“A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.” Proverbs 14:1
This week, as I was studying the Word, the above verse leapt off the page. It’s always exciting when a verse you’ve read many times before comes alive as the Holy Spirit breathes fresh revelation over it! Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the Word of God is alive and active” and goodness is it true. When we open His Word He is faithful to show up and speak to His sons and daughters, amen? We know that we possess the power to build our homes or tear them down; Proverbs 14:1 says so. The only question remaining, then, is this – will we use our God-given authority to build or demolish?
If we desire to be a home-builder, I’ve concluded, there are several important things we get to do.
- We speak life knowing that, “the tongue has the power of life and death.” (Proverbs 18:21)
A home-builder takes every opportunity to use their words in a way that brings life to those they possess influence over. We know full well that the quality of life in our homes will be due, to some degree, by the words we choose to speak. Therefore, as ambassadors of God, we intentionally wield our words to bring peace, joy, and hope to those around us. Proverbs 12:25 reminds us that, “A life-giving word of encouragement can do wonders to restore joy to the heart.”
- We passionately pursue God knowing that relationship with Him positively impacts our ability to build.
Jesus was in the business of building up. He was never too busy to stop and supply the needs of those around Him. He seized everyday by speaking life, teaching valuable Kingdom truths, extending healing, and lavishly loving. When we hang around someone long enough we begin speaking, thinking, and responding similarly. In the same way, the more time we spend with God, the more He refines us. As a result, we begin to walk out, in agreement, our identity in Him as light bearers. Through Him we, too, are home-builders! He calls, qualifies, and equips us for the job.
- We study and pray the Word of God knowing it is our primary offensive weapon.
Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Prayer changes things. Our prayers for our spouse, children, and loved ones have the power to stop the enemy dead in his tracks. It’s a tool that can win battles, supply strength, and provide protection. Therefore, let’s use what God has given us to claim victories in Jesus’ name!
- We establish a culture of praise knowing God is worthy.
We get to set the thermostat in our homes. 1 Chronicles 16:29 says, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.” Praise sets the focus where it rightfully belongs; on God. Through praise, the temperature of our homes can be God-honoring.
I am praying perseverance over us as we continue building our homes on the unshakable rock that is Jesus Christ. Proverbs 14:26 promises, “Confidence and strength flood the hearts of the lovers of God who live in awe of Him, and their devotion provides their children with a place of shelter and security.” Remember, our building is not just for us, it’s also for every generation still to come. Keep going, we’re doing a good and important work!