Just this week, my daughter and I were sitting in front of our local courthouse. Due to the recent building of a new justice center, our courthouse is now mostly unoccupied.
I said to Breanne, “I hope they don’t leave it unoccupied; it would be a shame, it is such a beautiful old building.”
As those words came out of my mouth, the Lord spoke to my heart saying, “When houses are left unoccupied, they fall apart.” I knew in this moment He wasn’t only talking about a natural house but also our spiritual house.
It true in the natural. If a house is left unoccupied, it begins to fall apart. First, the electricity is turned off and there is no power in the house. Then, with cold entering the home, leaks begin to be common. Those leaks can cause a great deal of damage. If that’s not enough – pests and critters begin to find their way into the house, causing even more damage, they can even eat it from the inside out. Natural houses, like our spiritual house, need ongoing maintenance.
Deuteronomy 1:21 says, “Look, the Lord your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the Lord God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged.”
This word, possess, in this scripture is translated as the word occupy in many translations. It’s meaning in the Strong’s Concordance quite profound.
It is defined as, to occupy (by driving out previous tenants, and possessing in their place), to seize, dispossess, take possession of.
Now, let’s put this with the truth with the truth that an unoccupied house will eventually fall apart.
If we fail to occupy the areas God has given us – healing, prosperity, soundness of mind and the many blessings that come through the finished work of the cross – if we don’t occupy it, the enemy will. He will attempt to take possession of all that belongs to us. However, if we make our abode in all that God says is ours – he will not find a way in.
I love that this definition says, “occupy by driving out previous tenants.” Are there tenants in your ‘house’ that you don’t want there? Perhaps sickness or disease. Maybe lack and debt. Or even division and anger? If so, occupy your land by driving them out. How do we do that? With the Word of God.
Life and death are in the power of our tongue. Proverbs 18:21
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Matthew 11:23
We drive out sickness with the truth of the Word of God spoken out of our mouth. In this same we drive out any enemy who is attempting to lay hold of or even hinder the manifestation of what belongs to us through the shed blood of Jesus.
Thinking back to the process of an unoccupied house coming to demise, the first thing to go is often the electricity to the house.
It’s the same with us, when we fail to occupy the land God has given us – the first thing that often occurs is we fail to walk in the power of God. Once that happens, leaks become prevalent. Those little leaks are doubt and unbelief creeping in. Eventually, pest and critters make their way in to attempt to destroy all that God says belongs to us.
My friends, we have no choice, we must occupy what belongs to us.
Jesus said, “Occupy until I come.” May we heed those words and begin to occupy, take possession by driving out all previous tenants of the enemy and possess all that belongs to us, once and for all.