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Consecrating Our Homes to the LordNovember 14, 2022
The Bible is full of verses about sacred space. At the burning bush God told Moses, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground” (Exodus 3:5). Before God filled His temple with His Spirit Solomon consecrated it to the Lord (I Kings 8). King Asa cleansed the temple and the land of occultic symbols and idols as he led the nation back to the faith (I Kings 15). Solomon wrote in Psalm 127:1, “Unless the LORD builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain.”
Have you ever thought of your home as a sacred space for the Lord to dwell? Have you ever consecrated your home to the Lord? Have you ever thought of the symbols and art that decorate your home as having spiritual significance that affects the atmosphere you experience in your home? Have you ever prayed over your home regularly that God would be present and bless you, your family, guests, and acquaintances?
I want to explore what it means to decorate, consecrate, and pray for your home. First, go room to room and look at the way your home is decorated. Are there art or symbols that remind you of your faith? Where are your Bibles? Are they in prominent places around your home where it is easy to find them? Do you have any art that features scriptures? Does any of your art or symbols have dark, occultic, or rebellious meaning? How might this affect children or others who are around it all the time?
I recommend you think about filling your home with objects and activities that honor the Lord (I Samuel 2:30). Include Christian Art and positive Christian symbols. Do you have something on your front door? Does it proclaim your joy at being a Christian? Are Bibles evident? What literature is most prominent? Are family devotionals, prayer, and Christian discussions a regular part of what happens in your home? Make sure your celebrations are full of thanks to the Lord and focus on faith rather than materialism especially as Christmas approaches. Fill your home with Christian Music (For example, FM 88.3 Air One, 88.5 WJIE, 89.7 and 91.5 are both KLOV,94.7 is Christian Talk, 104.3 and 105.9 are both WAY FM). Decorations that glorify the occult have become mainstream. Consider decorating in Fall colors instead of traditional Halloween decorations.
If you are wondering how to consecrate your home to the Lord, there is not just one way to do this. I have a ceremony I like that combines the Passover text (Exodus 12:21-23) with our faith in Jesus Christ. Instead of anointing the entrances to the home with the blood of the lamb as described in Exodus, I anoint each entrance with three oil crosses. Before anointing the home, I will gather with the family to think of three blessings the family would like God to pour down upon their home and then pronounce each blessing with each oil cross on each entrance to the home. Families have found this consecration ceremony has powerful spiritual impact on their home.
I also encourage the family to frame and hang their three blessings somewhere in the home to remind them to continue to ask God to bless their home in those ways. Remember, anointing with oil is not magic. It consecrates the home to the Lord, and your desire for God’s blessing needs to be affirmed over and over. Prayers over your home and your family will maintain God’s protection against darkness and evil.
All the things I write about above we do in our home. Guests almost always speak of how peaceful and safe our home feels. There is only one reason this is true. We have consecrated, decorated, and prayed that God will make this true of our home. God has answered our prayers with a resounding, “YES!”.
There is only one way to find out the truth of this article. You are going to have to try the ideas I write about. Are you uncertain if the benefits will outweigh the work and cost involved? Consider starting with the suggestions that really don’t cost anything. What would convince you that these changes would have a positive spiritual impact on your home, your family, guests, and your own personal faith journey? I recommend reading all the scriptures in this article and see what they teach you. (To find out more about Al Earley or read previous articles, see www.lagrangepres.org).