My Old House

Rules Of Engagement

We are in a spiritual battle, like it or not. However, in battle there are generally rules of engagement.

    The old house, as illustrated above, was once a house that my dad owned and rented out to an elderly man for a very nominal fee.  My dad paid the utilities and the renter agreed to do some upkeep on the house. There were two women who came and moved into the house without asking my dad anything about it. However, my dad soon discovered that his utility bills were going up and found that they two women had moved in with the man.  My dad immediately confronted the two women and told them that they either needed to move out or pay some rent. They responded by cursing out my dad. My dad very wisely went to the Justice of Peace with the matter. The Justice of Peace said that the two women were squatters and that they had no legal right to be there.  The Justice of Peace instructed my dad to write out an Eviction Notice, date it, keep copies, and give the two women the Eviction Notice. The Justice Of Peace told my day that they would have thirty days to move out. If they did not move out in thirty days, that my dad was to return to the office of the Justice of Peace and that he would send the Sheriff out to escort the two women out of the house. My dad followed through with giving the Eviction Notice to the two women. Fortunately, the two women left before the thirty days were up.

    This down to the earth event gives a great example of spiritual warfare that we have with the devil and his kingdom. Jesus said this referring to the devil, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly"  (John 10:10). The two ladies were thieves who were stealing from my dad.  The devil, as a thief, is come to steal our identity, our family, our ministry, our finances, our peace, and our health. He often tries to sneak in unaware if at all possible like the two ladies. We may give the enemy legal rights through unforgiveness, seeking advise from the wrong source, through anger, sinful habits, or leaving some other door open for the enemy to enter. However, the devil is a thief and may enter without having any legal right to enter at all.  My dad did not give the two women a legal right to enter, but they moved in anyway. Again, the devil will often work in darkness when he can.

    When my dad came to discover that they two women were stealing from him, he confronted them face to face.  They "may" have argued with my dad, that the house was large enough from them to stay there and they were not hurting anything by staying there.  The devil may also try to deceive us as to why he has reason to be in our lives. My dad did confront the women, but not under the rules of engagement and they cursed him out. We may come to discover that the devil is come to steal, kill, and destroy us and we may attack the devil without understanding the rules of engagement. When we do this, we may get ourselves into major trouble. 

    James wrote, "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you"  (James 4:7). My dad went to the authority of the Justice of Peace and presented the matter and we need to go to the ultimate authority, God, in prayer and present the matter. God, the Authority will instruct us as what to do.  As needed, the Authority will delegate authority to us as to how to confront the enemy. My dad served the eviction notice to the two women acting under the authority of the county. The Sheriff was to enforce that eviction notice. Jesus said, "Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven"  (Matthew 18:18). The word translated "bind" means to restrain and the word "loose" means to allow, release, or undo.  My dad could have allowed the two women to remain living in the house, but he exercised the delegated authority given to him to restrain them from living there. The authority of county was behind him to enforce the eviction order. When we have submitted ourselves unto God, then we can exercise the authority over the enemy by giving him an eviction notice and God will enforce the eviction notice in heaven.