How can you protect your home from demonic invasion? This is an incredibly important question in this day and age.
As a pastor and a missionary having served for thirty-five years, I have seen and observed dozens of families. Many of those families are strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Mom and Dad pray and read the Word. They keep their lives clean before the Lord and give time to His service. From my observation, it almost seems as though there is a spiritual hedge of protection over them. There is a spiritual wall around that family. I am not saying that they don’t get sick, or that they never have an argument or disagreement, or they never suffer a financial need. What I am saying is that for the most part as Peter says, they love life and see good days.
If you want to protect your home from demonic invasion, please continue reading this article. The truth is that some homes do not have that kind of spiritual protection. I have also observed that at times it seems like the enemy will come in and completely destroy a family. Sin comes in and produces its fruit. Bitterness arrives. And all of a sudden, the family gets in turmoil. Perhaps mom and dad break up and the kids are left devastated. There is financial loss and sadness and weeping and mourning. While God’s grace is able to restore, the devastation can be painful.
I want you to understand today, that we live in a spiritual world. Satan is on the rampage. Jesus told Peter, “Satan desires to have you…” Satan’s goal is to kill, to steal, and to destroy. If you have accepted Jesus Christ then, you have a real enemy, an adversary, who walks about like a roaring lion, seeking who he can destroy.
Let’s begin with some sound advice from Peter:
1 Peter 3:10-13
“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
and their lips from deceitful speech.
11 They must turn from evil and do good;
they must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Peter describes a home or family that has those spiritual walls up. They “see good days”. They “love life”. But he gives us a powerful key. If you want to see good days, you must live right. If you want to love life, you must get your house in spiritual order.
Peter, the one who warned us of our adversary ties together practical holiness, living right with the blessings of spiritual protection. If you want to protect your home from demonic invasion, please consider the following.
- Consider Families And Individuals That Fall Away From Christ.
Everyone know someone who used to go to church, who used to love God. We probably also know someone whose family has fallen apart. I have some questions: Why Do Good Homes Go Bad? How Does Satan Get In? Why Is There No Spiritual Authority in The Home? How Do the Walls Get Down?
Before I delve into those questions I want to remind you of something powerful. There is good news.
a. God Restores
In Psalms chapter 80, we find a cry. The Psalmist is crying for Israel, realizing that Israel has strayed far away from God. Interestingly enough, three different verses say the same thing. Psalms 80:3, 7, 19 all say the exact words.
“Restore us, God Almighty;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.”
God wouldn’t have a prayer in the Bible that he was unwilling to answer. If your family has been torn apart then you must pray this prayer and have hope because, God is a restorer! He can restore families, and homes and relationships. When something is repeated three times in scripture, we need to pay attention to it. God wants to answer you when you pray this prayer, he wants to restore your home.
We also see in this chapter:
b. A biblical metaphor for Christian families
This chapter of Psalm 80 is filled with types. I believe it describes a type of a Christian or a Christian family.
Psalms 80:8 “You transplanted a vine from Egypt;
you drove out the nations and planted it.”
When it says that God transplanted a vine from Egypt, the psalmist is speaking of a salvation experience.
Egypt in the Word especially in the Old Testament stands for a land of sin. If you can recall the story, the children of Israel were in bondage down in Egypt. They were slaves. They could not free themselves. So God in his mercy, sent Moses and rescued them, took them out of Egypt, and transplanted them like a vine in Egypt.
This so describes our salvation experience with Jesus. We were slaves to sin. We were in bondage. We could not save ourselves. God in his mercy sent Jesus and He rescued us. He took us from the kingdom of darkness and translated us to the kingdom of his dear Son. He set us free from bondage, and from sin, and transplanted us in His kingdom.
In Psalm 80 we discover that this was a good vineyard that went bad. The vine grew and was blessed,
But something happens and the vine ultimately gets destroyed. In verse 12 the psalmist asks the question
“Why have you broken down its walls
so that all who pass by pick its grapes?
Obviously, this vineyard of Israel, a metaphor for families today is no longer secure behind its walls. We know from studying Israel’s history that there was only one reason why God would remove the protection of the walls from his vineyard Israel. It is because of sin. It is because the people were doing evil in the eyes of the Lord. That is why the wall of protection comes down.
Then once the wall is down, then the enemy can come and just take whatever they want. Here in Houston we are having difficulty after the flood because set of their things out in the front yard to dry and people just pull up and quickly load it and steal it. They pluck it away. That is exactly what happened in Israel. The pluckers came. Whatever grapes they wanted, they just took, because there was no protection.
Once the spiritual walls are down around the family the enemy can come in however he wants.
Satan just starts plucking away the blessings. He steals the joy. Instead of a family eating together around the table with laughter. The enemy plucks that moment away and now there is an argument and a sullen silence fills the house. Instead of husband and wife being together and enjoying the moment, they are in separate rooms filled with bitterness and anger. But that isn’t the worse part of it.
The psalmist identifies that even the beast of the fields ravage it.
“Boars from the forest ravage it,
and insects from the fields feed on it.”
There is nothing more detestable to a Jew than a pig. Wild Boars and Insects in this context refers to a type of spiritual demonic invasion. Since the wall is down, the enemy comes in. When we have huge floods here in Houston, the wild boars that live behind the levy come on our property and root around taring everything up. That is just what the demonic forces do. They spread lies, they bring bondage, they add torment to the families.
Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire;
So finally, we see the end. Total destruction. That is what Satan is after. He wants you divorced. He wants your home ruined. He wants your kids on drugs. He wants you in jail. He wants you suicidal. He wants you defeated and discouraged.
There is only one reason why God would have to take away the wall of protection. I go back to that question. Why have you broken down the walls?
The answer to that is found in a little phrase that says they did “evil in the eyes of the Lord”. That phrase is found 25 times in the Old Testament. It is sin that opens the door. One brother said, God don’t bless a mess!
You protect your home from demonic invasion when you live a life that pleases God that is free from sin.
Some may read this article and think that I believe that every person is out there just blatantly sinning against God. I don’t believe that. I do think that every Christian home needs to be reminded that there is a real enemy. Every believer needs to remember that Satan plays for keeps. Every believer needs to consider that God isn’t kidding about the consequences of sin. You must protect your home from demonic invasion.
- Consider The Blessing Of Living Under His Protection
Isaiah 4:3-6 give a picture of what it means for a family to be under the supernatural protection of God. There were many moments when Israel was defended by God. The enemy couldn’t touch them. As long as they were serving God and had God as a priority. God would protect them. As long as they did their part, God did his part.
Isaiah 4:5-6 “Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy. It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.”
God wants your home to be a shade from the heat of the day! God wants your home to be a refuge and a hiding place from the storm and the rain. A place where you and your family comes and finds peace. The same Holy Spirit that caused appeared in a cloud of smoke by day, and fire by night, can put a spiritual canopy over your house.
In a parallel passage to Psalm 80, there is a powerful question that is asked. The metaphor Isaiah is using is identical. A vineyard with the wall down. I want to call your attention to one verse.
Isaiah 5:4 “What more could have been done for my vineyard
than I have done for it?”
That question leads me to my third and final point
- Consider All God Has Done For Us
Isaiah 5:4 “What more could have been done for my vineyard
than I have done for it?
If there is a verse that is an indictment to every backslider, every lukewarm Christian, every person who used to have Jesus as a priority, but now he rarely thought of. It is this verse. What more could have been done.
God went looking for good grapes and he only found bad. So what did he do? He took away the hedge.
When I looked for good grapes,
why did it yield only bad?
5 Now I will tell you
what I am going to do to my vineyard:
I will take away its hedge,
and it will be destroyed;
I will break down its wall,
and it will be trampled.
6 I will make it a wasteland,
neither pruned nor cultivated,
and briers and thorns will grow there.
I will command the clouds
not to rain on it.”
As I was considering this question, my mind went back about thirty years to a funeral I preached for a man named Bill. Bill at one time had considered Christ. He was in trouble with the law. He was looking at 25 years to life in prison. And all of a sudden for the first time, Bill started attending church. There he heard of the Savior who gave His life for Him. There he heard of the power of the Holy Spirit and the power of grace that would help him to repent. He was surrounded by believers who loved and accepted him. They prayed for him. They asked God for his mercy to spare him somehow from prison. And God did what he could for that man. The charges were dropped.
Immediately Bill went back to his old life. Just before he died I pleaded with him to get his life right with God. He refused. As far as I know, Bill entered eternity without Christ. Bill will not be able to say in eternity. You didn’t do enough for me God. God demonstrated his love and power over and over in Bills life.
I want us to stop and think for just a moment at all that he has done for us. We live in a blessed day.
2 Peter 1:3-4 “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
Everything you need to live a victorious Christian life has been given to us by His Divine Power.
A Godly life can be ours. We can participate in the divine nature, overcoming the world! God has provided for us everything we need to live completely victorious over all sin! We must guard our hearts against the lie of the enemy that says, God hasn’t done enough! He has. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life.
Let’s consider what he has done for his vineyard.
- We have the Word.
Through the promises in the Word he has given us, we can participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world.
- We have the Spirit.
He is always with us! Think of it, the Holy Spirit has supernatural power that can help us. He seals us with his Spirit. If we train our ear to listen to Him, he can speak to us. It will be like a voice behind us saying this is the way, walk in it.
- We have the Local Church.
I believe in the power of the local church. It provides for us pastors and teachers and other believers to encourage us in our journey, to pray for us when we have needs, and a feeling of precious community.
- We have programs like Celebrate Recovery
Millions have found help and have recovered from their hurts, habits, and hang ups in this loving ministry
- We have the body of Christ at large.
We have access to more good materials, more good information than any other generation. Christian counselors. Books on marriage. Ministry events.
- We have recorded music to worship with
God is saying what more could I do for my vineyard?
I have done it all
I gave my only Son to redeem it.
I sent the Holy Spirit to empower it.
I gave them pastors and friends to love and to care.
I blessed them with money and finances.
I have given them prophetic warnings.
I have spoken to them through the prophetic gifts of the Spirit.
I have healed their bodies.
I have encouraged their spirit.
I forgave them their sin.
I washed them clean by the blood of the lamb
I loved them.
I called them
I chose them
I sanctified them.
There is a song I love and I close with these words.
“Oh to grace how great a debtor, daily I’m constrained to be.
Let thy mercy like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander Lord I feel it.
Prone to leave the God I love
Here’s my heart oh take and seal it.
Seal it for thy courts above.”
In the day of judgment, no one will be able to point their finger at God and make a case that He didn’t do enough.
He has done all we need. What must I do?
If you want a canopy of God’s love over your home, and the walls of spiritual protection up, you must heed the following verse.
2 Corinthians 7:1 “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”
As that verse is heeded and followed, you will protect your home from demonic invasion.