From the very beginning, God’s desire has always been to have a close fellowship with man. The bible reveals to us in Genesis 3: 8 that it was God’s practice to come to man in the cool of the day. In fact, that verse of scripture makes it vivid that there was a particular place God usually met with man but that day, God had to ask Adam, “Where art thou?” What we are looking at here is the fact that God’s presence from the beginning was in the first home. Their first and primary contact with God was in the home. It was in the home that God gave Adam instructions and assignments. Adam succeeded daily because right from the home he always met with God.
We must know that the devil hates it for us to have a flourishing relationship with God in our closets. He knows that our successful public performances are tied to our connection to God which begins in our closets. That was why he came to Eve by deception and man lost his place in the presence of God.
Nations and Church congregations are made up of homes and if we must have a quality nation or church, we must install the presence of God in our homes.
Many people have invited the pastor to come and pray for them in their houses. Many have even gone to pastors to pray that God will change their husbands or wives but they have not individually shown the commitment to conform to God’s will in their homes. They are known as good people in the church and larger society but you cannot stay in their home over a night and not be ashamed of what you hear and see. They are as Bishop will say, ‘public successes and private failures.’ This is because they have successfully refused or failed at installing the presence of God in their homes.
Installing the presence of God in your home is not about prophetic declarations and administration of the anointing oil by pastors alone. It is a decision you make backed by diligent commitment and worked out by your submission to the working of the Holy Spirit.
If God is not in your home, the devil will never be absent. You are the owner of your home and you must decide who should stay or not. If you let God stay, the devil will not have a say in your home but if you do not create the atmosphere for god to stay, the devil cannot be excused. There is no living on the fence here. In Exodus 25:8, God commanded the Children of Israel saying, “…let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them”. God’s intention is to dwell in our midst, in our families, and we are the ones to build Him a sanctuary or create the atmosphere suitable for Him to do so. To install the presence of God in your home
- Put away strange gods: In Genesis 35: 2- 3 “Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments: And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went” and in verse 5, the testimony was that “And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.” God cannot cohabit with any other idol whether we have it physically or in our hearts. We must not let our possessions or ungodly character like pride hold sway. If you don’t send them packing God will not come in and you will not be delivered from the terrors of the enemy.
- Set up an altar for God in your home: it is not right for you to wake up and jump into the bathroom to bathe and then get dressed for work and not have time to commune with God in your closet. It is wrong for husband and wife and children to wake up and all they tell themselves is good morning and have a great day without committing that day and its activities to God. It is bad for everyone in the home to do his/her morning devotion individually. In the scenario in no. 1 above, it was only Jacob that God called in verse 1 but in verse 2, he commanded all of his household to become God-worthy. We need to have church in our home at least once a day, especially in the morning. We need to wake up early and do it not as a ritual but as calling, as an activity through which we commit and recommit ourselves to God. We must have that time to study the word of God as a home and commit ourselves to Him to help us to do His bidding.
- Make the word of God the standard for your home: If we want God to live in our homes by His presence, we must value His word and ensure that our family members do the same. You must then know and make it known as the man of the house that God is the King, Lawgiver and Judge in your home (Isaiah 33: 22) and that you and your wife are overseers. In your home, let it not be ‘daddy said….’ Or ‘mummy said…’ but “God says ….” Or “the bible says…”
- Fill your home with the praises of God: Never let any situation turn you against God. Job succeeded in getting a turnaround because in the midst of his trials, the bible says in Job 1: 20 & 22, “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” We must teach and practice the declaration of God’s praise in our homes. The bible say in Psalm 22: 3 that he inhabits or dwells in the praises of His children. In other words, the singing or declaration of God’s praise keeps His presence active in our lives and homes.
Beloved, it is a great loss to live without God’s presence. Psalms 16: 11 says, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” If you really desire a joyful home, a home that is well defended and well provided for, that is able to stand, immovable like a rock in the face of tough times, then let God’s presence be present in it. The Lord bless your Husband, your wife, your father, your mother, your sister, your brother and everyone and everything in your family in Jesus name.