The kitchen has a sealed plastic barrier to keep the sawdust out. All of the furniture is stacked in three rooms and we have gone to great lengths to keep the fine dust from invading these safe rooms.
If I should happen to need to enter one of the sealed rooms, I immediately reseal the space. The evil sawdust must NOT infiltrate the protected space. No contamination is acceptable!
This has worked well-NOT! The sawdust is so fine, it cannot always be seen by the human eye. If you dare to open the door, sawdust is escaping as if there is a vacuum needing to be filled. The insidious dust creeps through the tiniest of holes seeping into the seemingly dust free zone. The next thing I know there are saw dust foot prints all through the house. You think you have swept it all up--contained it, but the footprints tell the truth. Sawdust has crept into the rest of the house.
So it is with sin. We think we have closed and sealed the door to the Evil One. We have the barriers up and have become a no sin zone. AND THEN~temptation comes knocking at the door asking for you to open it for just one second. The next thing you know--sin has crept in and we are leaving our dirty footprints as we travel down the path. We did not intend to sin--we only briefly opened the door--just a crack~ You know the rest of the story. Time to call the clean up crew. The Holy Trinity of sin redemption--who help us reseal the door, clean up the mess and start with a clean slate. With their help we can close the cracks, slam the door and sin no more. What a Great God we serve--Go and sin no more!
If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I John 1:9