The Squatter!

A few weeks ago I had a vision. In this vision, I saw myself walking into my office. When I walked up to my door, I noticed that the light in my office was already on. As I made my way in I wondered why it was on. My office light works using a motion sensor. Usually, when I walk in I put my key in the door, I step in, and once I am in the light will come on. This was not the case in my vision. I could see through my small window from the hallway the light was already on.

I unlocked the door and headed to my chair and the cabinet behind it to put my purse in the drawer. When I stepped behind my chair, I noticed that on the floor behind my chair was a bright blue zip-up jacket. I bent down to pick it up, and as I did this, I thought, hmmm, I guess the cleaning person the night before must have dropped their jacket before they left. I reached down to pick it up, and as I lifted my head I glanced at the top of my desk, and I noticed that it was cluttered with food, a cell phone, and some papers. I was shocked by what I saw. At the end of each day when I leave, my office is perfect. Each day before I leave I clear my desk of all papers, and folders and place them in a drawer and lock it. Now my desk was full of food, someone’s cell phone, and other things piled up on it. It looked like someone had been sitting at my desk eating after I left. It looked like whoever it was had made themselves at home. It also looked like they had done this before.

As I glanced at my desk, I then glanced up at the wall opposite my desk at the clock. It was 5:45 am. I gasped! I don’t come into work until 8 o’clock. I would never come to the office at this time. I thought how I could get up, get dressed, and drive to work, and not notice that I was two hours early. That is when I noticed that there was a woman standing in the corner of my office.

She was standing still like she did not want to be noticed, but at the same time, she had a look on her face that said she belonged there. As I looked at her I saw that she was not an attractive woman, she looked old and worn out. She stood like this was her space; this was where she lived. I thought to myself if I had not come into work early I would not have caught this woman. She just stood there with a matter-of-fact look on her face and a presence like she had no intentions of leaving, and she stood without fear.

As I looked at her, I realized I had to change some things about how I was approaching my spiritual battles. I learned if I already have a squatter in my house praying for protection is not going to be much help. I have to kick them out first!

8-11 Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does. 1 Peter 5:8-11 MSG



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