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2)The Physical and Spiritual Environment/Atmosphere of Your Home

The Flow

Genesis 2:10-14 (NKJV)

Now a river went out of Eden to water out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. The name of the first is Pishon. It is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.

Without getting into too many details about the significance of the rivers, there is one very important point we should understand. A river went out of Eden to water the garden and from there parted and became four riverheads. These four river heads watered the lands in which they flowed into. The garden planted in Eden by the LORD God was being refreshed by water from Eden. The garden was a channel through which other areas benefited from.

So, the point is that, if we dwell in the environment that God wants us to dwell in and we allow His presence to dwell and become the atmosphere in our home, we enjoy benefits from him and our home becomes a channel through which others are blessed as a result.

The garden (in this case our homes) receives water from Eden. The water nourishes the plants in our garden before flowing into other lands. Therefore, our homes become beneficiaries and benefactors at the same time. What a blessing.

When Do You Start Determining the Physical and Spiritual Environment/Atmosphere of Your Home?

Is it when you find a place and move into it? Or is it before? This is a tricky question because circumstances might occur which will not permit you invest time in making a quality decision about your dwelling. Nevertheless, the word is our standard.

Genesis 2:15 (NKJV)

And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and keep it.

Before Genesis 2:15, we see the LORD God making preparations for man’s dwelling after which He even caused the trees to grow. As a way of setting the standard and expectation of what should be done in the garden.

Genesis 2:9 (NKJV)

And out of the ground - the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sigh t and good for food.

Then, God placed man in the garden (Genesis 2:15). These verses suggest that we should start determining the physical and spiritual environment/atmosphere of our homes even before we move into it. We can do so through prayers and studying the word. Understand and practice these truths we are sharing with you from the word of God.

If you already live in your house, prayers and studying the word of God will still be the best thing to do. In addition, consider practicing all that you have received from this teaching about “how to transition your house to a home”.

Dream Big!

What is your mindset when it comes to the physical building you live in? Do you know that God is equally concerned about the physical building and environment you dwell in just as He is about the spiritual aspect of your dwelling? So far we have laid so much emphasis on the physical and spiritual environment/atmosphere of our homes.

Psalms 37:23 (NLT)

The LORD directs the steps of the godlyHe delights in every detail of their lives.

Emphasis Mine

That includes your dwelling. Your physical dwelling place is one detail of your life He delights in.

Psalms 127:1 (NKJV)

Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.

This verse can be used to denote both the physical building of a house and the spiritual building of a house. We want to lay some emphasis on the physical building. There are many ways you can allow God to build your physical house. The question is, do you desire to own a house? Do you even have an idea of the kind of house you will like to have? If not, how then do you begin trusting Him or applying your faith to get a house of your choice?

So, our take home messages among many are these; the Lord is willing to build your house physically and he is willing to establish your home spiritually if you permit Him to. Allow His wisdom to be the pillars that support your house and home.

Family, it’s about advancing the Kingdom of God even in our homes. Next time we will begin looking at how to practically cultivate the spiritual environment and atmosphere of our homes. Remember, it’s all about relationships. From your home will come nation builders, kingdom giants, generational pacesetters, role models, and pioneers. Also remember, the model home is not a perfect home; it is an excellent home!

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