On average, Americans spend $20.64 billion on home security systems every year.
Clearly, we want our homes to feel secure and we’re willing to shell out the money to make it that way. But while our homes may be physically safe, how safe are they spiritually?
A century ago it was a lot simpler. You didn’t let unknown people in your home, you could easily track which books, mail, or newspapers came in or out. You could turn off the one radio in your home if you didn’t want your children to hear the news.
Today it’s a lot more complicated with phones, internet, and television. You can monitor it all, but things can still creep through. All of these ‘voices’ speaking into our family’s lives can wreak spiritual warfare on all of us.
So, while we have a handle on our latest alarm system for our windows and doors, let’s consider what we can do for the doors of our family’s hearts. Below is not an exhaustive list, but rather one that can spur you on in your own thoughts about how you can develop a spiritually secure home.
Psalm 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
Are you having family devotion time, praying together, talking through scripture and hearing your children’s perspective? Having a home that keeps God at the focus is the first line of defense.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
The words we speak matter. And the way we say them does, too. Do you find yourself treating people outside your family better than your own flesh and blood? Why do we do that? Because home is where we let down our guard and show our true selves. For better or for worse. May the words we speak within our home be encouraging and grace-filled.
Colossians 1:17 And He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
We need to recognize that we have our part to do in the security of our family’s hearts, but also place our trust in God, knowing that He holds everything together, even from the beginning of time. When we start to feel the fear creep in, turning to our ultimate Security, asking for discernment over real – and perceived – threats.