A House Divided

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Ever work at a place where you weren’t sure who the boss was?

My first job was like this. My boss would come and say I need you to straighten up the shelves. And then my other boss would come and say why are you doing that I need you to do this over here. Needless to say, I didn’t stay there very long. It was way to frustrating. I don’t think I learned anything related to my job and I sure didn’t get much done.

I did learn the importance of clear leadership and how workplaces will struggle to be very productive or healthy without it.

Abraham Lincoln once said, A house divided against itself cannot stand.
And Jesus before him said it in Matthew 12:25, “ Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste,
and no city or house divided against itself will stand.”

I want you to think about this in terms of your spiritual life. Think of your heart as a house. Here are some verses to help with the imagery:
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

So knowing that you and Jesus dwell in this house. how would you answer the questions below?

  • Is there clear leadership in your heart (house)?
  • Who rules the roost?
  • Is it a house divided?

Matthew 6:2424 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other,
or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other… 

You’ve probably never thought or said this before, but maybe you know someone who did. The thoughts or statements may look something like this:

  • Jesus, you can have my Sunday morning but the rest of the week is mine.
  • Jesus, I need your help in my marriage, but I can handle work by myself.
  • There’s a lot of good advice in the Bible but some of it’s just not for me.
  • What does it matter if I choose to keep doing this one sin, I’m pretty faithful in everything else?
  • It’s okay if I want to do this sin, God’s going to forgive me anyway.

These are just a few examples, but the reality is that in any area of your life your heart’s desire isn’t “whatever God wills” then it’s an area that you are still holding on to. What this mean is that in your heart-house you are lord and king. You make the calls.

A quote by A.W. Tozer says it like this,

Either God is Lord of all or He is not Lord at all.” A.W. Tozer

There’s only room for one. Are you the lord of your life or is God? Is your heart-house divided because you’re constantly trying to stay in control? The day you got saved began a battle for your devotion and you need to lose the fight!

The day you got saved began a battle for your devotion and you need to lose the fight!

When you begin to lose this fight, your Spiritual life will begin to grow and flourish. You will find that God is a much better lord of your life than you ever could be. And your Faith walk will feel different because it will be more like God leading you then God dragging you against your will.

So in Kingdom of God terms, today you need to fight to lose.