Clean House

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The Bible discusses the importance of removing "detestable" objects from our homes in several passages.  For example, God told the Israelites, "Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Utterly abhor and detest it, for it is set apart for destruction "(Deuteronomy 7: 26).  God repeated this warning in several other scriptures: 2 Kings 23:24; Deuteronomy 13:17; Joshua 6:18; Joshua 7:1  These warnings were for good reason.  He did not want his people to experience the unpleasant consequences associated with those objects. 

Modern day examples of detestable objects include pornography in all its forms and things associated with the "the Occult."   God wants us to have nothing to do with these things primarily because they are forms of idolatry.  He jealously yearns for our total devotion (James 4:4-5).   Keeping such things in our homes dishonors God, creates a potential snare for sin and gives the enemy an open door to attack us.  The sensible thing to do is to purge our homes of all detestable objects that we know of and/or that God reveals to us. 

Before you start cleaning out your house, please take a moment to ask God to give you wisdom on what to remove.   Suggested prayer:  "Lord God, please show me the things in my home that are not pleasing to you.  Please convict me of what I should do with them. Thank you, Father, Amen."

The below suggestions come from our own "house cleaning" experiences over the years.  We've gone through about 4 of them since we started serving the Lord.  You may find that after getting rid of the obvious things, God may later show you other objects that need to go.   I encourage you to cooperate fully with the Holy Spirit and follow through on the convictions he gives you. 

One of the challenges we faced in our house cleanings was the desire to sell the detestable objects to recover the value, or at least give them to someone who could use them.  The Lord showed us that either course would only help others to fall into sin.  Therefore, we recommend that you destroy the objects and resist temptations to sell or give them away.  By destroying them, you are making a sacrifice to God similar to what the people in Acts did by burning their magic books (Acts 19:19). 

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After you've cleaned out your house, please take time to ask God's forgiveness for having kept the detestable objects in your home.  Suggested prayer:    

"Heavenly Father, I confess that I have kept these detestable objects in my home.  Please forgive me for this.  I renounce my possession of those objects and turn from them now to pursue Jesus wholeheartedly.  In the name of Jesus, I break any curse or foothold that may have been created as a result of my having those objects.  Thank you, Lord, that I am cleansed and forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ.  In Jesus' name I pray, Amen." 

Fill the House

Now that you have cleaned your house, fill it with good things that will point you to God and encourage wholesome living.  Consider  Colossians 3:1-2 NIV:  "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things."  We can bolster a "God-focused" heart and mindset by what we keep in our homes and what we do for entertainment.  

We can ask God to give us wisdom on what actions to take in filling our homes.  Here is a suggested prayer:  "Lord God, I desire to set my mind on things above, not on carnal things.  Please give me wisdom about how and what to fill my home with. Thank you, Lord, Amen."

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