If a man comes into my house via the window or a locked door, it is simply a case of breaking and entering. But if I give him a key, it is just entering. He may not be welcome, but I have given him access. As a dad, you have all you need to be the blessed blanket of protection for your wife and children.
Home invasion happens in the spiritual realm and we often think nothing of it. What curses have you accepted? What limitations have you placed on your heavenly Father by opening up your home to the enemy of your soul? How much access have we given evil to touch our children in the name of education, entertainment, comfort, or license?
I awoke today with a burden for parents and the blessing of the covering that we are for our children. The savior said that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. We can make our own yoke easier by taking His yoke (His instructions for life) or we can choose our own burden. What do I mean. In the Biblical description of Husband and wife coverings (which most people ignor because they find it confusing to their modern sensibilities) we find a basic description for a heavenly gift: protection.
I honestly don't care if anyone chooses to argue about feminism verses masculine-ism. That's not the purpose for this, or my early morning lesson from the Holy Spirit. I do have one plea for you. If your idea of God's righteousness only works if you walk away from certain parts of His instructive Scripture, there is a likelihood that your understanding of His Wisdom (because we often think we are more "progressed" than the God of 2000 or 3000 years ago) or His righteousness... or both. Please seek His presence and to learn of His nature. You will find that His ways are far better than ours.
If you are a child, your Heavenly Father has built in a system of protection. If you are a wife, (notice I didn't say "woman") you have been given an extra line of protection... should you choose to accept it. We guys, we are not out in the cold. We get one line of defense, but it is a Good line. The best, for sure.
So, I speak to you, dads. This blessing of a covering can have holes in it. Why? If we give the enemy (strong man) a key to our abode. And if we let a jerk like that into our house, he can get to our precious family.
Willful sin is simply a key. Sure, we walk around with an assurance of salvation, but why do we often seek His hand of Salvation, but turn from His face - His presence? Sin gives the enemy a key to get under our umbrella, to get under our wings. So the actions we take can be a blessing, or a curse - to our little ones. Wow! I know it's nothing new, but it can be new if we give it some thought. Instead of thinking, "Yeh, I already learned that," let's breathe it in for a moment. I can choose this day, a blessing or a curse - for my wife and children. For my children.
We can travel the gritty road and proclaim our rights as a human. "I have a right to my _____!" Fill that in for yourself: Poker game? Skull tattoo? Picture of Ozzy Osborne on the closet wall? Movie about... stuff? The inner conversation HAS TO go away from "I can do this because I have freedom in Christ" to "What can I do to seek His presence? How can I keep from standing just inside the line of salvation from my sins, to running to Him and getting as close to His glory as humanly possible. I sense that we often stand in a "Rights" mentality, rather than a mindset of "Right-eousness" and Holiness.
I guarantee you that most of us do not want to know what holiness in our lives looks like. "Be ye Holy as I am Holy." If I could get you to do this, I would try. But here is my wish - That we would all repeat to ourselves, "I shall be Holy." What is Holy? Only the Almighty Elohim, and what He makes Holy. So He imputes us with sanctification and proclaimed us Holy. I would say that it is His will for us to be Holy, to LIVE Holy. How do we live Holy. He wrote it down for us on four sides of tablets and He will write it on the four chambers of our hearts. But we absolutely must turn from sin and seek after Him. "Seek first the Kingdom of God..." The enemy cannot stand in a sanctified place. But if we allow idolatry to enter, the space is open, with no natural (some say supernatural, but what we call supernatural is natural for Him.) covering or blanket of protection. The key has been handed over. The umbrella has been pierced.
Take a moment to soak in the Exodus chapter 32 (World English Bible). There are aspects of spiritual warfare that (I think) we often miss.
1. When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”
2 Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”
5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord.” 6 So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.
7 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. 8 They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’
9 “I have seen these people,” the Lord said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people. 10 Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.”
11 But Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God. “Lord,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people.13 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’” 14 Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened. (Note: Jesus/Y'shua stood between us and the Father, and still does today in much the same way)
15 Moses turned and went down the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands. They were inscribed on both sides, front and back. 16 The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets.
17 When Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting, he said to Moses, “There is the sound of war in the camp.”
18 Moses replied:
“It is not the sound of victory,
it is not the sound of defeat;
it is the sound of singing that I hear.”
19 When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing,his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. 20 And he took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder,scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.
21 He said to Aaron, “What did these people do to you, that you led them into such great sin?”
22 “Do not be angry, my lord,” Aaron answered. “You know how prone these people are to evil. 23 They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.’ 24 So I told them, ‘Whoever has any gold jewelry, take it off.’ Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!” (Really now?)
25 Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies.26 So he stood at the entrance to the camp and said, “Whoever is for the Lord, come to me.” And all the Levites rallied to him.
27 Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.’” 28 The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died. 29 Then Moses said, “You have been set apart to the Lord today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day.”
30 The next day Moses said to the people, “You have committed a great sin. But now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.”
31 So Moses went back to the Lord and said, “Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. 32 But now, please forgive their sin—but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.”
33 The Lord replied to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book. 34 Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke of, and my angel will go before you. However, when the time comes for me to punish, I will punish them for their sin.”
35 And the Lord struck the people with a plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron had made.
We tend to distance ourselves from the OT in many ways. "Oh, that stuff doesn't apply to me today." is not an exaggeration. I have heard it preached. But I say, it all stands. It applies differently. For instance, that last verse. That doesn't happen so much now, but it does not mean it has been done away with. It goes right on our beloved (or supposed beloved) Savior. In other words, we place our plagues on Him. Why would we willingly do that to Him?
Here's basically the deal. If we willfully sin, we bring disease and calamity on ourselves. Why, because we willingly accept it by opening our homes to the enemy who has been outside roaming and seeking people to devour. This does not mean that every sickness is a direct result of a certain sin. Or that we lose the covering of Salvation every time we sin. Most people who ascribe to a hyper-grace mentality tend to accuse others of this false doctrine. The point is, there are unknown sins and there are known ones. We have to be open to the fact that the closer we get to the fire of His presence, our sensibilities will change - even transform, closer to His. Do we want His blessing? Do we want his wings of covering? Seek and serve. Stop looking to Him as our servant boy.
Have our homes been devoured? Does someone hold a key to your home? And your wife? Your children?
Seek the face of the Almighty Father who loves you. Run To Him and He will walk beside you.