Dedicating Your Home to God

Dedicating Your Home to God

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. John 17:17

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The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” 2 Sam 6:12

Blessing a house (or an apartment or wherever you live) is simply taking the authority over it that belongs to you and dedicating it to the Lord. It is inviting the Spirit of God to come and everything else to leave.

A. Our Home and God’s Care—A Biblical Background

1. The Bible teaches us that a home is far more than a physical building.

Proverbs 24:3-4 (KJV)

3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: 4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

Proverbs 24:3-4 (ESV)

3 By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; 4 by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

2. We need God’s presence, power and direction for our lives and homes to be fruitful.

Psalm 127:1 (KJV)

1 Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Psalm 127:1 (ESV)

1 Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

3. The Bible indicates that it is important to dedicate our homes to God. Before going into battle, the men in the Bible were warned to dedicate their homes!

Deuteronomy 20:5 (KJV)

5 And the officers shall speak unto the people, saying, what man is there that hath built a new house, and hath not dedicated it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man dedicate it.

Deuteronomy 20:5 (ESV)

5 Then the officers shall speak to the people, saying, ‘Is there any man who has built a new house and has not dedicated it? Let him go back to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man dedicate it.

4. God told his people to write his word on the doorposts of their homes. (See Bottom)

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (KJV)

6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (ESV)

6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

5. When a person dedicates their house to God, they trust that God responds to their commitment. When Solomon dedicated the temple, God responded by speaking to him.

2 Chronicles 7:15 (KJV)

15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.

2 Chronicles 7:15 (ESV)

15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.

6. In his teachings, Jesus presented home life as a model of what it means to live a life in God’s presence and love.

John 14:1-3 (KJV)

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

John 14:1-3 (ESV)

1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;[a] believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?[b] 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

7. The Psalmist saw God’s care in a similar way.

Psalm 91:1-2 (KJV)

1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Psalm 91:1-2 (ESV)

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say[a] to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

8. How will we use the homes God has loaned to us? Dedicating our homes to God is not a one-time act. It is an ongoing ministry!

Hebrews 13:2 (KJV)

2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Hebrews 13:2 (ESV)

2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

B. Dedicating Your Home to God

1. Make the decision to follow God. Like Joshua we must decide who we will serve in our homes.

Joshua 24:15 (KJV)

15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Joshua 24:15 (ESV)

15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” 2. Your house has a history! Just like you have legal access to your house now, someone had legal access before you. No matter what happened, it is by YOUR authority in Jesus Name that determines the atmosphere from now on.
3. Clean your house and keep it clean! As you go from room to room ask the Holy Spirit if there is anything in that room that grieves Him. 4. Take authority — what to do and say! As blood was applied to the door posts on the Passover Night — you may want to apply oil to all the doors and windows of your house.

Pray over each room asking God to use it for His glory. Thank God for providing you with a place to live. Ask for His angels to be posted at all the doors and windows. Speak out loud that you are countering any curse in this house with the blood of Jesus and you are taking authority in the Name of Jesus.

The Mezuzah

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (KJV)

6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (ESV)

6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

The word “mezuzah” is Hebrew for doorpost. Moses commanded that the Word of God should be written on the doorposts of every house in order to keep His words constantly in their minds and in their hearts. At a later time the Jews took this literally, by placing Scriptures (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21) on a small parchment scroll within a cylinder and upon each post of every room in their houses. The first word in the Scripture is “Hear” and in Hebrew is “Shema”. The most often recited Hebrew blessing starts with, “Baruch atah Adonoy….” [Blessed are you oh Lord]. Adon (Adonai) Means master or Lord and has the root A-D-N which means ‘threshold.’ According to Jewish custom every threshold requires a mezuzah so that as you pass from room to room you are reminded to think on the holiness of God and your relationships.
Does each room of your home reflect the presence and power of God?

Taken From Pastor Mike Bayer — The Village Church VillageAlive.com— “Perfecting Prayer” [Lesson 8]

 

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