Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Home Hazards to Avoid

I was startled by this shocking report which was released by The University of Rhode Island. “The American home is the most dangerous place to be outside of riots and a war.”

Another commentary also caught my attention. “Woman,” it declared, “have paid a lot of attention to our rights in the workplace but less to those at home, so home is now the most dangerous place in the world for women and girls, it is the place where we are most likely to get raped, insulted, harmed, murdered … and most often by those we love and trust, not strangers despite the mythology.”

The first attack by the Serpent to shatter man’s relationship with God was not launched in the back room of a cheap flop house or a crack house. It was perpetuated from the least expected place of all-their home.

The first temptation came in the cozy shade of a fruit tree in their back yard.

The first eviction notice was delivered to Adam and Eve for violating the laws of God in the privacy of their primary residence.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

The first murder was carried out at home by an enraged brother who could not or would not control his violent temper.

 Temptation, tears and tragedy originated in their favorite family hangout. A serpent showed up in the very spot where they felt most secure, their guard was down and the door was not bolted to intruders. They allowed the subtle snake to sneak up on their blind side, and they chatted with him when they should have been chasing him out of their yard.

The words of Confuses are very applicable to this situation. He said, “We are so busy doing the urgent that we don’t have time to do the important.”

Edmund Burke was unquestionably right when he warned, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

Noah was not content to do nothing when a storm was in the forecast. He got busy and built an ark for the protection of his family.

Moses was not content to do nothing when a plague of death was striking all around him and capturing the oldest male child in each family. He didn’t wait for it to happen. He put blood on the door post to shield them from the dagger of death.

Doing nothing is insane. Doing nothing is allowing the devil to plunder your home and leave it broken and bleeding. Doing nothing is domestic suicide. Lets do something to avoid the hazards.

First of all, recognize the hazards that can wreck your marriage and destroy your home. (Luke 12:19 – “And know this…”)

Secondly, resist the devil who plants these hazards in your home.
(Luke 12:19 – “if the good man of the house had known what Hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not Have suffered his house to be broken through…”)

In the third place, make restitution with the family.
(Luke 15:21 – “Father I have sinned….”)

Number four, return respect and reverence for the Word of God in your home.
(Joshua 1:7 – “observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded you: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wheresoever you go.”)

In the fifth place, rekindle romance within the home and don’t allow the flame to go out.
(Ephesians 5:33 – “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see the she reverence her husband.”)

Sixth, refuse to get sucked into the debt trap.
(Proverbs 22:7 – “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”)

Seven, repair the family altar.
(I Peter 3:7 – “Likewise, you husbands dwell with them according To knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; THAT YOUR PRAYERS BE NOT HINDERED.”)

Eight, recount your blessings and rejoice.
(Psalms 126:3 – “The Lord has done great things for us; whereof we are glad.”)

In golf, a hazard spells trouble, and the same is true in life. Hazards are potential joy killers, home breakers, dream busters and peace crushers. Stay out of the home hazards and experience God’s peace and prosperity.

John Payne described it like this, “Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.”

Avoiding The Hazards,

Pastor Jimmy & Bob