In February I was out of town staying at a Pastor’s house for the evening. I woke up from a dead sleep and I heard the Lord say “Get your house in order.” and then he showed me a number of areas that needed work in my life and he showed me a few things to look forward to once I got my house in order. I got home that weekend and I have been getting my house in order ever since.
You may think that where we lay our heads at night is your only house, or place you dwell. We have many houses, many places we dwell in and lay our cares on. We dwell in the Houses of Hurt, Anger, Sorrow, and Worry. We dwell in other Houses of many sins like Greed, Adultery, Gluttony, Fornication, Trickery, and Lies. With all of these many Houses we dwell in we don’t take into consideration that we should dwell in only one, The Lord’s.
For me, I had been living one foot in the House of God and the other foot in the House of Resentment. I have been dealing with a lot of resentment for my abusive past and for abandoning my dad. I resented the family members that knew what had happened over the years and did nothing and also treated my sisters and I like an inconvenience. I resented the fact that it took me 37 years to finally resent them, but when God called on me that night I realized that I was so close to the true forgiveness and healing zone of God if I just dwelt in him. From there I began to touch up and recreate our Earthly house.
I can tell you with every bed that get’s made, every dish that is washed cleaned, in every towel I fold, in every hung piece of art, and for every piece of moved furniture I have moved, though those actions made my house look nice and kept me preoccupied, it is not where I dwell. I dwell in the Lord. In everything I experience from sorrow to joy I dwell in the Lord. Through good times and bad times I dwell in the Lord. For every victory by God I dwell in the Lord! The truth is your house, your home, is where your heart is.
So every time you find yourself being led back to the houses of darkness get on your knees and reassure yourself where you dwell. You can claim your house and stand your ground by remembering what brave Joshua said to all of the tribes and their elders, judges, officials, and leaders in Israel as they renewed the Covenant of God in Shechem: “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15, New Living Translation)
We are all called to get our house in order. Where do you dwell?