by Tyler Quiller
Recently, after moving into our new home, I began to hear a strange noise coming from my office walls while I worked. At first, I just chalked it up to a pipe making noise or the water heater in the garage running. Then, I started to listen a bit more closely. It was loud. It sounded like a scratching noise. Then it hit me. There’s an animal in these walls! Although it sounded like a honey badger digging around, I was certain we had mice. I went to the garage where I found a blanket that they had eaten apart. Then, the unthinkable. They had eaten a hole through one of my shoes. Game on!
I immediately went to the store and spent entirely too much money on glue traps, snap traps, and poison. I set these traps everywhere and went into the attic, where I threw poison in every direction. They may have won a battle, but I was certainly going to win this war. And, when I was done, the carnage would be so severe that no mouse would ever dare enter my home again after they hear of the horrifying demise of their friends.
Why do I tell you this story? I took so seriously that my house be rid of mice in that moment and forevermore that I did whatever it took. I was so disgusted by field mice finding warmth and food in my home that I went to extreme measures to dispose of them and protect us moving forward. We have an adversary and enemy who is not only looking to get into your home, but looking to find a foothold and even to take over. 1 Peter 5:8b-9a says, Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. 9 Resist him, firm in the faith…
The popular active wear company, Under Armor, uses the motto, “Protect This House” as a way to say, “Defend this stadium / playing field / etc. from the opponent. Don’t let them win.” As the leader of your home, let me ask you, are you protecting your house from your adversary, the devil? Do you take as seriously protecting your home from him as you do with tiny rodents? You should, and even moreso. He is, as scripture says, prowling like a lion, looking for anyone he can devour. We are to resist him. How do we do that?
First and foremost, it’s daily dependence on Jesus. It’s keeping your eyes focused on Jesus and making Him central. As the leader of your home, it’s making Christ the center point of your home and of your family. Men, we lead in this. So where we invite the Holy Spirit to dwell, the evil one has no place there. He has no authority there. He can prowl all he wants, but he has no bite. It’s when we are not protecting our house or not allowing Christ to be central in our house that the evil one attacks. So, practically, what does protecting your house look like in the day-to-day?
- Pray for God’s protection over your family and your home. Invite the Spirit in.
- Check your own heart and actions for what you are allowing in your home that gives the evil one a foothold. What is being viewed on devices and television? What needs to go?
- How are your children being discipled? Who is discipling them? Don’t simply lean on the church to do that work. Point your children to Jesus and be intentional to spend time in scripture and in prayer with them daily.
- What sinful emotions and attitudes are you bringing into your home? Maybe these stem from work or other outside relationships. What sinful attitudes are you spewing on your family that is allowing the evil one a foothold in your home?
- How is Jesus being made the center of your home? How are you leading in this? What can you do differently?
These are just a few things to think and pray through. The evil one is good at what he does and his intent is destruction. However, he has no place in the presence of Jesus. Don’t just “allow” Jesus in your home, but let Him have your home and your family. This is how we protect our home.
I laugh about how seriously I took the mouse issue. It was ridiculous. But, it was a good reminder to me about how much we must protect our home from the evil one. Lead your family well in this. And, as God has already promised us in Isaiah 41:10: He is present with us, He helps us, and He protects us. Therefore, there is nothing to fear. Cling to these truths as you seek to make Christ central in your home.
Do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you; I will help you;
I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand.
Tyler Quillet is the Discipleship Strategist for the Custom Church Resources team at LifeWay Christian Resources. He lives in the Nashville, TN area with his incredible wife, Cathie, and two boys, Cylas and Bowen. Tyler also speaks, writes, and coaches alongside Cathie as they pour into and love on those battling infertility through Cathie’s “The Missing Peace Project”. Tyler previously spent 15 years as a pastor and is passionate about serving churches and pouring into church leaders in a variety of ways.