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I AM THE DOOR

 

 

THINK ABOUT:
Jesus not only opens the door to welcome you in to His people, but He closes the door to keep things out. Right after He declares himself the door, Jesus talks about what He came to do and what our enemy comes to do. Make no mistake. We have an enemy named Satan, and he wants to rob you of everything God wants for you; but Jesus stepped in on our behalf. Jesus came that we might have life to the full! When we walk as one of His sheep, He is there protecting us from what the enemy comes to do.
The enemy isn’t the only thing outside the door. In Genesis 4:7, God says: “You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” Are you on guard against sin? You might flex on other people, but do you flex on sin? Even after we’re saved, we can allow sin to come back in to our lives. If that happens, you still have salvation (because how can you undo something only God can do), but you won’t have the joy of salvation or the abundant life Jesus promises in John 10:10.
Jesus clearly knows the importance of the door to our hearts, so be careful of who and what you open the door for.
SCRIPTURE:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. – John 10:1-10 (CSB)

 

QUESTIONS
  1. Have you entered through the door Jesus is talking about? If not, what’s stopping you? If so, spend some time remembering and reflecting on that time in your life.
  2. Have you ever experienced the enemy trying to steal from you or to destroy your life?
  3. Are you guarding the door to your life? Who have you let in that doesn’t belong, because they aren’t part of Jesus’ sheep? What sin is lying outside your door just waiting to attack the next time you let it?
  4. What do you need to share with your small group leader or student pastor this week about the things you’re really letting in to your life?