“Let me illustrate this further. Who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house.”
When you think of an enemy, what comes to mind? Someone in a mask? Someone who is mean and hateful? Do you have a certain stereotype that comes to mind? This article aims to paint a picture of a common enemy; one who is constantly creeping around every doorway of every home. His name is Satan.
In the above Scripture, Jesus makes a statement that a house can only be overtaken by someone who is stronger. We are weak when we are alone. When we are only one, we can be easily overtaken and defeated. Although we might live with many in our home, we might be operating alone.
Satan is a strong force against those who are operating alone. Those who have no protection are weak against him and can be easily overtaken. However, there is someone who is stronger than Satan; His name is Jesus. With Jesus, we don’t have to operate alone. We can literally team up with Him and share in His strength.
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Jesus is the protection that we need in our homes. He is the one who can guard our doors and windows and who can prevent the enemy from coming in and plundering our home. Why would Satan come in and want to take our stuff? Well, we have to look at this enemy a bit different. He’s not after our TV’s.
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Satan wants to take your joy, and the joy of your household
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
If the enemy can wear us down in various ways, he will. This is because when we get to the point of fatigue and exhaustion, we become weak and vulnerable to an attack. I can’t explain how the devil can make things happen, but somehow certain things can come into our lives that make us busy or get us sidetracked.
Perhaps a boss keeps giving us overtime, and we see this as a good thing, so we take it. Hey, extra cash is always nice, right? However, after some time, we can get worn down. There’s a reason for days off; there’s a reason God requires a sabbath rest for His people.
Maybe it’s not too much work; maybe it’s a lack of work. What happens when we lose a job and money gets tight, or, we get too far in debt? Whether or not Satan causes any of these things to happen, he certainly can come in and make good use of the situations and our moment of weakness.
Whatever the case, the devil will be watching for an entry point. When he finds one, and comes in, he will start working us over in our thoughts and he will keep breaking us down while building up our levels of stress and worry. In the end, not only do we not have joy, we barely even want to live. Now, for some, he might not get them to that point, but I want to emphasize that his only goal is to destroy and devour.
The more we take time to fill up on Jesus each day, the more protected we will be. If we get overtime or start to get too busy, we must be sure to spend an adequate amount of time with the Lord each morning and throughout the day. While doing this, be sure to pray for wisdom and strength and protection. By surrendering to God and seeking His direction for our day, we will find that we leave fewer and fewer doors and windows open to the enemy.
Satan wants to take your family
“It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built.”
We must choose wisely how we build our house. We must be sure to find solid ground and build a firm foundation. Jesus is that firm foundation. He is the kind of foundation that can’t be shaken. What does this mean?
If we have a family, let’s say, a husband or wife and children, that is our house. We can either build that house up on the foundation of the head of the household, or we can build it up on the foundation of Jesus’ teachings. Satan is hoping we won’t build on Jesus because then we are likened to someone who builds on the sand; this type of house is easily washed away.
When there are multiple people in the household, there are multiple entry points that Satan can watch for. His goal is to create division and to tear apart. He will go after the head of the household, (1 Corinthians 11:3 tells us the husband is the head of the household as Christ is the head of the church) and if Satan can’t break in there, he will try another area.
Busyness or isolation seems to work well. If Satan can keep the household busy, or isolated to their bedrooms, they won’t spend any time together. How can husband and wife build and maintain a solid relationship if they are divided or too busy for one another? How can father and mother know what children are doing or into if there is no communication between them?
Satan has some favorite tools for breaking apart families
Let’s look at the number one tool that Satan uses to create division in the common household today; the internet, either through phone or computer.
Virtually every kid, regardless of age has a cell phone with internet access. The parents aren’t exempt from this either. Husbands and wives can’t be bothered to spend even an hour per day together in direct conversation with phones shut off and without interruption. No wonder divorce rates are so high.
Not only this, children are learning about things at such an early age that they barely have a chance at innocence anymore. Some children are addicted to pornography before they even reach ten years old; this is a result of unfiltered internet access. Can we see how Satan is working in our houses yet?
Hey, I’m not saying the internet isn’t any good. There are loads of good things that can be found on the internet. However, I’m saying that there are also loads of temptations on there and not only that, there are all sorts of interesting characters building websites that can mess with the minds of little children, not to mention mess with our adult minds too. Some of these sites are based purely on witchcraft and demonic practices. We need to be involved with, and aware of what our children are getting into.
What can we do to strengthen our households?
If we look at Jesus being a solid foundation on which we can build our house, we need to make a choice to follow Jesus; the whole house. The head of the household must make a choice that the house will be one for Christ and without wavering. If the husband is not following Jesus or maybe he is a Christian but not walking closely with God, then the wife should take on this role to lead her children in following Jesus and pray for her husband.
Starting with husbands and wives, there must be a certain amount of time each day set aside for the Lord. If there is a husband and a wife in the house, that couple must pray together.
“For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”
We are told that when there is at least two of us gathered, especially, in prayer, Jesus is there with us. We must be praying for our household every single day. We must pray for our own relationships, as well as, the well being of our children. We must pray for a hedge of protection from the Lord around our family. The couple who prays together and seeks God together is a powerhouse couple. There is virtually nothing that can tear that house apart.
Aside from spending daily time with the Lord, the couple must spend daily time together, as a couple. This doesn’t have to be an elaborate date, nor does it need to cost money. But it does need to be as intimate as possible. I don’t necessarily mean in a steamy way here. What I mean is, no phones or internet, no friends, no distractions; just one on one time together.
It’s ultra-important for a couple to talk with each other every day. Go for a walk together; sit on a sofa facing each other and take turns telling the other about important thoughts on your minds. Talk about ideas for how to make living more enjoyable for everyone in that household. Uninterrupted conversation is a powerful tool.
Also, don’t be afraid to bring up stuff that the couple needs to work on; needs that must be filled. Sometimes we can be unaware that we aren’t filling a need for our spouse, and if they don’t tell us, we might go on for some time this way. We must bring stuff up, and if it becomes uncomfortable, agree to bring it to the Lord in prayer and give it some time.
And finally, one that many may not like; if cell phones and internet are tearing apart your family, you must decide if your media devices or your family are more important? Remember; there are some things that are easily replaced, like cell phones and laptops – not the people in our lives.
Whether we live alone in a house or there are many, it is the people who make the home. We must protect our homes from potential break-in’s and enemies. The best way to combat this is by building that house on Jesus. Satan is the greatest homewrecker that ever lived. But Jesus is the greatest protector that ever lived; and, He is more powerful than Satan.
When we have Jesus’ Spirit in us, we make better choices. We raise our families well and we instill greater values in our kids. Society today is surely lacking in values and structure. I guess that’s why many of them don’t agree with traditional marriages or even enforcing rules within a house. Again, another example of how Satan is corrupting our society.
God wants you to make Him part of your life. He wants to come in and start building thicker walls; thicker roofs; thicker doors and windows. He wants to make your house very strong so that nothing can come in and plunder your goods. Living for Jesus in this day and age might not be popular among common society, but God isn’t concerned about that. His teachings are timeless, and His Spirit is powerful.
How well is your house built?
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