SUBTITLE: “FIGHTING OUR DEMONS”
How long in Hosea House? Answer: As long as it takes.
Note: “Then I said to her, You must live in my house for many days and stop your prostitution.” (Hosea 3:3a NLT)
The renewing of our mind is not an overnight process, and there are very important “disciplines” that we must develop in order to be transformed in the way that Romans 12:2 speaks about.
Hosea 3:3 is our central scripture, but we are looking for “transformation”, and God gives us the key in Romans 12:2.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (Rom. 12:2a)
How is our mind going to be renewed? Well, of course, there are many ways God works on us by His Holy Spirit, but as we consider Paul’s teaching about the “washing of the water of the word”, (Ephesians 5:26), we have to realize that our filthy mind, filthy from exposure to an ungodly world, must need a lot of Holy Spirit scrubbing with the Word of God, or else we would not be struggling so much with a strong hold in our life.
Even as the people of Christ time walked about on very dirty streets and could not help but get dirty feet, even so, we are exposed to another kind of filth, which becomes a pollution of our minds. It has been rightly said that the main battlefield is the mind. Therefore, it is imperative that we develop certain disciplines that will enable us to keep our clean feet on the straight and narrow. Dirty feet love to stray, but clean feet will love to stay! (Hey! I just made that up! I kinda like it!)
Our spiritual hygiene habits are critical to our usefulness in Christ. As Timothy explained, there are vessels unto “honor”, and vessels unto “dishonor”. (II Timothy 2:19-21) We are in Hosea House to develop such habits. Time spent in the word, washing our feet, meditating on the word, cleansing our mind, this is a critical practice to develop.
“…stop your prostitution.” (Hosea 3:3)
Has the demonic hold been broken? Has your prostitution stopped and a closeness of the Lord redeveloped? If not, then you are not ready to leave yet, and we must continue in developing the disciplines. This is critical because it is not us who change ourself. We have already proven to be a miserable failure at that. It is God who will change us, and that only happens as we take more of God in. So here are the three main disciplines I recommend.
1.) Love God more.
2.) Love His Word more.
3.) Love Prayer and Worship more.
In Psalms 91:14, we read: > “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him:”
This is the beginning of 6 “I Will’s” of God! The best path to be delivered of your sins is to allow your sins to drive you even more to God! As we realize how helpless we are to save ourself, we should begin to see how much he loves us, and that he desires to be our Champion and deliver us from our own evil nature! What we need is more of Him!
God will lead us and show us how to fill the voids that are created as those demons begin to shrivel up and fall away. The more we drink of Christ, and the more our mind is renewed in his word, as we practice spiritual disciplines “faithfully”, we will be transformed! Eventually, we come out of Hosea House ready to do something for God! We have become Christ workmanship! He has transformed us into a vessel of honor ready for the Master’s use! This is the power of Hosea House!
So…I’m sorry God does not offer us a magic pill to swallow and all is well. No, sir. God’s Word reveals actions that we must take in order to grow in Christ. Something that is not growing, is dying. The demons will stop growing. They will begin to shrivel. They will eventually fall away.
This is no small thing we are talking about. The Bible speaks of a time when there will be a great falling away amongst Christians. An apostasy, as it is called. (II Thess. 2:3)
CAN WE LIVE IN SODOM AND NOT FIGHT DEMONS?
WE MUST FIGHT OUR DEMONS.
I highly recommend meditating on every word of II Timothy 2:19-21. >
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonor. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the Master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”
Your faith will make you whole as you believe in God’s ways that they will deliver you. Jesus turned to his disciples at one point and asked the question: Will you leave me, too?
The disciples answered: Where else could we go, Lord? For you have the words of life.
The disciples had enough sense to know, that whether they understood what he said or not, there was no where else to go. Jesus had convinced them that he had the only answers, and the only real hope that there is. They understood there was no where else to go, so might as well dig in and BELIEVE! Understanding will come!