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"he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep"

This writer lived in same home in the center of his city for over 15 years. Drug dealers, prostitutes, thieves and WORSE lived within a stones throw of our home. We were broken into several times. We learned a lot from it.

With every break in, the thieves did not come through the front door. They came through windows in the back of the house. A friend planted big thorny plants by those windows and the house was not broken into again for over 8 years. We cut off the access.

Many people knowingly keep company with thieves and cons, assuming that the thief would never steal from them. Those with addictions of various kinds will steal from their own families to support their bondage. People also allow spiritual thieves in their lives, which will rob them blind physically, mentally, and spiritually.

The only legitimate way into our communion is Christ. Unforgiveness and bitterness masquerading as justice, anger and wrath pretending to be a healthy passion, arrogance and pride clothed as dignity and hope, depression and oppression offering false comfort: All of these will steal us blind. None of these come through the front Door. Jesus is the Door.

The Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8), to stop the thieves from breaking in! It is in our best interests to close and lock the windows. Other sources of "help" or "comfort" that deny the word of God or profane the Lord Who saved us will injure our fellowship in Christ.

Follow the Great Shepherd Who laid down His life for you to give you His life. Do not keep company with lying spirits, but allow the perfect love of God to cast them out. Don't allow unclean things to pollute your heart. Christ is leading you to green pastures and still waters. He restores your soul. He's the door out of your past and into the future.

Scriptural Context

John 10:1-6 (NKJV) "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. (2) But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. (3) To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. (4) And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. (5) Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers." (6) Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.