I loved listening to a recent sermon by Andy Stanley, addressing 2000 students. (But by the way, this is applicable to all of us!)
Get out of debt, stay out of bed, and clean up your closet!”
It reminded me of my own journey – because I too have had a conviction about the “closet” of my “house!”
I became a Christian in 1991, and I accepted Jesus into my heart. It is like I invited Him into my “house.” As I initially did this, I welcomed Him into my “home,” and showed Him around. I told Him where the bathroom was, the living room, kitchen, and His bedroom. But I told Him not to go into my closet, as it was full of stuff. I also told Him that I’d locked the door to the basement. My “basement” had stuff in it that I did not want Him to see: Sin. Shame. Guilt.
I’d rather keep quiet and avoid opening those doors. I did not allow Him into those intimate spaces.
This is a tactic of Satan – because he knows that when we allow Jesus in, he (Satan) must flee! By not allowing Jesus into the locked areas, I did not experience victory in my life. Not only in regards to same-sex attraction, but in many other areas as well. Therefore, I experienced destruction in certain areas of my life, and I never understood why.
Then, in 2003 I had the revelation of “the house.” I believe if I would have asked Jesus why I experienced destruction, this is what He would answer: “Yes, you have invited me into your home, and I am excited to be here, but you did not give me access to every area of your “home.'”
So, when I invited Jesus into the “closet and basement” of my heart, this was the key to starting the change that lead to victory!
When we allow light to come, darkness must go! Psalm 18:28 (AMP) declares,
For You cause my lamp to be lighted and to shine;
The Lord my God illumines my darkness.
Isaiah 42:16 (AMP) reminds us God sees what we do not and He will be a constant companion.
I will lead the blind [the once spiritually blind] by a way they do not know; I will guide them in paths that they do not know. I will make darkness into light before them And rugged places into plains. These things I will do [for them], And I will not leave them abandoned or undone.”
John 1:5 (AMP) informs us that the darkness does not win in the end.
The Light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it].
When we allow the light of Jesus into our “closets and basements,” darkness has to go! For we can’t do this on our own!