Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Are You Occupied?


I Samuel 31:7 When the Israelites along the valley and those across the Jordan saw that the Israelite army had fled and that Saul and his sons had died, they abandoned their towns and fled and the Philistines came and occupied them.

Matthew 12:43-44 When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order.

One of the most significant movements for justice since the Civil Rights movement has been the Occupy Wall Street movement. Thousands of people took to the streets and federal banks to protest the corruption on Wall Street. The main issues are social and economic inequality, greed, corruption and the undue influence of corporations on government particularly the financial service sector. The OWS’ slogan, “we are the 99%,” addresses the growing income inequality and wealth distribution in the U. S. between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the population.

There have been many clashes with local authorities because many of the protestors have occupied without permission. They have rightfully occupied places that should be working with them instead of against them.

Occupation has always been associated with a strong military force overpowering a conquered opponent to take up residence. In the Old Testament, the Philistines Occupied Israel after the army fled and King Saul along with his sons were killed. In the New Testament, the Romans Occupied Israel after they defeated them in military conquest. Jesus spoke of Spiritual Occupation when he talked about a man who had an evil spirit taken out of his house but when the evil spirit came back he found the house swept clean and unoccupied. He then brought back seven other evil spirits who occupied the house and the man’s condition was worse than before. When the enemy comes to your house and sees a vacancy he will try to occupy what does not belong to him.

You are in danger of the enemy occupying you when:

1. You are defenseless. Psalms tells us when the enemy comes in like a flood, God will raise a standard against him. In order to keep the enemy out we have to raise God’s standards for our lives. Our defense system is to have some standards.

2. You are Idle. It’s not enough to stop negative activity in your life when you give your life to Jesus. “Don’t do this, don’t do that.” The question is, “What are you doing for Christ?” When you are idle, an idle mind becomes the devil’s workshop.

3. You are Empty. When the devil finds an empty house he wants to fill it with his influence. You need to make sure you are filled with the Holy Spirit so that the enemy has no room to get in.

Dear God,

Occupy my heart and my home. Don’t let the enemy in my space. You are the only one Jesus that has the right to occupy. I deny access to the enemy and I will be intentional with my activity to ensure that no unclean spirits move back in my house. I am occupied by the Holy Spirit and I have no vacancies for evil.

In Jesus Name,


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