Your house is the gateway to heaven. That’s why we place a threshold at its entrance. We usually think of demon possession referring to individuals. Clearly, in the prophet Joel’s mind, the house of God and the land can be inhabited by demons. The Psalmist states entire “nations are sunk in the pit that they have made”(Psalm 9).
Jesus promised, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste
and house will fall against house” (Luke 11:15-26).
Forty years ago, Jay Anson wrote The Amityville Horror, supposedly based on a true story about a car salesman’s murdered family. The house remained vacant for about a year until newlyweds, George and Kathy (who had three kids from a previous marriage)bought it. Soon, the family was creeped out by all kinds of weird phenomena. Kathy, a lapsed Catholic thought it might be prudent to have the house blessed by a priest. While the priest was blessing the house, sprinkling holy water on the house, he heard a gruff voice saying, “GET OUT.” In the following days, the priest and family experienced all kinds of terror.
(Watch original movie, here).
While the story is sensational, it points to the great conflict between good and evil.
How do you keep demons out of your house? There are three ways:
1) REPENT. Joel asks us to: “Gird yourselves and weep, O priests! wail, O ministers of the altar! Come, spend the night in sackcloth.” If this sounds familiar it should. The king of Ninevah asked his subjects to do the same thing. Demons haunt believer and unbeliever alike.
2) SING PRAISE TO GOD. Psalm 9 states: “I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, Most High.” Isn’t this eerily similar to Lucifer’s 5 will’s? (I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; and I will sit upon the mount of congregation, in the uttermost parts of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High)
3) Act. Since I talk to people from all over the country, I keep a crucifix over my phone and at the entrance to my office.
St. Theresa of Avila: “From long experience, I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the cross, but return; so holy water must have great value.”
Another anonymous Christian said, “We can keep demons out of our homes by putting blessed salt across the threshold, and put St. Benedict medals above doors and windows. It is also a good idea to put blessed salt or holy water all around your property to make a “defense” perimeter.”