Feb 06 2010
It is amazing how much the Bible has to say about homeland security. It starts with your own home. Are you guarding it and keeping it against ungodly influences that subtly try to make inroads? Here are some helpful hints:
God is not the author of confusion but enjoins that all things be done decently and in order. If our homes are unkept and disorderly we bring reproach upon ourselves.
I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. For some are already turned aside after Satan. 1. Tim. 5:14.
An untidy home or unruly children will have an adverse effect on our relationship with each other and the Lord. Confusion and disorder create disharmony and chaos. Order creates peace and a warm, welcoming climate where love can be cultivated. Conscientously applying Biblical life principles help us keep things in order. That’s what this scripture teaches. If we deny our duty, we are turned aside after Satan. We should not allow Satan to get a foot into the door of our homes. We should give no place to the devil at all.
(2) Blasphemy in the Home
That they may teach the young women … to be discreet chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:5.
Not only can we commit blasphemy in word but also in deed. The word of God is meant to instruct us to produce right action. If we say we believe the word of God, but act against the counsel of the word of God, then we are in danger of blaspheming the word of God. But it really is our job to adorn the doctrine of the word of God with our conduct. See Titus 2:10.
(3) Avoiding Absenteeism
Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth upon him all people. Hab.2:5.
Modern people need to learn to stay home. We as Bible believers are opposed to outsourcing the functions of the home to “outside suppliers”. We eat at home. We live at home. We enjoy being at home. The children are at home and not at mingling with “peers”. We learn at home. We pray and worship God at home. It is not our job to mingle with all nations and people. We keep at home. It is wrong to be overly involved in club memberships, sports activities, hobbies and so on. We need to have quiet time at home in the Lord.
(4) Care at Home
But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to show piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God. 1. Tim. 5:4.
The home is a community of care. Piety is a reverence accompanied with affection and devotion to honor and happiness. That’s how we treat each other at home. Lack of respect and piety, however, is a widespread disease in today’s society. We sharply disapprove of that. Once again, Christians have to live the counterpoint to society. The home is not a place of selfishness, but in a real home we learn to make decisions based on the regard for others. The home is not a place for seeking our own, but for another’s wealth. See 1. Corinthians 10:24,33.
(5) Home is the Headquarters
The strange woman … there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) Proverbs 7:10-12.
Let’s learn from that mistake. Simply put, we abide at home. We do not believe in hectic hurrying, but we live slowly. We are thankful for a home. We do not believe in a lifestyle where we are constantly on the go with meaningless errands, useless activities that do not profit our walk with God.
(6) Home Building
Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands. Proverbs 14:1.
Home is where the heart is. Our heart is not in social clubs, schools, associations, peer groups, organizations … So we must remove distractions in order to stay focused on the God-given priorities. Many people get sidetracked. This Scripture also refers to the fact economical housekeeping will lead to real wealth. Divorce and materialistic lifestyles are big wealth-killers. But good stewardship in the way things are used and organized at home leads to financial freedom.
(7) United we Stand
Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. Luke 11:17.
Parents are a united front. We do not believe in lax parenting where children bargain with parents about what they are allowed or not allowed to do. What is yea with one parent shall not be nay with the other. Our yea is yea and our nay is nay. James 5:12. We mean what we say and say what we mean. Father is the head of the home and rules it well. Mother is obedient and enforces rule. Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Amos 3:3. There needs to be agreement in a marriage in order to stay the course. Family members needs to pull together. Contention and selfishness are characteristics that God rejects. Meekness and self-giving love are God’s will.
When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace. Luke 11:21.
If we want peace in our home, we must keep it. By the way, there is nothing wrong with being armed. But we also need to “keep our palace” against violent intrusion of the media. If you are saved by the grace of God, there is not need for cable or satellite TV. It will not help you live for God. If you are saved, you are free from entertainment because as a believer your concern is edification, encouragement, education, evangelism. That books your schedule 100% with no time left for hellevision. You might want to use a TV as a monitor for videos or DVDs that serve the cause of edification, encouragement, education, evangelism. We keep our palace free from the negative impact of culture, society and media.
(9) Constructive Conduct
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart. Proverbs 11:29.
How can you be a blessing to your home instead? In the Bible you find a man named Lot and he troubled his own house by moving to Sodom. God delivered him out of Sodom, but he lost his wife. His daughters were sinful and their children turned out to become opponents of God’s people later on. Learn from Lot’s mistakes.
(10) Eat at Home
And if any man hunger, let him eat at home … 1. Corinthians 11:34
Modern society has taken on the bad habit of constantly eating out. That is a bad choice because it hinders quietness, communication and harmony in the home. It is also a wasteful choice. No matter how rich you are, you are wasting money since a lot of restaurants no longer allow kids to eat free. Family diners turn into high-end restaurants. Save your money and live better while eating at home. If you are eating out constantly, you are robbing your family of precious memories of fellowship at the family table. You are stealing yourself from the responsibility of preparing meals at home. You are becoming effeminate, lax and spoiled rotten since you expect others to fix food for you. You become dependent. It grieves me to drive by the full parkig lots at restaurants at night on any given day of the week and esp. on the Lord’s Day Sunday. A revival of biblical values in America would result in emptier parking lots at restaurants.
The family table is a blessing from God: Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. Ps. 128:3,4. The family table is not just for food but for fellowship. It is a place of love and communion. It is a place for prayer and devotions.
My friend, do you really desire God’s blessings on your life? Or have you been deceived by the world and its shiny attraction? Not everything that glitters is gold. Homeland security really begins at your home. You need God or everything else is in vain. Will you acknowledge Him in all your ways?
Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Psalm 127:1. My friend, I pray that God will build the homes and keep our city. That is the blessing we ought to desire from God and strive for in our prayer life.
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