Where are these worms coming from? A few years ago, dead worms littered our basement floor. We put new weather-stripping on the French door and resealed the windows—to no avail.
Sometime later I noticed the ceramic tiles between the tub and toilet lifting off the bathroom floor. When we removed the tile floor, our contractor found a disgusting graveyard of curled dead worms under the toilet base. We also discovered a tiny leak.
Repairing the leak brought an unexpected benefit and did what vacuuming and door and window sealing couldn’t. It completely vanquished the worms.
What do basement worms have to do with spiritual warfare? The water leak didn’t grab our attention, but the worms couldn’t be ignored. Sometimes we focus on removing the worms (exterior problems) when we need to look for hidden leaks. We try to curb our addictions, stop the oppression, and relieve pain, when we need to examine ourselves. Have we let unbelief, a worldly mindset, or passivity leak into our lives.We try to curb our addictions, stop the oppression, and relieve pain, when we need to examine ourselves. Have we let unbelief, a worldly mindset, or passivity leak into our lives. #faith Click To Tweet
We were created to walk by faith dependent on God. Any area that is not in line with God’s truth invites unwanted intruders.
Addressing the Leak
To fix our basement problem, we had to dig beneath the surface. The wormy irritations in our lives—worry, impatience, or critical spirit—may signal deeper issues. We needed a contractor to uncover our basement problem, and we need the Holy Spirit to discover our spiritual problems. The Holy Spirit and God’s Word work together to reveal the hidden areas in our lives (Heb. 4:12). David’s prayer provides a good start.
Search me, God, and know my heart;
Put me to the test and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there is any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way. Psalm 139:23-24 (NASB)
Check Your Foundation
- Am I part of God’s family? If you’ve never invited Jesus to be your Savior, this is where to begin. Some may feel like they’re doing pretty good next to those around them. But God says, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23 NIV). God’s standard is perfection. He doesn’t compare us with our neighbor but with His Son. The first step to a fully satisfying life is to join God’s family by receiving Jesus as your Savior ( Jn. 1:12; Jn. 10:10).
- Am I embracing my new identity? Some who’ve received Christ refuse to believe Christ’s death and resurrection are sufficient for them. They live stuck, seeing themselves as disappointing sinners instead of beloved children who are in the process of becoming like Christ. A saint is not someone who performs miracles but one who’s experienced the miracle of new birth (2 Cor. 5:21). No one feels close to someone they feel is always disappointed in them. Are you embracing what Christ has already accomplished for you? To hold on to your former identity tells Jesus what He did wasn’t enough.
- Am I pursuing God’s will for my life? God’s will is our sanctification. 1 Thess. 4:3-6 describes what that looks like. God gave us His Holy Spirit to empower us to live holy lives before Him (Gal. 5:16; Rom. 8:2-6; Ephes. 5:17-21). Are you, by faith and through the power of the Holy Spirit, pursuing loving and pleasing God in all areas of your life? The Christian life is not divided into secular and sacred. Every aspect of a believer’s life is sacred to God.
These are just a few areas where leaks in our faith undercut our vitality and peace. I’ve written several books to help you walk with God and experience the abundant life God wants for you. When we fix the leak, life becomes sweeter and the worms disappear.
What areas would you add that can be vulnerable to leaks?A saint is not someone who performs miracles but one who’s experienced the miracle of new birth (2 Cor. 5:21). #faith, #victory Click To Tweet