We ask for many things. At times during prayer our petitions outweighs our praises. We ask for luxury, comfort, money, riches for our kith and kin.
The very point that I would like to clarify is, ‘Making a home is not the same as building a house’. A lot of efforts go into the making of a materialistic house. A lot more in involved in the making of a home. A luxurious house is incomplete without a happy family to call it ‘home sweet home’. Furniture with upholstery, latest home appliances, ceramic utensils, fine decors can make a comfortable house but never a home. Building a house needs a house loan but to make a home money is not essential. Here is what God taught me about ‘Making a home’. These are the three important requisites for making a home.
1. Choose the best architect
We tend to look for the best architect in town to work for our house. We read in Psalms 127:1 as, ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain’. So when it comes to making of our home, we need to involve God. One should give the entire process into God’s hands and just follow Him. When God is the head of the house then He would take care of each and every thing. We can happily entrust the authority to God and just play the role that He appoints for us.
2. Buy the material
In Proverbs 24:3-4 we read that, ‘By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches’. One has to have heavenly wisdom to make a home. The qualities of heavenly wisdom are purity, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, full of good fruit, impartial and sincere. (To read more follow this link below) So one needs to be full of heavenly wisdom to build a house and establish it with understanding.
3. Be the efficient worker
God has entrusted this duty with the wife of the house. (Proverbs 14:1) The wife has the capability to build a house and also to destroy it. Hence wives be alert to choose the best for tour family.
As Christians, we need to understand the importance of making a home. Making a home is more paramount than building a house. God is the best architect to make a home; by wisdom home is built and understanding it is established. Though making a home is the responsibility of a wife, even the husband can pitch in to help. With God a couple make their home because a chord of three strands is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12) Making of a home with God as the architect and heavenly wisdom as cement is successful.
To read more about ‘Heavenly wisdom’, click here: https://aide4hope.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/a-test-for-my-wisdom/
Preservative is a type of cutlery skill wherein few preservative are added to seasonal foodstuff to be enjoyed through out the year. This preservation of food stuff would work for few months and would fail with time. There is no preservative that can preserve the food for a lifetime. But our life has to be preserved forever in order to enjoy eternity with God. Here I would discuss the preservatives necessary to preserve our life for eternity.
1. Guard your mouth
Mouth is used to eat and talk. I would like to give equal importance to both. As a person from medical background I would say that guard your mouth from eating unhealthy food would preserve your body. Our health is a gift that God has given us in full. It is our duty to preserve it for our entire lifetime. When we practice healthy eating habits our body would remain fit. The next point is talking. In Proverbs 13:3a we read that “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life”. We need to be cautious about the words that our mouth utters. We should be vigilant to avoid ungodly words. When we do so our life with be preserved.
2. Guard your ways
In Proverbs 16:17b we read that, “whoever guards his way preserves his life. Let us live our lives in Godly ways. We should learn to stay away from slanderous and wicked ways.
The practical tip for you to guard your mouth and ways is to hate your life in this world. When we learn to hate the world we would automatically refrain from fame, money and position. When we change our focus from the world we will just focus on Godly standards. When our standards change from worldly to Godly we will be able to preserve our life for eternity.
John 12:15 say, “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life”.
So as Christians, let us focus on heavenly standards to guard our mouth and ways against evil. When we do this our life will be preserved for eternity. Let us learn the tip, “Hate the world and love God alone” If we fail to do this in our life will rot and stink both on earth as well as in eternity.
As my birthday was around the corner, since last week I had been praying Saul’s prayer. (Read my previous blog to know what is Saul’s prayer; follow the link in the end) Every year I used to look to God for a promise to hold on. But this year I decided to ask God to give me a commandment that should follow for the rest of my life. Last Sunday while the pastor was preaching the verse in Hosea 10:12 caught my attention.
Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you. Hosea 10:12
I prayed to God to show me what was His will for me. I prayed that He may speak to me clearly and give me the way forward. Here is an account of what God showed me.
Command 1: Sow for yourselves righteousness
Direct each of your acts and test if it is righteous. Apply the test of righteousness to even the smallest of the deed. When your start to compare your actions with God’s righteousness, then automatically your standard of living will increase. When we apply this test to each act, your entire live will be raised and you will sow righteousness. In Proverbs 11:18, we read that he who sows righteousness is sure to receive a reward.
Command 2: Reap steadfast love
Righteousness is linked to a reward so let us not claim the reward as a right, but reap it in accordance to the love of Christ. We should never feel that the harvest is an outfall of your righteousness but purely by the grace of God, because it is God who will increase the harvest of your righteousness. ( II Corinthians 9:10) So let us learn to correlate each blessing with the grace and love of Christ instead of our righteousness.
Command 3: Break up your fallow ground
Though parts of our life is open to God’s teaching, there could be areas that we have locked from God’s access. Such parts can remain like an uncultivated land. Let us look within to identify such parts of our life and open them to God. The fallow parts of our lives have to be uncovered to receive the word of God. So let us til our fallow grounds and prepare them.
Command 4: Seek the Lord
Even in those fallow parts of our life, we should seek God. We may retain few actions that we control instead of giving God the complete control. In such areas let us seek the Lord and follow God’s ways.
End result: Lord will come and rain righteousness upon me
When we follow the above mentioned four commands, Lord will enter our lives and command the rain of righteousness. In Proverbs 29:2, we read that when the righteous increase the people will rejoice. Be assured of the rain when there are righteous people around.
Readers you can make a decision like me to follow all these four commands in your life and enjoy the end result. Hope this blog based on my birthday lesson was useful. Blessed day!!
Saul’s prayer link: https://aide4hope.wordpress.com/2017/11/23/sauls-prayer/
Saul was a man of valor who went around persecuting the people of God. He with his masculinity ravaged the church and the believers. He had muscular strength and was powerful. But on the road to Damascus God struck him down. When he was blinded, Saul heard a voice speaking to him from the light that shined around him. He realized that God was speaking to him. He immediately replied saying,
“Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?”
Dear readers, we might be in a situation where we are travelling in a wrong route. We can be running away from the will of God. Like Saul who was speeding to persecute the church in Damascus. God can lock us down, like in the life of Saul. God can use such ways to bring us into track. He will intervene in our life to get us back. You might be in a similar situation where all doors seem locked. You could see nothing working out despite your sincere efforts. If this is your situation, then that is simply similar to Saul’s situation. Let us pray this prayer, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” with the following thought.
- You need to understand that this sentence might seem like a question but this is a fervent prayer of submission.
- Saul minimizes him and exhausts God. Saul submits himself into the hands of God
- Saul decides to walk in the ways of God.
Let us use this pray in our personal life. Whenever you are locked down pray this prayer of submission. God will amazingly lead you in His eternal ways.
Dwelling with the Lord is an awesome experience. There is a proverb in Tamil, which saying, the strand used to tie jasmine flower will also acquire the aroma. Those who dwell with the Lord will have distinctive characteristics that identify them.
For the past few days I was pondering about the entity in Christian life termed, ‘The just’. The word just as an adjective means to be fair or morally correct. God urged me to do a systematic search about the same. Hence keyed in this termed into an online Bible search engine. The following is an extract of what I learnt.
The past: Prerequisite
I understood the prerequisite to be called the just. I learnt why these people were called so. What did they do extraordinarily to earn this name? Here is the answer.
The prerequisite is that they aligned their ways with God’s. We all know that the ways of God is right. These just people blindly followed the ways of God. (Hosea 14:9) The ways of a just man is upright. (Isaiah 26:7) A just man walks with integrity. (Proverbs 20:7) Righteousness, uprightness and integrity were the watchwords of the just. The carefully walked in the way of God hold on the status of ‘the just’. The analysed each of their words, deeds and actions to get them into the groove of God’s ways. They took extra precaution never to miss the mark of God’s way. They held fast to righteousness, uprightness and integrity.
The present: Blessings
I also found the blessings that God has promised to the people to take the pain to walk in his ways. I have enlisted the blessings below.
- Head of the just: Blessings are upon the head of the just. (Proverbs 10:6)
- Tongue of the just: The tongue of the just is like choice silver. (Proverbs 10:20)
- Mouth of the just: The mouth of thejust brings forth wisdom (Proverbs 10:31)
- House of the just: The house of the just is blessed. (Proverbs 3:33)
- Children of the just: The children of the just are blessed. (Proverbs 20:7)
- Life of the just: The life of the just is established. (Psalms 7:9) No evil shall befall the life of the just. (Proverbs 12:21)
- Death of the just: The just are remembered even after their death; their memory prevails. (Proverbs 10:7)
- Path of the just: The path of the just is like a shining light that shine forevermore. (Proverbs 4:18)
- Wealth for the just: God uses the sinners to lay up wealth for the just. (Proverbs 13:22)
- Deliverance for the just: The just shall escape out of trouble and their knowledge will deliver them. (Proverbs 11:9, 12:13)
The future: Hope
The future of the just who have the prerequisite and enjoy the blessing is given below. Let us read this verse, “the just shall live by his faith”. This verse is mentioned four times in the Bible – Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38. The just never focus on the blessings they just live each day with faith. They know that they are called to walk in God’s ways and walk in them just by faith. The continue to live by faith.
We as Christians are challenged if we are entitled to be called ‘the just’. If yes, let us continue to live by faith. If no, let us make a sincere decision to adopt the ways of God to qualify for the title and be assured of the blessings.