If I were to ask you, who lives in your home, what would your response be? You may name your spouse, children, or any other of your family or friends that may live with you. Would your answer include God? Sometimes, as Christians, we place limits on God and where God can go. We may limit God to just being in church and not thinking of our home as a place for God to be.
God is Holy and Pure
We learn many attributes of God from the bible. One of the many attributes of God is that He is holy. Another attribute of God is that He is pure. God can not be in an atmosphere that is not holy and pure, nor will He allow anything that is not holy or pure to get close to him. This is seen in Exodus 3:5.
“Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”
God commanded Moses to remove his sandals because they would have defiled the holy ground. Is there anything in your home that God considers unholy and that defiles your home?
Has God Received an Invitation into Your Home?
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me (Revelation 3:20).
God is a gentleman. That means that He will not come into your home uninvited. He will wait until you extend an invitation for Him to come in before He enters. The same is true of our salvation. God doesn’t force anyone to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. First, a confession is made that Jesus is Lord. Then, the heart must believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. As a result, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell inside of us.
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).
How to Create an Atmosphere for God in Your Home
In 2 Chronicles 29, King Hezekiah provides an example of how to create an atmosphere for God in your home. The king restores worship in a previously abandoned temple in this text. In verses 6-9, he acknowledges the impact of the negative choices from their ancestors in previous generations. Could the atmosphere in your home be a result of poor thought processes passed from generation to generation? Let’s take a look at 3 ways to create an atmosphere for God in your home.
He said to them, “Listen to me, you Levites! Purify yourselves, and purify the Temple of the Lord, the God of your ancestors. 2 Chronicles 29:5 NLT (a)
The first step to creating an atmosphere for God in your home is to purify yourself. Since God is holy and pure; you must be holy and pure (1 Peter 1:16). Consecration is imperative to inviting God in your home. I believe there are 3 areas to focus on when purifying yourself: Mindsets, Body and Relationships.
The first area to purify is our mindset. Romans 12:2 tells us that we are transformed into God’s perfect will when we renew our mind. 1 Peter 1:13-14 provides 3 ways to purify your mindset. First, prepare your mind to be watchful and morally alert. Then, put your hope in the grace of Jesus Christ. Lastly, be careful not to return to your old way of thinking from the time when you didn’t know any better.
The second area to purify is our body. The bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:19 that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, being part of the Trinity, has the same attributes of God; being holy and pure. (To read how the Holy Spirit can be a Subject Matter Expert for your marriage, click here.) We should also maintain an environment that is also holy and pure for the Holy Spirit to dwell in our bodies. That means not defiling our body, the temple of the Most High God, with our diet choices, lack of physical fitness, and immoral behavior. The apostle, Paul, exhorts Believers to live as a living sacrifice by taking our day to day living and offering it as worship to the Lord (Romans 12:1).
The third area to purify is our relationships. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 speaks to purifying our relationships. Examine your circle to determine if the people you spend the most time with are pushing you closer to God or further away from God.
Remove all the defiled things from the sanctuary. 2 Chronicles 29:5 NLT (b)
The second step to creating an atmosphere for God in your home is to purge the things that defile your home. God is not a God of disorder (1 Corinthians 14:33). Is your house clean? Is your house organized? Do you need to de-clutter your living space? Luke 12:15 reminds us that our life is not defined by our possessions. Don’t forget to consider your entertainment. Does the music you listen to and the television shows and movies you watch pass the Philippians 4:8 test?
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8
Moreover King Hezekiah and the leaders commanded the Levites to sing praise to the Lord with the words of David and of Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshiped.
The third step to creating an atmosphere for God in your home is to offer praises to Him. The bible says in Psalms 22:3 that God inhabits the praises of His people. Praise puts our focus on God, not ourselves and our circumstances, which is inviting. How would you feel if you received an invitation to a person’s home and they ignored you? Praise causes us to recognize God for who He is, not just what He can do for us. Just like you don’t appreciate the only time you hear from someone is when they need or want something, God doesn’t either.
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Grace and Peace