Evicting the Squatters
If you had a person show up at your door, push his way in, and immediately set out to make himself at home, eat your food, steal your cash, and be a nuisance…
If someone came in and did all that, how long before you would get upset and do something about it?
No matter how ‘nice’ a person you are or how afraid of confrontation you might be, your righteous indignation would probably kick in fairly quickly.
“How dare you!” you might say. “What makes you think you can come in here, abuse me and my stuff and just get away with it?”
This is not my house (as evidenced by lack of stains on the rug). :)
Why do we get these things in the natural and completely ignore them when things come in to steal our freedom, joy, and life in Christ?
Paul asked the same of the Galatian church,
You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? –Galatians 3:1-3 NASB
I think he’s talking to me.
We allow too many things to crowd out the word, too many lies of religion to convince us we are bound and always will be.
We have to aggressively guard our hearts and minds from intruders just as we would our front door. Take every thought captive. Remember your testimony. Experience His love and grace daily.
We have to know His word and voice like we know our family so that we let in the right ones and evict the others as the squatters they are. They have no right to stay with you, advise you, steal from you, or anything else.
Simple message today, but I hope you talk to the Holy Spirit now. Do you have some squatters that need evicting today? What are your thoughts on this?