The same way the Holy Spirit dwells in us and we are called the temple of the Spirit of God, we can open a door in the temple for another spirit to dwell in us. The Word of God says in 1 Peter 5:8 – “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
The same way the Holy Spirit in us, comforts, helps, heals, builds and strengthens, another spirit that finds a way into us can do the opposite of what the Spirit of God does in us.
Once we’re aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit in us and around us, we can also discern the presence of an intruder by experiencing the presence that does not resemble the personality and attributes of God.
When we walk with the Holy Spirit and we are in fellowship with Him, we do the works of Jesus and we influence the people around us with what we carry. This also makes us understand that when there’s an intruder in the temple and the intruder stays for long and we fellowship with an intruder, the influence we have on the people around us changes. We become negative, unhappy, unbelief crops in and we lose hope in the promises of God.
When Ezekiel received a vision of the glory of the Lord returning to the temple in Ezekiel 43:12, he received the specifications of the temple – the entraces and the exits and which doors were to be kept closed and never opened again. He was also told that the basic law of the temple was absolute holiness. As we fellowship with the Holy Spirit, may we understand the specifications and the spiritual laws we ought to adhere to in order to strengthen our fellowship with the One who dwells in us.
In 1 Peter 5 Paul tells us about being humble so we can be exalted to honour and not to worry but cast our cares to God. Immediately after that, we are alerted of how the enemy is looking for an entrance into the temple. This could therefore mean anxiety and pride opens doors for the intruder to enter the temple. Humility and our trust in God locks the intruder out of the temple. May the Lord open our eyes of understanding as we continually fellowship with Him.