revelation 3:20 (NLT).
Have you invited Christ in? Have you given Him unrestricted access to your heart – permission to move freely in your life?
Will you welcome Christ in? Will you ask Him to shine His light in your heart (cf. 2 Corinthians 4:6) – ask Him to come into the memories, emotions, thoughts, and broken places – to clear any confusion, and comfort you at the point where you need assurance.
Christ says, “If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in.” Revelation 3:20 (NLT).
Open the door and He will come in. He won’t come in unless you open the door. But when you open the door He comes in with words of love, kindness, comfort, and the counsel you need.
When Christ comes in there are three things you must do:
Renounce your sin. Ask forgiveness for any and all sin in your life. Psalm 19:12 says, “Cleanse me from these hidden faults” (NLT). Ask God to cleanse you by the blood of Christ. Sin diverts and distracts you from God’s purpose for your life. It harms and hinders the heart. When you renounce your sin, you renounce any and all claims the devil may have on your life.
Receive Christ’s healing. Christ cures those who have need of healing (cf. Luke 9:11). The Scriptures are very clear on this point. Christ heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (cf. Psalm 147:3). Praise the Lord! Malachi 4:2 says, “But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture” (NLT). So on the authority of God’s Word: Receive Christ’s healing.
Resist the Devil. James 4:7 says, “Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you” (NLT). In Christ’s name, tell the enemy to get lost. The devil will lie. He will tell you that you are soiled goods, addicted, or not worthy to be set free. Don’t listen to him. Reject any claim he may have over you. In the name of Jesus say, “I command you to flee.”
Here’s a simple prayer to invite Christ in:
Christ, I’m opening the door, I’m inviting You in. I invite You into the broken places within me. “Please listen and answer me” Psalm 55:2. I give You unrestricted access to my heart. Shine Your light into the shadows and bring my brokenness into the place of assurance. Make me aware of what’s really going on in my heart. “Examine my heart and my mind” Psalm 26:2. Clear my confusion. “Create in me a clean heart” Psalm 51:10. Cleanse me from all unrighteousness (cf. 1 John 1:9). Bring the words of love, kindness, comfort or counsel that I need in order to be whole. Hide your righteousness in my heart. For You are “the strength of my hear” Psalm 73:26. Christ, I’m opening the door, I’m inviting You in. Thank You. Amen.