Doors, the Enemy, and Strongholds

“Any time a door is opened, it allows the enemy to set  up a stronghold in our lives.”

I had heard these words, read them, in many places, but I never understood them.  I mean, what is a “door,” and what is a “stronghold?”  And who, exactly, is the “enemy?”

When I was in middle school, my friend and I pulled out the ol’ Ouija Board for the first time.  We didn’t see any harm in it.  Nobody had ever told us not to do it.  And it was made by Parker Brothers I believe, the company who had made lots of our other games.  It took a long time to work, but finally we were able to talk to a “spirit” who told us to do things, like go down to the crawlspace under the house.  We did, and nothing seemed to come of it at the time.  But it opened a door.

Later, we tried automatic writing, and, again, got to talk to spirits.  Nothing much seemed to happen immediately, but it also apparently opened a door.

Then the nightmares started.  I woke up drenched in sweat at 3 am every night.  I felt like something was in my room, something that I couldn’t see.  It’s difficult to convey in mere words the terror that haunted me nightly.

That, it turns out, is what happens when you open a door into your soul.  Things walk in.  The enemy.

So, a door is just anything that invites the enemy in.  The enemy is Satan and his demons.  And a stronghold is the snuggly little camp they set up inside your soul from which they make their nightly and/or daily forays into your mind and life.

I will try to post more on what doors are out there, how to avoid them, and what the end game is.  In the meantime, let’s all put on the armor of God as found in Ephesians chapter six:  “So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace.  In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

What about you?  Have you ever opened what may have turned out to be a door?  What happened?

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2 thoughts on “Doors, the Enemy, and Strongholds

  1. When I was younger I had a similar experience… I went to see the “Blair Witch Project” at the movie theatre, and it terrified me. At that point in time I was heavily involved with the church because of my mom, and while I was watching the movie I was convinced that I was an awful sinner. So anyway, I left the movie feeling all scared and sinful, and when I got into the passenger’s seat of my friend’s car, I accidently sat on this McDonald’s Furby doll– you know, one of those ones where you press their belly and they repeat the same thing over and over. I’d done it tons of times before, only this time, the Furby spoke some sort of evil gibberish to me. I know it sounds funny, but it was really scary. It was speaking very quickly and clearly (so I know it wasn’t just the batteries dying or something), but in some language I didn’t recognize. It scared the crap out of me, deepening my fear of Satan. I was terrified all of the time, and I continued to have similar experiences. I was afraid of the dark well into my teenhood because I was just SURE that a demon could show up any second.
    Fast forward to now– I spent a lot of years searching my soul for answers. I was tired of living in fear, and I was very unhappy and often depressed. However, after many years of research and meditation, I discovered something amazing. The only power that “the devil” had over me was the power that I gave him. If I allowed myself to be fearful and self-condemning, then I absolutely WAS opening a door for the bad to get in. When I approached things with an open, non-judgmental mind (as in I wasn’t labeling things necessarily “good” or “bad,” instead I just observed them as a neutral observer), I was surprised to find that Satan gave up on me. He couldn’t scare me if I didn’t have any fear or guilt in the first place.
    So… could it be possible that even though no one specifically told you that the Ouija board was “bad,” that you still had a general understanding, based on your religious upbringing, about what was and was not acceptable according to the standards of the church?
    I hope some of that made sense. I’m not sure whether I got my point across or not. All I know for sure is that once I stopped fearing the Devil and stopped trying to classify the elements of the world into “good” and “evil” according to church standards, I stopped feeling guilty and depressed, and I no longer saw demons lurking around every corner.
    Loving your blog so far!

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    • I love your comment, Yoko! And I think you are correct. The power that Satan has over us is the power that we give him. Doesn’t it say in the Bible that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of strength and a sound mind?

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