(This is an excerpt from my sermon on Sunday)
Sometimes we struggle in life because we need to be in control – we find it difficult to let go and let God!
Are you giving Jesus access to all areas of your life, or do you still feel to need to hold on to certain parts?
Do you pray and think about God on Sunday, but not the rest of the week?
Are you struggling in some area of your life and wondering where God is?
I’ll tell you that I write and research these sermons and there’s always something I need to hear too – this is one of them.
A man had a 2-story house. One day, he heard a knocking, opened the door, and found Jesus there, so he invited Him to live in his house but only gave Him one room on the top floor. One night the man was sleeping and heard a pounding on the door, he opened the door a crack and the devil barged in. He had a terrible fight, trying to resist the devil and his temptations, yelling out for help all the time. Eventually, he managed to throw the devil out. In the morning, he went upstairs to Jesus’s room and said, “Why didn’t you help me last night? Couldn’t you hear me calling for help?” Jesus: “The problem is, you’ve got this whole big house to yourself, and you only gave access to this one room. “Ok, I see your point.” The man replied, “You know what – You can have the whole top floor, and I need to keep the bottom floor for myself.” A few nights later the man was sleeping and heard a pounding on the door, opened the door a crack and the devil barged in again. They had another terrible fight, the man was trying desperately to resist the devil and his temptations, yelling out for help all the time. Eventually, he managed to throw the devil out. The next the morning, he went upstairs to find Jesus, “Why didn’t you help me last night? Couldn’t you hear me calling for help?” Jesus told him “The problem is, I have the top floor, but you still have the bottom floor to yourself.” Finally the man said, “From now on, the whole house is yours.” That night, the man was asleep, and there was a pounding at the door again. This time Jesus went to the door, opened it wide, and stood in the doorway. The devil took one look at Him, bowed very low and said, “I’m sorry, but I think I knocked on the wrong door.”
Sometimes it’s hard to have faith and believe that God will turn things around.
But changing your mind and inviting Jesus into your house – your entire house –will bring you peace and joy and you will discover that you are never alone.