Robin Bertram Ministries Blog
Put Your House in
June 22, 2010
Gideon, after hearing the direction of the Lord, purified his father’s house from idolatry. He sanctified himself. He offered sacrifices to the Lord. He tore down the false idols, built an altar to the Lord, and put his house in proper order.
We must also put our houses in proper order. Ephesians, chapter five, gives a vivid description of the proper family structure. The husband is the head of the home, and final decision maker. Wives are subject to their husbands, obeying and respecting them; they are to willfully submit. Children are to be obedient to their parents. Finances are to be in proper order. Once proper order has been established, remove every defiling thing! Idols are to be removed in your hearts and in your homes.
Remember, an idol is anything that is exalted above your love and devotion to God. Declare the God of Israel as Lord over your home, your family, and your marriage. Sanctify yourself and offer sacrifices to the Lord when in a spiritual battle. Gideon did so by sacrificing a burnt offering to the Lord.
The Lord wants our burnt offerings as well. We offer burnt offerings to Him when we go through the process of dying to self and entering the refiner’s fire. Believers are to be refined and cleansed from every defiling thing. Jesus is coming for His Bride, and it will be a Bride who has not defiled her gown.
We are to allow Him to burn off everything that is displeasing to Him: our pride, our self-exaltation, our self-protection, and our self-will. He desires our total surrender. He wants us to proclaim, “…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” Jos 24:15
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