BUILDING A GODLY HOME (1)
Happy New Month! Whatever success any woman will enjoy in any area of life, begins with having a great family or household. You home is ordained to be filled with love, peace, joy and blessing; this is part of a woman’s greatest testimony. However, this might not be possible if you do not learn first to build a godly home. Christ is the only foundation upon which any good things stands and is sustained. So, you must make Him the Lord and Ruler of your home.
In the sixth chapter of Deuteronomy, Moses through inspiration gives us a description of a godly home in verses 4-18. As the children of Israel prepared to enter the land of Canaan, one key ingredient necessary for their success was a stable, God fearing home.
The place of godly parents in practicing godliness in the home can never be ruled out. I want you to know that God is seeking daily for godly seed. The major reason why God makes husband and wife one spirit and flesh is because their union is supposed to produce godly seeds. Although it is true that God commanded man to multiply and replenish the earth, His cardinal reason for child-bearing is to raise up godly seeds unto Himself. The Word of God says: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).
From the above scripture, it is quite clear that there is a way each child should go, and it is the duty of parents to locate and train them in it. When they do, the children will not depart from that way when they are old.
The many atrocities in our world today are a direct result of improper child’s training. Drug addicts, armed robbers and fraudsters are all from families, as no one dropped from the sky. But because their foundation was faulty, they become the dregs of the society. In the light of this, Christian parents must leave a good legacy behind for their children. There is nothing that can be compared with a good upbringing!
Jesus Christ, as our perfect example, had excellent results in ministry because of His excellent upbringing. The influence of both Joseph and Mary really went a long way in His life and ministry. They were responsible parents. The Word of God says: And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart (Luke 2:51). The fact that Jesus was subject unto His parents shows that they did a good job in training Him, else Jesus would have rebelled or objected to their ungodly training. Nothing happens by chance. If you sow good seeds by training your children well today, they will reciprocate later in life. May your children be able to remember you for good tomorrow and call you blessed!
CHARACTERISTICS OF A GODLY HOME
A Godly home is a home that Hears God: One of the characteristics of a godly home is that a godly home hears God. In Deuteronomy 6:4, Moses said, Hear O Israel. The Lord our God is one God. A godly home hears the Word of God. In practicing godliness, you must ensure that your family members hear God by commanding them to follow after God. The Word of God says, For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him (Genesis 18:19).
A Godly home is a home that Loves God: We are commanded to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and strength (Deuteronomy 6:5). Jesus called this the first and greatest commandment (Mark 12:30). Loving God is obeying God (John 14:15). A true love for God will result in a true love for one another within the home.
A Godly home is a home that Teaches the Word of God: A godly home is a home where the Word of God is being taught. The Word of God says: And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children (Isaiah 54:13). In Deuteronomy 6:9, Moses admonished Israel to commit the word to their hearts, to teach their children diligently and to write the commands of God. It was a lack of knowledge of God’s Word that would later lead the Israelites into captivity (Hosea 4:6). In order to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, parents must begin to teach their children at an early age (Ephesians 6:4). The Psalmist, in Psalms 119:11, urges us to hide the Word in our hearts that we might not sin against God.
A Godly home is a home that Obeys God Faithfully: In Deuteronomy 10-18, Moses cautioned Israel against disobedience. God wants His people to do what is right and good in His sight (Deuteronomy 6:18). Jesus asked the question, But why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not the things which I say? (Luke 6:46). It is faithful obedience to God’s plan for the home that ensures success in that home. I see God crowning your home and family with good success in Jesus’ name!
Do you wish to invite Christ into your marriage? You need to be born again. This is done by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Saviour and Lord. If you are already born again, rejoice because your case is settled. If you are not yet born again and you desire to do so right now, please pray this prayer with faith in your heart: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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).
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