Sunday, May 22, 2016

Whats In Your House

Whats In Your House
May 23, 2016
2 Samuel 6:11  "The Ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household."

Whats in your house?  While you may think everything in your house is rather benign, I would suggest there is physical and spiritual significance to everything and anything in your house.  Define house, for this purpose, as the physical domain under your control or influence (your car, your desk at work, your computer or phone, not just your residence).  The Bible says that what is in your house is of importance to the Lord and it affects you more than you might realize.

The Ark of the Lord, also known as the Ark of the Covenant, was a box that contained a few articles of significance.  Without going into all the details of what was in it, basically it held the tablets of the 10 Commandments, the Lord's instructions.  Why the Lord had them make a fancy box and carry it around, I do not know, but maybe it was the significance of what was inside the box, the commands of the Lord.  He asked them carry it ahead of them in parades or battle; He asked them to set it in places of honor; and He asked them to protect it from the enemy.  In short, He made sure they understood its importance in their lives.  It not only represented the instructions the Lord gave them but the covenant or reward if they obeyed the instructions.

Wherever the Ark of the Covenant was held, that physical dwelling was blessed.  The ornamental box ended up in someones house and he kept it there for three months.  The Bible says that the man's house was blessed just because it was inside his house, not because the man did anything other than house the Ark of the Covenant.  You and I cannot house the Ark of the Covenant but we can house the Covenant.  Remember the Covenant as being the promises from the Lord if you obey and follow Him.  Whether you realize it or not, you can house the Covenant.  There are huge blessings when we house the Covenant, not just our house but our household (including everyone in it).

The opposite is true as well.  When we house sin, in the physical or spiritual sense, our house is not blessed but cursed.  Lets talk for a moment of what that might look like.  Is there pornography housed on your computer or phone?  What music is programmed on the radio of your car?  Are there books on your shelves with content unbecoming a child of God?  Are there relationships in your social media that need ending?  What are you hoarding in your house, unwilling to share?  Are there symbols of your Christianity in your home or are there symbols of your sin?  Is there a Bible on your coffee table or are there books and magazines that entertain covetous desires?  Do you have more televisions and mirrors than Bible apps, spiritual commentaries, and Christian music?  What other spiritually significant items are in your home, good or bad?  As you read these words, the Holy Spirit is prompting you even now regarding things you need to get rid of, tearing them down and throwing them out, locking some things up and bringing others into a place of prominence.  Don't let the sun go down without making these changes today, your blessing is dependent upon it.

Don't take my word for it; look it up:  Lev 26:3, Deut 6:8-9, Deut 11:18, Deut 28:15, Josh 24:15, John 13:17, Rev 1:3

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