Get Yo' House in Order
Yesterday I woke up, got ready for work, headed out the door and had a great day. It was great not because everything went well (had traffic court and some hip/leg pains), but because God is great.
How great, you ask? Well...
When I got back home, my door was slightly open resting on the door frame. My building's pretty secure and I've never had any issues with safety, but I still stood at the door contemplating whether or not I was going to walk in. (I didn't want to be 'that girl' like in those scary movies.) I went in anyway, propping the door wide open while I checked everything out and...
NOT A SINGLE THING WAS OUT OF PLACE.
(Yeah. Gone shout a lil.)
But here's the real blessing:
The previous Thursday night, a night I usually go to church for prayer, God told me to stay home and pray. At first I laughed like, "This is the devil. The Lord ain't never gone tell me to not go to church!!" But something felt different. And in being transparent, there are some real strongholds I'm trying to break and God kinda called me out like, "Don't make this a habit, but I really need you to stay home and talk to me... for real."
So I listened.
It was one of those ugly-cry prayer nights. (Like I said, I'm trying to get my house i.e. temple in order and this was time for me to be real with God.) When I got up God told me to anoint myself AND... to anoint my apartment door!
Fast-forward to me standing in front of my door. I still hadn't made the connection to my previous prayer session, but I remember worrying about two things: theft and the thought of someone seeing my place in its then current state... a wreck! (Don't act like you've never hit a long, imma-clean-tomorrow streak!)
The point is, I had no control over what happened while I was gone. There was no way I could've foreseen that less than a week after being obedient to God I would unknowingly leave my physical home open and vulnerable. That's why I'm so glad that although it was left open, it was not left unguarded.
So, what am I sayin'?
God had complete control over and kept my house in order!
Scripture tells us that from the abundance of our hearts our mouth speaks (Luke 6:45) or even moreso we manifest things in our lives that dwell in our hearts. We also know we have to guard our hearts with all diligence because we know that in it are the many issues. (Proverbs 4:23)
This means not only do we need to protect it from being defiled from what's outside, we must also keep things that could defile others from getting out until God has the time to create a clean heart in us and renew right spirit. (Psalms 51:10)
Rarely do we look at it as a two-way street, but coming home to that open door sent three clear messages:
- Obedience is truly better than sacrifice. It serves as a guard to our heart.
- God wants to protect our heart from outside danger AND address those issues inside of it that still bring feelings of embarrassment or shame.
- It's better to be vulnerable and open with God than without Him.
Many times we unknowingly (or maybe in full consciousness) leave ourselves open and vulnerable to things that can taint our hearts. Our obedience to the Spirit is not for our gain, but it protects us while the Spirit works on us. And there are some places of God's power that can't be accessed through "just asking," but through obedience.
If you want to give Him permission to help keep your house in order then I challenge you to move past verbal affirmation and let your 'yes' be through the obedience of His word.
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:”