Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 (ESV)

One of the many names of Satan is Beelzebub, which means “lord of the flies.” In Hebrew and Jewish literature Beelzebub is translated as “lord of dung” or “lord of filth.” Most of us absolutely hate flies. They are filthy, pesky and often bite! They can cause us to get distracted by swatting at them. Likewise, the devil has his pesky “demonic” flies that often need to be dealt with.

I was recently at a large event where we had provided a prayer covering and spent significant time cleaning up the spiritual atmosphere of the venue. Then in their programming, spiritual windows were in advertently opened to non-holy stuff through the use of secular music. It was “innocent” ice breaker activities that included Taylor Swift and another artist singing a very sensual song. Fortunately, we were inside the event praying when this happened and were able to close the doors quickly. It was so blatantly obvious. Like night and day! The worship prior to this was so sweet. But immediately after this happened when they went back into worship, it fell flat, was hard and the participants seemed unengaged. Once we closed those doors, the worship took off again!

How easy it is to open doors that defile the very atmosphere we’re trying to create as attractive to God! We can spend hours cleaning up the spiritual atmosphere around us through prayer, repentance and fasting, only to bring in something of the world. It may be a little thing, a cute song, a proud statement, a selfish attitude, a cutting word, a tiny criticism, but it can open a screen door and let in a horde of flies of distraction and defilement.

It’s time to separate the world, the flesh and man’s ways from our worship services. The enemy roams around looking for access points. He is totally an opportunist! Ask God to show you open doors in your life and in home. Be quiet to repent and close those doors, asking Him to flood your home with purity, revelation, and His presence. Ask Him to stir your pastor regarding any ways that he may be inadvertently opening screen doors to let in the spiritual flies in your worship services.