I’ve been sharing about the journey that led us to the spiritual cleansing of our home. If you missed those posts you can find them all listed here: Spiritually Clean Home.
In this post I’ll share about the experiences we had while “unoccupying” our home.
Ryan and I knew we wanted our home to be a sanctuary. Not just a place of peace and joy for us but for all who enter here. The bible tells us that our homes are where the church meets to teach, fellowship, and share in meals together so we knew we wanted to welcome the presence of God here. We wanted it to be physically and spiritually obvious when others entered that God was present in our home.
Have you ever walked into a church, gathering, or home and just KNEW God’s presence was there? That is what we wanted so we sought Him in prayer and study to find out how to achieve that.
During the course of our prayer we discovered several scriptures that tell us we should not possess or own things that are displeasing to God. There were a couple of no-brainers for us like a couple of violent video games, a book that was sent to me for review and that I knew did not line up with God’s word, and some magazines I had bought while my grandma was in the hospital. All of those items burned in our back yard. We decided not to pass them on to someone else since we knew it contained things that grieved the Holy Spirit.
Other things in our home weren’t so easy to figure out. Take this box for instance:
I bought it from someone in a Facebook resale group. I thought the box was cute, could be painted to match my decor, and was the perfect size to fit on my mantle and hold our remotes. When I went to pick it up the lady told me it was previously owned by Governor Edwin Edwards. If you aren’t familiar with him, don’t Google it. To read the long list of things he has done wrong will take up half your day.
Anyway, whenever I would pray for God to show me things that we needed to get rid of this box would always come to mind. I kept reasoning that it was just a box. It had no evil symbols, wasn’t used in pagan religions (that I know of), or anything else I could think of but it seemed to bother my spirit greatly. So we burned it too. I’d like to tell you that I had some great relief or that angels sang when we burned it but the truth is we just knew we did the right thing.
Over the last few months we’ve removed other things too like a Mexican rain stick, some comic books my husband has had since his childhood, and a decorative photo that had what appeared to be a swampy fog scene but in reality, when I looked closely, it was an apparition of a person. Creepy! What is even more creepy is that I didn’t notice it for months. All were burned.
In the next post I’ll talk about some other things that we were prompted to get rid of for different reasons.
Have you gone through your house and got rid of things? If so, what kind of stuff. Share your experience with us.