It is a good day for you! Last time, I started this teaching on how you can build your home. Today, I want to give you one of the vital ingredients for building a sweet home. That vital ingredient is Praise!
It is important for you 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 would 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 in the natural, you cannot own a house by merely wishing it; likewise, you cannot have a peaceful and exciting home except you play your part. 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 areas of weakness and mistakes. Praise is the master key to 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. When he came back from the village, the situation in the house changed. He no longer ate the food I cooked and subsequently ordered my packing out of the house. But God the Creator of heaven and earth, Who knows every home, restored my home!
It was 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. I have no prayer request any longer, for the Lord directs my steps. All I do is praise, for praise brings about my rising, 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 (Psalms 16:11).
My husband says: “Until you learn how to be grateful, you don’t taste greatness.” This is 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, even though God 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. Thus, if you are ready to be among the redeemed, say this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. I believe You died and rose on the third day for my sins. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through email@example.com; OR 07026385437 and 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).