Radioactive | Devotion #1: Guard the Door
James Clouse | Student Pastor
Monsters, Gremlins, Oogey Boogeyman, and things that go bump in the night, remind me of an old Carman song:
Don’t want no monsters in my house tonight!
Don’t want no monsters in my house!
You won’t get me screaming,
You’re nothing but a demon, it’s time for you to go now!
While Carman may have been talking about literal monsters in his house, we are here to talk about other types of demons. It is the demons that affect our homes and our families. These are the ones that are harder to get out than just screaming at them.
We live in a world where there are demons and sin that disguise themselves. When we used to think of monsters, we would think vampires, werewolves, and mummies. But now we have to worry about forms of monsters like anger, lust, and bad influence. It is difficult to keep Christ strong in our homes when so many in the world and our culture are not teaching our families the difference between right and wrong. However, it is important to realize that there is a doormat at our front doors to get rid of all the dirt before entering the home. The dirt is sin and worldly desires.
Galatians 5:16-17 says, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.”
We need to teach our families to walk by the Spirit rather than the desires of the flesh. While the world and culture may be trying to teach our families things that are in opposition to what the Spirit teaches, if your passion for the Spirit in the home is strong enough, then those things will not be let inside your home.
To do this, your family needs to spend a healthy dose of time together in the Word of God. It is hard to understand the difference between right and wrong if we are not first allowing God to teach us. The only way to learn what is allowed in our home and what is not is allowing the Spirit to guide our families. Read the Word of God together so that your kids know when they go into the world, what is allowed there is not always what is going to be allowed in your home.
Shout to those demons, “It’s time for you to go now!”