The House Within the House.
A friend recently challenged the both of us to remember the authority of God over demons in and around our homes. She suggested each room be prayed over, anointed with oil.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Matthew 28:18
With varying degrees of intensity, I’ve done this in the past. Even stopping to light a candle in a room while I prayed. One winter evening, I was given a vision of God’s angelic army out on the front lawn. They stood shoulder to shoulder in single line formation, their arms roped behind one another, creating a barricade against evil.
In years following, by God’s authority, evil was granted permission to pass anyway 🙁 And while I’m not happy about it, I do appreciate that darkness must inquire of the Light in order to mess with praying folks.
The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he (Job) has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Job 1:12
So the Spirit of God urged me. “It’s time to conduct that spiritual house cleaning again.” In response, I ramped up the praying effort, going in and around the house, anointing door frames with oil. Exhausting, but necessary work.
Then plopping down in my chair expelling a satisfied sigh at what I thought was completed work, I heard, “You forgot the other house.”
“What house is that?” I asked, arching an inquisitive brow.
God directed a finger at my chest. “That one. Because ‘The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.’ (Jeremiah 17:9a) Plus, those demons are wrestless, insatiable types. And characteristically drawn to heart houses that, while clean and orderly, may be unoccupied.”
“Meaning, I hear no pro-active, authoritative praying in the name of Jesus to cover your heart house. Because it’s got demons, too.”
When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does ot find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left’. When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. Matthew 12:43-45a
It doesn’t do a heck of a lot to pray within and around a place, leaving no stone unturned, only to overlook the one place within my home that is most wicked.
My heart, the house within the house.
Give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:12
No matter how thoroughly the rest of the house is covered in prayer, once I enter a place the bent of my heart will fill a room with whatever has dominated it most.
Is it toxic or fragrant?
Am I ranting or praising?
Am I puffed up or humble?
Apathetic or enthusiastic?
Spiritual house cleaning in Spirit-led prayer throughout the house was exhausting work. No doubt, Darkness would rather I’d not bothered. But I hate an unkept house, one where the stalwart presence of God is not evident even when the lights are out.
It may only be fall, but the need for spring cleaning has risen a bit sooner.