If you are a bug-loving, worm-saving, insect advocate—then go no further. You won’t like what I have to say next.

One night as I walked toward my bedroom, I noticed a dark blotch on the carpet in the dim light. I wondered what I might have dropped on the floor. Unfortunately, it moved. Drat. As I quickly moved to the kitchen for the flyswatter and paper towels, I looked over my shoulder to check on the progress of the spot as it moved along the carpet. Grabbing my trusty weapons, I prayerfully muttered, “Lord, please give my enemy into my hand.” While this may not be the most noble or righteous application of Scripture, it's certainly an effective one.

When spiders are crawling across my pillow, this is by far my favorite prayer. I miss only when I fail to pray it. Though I am grateful for the variety of God’s creation, there are some boundary lines over which bugs forfeit their rights. I will enforce territorial boundaries to keep my home pest-free.

While this illustration lacks a lot of tact, you get my point. The Word of God is a powerful weapon. We need to remember this in far more important battles with “bugs” that are much bigger.

Hebrews 4:12 – “The Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword…”

There are some territorial lines in our hearts that need to be kept pest-free. We cannot tolerate trespassers. In Song of Songs, the Lord referred to these as the “little foxes that spoil the vine.” These are the little things in our life that will ruin the intimacy of our relationship with Jesus: hidden sin. If we do not cut it out, it will set up residence and make our lives barren.

God’s Word comes first to work on us. We cannot transform the world around us, if we’ve not first been transformed. Let’s take up the weapons of kingdom warfare and take out the enemy. Let’s enforce righteous boundaries and refuse to tolerate trespassers in our hearts.

Gwen Gibson serves as the Pastor for the HOPE CENTER—the place at HRock where we encourage and offer hope for those struggling through the tough places of life. It is her joy to help others discover the freedom they long for and know how much they are loved by God.