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Wherefore take up the whole armor of God,
that ye may be able to withstand in
the evil day...

Ephesians 6:13

In November 2010, a breach of security occurred when an uninvited couple boldly walked into a White House state dinner. They got close enough to have their picture taken with the President of the United States. In September 2014, a man scaled the fence surrounding the White House and ran into the executive mansion through an unlocked front door. In October 2014, another man jumped the fence and was captured just before reaching the White House. The restrictions placed upon access to the White House of extensive background checks and tight precautions should have never allowed such breaches of security.

We do not have access to everything. We are restricted with warning signs: Employees Only, Do Not Enter, Authorized Vehicles Only, No Trespassing, etc. The problem we have is being told we are not welcome. We want access. We rebel against denial. We believe we should at least get to see what we cannot touch. What is the harm of going where ONLY employees go? How many people have already gone “beyond this point” and experienced no harm or severe consequences?

There is a security system set up by God for our soul’s sake and our physical well-being. When God puts up a “Keep Out” sign, He knows the danger. He understands what it does to one’s reputation. He is aware of how certain actions destroy relationships. God sees the consequences of the future much better than us. It is because He made us and is best qualified to assign what we need not do.

God does not warn us about gossip, evil companions, lustful thoughts, love of money, pride, or lying to kill our happiness. His warnings are to keep from losing us to the world. If we are lost to the world, which does not make any restrictions, He has lost a soul He made and designed for His purposes (Mark 8:36-38). Therefore, it makes perfect sense for God to say the duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13). If we fail to heed the warnings and cautions, we can only expect God to one day say, “I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23).