The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10 NIV)
The day after Christmas I walked into my house and to my surprise my back door was open. I immediately grabbed my daughter and my niece, jumped in the car and sped away. I was hysterical, I called the police, I called my husband and then I called my family. Everyone pulled up to my house at the same time. My brothers ran in the house because they wanted to see if the burglars were still there. I was so upset and frightened. I couldn’t understand who would violate me and come into my house without an invitation. I had not slept for a week trying to figure out who had been in my house. I asked myself, “Was it Facebook, Twitter, haters or someone who had been in my home? Who was it?” I came up with nothing. ADT installed an alarm and I still didn’t feel safe. There was a stranger in my house!
I consulted God and I didn’t ask Him why it happened but I was thankful that I wasn’t home and no one was hurt. I started to pray and ask God, “What lesson am I supposed to learn? What are You trying to tell me?” But instead, I told God “I understand that a stranger had been in my house and has violated my family, but what now? What do you do when the enemy attacks you in this way? I know I need to pray but what do I do today?” There was a stranger in my house!
I remembered writing an EmpowerMoment entitled “It Takes a Storm to Prove How Strong Your House Is.” I reflected and thought about how I am always focusing on making sure my family is together, my marriage is working, my child is developing normally and my bills are paid. I forgot about keeping the outside out of my house together. I forgot about making sure that “my house” was in order inside and out. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1Peter 5:8 NIV) This time the storm came in my house uninvited and violated my private space, so how was I going to overcome this?
So let God work His will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and He’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet. (James 4: 7-10 MSG)
At first I was defensive and had to remind God that I prayed, submitted myself to Him and didn’t play games when it came to His things. However, I had to go deeper to realize what God was telling me. God sent an angel, a real-life angel, on a prayer call that confirmed what God was telling me. She told me how God wanted me to be desperate for Him and how He was desiring that I seek Him more. God knew I wasn’t stressing about the materialistic part of the burglary, but I was tripping about the violation I felt. There was a stranger in my house!
After nearly a month I finally got it! God is trying to make me desperate for Him so that there will be no room for uninvited guests. Not just burglars but people coming into my life that are not welcomed or invited. You know– the dream killers, the gossipers, the naysayers, the haters, the frienemies, the borrowers but never the lenders, the people that suck the life out of you–you know the type. God wants me at a place that I am too full of Him to be violated. God is elevating me to a place that He is my security and my ADT system. He wants me to seek Him for everything, big or small.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3: 5-6 KJV)
I was in a place where no one or no thing could calm my nerves but God. He wants me at this place ALL the time. God wants us as women of God to become desperate for Him so we don’t allow strangers to come in our house (mind, spirit and soul) uninvited. God wants us to not allow people, thoughts, material things or sins to steal what is ours- Salvation! There WAS a stranger in my house!
I thank You for protecting me and my family always. God, I thank You for teaching me to trust and depend on You for everything. God continue to guide my footsteps so I wont allow the devil, who is a stranger in my life, to come in and take anything from me. God, I thank You for being exactly who I need You to be, what I need You to be, and whenever I need You to be it. God, I thank You for bringing me to a place of desperation so I can know you are everything that I need. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Bold Women of God, I EMPOWER you to become desperate for God so strangers can’t enter into your physical, mental or spiritual home and rob you of your blessings, dreams, deliverance, breakthroughs or healings. I dare you to submit yourselves to God and watch Him work. I EMPOWER you to resist the devil so he can flee. Don’t give negativity another minute of your life and you will also be able to stand bold and say, “There was a Stranger in my house!”
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Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”