Psalm 27:3-4 (NLT)
Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident. The one thing I ask of the LORD—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
I am home. After a long week at the Infusion Room with our son as he endured exhausting cell collection for his bone marrow transplant, we are finally at home. No more beeping monitors, humming machines, screaming children, and other things that are in this environment, but peacefulness. It often feels that when I accompany him on these visits that I don’t realize I hold my breath from the time that I leave the driveway until I return home. But once I step into our house, smell the way it smells, hear the way it sounds, and grab hold of the others who live there, it is then that my body relaxes and I can finally breathe again. My brother and his family welcome me with open arms positioned by God in the city of our son’s treatments to be an awesome temporary residence so I am never alone. But I still long for home as anyone would when gone for extended periods of time. There have even been times when gone on vacation that I love our location but still long to be home in my own bed. We have lived in this house for ten years. Our children have grown up here. It is filled with memories. But there is also a peace that dwells here that is not manmade. It is the Spirit of God who we invited to live here many years ago. He fills each room with the Presence of God. I know it is Him because it is like nothing in this world. When we first moved into this structure, it did not feel like home. It had never been lived in. There were no memories or emotional attachment to this place, not like our other house. Although it was larger and much nicer, it took me a long time to make it our home. There are days when this blog dives down into the deep, I even get lost there. But today the Lord is pointing out the obvious. Home is where the heart is – He is the Home for our heart.
Psalm 27:4 is one of my most favorite verses in the Bible. But like a two-year-old over the last several years, it has become clear that I really should just call the Word of God my favorite because there really are too many to list. However, when it comes to home and the place that I dwell – it is perfect. One thing that I ask – one thing that I seek most is to live in the House of the lord all the days of my life. How can we live in the House of God when we are alive on the earth? We invite the Lord to live in our heart and our home.
Isaiah 32:15-18 (NLT)
“…Until at last the Spirit is poured out on us from heaven. Then the wilderness will become a fertile field, and the fertile field will yield bountiful crops. Justice will rule in the wilderness and righteousness in the fertile field. And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in safety, quietly at home. They will be at rest.”
Righteousness brings peace in every situation. It is not only an inner peace but it will affect the atmosphere of our life. When at last the Spirit is poured out on us from Heaven, which has already happened, we will be equipped to live in peace in any and every place because have regained access into the Presence of God. Those who accept the Call to come boldly will experience peace of mind, peace of heart and peace in their home as they continue to pursue righteousness. However, we must not take the Spirit of the Living God for granted in our home. I love serving my family. I don’t mind cooking the meals and cleaning up. I do the laundry ungrudgingly and even scrub nasty toilets because I love them and want them to have good living conditions. If they would like something, all they must do is ask and I get it for them. I serve my husband willingly. BUT, if I feel like I am being taken for granted it is a different story. How? If I cook a meal, but everyone is too busy to come to the table. If I am cleaning up and they decide to track right through what I am cleaning. If I find clean clothes in the laundry that have been tried on and discarded, it sends me over the edge. I do not do these things because I like to but I do it because I love them. God’s Spirit has been poured out on us and lives inside of us but if we do not work to make our home a comfortable place for the Spirit to dwell – He is being taken for granted. If we want peace, we must continually pursue right standing with the Lord which has been and will always be avoidance of sin. You have the ability and power, as well as the authority, to have a quiet, peaceful home based on the confident hope we have attained by faith. It is up to you and I whether or not we choose to live in it.
Ephesians 3:16-18 (NLT)
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
Our daughter was supernaturally healed of severe asthma many years ago. It was a miracle. She was on six medications just to be able to breathe one day, completely off all medication with not a single side symptom the next day. One year after her healing, her doctor declared it a miracle. After we moved into this house, she began having night terrors. She would sit straight up in bed screaming “I can’t breathe. Mommy, I can’t breathe.” But she was perfectly fine. So I began to lay in bed next to her and pray. In the natural, I wanted to know if anything in her room was triggering this and supernaturally because when it cannot be readily seen or identified, I know who to ask. As I prayed one night, I saw this tiny “horrific” creature hiding in the corner of the attic. I shared with a friend what was happening and she shared with me that her child had the same thing happen in a new home and she found an old used soldier’s helmet in the back of a closet from the previous owner. When she removed it from his room, the child did not have any more night terrors so of course I began to tear apart our house. This would prove tricky because as new construction meant we were the only occupants. Like a game of hide and seek, I began looking. The only problem was I had no idea what I was looking for until I found it! Under the sink in our children’s bathroom, I found the culprit. For some reason, I had held on to the old nebulizer we used constantly during my daughter’s illness. I guess I kept it “just in case.” I knew the moment I saw it that it had to go. I smashed it on the driveway and threw it in the can. The night terrors never occurred again. You don’t have to believe it. You can even call it a coincidence. But I know what happened! Our home is the temporary dwelling place that we have on this earth, but we have the ability to invite the Holy Spirit to live here.
As Christ dwells in our heart, He will become Lord of our homes. He will empower us to do supernatural house cleaning to make more room for His Spirit to bring all of His Fruits to our home such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and SELF CONTROL. If we could get a handle on self-control, the other fruits would flow easily in us and through us permeating our homes and lives. This would fix so many problems without our assistance. If the Love of God could only grow in our hearts as Jesus makes His Home there then we could experience the kind of life that Jesus died for us to have both NOW and forever. The vast Love of God is big enough to envelop and engulf our everyday homes but it is up to us to open the door!
Revelation 3:20-21 (NLT)
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.”
I could easily delineate the do’s and don’ts of our house, but these are the convictions the Holy Spirit has given us for our family. He will guide you the same way. What works for us may not be God’s Plan for you. Besides to try to replicate the practices of other people without the foundation truth of Jesus Christ and His Word makes all effort futile. Everything we do to improve our home emotionally and spiritually is only successful when it is Godly, Christ-like and Spirit-filled. Jesus Christ came specifically to make His Home with us. (John 1:14) God blesses the home of the righteous and righteousness comes one way – through Jesus Christ. (Proverb 3:33; John 14:6) God’s Primary Intention has always been to make His Home with us. (John 14:23) From the very beginning, our home has been with God. (Psalm 90:1-2) Sin separated us from our home with God. Now like the protocol son, He waits prepared for our return. He is ready for us to come back. He saved our inheritance and every promise He made is still true. In fact when we wouldn’t come to Him, He came to us. When we could not gain entrance, He paid the price to unlock the door. Now, Jesus stands at the door and knocks. First it is your heart, then it is your home. He wants to make your everyday life better. You are not called to live in mediocrity – you are a Child of the King and Ambassador to this world. The Lord wants to come in your home and share your life with you. Those who successfully do this will experience Heaven on earth. They will walk in victory as well as their whole family. They will have protection in every storm whether outside or inside. (Psalm 91:9-11) No one and nothing can permeate the Presence of God. We have the power and authority of Jesus Christ to bring Heaven to earth and make earth resemble Heaven but we cannot change the world if we cannot maintain a Christ-like home. We create the environment of our home and choose who or what we will allow to dwell there. (Psalm 101:2) If you want a different home life, it begins with a brand new heart life!
Ephesians 2:20-22 (NLT)
Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.
Today coincidentally is the Fourth of July, a day set aside to celebrate the freedom that we have as Americans. This country was founded on godly principles that have been forgotten as this world spins precariously out of control. Those who Jesus Christ sets free are free indeed. But sadly many live in bondage to this world rather than in the freedom that they have been given by the Cross of Calvary that allows us to bring Heaven to this earth. We can have the Peace of God now in our homes. We can be blessed in our relationships. Jesus Christ gave us that right. Men and women have given their lives to maintain “religious” liberty in this country but few people choose to capitalize on these efforts. It is time to begin at home to exercise our freedom to serve our God. We can never build successfully churches without righteous families who like Joshua say, “As for me and my house – we will serve the Lord” and work to maintain it. God Spirit has been poured out. We can live in peace even when all hell is breaking loose just because His Spirit lives in us. We have power and authority in our life granted by Jesus Christ so there is no reason to live weak and weary existences. We must partner with Christ in our homes allowing His Love to move from our hearts into our home overflowing into our world. This is revival and it begins at home.
Revelation 21:3-7 (NLT)
I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.