You are the Builder of Your Home (2)
It is a good day for you! last week, I started this teaching you how you can build your home. Today, I want to give you one of the vital ingredients for building a sweet home. That ingredient is Praise!
It is important to know that God instituted marriage and He intended every home to be a sweet and peaceful place. When it is not so, it is evident that something is missing. A lot of people dream of a perfect home, a place where joy, peace, prosperity and fruitfulness abound. But they are not ready to pay the price. So, their dreams seem far-fetched. I will like you to know that building a sweet home is possible, but it does not happen by chance. The Word of God says, Every house is builded by some man… (Hebrews 3:4). Just as you cannot own a house by merely wishing it in the natural, you cannot have a peaceful and exciting home except you play your part. That is, you must take responsibility for the building of your home.
One of the ways of building a sweet home is by locating the good qualities in your spouse and children and praise them for it rather than focusing on their weaknesses and mistakes. Praise is the master key to an enviable Christian living; and that is the missing ingredient in most Christian homes today.
I remember the story of a woman who went to a counsellor and said, “My husband is very bad; I want to leave him.” The counsellor drew a circle and said, “Put a dot in the circle for every fault your spouse has committed.” The woman started putting dots in the circle for as many offences as she could remember – “He insulted me; he didn’t give me money,” She continued until she could remember no more. The counsellor then said, “Madam, the undotted space in the circle is still larger than the dotted part. That means your husband is not as bad as you want me to believe.” The woman was advised to go home and put things right with her husband. You need to appreciate God for your family members and be determined to be happy with them. Cast away bitterness from your household and let every unpleasant situation in the past be forgiven and forgotten for good.
Below is a testimony of the proof that praises work.
“In October 1995, my marriage witnessed the hardest and shockest heat of breaking! My husband was charmed and he came back from the village changed. He no longer ate the food I cooked and subsequently ordered me to pack out of the house. But God the Creator of heaven and earth, Who knows every home, restored my home!
It was during the October 1995 Breakthrough Seminar and I was invited by a friend. At that Breakthrough Seminar, God spoke to the Bishop concerning married couples – especially those whose parents were controlling their family affairs and those who were using their wives as punching bags. Fortunately, my husband and I were at that service. To him, he didn’t know what he was doing, it was not intentional. We bought the Anointing Oil and blessed it. When we got home, we sprinkled the oil and drank some.
By the end of that Breakthrough Seminar, my home was calm! The Lord visited us in a unique way by sending His messenger to tell us to restore our home and cast out the hand of the devil. A woman visited us and preached to us concerning marriage and home-breaking, yet we never told anybody about the problem. It was the Lord who through the Anointing Oil sent His Words in our direction.
Even angels visited us! In fact, from then on, we started to hear the direct voice of God concerning our lives and divine direction in all our endeavours! Today my home is blessed in numerous ways. Today, I have no prayer request any longer, for the Lord directs my steps. All I do is praise, for praise brings about my raising, according to my Bishop.”
-Enwere, B. C.
As a family, find time to praise God together because it will fill your home with God’s presence. Remember that wherever God is, there is fullness of joy and pleasures forever more. No wonder, God’s Word says, Thou wilt show me the path of life; In thine presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for ever more ( Psalm 16:11).
My husband says, “Until you learn how to be grateful, you don’t taste greatness” because the depth of your gratitude determines the depth of God’s commitment to your lifting. Do you want greatness in your family? Then learn to appreciate God and your family members.
If you are not acquainted with the mystery of praise, you may miss all the goodness of life in your family. Though it is God’s plan and determination to bring your family into laughter this year, but in 1 Samuel 12:30, He says,. … For them that honour me I will honour … That is to say, even though He has committed Himself to your laughter this year, it will take your praising Him to make it a reality in your life and family. For as you want others to do to you, do the same to them!
Are you born-again? If you are not, you need to be born again. To accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour, say this prayer in faith: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through email@example.com , 07026385437 OR 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores : Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored)