March 11, 2023

Decorated House - Bro. T. Stephen

My dearly beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, I greet and bless you all in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The auspicious word of God that comes to you for today, is taken from the book of Isaiah 54:12, “I will make your pinnacles of rubies, Your gates of crystal, And all your walls of precious stones.”
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, In this verse God is speaking to you about three things. Firstly God says that He will make your pinnacles as of rubies. Secondly He says that He will make your gates as the gates of crystal. And thirdly God says that He will make all your walls around the compound with precious stones.

Pinnacles mean our balcony. Our steps indicate our doors. Thirdly our compound wall. All these three things go to describe our house. God therefore says that He will beautify your house in this manner. House need not represent a building. House represents a family as such. House is thus the symbol of your home, your family. God, who says, that He will decorate your house, is focusing on what He really wants to tell us through this passage. God says, our heart is the home of God in which He stays. God delights to dwell in the hearts of human being. God looks at us and says, “You are the temple of God.”So the place where God dwells, that is your heart, God wants to decorate. God wants you to keep the pinnacle of your heart as the rubies that are considered as precious stones.

Nowadays we see how much a person takes care, to keeps his face shining and bright. People spend lakhs of rupees to beautify their face. I have heard people talk about the amount of money they spend at the beauty parlour to beautify their face. They spend much money to look more beautiful and handsome. It is not wrong to spend or make you look more beautiful. But those of you who take great care, in looking more attractive and beautiful, do you ever think about beautifying your heart which is the home of God, within your body. This is more important. It is very necessary to keep your body fit and active and beautiful but at the same time it is also important to keep your heart clean. That is why we read, in the book of Ezekiel, that God will take away our stony heart and give us a heart of flesh. Because our heart has become corrupt by many unwanted thoughts. This is important. It is necessary to keep your body fit and energetic. You need to look beautiful and elegant, so you need to wear new and good clothes. All this God likes you to enjoy. But at the same time you need to take care of your heart as the Lord wants to dwell in your heart. Therefore your heart needs to be clean and tidy without any flaw. There should be no uncleanness in your heart.

You need to remove all hypocrisy and dirt from your heart. May be many months or many years you have failed to clean your heart. God looks at your heart. He shouldn’t find any dust or bad thoughts in your heart. He expects a clean heart. So today give importance to your heart. Make it pure and clean before God because your heart is the dwelling place of God. You cannot allow God to dwell in a dirty place. If your heart is clean then as mentioned in the above verse your gates will be as the gates of crystal and all your walls around the compound will be decked with precious stones. God wants to make a change in the inner part of your body. Because God does not look like the way man looks at you. He looks at your heart. The beauty of the house depends upon the beautiful appearance of the people living inside the house.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, Sometimes I have noticed the house of the poor. Their houses may not appear so beautiful on the outer surface but in the inside the house will look good because the poor people who dwell in the house will be good, kind, respectful and well mannered. Therefore because of them their houses will be good looking. They don’t need external decoration because they will be a family that fears the Lord in all respect, God’s holy presence would fill that house. The Bible says, if people of God appear to be beautiful then the angels in heaven will ask God as to who these people are, who are clad in white for or they will appear to be more beautiful and pleasing in the sight of God. Then God would say that they are His children who are washed by the precious blood of the Lamb of God, standing in white. That beauty with spiritual fervour, is more important than external appearance of a person.

There should be beauty in your appearance. In your speech in your action, in your walk and in all that you do. If all your lifestyle is beautiful then your house will look good both in the outer side and the Lord will willingly remain in your house that is your heart. When God is pleased with your behaviour then God will re-establish your house. God says that He will make your pinnacles of rubies. Then He says that He will make your gates as the gates of crystal. And thirdly God says that He will make all your walls around the compound with precious stones. So He wants to make a change, in all these things. He will decorate your balcony and also your compound walls and doors, There will be a great change in the very appearance of your house as such. Your house will look beautiful. God will bring about a great change in your heart that is the place of His dwelling.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, some of you are saying, well Brother, “I don’t even have a house.”I don’t even have a hut then where can there be any balcony? Where will there be pinnacle of rubies? Where will the compound wall be decked by precious stones? If only your heart is beautiful then looking at the inside of your heart the Lord will bless you with beautiful house of your own. This will be surprising for you to believe but nothing is too hard for the Lord to do. All things are possible to them that believe on His name. David asked God to teach him, that which is pleasing unto God. God taught him to keep on praising Him. And since David kept praising God, He promised to build a house for David. Just as He had promised , God built a house for him. All things are possible to them that believe. David believed on the Lord and so he was blessed. In the same manner God promises to build a house for you. He is encouraging you through the word of God. Keep praying to God and keep your heart clean, for God to dwell in your heart. Make it beautiful, and purify it, make it holy. For He is a holy God. All these things will happen in your life provided you keep your heart clean. God will then bless you with a house decorated with all these precious stones, compound wall and balcony, and let you live in such a house with peace and joy.

Prayer: Lord we thank You. Lord I bless all the children who are reading this message in the name of Jesus. Well you are a God who provides, abundantly above all that we ask or think. You expect that the heart of your children be clean since you desire to live inside their heart. It is your dwelling place. If they keep it clean, then you shall provide a house for them decorated with pinnacles of rubies, gates of crystal, and all the walls of precious stones. Help them to purify themselves and then tomorrow they shall see the wonders of God. Help them to possess such a decorative house. Let all blockade be uprooted that causes hindrance in occupying good and decorative houses. Let there be peace with the walls and prosperity in their palaces. May many good events take place in their homes. May those events that were hindered now take place in their houses. Let all darkness from their homes disappear and may there be brightness in their homes. May they enjoy a bright future.
In Jesus Name we pray.

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