Spring is in the air and, as with any change of season, I like to add a few splashes of the new season in and around my home. Jeff, my husband, always says to me, “You are the heart of our home, Lori, and I am thankful for that.” I love that he looks at me like that, and I have always taken that very seriously, from the time my children were infants to the current season (all four adults now and two grandchildren).
Most of the time the splashes of décor that we incorporate for the changing of seasons are ones placed as centerpieces on a table or a wall hangings or wreaths. How about the welcome mats that are set at the entrance of our front doors? We so often choose them because of their bright “Welcome” and other inviting words and designs.
I am a “y’all come” girl . . . a true Okie. I was raised in a home where “y’all come” was displayed daily. My parents welcomed people to our dinner table and into our home on a very regular basis, and it is something that I have always wanted my home to be like as well.
One day in the middle of a raging battle, the Lord brought the welcome mat to my attention. When I say my attention, I mean that I immediately stopped what I was doing in order to know exactly what He wanted me to see. The Lord showed me very clearly, and I now have a very deep and confident understanding of welcome.
There is one person who is never welcome into my home. NEVER. I don’t want any part of him, any of his friends, any smell of his, any garment of his, or anything that has any slight attachment or reference to him near me. Not only is he not welcome in my home, he is also not welcome at my front door. The welcome mat at my front door is not meant for Satan, the enemy of my soul and the enemy of each of my family members’ souls.
The Bible in John 10:10 says, “The thief (who is the enemy of our souls . . . Satan . . . call him who he is so that he knows you are speaking directly to him) comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I, Jesus Christ, have come to bring you life and have it to the fullest.” This tells us so much, and it is so very clear! Satan, who is the enemy of our souls, stands at our front doors hoping to be welcomed in. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Notice that the scripture says ONLY, which means that those three things are his only intent. He has no other reason or motive.
That alone gives me the fight and courage to say, “Satan, this welcome mat is not for you! In fact, you are not even welcome on my front porch or any part of my property!” In and because of Christ, you and I have the power and authority to say this and to live it. Do not welcome any part of him. The Bible also says, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith . . . ” (I Peter 5:8-9). In other words, Satan is looking for a welcome mat that has been set out for him. So my responsibility is to avoid setting the welcome mat out for him, to resist him, and stand firm in the faith.
I have literally been in a battle on several occasions in which I stood at a door, porch, or entrance and shouted to my enemy that he was to flee and be gone. I even said out loud that he must have misunderstood me, didn’t hear me the first time, or thought that I didn’t mean it when I said, “You are not welcome.” I understand who he is and what he is about, so I don’t play games with him.
The awesome, amazing, and great news is that I also understand who my Savior is and what HE is about. HE is about giving me the power and authority to welcome all that HE has into my life and home. HE is about giving me the authority to stand against and not welcome the enemy into any area of my life and home. I can live with a courageous, confident, and bold heart.
Go to your front door. Examine your welcome mat. Who is it welcoming in?
Lori Voth is grateful for so much. She has been married to Jeff for thirty-one years, serving all in full-time ministry. She cherishes the roles she fills: pastor’s wife of Church 3434, co-founder of Cavetime, mother to three sons and one daughter, mother-in-law to a son-in-law and daughter-in-law, and “Doll” to two wonderful grandchildren. Lori desires to see, know, and walk with women growing in their relationship with Christ by understanding the power of prayer.