This December will mark the 14th year that we will be in our home. Little did we know that we would only share 12 of those years with the man responsible for working so hard to give us this home. When we began looking for houses, we never wanted anything this large. Then the Lord separately worked on our hearts until we admitted what we believed God was saying to us individually, out loud to each other. As we came into agreement with the Father that this would not be our house, but His house, dedicated to His work and His glory, God did what only He can do. He caused our expenses to be lower in the large home than they were in our condo, because it was His plan!
The day before we moved in my Pastor and his wife came over and prayed with us through the house. His wife prayed a special gifting of hospitality over me (trust me, I needed it!) and she prophesied that we would be replacing the carpet often due to the number of people that would come and go in this place. Well, in almost 14 years we have had two sets of carpet and replaced it with yet another type of flooring just two years ago. There have been many times over the years when I just wanted to say no to the needs for housing, storage, etc. in my own old, selfish nature. God was pretty clear on when to welcome others in. I would have that knowing that when God is in it, I will be blessed as a result as well. Every day I thank Him for the privilege of living in His house.
When I was running this morning I was thinking about how we are the house of God and how important it is for us to rip up the old carpet every once in a while and put down a fresh flooring. The foundation is always Christ, but sometimes our spiritual carpet gets covered with the muddy tracts of situations, people and circumstances and we feel walked on and soiled. Sometimes it’s just from our own actions and behaviors that our spiritual house needs a makeover. We are not to focus on the fact that we are sinners. Christ already paid for that, but it is our responsibility to keep the house clean because of the awesome gift that He gave us.
As a leader I get prayer often and allow those I trust to do inner healing with me a few times per year. None of us have arrived and if you think that you don’t need a spiritual tune up every once in a while, you may be dealing with spiritual pride. We live in the world and that means that we will all need to rip up the carpet every once in a while to examine the stains and spots that have fallen on this place we call home. I love this section in the book of James:
James 5:13-16Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
As we confess our faults to one another, we are healed. I want to give a shout out to all the women who are doing that this weekend at our churches retreat! May you all come home with fresh flooring in the house Jesus calls home! xoxo