I Chronicles 29:11 "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all."

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Deep Thought Thursday: Building Your Spiritual House

Proverbs 24:3-4 “Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”

I wanted to share with you what the Lord has shown me. Let’s start in verse 3: Wisdom is the only thing that can build a house. If we were to take this simply from a practical standpoint, we would clearly see that we must have a plan to build a house. We cannot expect to have an idea in our mind of what the house should look like, then just blink our eyes and have it appear! No, we must plan, gather the materials necessary to build our house, study building plans, ask others more experienced than us to help, and follow all the required city codes. This is using wisdom.

A spiritual house is built in much the same way. We cannot expect that the knowledge we posses from the Bible will somehow filter into our children’s heads without our teaching them anything. We must have a plan. How will we teach our children the Bible, what will we teach them? We must ask God to help us use every minute with our children as a time of teaching them (or ourselves) some principle from God’s Word; even if it’s ‘just’ controlling our emotions when we really want to let them have it! We need to implement a daily/nightly ritual for our kids of talking with them about the Lord, and encouraging them to talk with Him. If we don’t do it, they certainly aren’t going to learn it from their friends!!

After we have a plan in place, we then must gather the necessary materials: Bible, paper, pencil, and prayer!! We can also use other resources to help, like kids devotional books, Christian themed fiction books, music and movies; things that are going to reinforce what we are already teaching them.

After we have gathered the necessary supplies, we must study the building plan: God’s Word! The only way to build our spiritual house is to be familiar with the plan ourselves! We cannot expect to hand our children these spiritual materials and assume they will read them, or they will learn how to have a relationship with God through them. We need to have a visible relationship with the Lord. When our children see us reading and studying God’s Word, they will trust what we tell them because they see no hypocrisy, and we will be laying a strong foundation for our spiritual house.

After we have studied the plans, we need to ask others more experienced for help. As we cannot become experts in plumbing, electrical, and roof work just by studying plans, so we cannot become experts in every area of building our spiritual house just by reading the Bible. We will surely face situations when we do not know what to do. This is when we need to rely on those women older than us who have been through tough things and can teach us how to deal with them in a proper way. Personal experience is a great teacher, and we should thank God that part of his commandments in the New Testament is for the older women to teach the younger. We need to remember there is no shame in asking someone for help. The only shame is not knowing how to deal with something and then ignoring it rather than deal with it. It will cause our spiritual homes to come crashing down!

Next, we must follow the required “codes”. This simply means following principles found in God’s Word. What good is it if we read and study the Word of God, but do not apply it? We must examine ourselves, and be willing to change according to what God shows us in His Word. This will be like spiritual “support beams” for our house. This also ties into teaching our children. As we learn from our mistakes, we must be willing to teach our children (in proper areas) things that we have done wrong, so they can avoid making the same mistakes.

The second part of verse three says: “…and by understanding is it established.”

The spiritual house is only established by understanding. We have mentioned already the importance of applying what we learn and read. Understanding also is the key to relationships. Surely we do not live alone in our spiritual house; anyone we speak to is a visitor to it. How can we build a strong spiritual house if we are not willing to be understanding, and treat others the way the Bible commands? Understanding can also be viewed as discernment. God will give us wisdom to know which things will help our house, and which will hurt it.

Verse 4 says “And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches,”

Now the building phase is done, and it’s time to fill our house with riches! Knowledge is power, and this is certainly true when talking of spiritual things. Knowing what God’s Word says, and knowing ourselves, gives us the power to change our lives. What that means for our spiritual house is that we can live our lives in such a way that God will bless. Our spiritual house will become filled with the fruit of the Spirit, there will be whole rooms dedicated to prayer, study of God’s Word, self-examination. These things are precious and pleasant riches, because they draw us closer to the Lord, and also make us a positive influence in the lives of others; saved and unsaved.

What do we do now? Well, we start at the beginning. Ask God to reveal to you areas of neglect or improper building materials that have become part of your spiritual house. Make it a point to daily study His Word and apply what you learn. Teach it to others who visit your spiritual house, be understanding, and live according to knowledge. You can have a spiritual mansion! Happy building!


  • Brenda

    The only shame is not knowing how to deal with something and then ignoring it rather than deal with it. It will cause our spiritual homes to come crashing down!

    Crashing down--and scripture also says something about a foolish woman tearing her house down with her own hands. Great thoughts! I've been thinking about these very things this week.

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