(Part 3 of 3)
1 Samuel 16:12 tells us of David’s anointing. He was a good-looking kid, courageous, talented, a lover of music, and he had a heart for God. God anointed him to be king, but he failed as a father. He was able to rule the kingdom but he was a failure at home. He failed to give discipline through example, committed adultery, arranged a murder, and his fruit followed. His sons did the same thing. Absalom killed his brother and rebelled against his father. Even on his deathbed David had to settle a dispute as to who would become king. Adonijah was next in line for the throne, but he was rejected because David promised his wife Bathsheba that Solomon would rule the kingdom. David never corrected Adonijah when he set up himself as king (1 Kings 1:5-6). After Solomon ascended the throne, he had Adonijah killed. David was a strong leader in his kingdom but not in his home.
Three kinds of spirits attack the home when there is a lack of leadership. The first is the spirit of atheism (the spirit that rejects God, church, the Bible). Many homes have a motto in their home that reads, “Jesus is the unseen guest in our home.” It should be changed to “Jesus is the visible guest in our home.” The second spirit that enters when there is lack of leadership is the spirit of lawlessness, the absence of authority and discipline. Children come and go and do as they please, balk at curfew, lack emotional stability, and mock authority. They hear the father say how he outsmarted the law, how he cheated on his financial matters, the IRS, or his boss. The children follow and outdo their fathers in sin. The third spirit that attacks the home when there is lack of leadership is the spirit of mammon, of greed, making money, lying and cheating. The pressures of money-making become more important than contentment. Success depends on the size of the car, the quality of clothes, the big home. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus said, “But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all of these things shall be added unto you” (KJV). God is not against you having success and good things. It’s the greed that He is against. It seems that “dollar signs” have replaced eyeballs.
How can I protect my family from satanic attacks? Remember, the first line of defense is in the hands of the head of the house, the man. The wife and mother has a powerful lot of authority as well. Remember Eve had life-giving capacities before she and Adam had children. The name “Eve” means “to enliven,” and she was given to Adam to bring structure into the home. Every day the head of the house must pray and proclaim protection for his household. Never cut off God’s ability to protect your home. The head of the home must not be intimidated by the devil’s tactics. Fill your heart with God as soon as your feet hit the floor in the morning.
The second line of defense is unity, family unity. Avoid rivalry; parental struggles confuse the children. When parents divorce, the children still have the same parents. You can’t change that. When the head of the home (the man) makes a sound decision, the wife should stand with him. If your child says, “Dad, can I ride the bike on the middle lane of the freeway?” The father will say “No.” The mother shouldn’t say, “It’s okay, but make sure that you have your helmet on.”
The third line of defense is having a working knowledge of the Word of God. Psalm 119:11 reads, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I may not sin against thee” (KJV). Program the word of God into your home.
The fourth line of defense is to “make no place for the devil.” Protect the children from things they can’t handle, things like drugs, liquor, guns and fast cars. This is your decision and not the children’s.
The fifth defense against evil spirits is letting God heal your hurts, sorrows and mistakes. Make room in your life for healing and forgiveness. Also, a bad attitude in the head of the home drives the children out of the home. Quit hating your spouse, your neighbors and the opposite political party.
The sixth defense against evil spirits is to keep alert. Be watchful. Develop abilities to recognize the devil when he comes.
Your household is only as strong as the head of the house.
Pastor George Belobaba
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