SUBTITLE: “FIGHTING OUR DEMONS”
(You should read Step #1, if you have not, before reading Step #2. Article: “Fighting Our Demons”
I have asked the question: “Is it possible to grow up in Sodom, and not fight demons?”
This is a very important question because many of us have received Christ as our Savior, and all went well for a while as we were in that “first love” time with the Lord, but then, perhaps months down the road, we have become a little careless, and we find ourself struggling in our Christian experience. Not only that, but for some reason an old temptation has come back on us.
Many habits of our pre-Christ days have passed away so easily, but now this thing has reappeared, and we wrestle with it, we realize it is contrary to our walk with Christ, and we put it down again, we think it is beaten this time, only to have it jump out at us again, a little further down the spiritual road. This thing just won’t go away! This is a “strong-hold”, and there are demons attached to it. That is why it has a “strong hold” on us, and it must be broken.
This “temptation”, this “weakness” may have happened several different ways. This could be a generational weakness. A “desire” that has passed down through your parents, grandparents, and so forth. It does not mean you have to give in to this, it just means you may have a weakness in this area. A harder battle. It requires extra awareness on our part, to guard ourself. It could be alcohol, drugs, pornography, materialism, love of money, homosexuality, gluttony, stealing, cursing, anger, or many other things, but whatever it is, it is your greatest foe!
It might not be generational, but it is something you were exposed to and now you can’t seem to get rid of it. Perhaps you did jump into it head-first, full well knowing it was wrong, but you did it anyway and now it has you. Perhaps you played with fire and now it burns, but however it happened, now it needs to be broken and you may not know how? Someone may have prayed and you were sure you had deliverance! Freedom! But then you went back out into the world, back out into Sodom, and you did not know how to fill the void and STAY FREE, and now the battle is back.
One of the devil’s best strategies is if he can get us to “fail” enough times, then we feel so guilty, he can convince us that God no longer wants us, and that he will no longer help us. So we run from God and try to hide like Adam and Eve. In Step #1 we talked about running TO God, and so, now, we look at Step #2. What happens after we run TO God?
First of all it is time to get very serious about this real danger to our soul. We know if we persist in this lifestyle, this sin, we know it will kill any spiritual fruit in our walk with God. We know it will cause distance, drain us of God’s anointing, harden our heart, burn-out our conscience, ruin our witness, and perhaps hurt people we love. Whether we believe we can lose our salvation, or not, we know this is very serious, and we are at a place where we are DESPERATE to finally beat this thing!!! And so we have run to God for the umpteenth time, and we are broken. We are ready to do whatever God tells us to do. We are ready to be his SHEEP and let him be SHEPHERD. We HUMBLE ourself to whatever will work, and in our brokeness we are ready to SEPARATE OURSELF UNTO HIM.
BUT SEPARATE OURSELF HOW?
WE ARE GOING TO ENTER THE HOSEA HOUSE.
Once we are in there, there is something we are going to do, but that is Step #3. First, I need to explain what it means to enter the Hosea House.
You are broken. You have been beaten by your sin again, and realize you are out of control, this thing is bigger than you and if God don’t save you then nobody else can!
Hosea was the Prophet that God told to marry a prostitute. (Hosea 1:2 NLT)
“When the Lord first began speaking to Israel through Hosea, he said to him, “Go and marry a prostitute, so that some of her children will be conceived in prostitution. This will illustrate how Israel has acted like a prostitute by turning against the Lord and worshipping other gods.”
We are ashamed and broken because we feel like a spiritual prostitute. The woman Hosea married was named, Gomer. One meaning of her name was “failure”, and to come to an end. If we have been fighting a losing battle with a demonic stronghold, then we know what it means to feel like a failure, and believe we are going to come to our end as a failure. This was Gomer. Hosea married and had 3 children with her, but by chapter 3, we find she has been unfaithful to him and has another “LOVER”.
You see, the reason we have such a struggle with whatever this weakness is, there is a part of us, a part of our flesh that “loves” this thing, even though another part of us, (our spirit man), may hate it, still, we give in to that craving of destruction. Yes, we know it is a craving that will destroy us, but we do it anyway! We have a fleshly love for a craving of destruction, and we need to be rescued! But will God still save us? Does he still even like us, let alone love us? Have we gone too far? All these questions and feelings haunt us, but are we ready to let God rescue us, AND PUT US IN HOSEA HOUSE?
You see, Hosea bought Gomer back for 15 pieces of silver, 5 bushels of barley, and a measure of wine, even after she had cheated on him. BUT THEN! HE GAVE HER VERY SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS!
THE INSTRUCTIONS OF HOSEA HOUSE!
You see, we need a little time. Our mind is filthy with the sins we have been indulging. There is something that is going to happen in the Hosea House that is like unto Samson pushing the millstone.
There is something that is going to happen in Hosea House that is like unto Samson pushing the millstone!!!
First of all, after Samson had his little fling with Delilah, (the thing he could not resist), that went on for a while before his sin really caught up with him. First his eyes were poked out, (after his hair was clipped), his eyes were poked out and he was separated (in his case) into prison, but it was a separation, and it was a taking his eyes off the things of this world! (He was broken.)
The only other thing we know he did was the pushing of the millstone round and round. Samson needed some time. He was not ready to be fully trusted again, not yet.
BUT IN THIS TIME HE NEEDED, HIS HAIR WAS GROWING!
Here are the instructions that Hosea gave to Gomer after he bought her back and brought her back into his house: (Hosea 3:3)NLT
“Then he said to her, “You must live in my house for many days and stop your prostitution. During this time you will not have sexual relations with anyone, not even with me.”
We need to let our hair grow back out. This represents the “closeness” God desires to have with us. As you will recall, Samson was a Nazarite, and his hair was never to be cut. This was part of his dedication and loyalty to God. So we are beat-up and filthy from this battle we lost with the devil, and now God rescues us from our circumstances again, brings us into his house and says, “You will spend some time here while we get you cleaned up, during this time you will not prostitute yourself, neither shall your “anointing” with me be the same, until we get you spiritually back on your feet.” You need some time for your hair to grow, Samson, but as it grows, your time will come again! Your enemy will be defeated!
NOW THE QUESTION REMAINS, “WHAT SHALL WE DO WHILE IN HOSEA HOUSE?” HOW SHALL WE BE CHANGED? > STEP 3!
Read Hosea 3:3 over and over again for a few times. Get the picture of what God wants to do for us. He wants to be close to us again, and restore our faithfulness. He wants our hair to grow out, that we may be strong again, a picture of his anointing. If we also are serious about having our loyalty restored, then we will humble ourself, and submit to the wisdom of the Hosea House.