The Lord has been at work in our home. Over the last several months it seems like the messages our pastor has brought has tied in with personal devotions, family devotions, and Bible studies. A couple of months ago, our pastor preached a message about giving place to the devil. He gave us a checklist of seven things in Ephesians 4:25-32 that identify giving place to the devil. I cannot even put into words how my heart was convicted. I knew that I was making the devil very proud of me in several different areas of my life. Oh, not on purpose, of course, but allowing my flesh to have the victory in several of these areas on this checklist.
I thought I would just share this list with you and maybe the Lord will use it in your life as well. I would love to print this list and hang it somewhere in our home, so that it stays fresh on our hearts.
- Do I speak the truth? “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another” (Eph 4:25)
- Do I have uncontrolled anger? “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:” “(Eph 4:26)
- Do I steal? “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with [his] hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.” (Eph 4:28)
- Do I have corrupt communication? “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” (Eph 4:29)
- Do I grieve the Holy Spirit? “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” (Eph 4:30)
- Do I let all bitterness be put away? “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:” (Eph 4:31)
- Am I kind? “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Eph 4:32)
The devil wants our homes, ladies. He cannot have our souls, but he can take pride in the wreck and ruin of our home. “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” (2 Cor 2:11) Are we welcoming him with open arms? If someone asked me that, of course I would say “NO!!” But the truth is there are several different areas of my heart where I am afraid the devil has felt at home. I’m praying that the Lord will help me surrender all of these things to Him daily. We are in a battle, as Kelsey mentioned last week. We must prepare ourselves, our children and our homes.
Love and Blessings,