October 1, 2018

Dwellings and tents are lovely - Bro. T. Stephen

My dearly beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, I greet and bless you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. As I waited upon the Lord, the blessed word that the Lord gave me to bless you today is from the book of Numbers 24:5-6, “How lovely are your tents, O Jacob, Your dwellings, O Israel.  Like Valleys that stretch Out, Like gardens by  the riverside, Like Aloes planted by the Lord, Like Cedars beside the waters”. Dwelling place or tents, refers to the house in which you live. Prophet Balaam blesses the people of Israel, by blessing their dwelling places.

God is keen in blessing you and your family. When God created Adam and Eve, He also created the Garden of Eden for them to stay and enjoy. He never wanted them to suffer. But the moment they disobeyed God, trouble entered into their lives. When Jesus enters into your family, happiness will automatically enter your home.

I wish to illustrate as to how when Jesus comes into one’s life, the whole scenario changes. I was once invited to a meeting by Brother Jawahar Samuel, at Coimbatore. At the meeting, I was singing a song with tears in my eyes. Having finished my first session, I went for an individual prayer. Two young brothers who were touched by the song came and stood before me along with their wives. I was told later that the two brothers had married two sisters from the same family. One of the brothers said, “Sir, you spoke about the cleanliness of the house and blessed House. But our house is a very shabby house. You said that Sunday is the Lord’s Day. But, it is on that day that we engage ourselves in drinking, eating and enjoying the weekend. If the food wasn’t tasty we would stick burning cigarettes on the hands of our wives.” They further said that one of their relative had directed them to meet me for prayer. But they had decided to leave their wives at the meeting spot and move away to some place to enjoy for themselves as they had come from Mangalore. But after hearing the message, things changed. The song that I sang changed their lives. The brothers decided to change their style of life, that very day. They got baptized. That was when they realized as to why God had brought them there. They returned home and threw all the hard drink bottles, and cleaned the entire house to allow Jesus enter in. From then on, their business flourished and they remain as true witnesses for the Lord.

My dearly beloved, you might have faced many problems just like this. When you do anything that displeases God, He will move away from you. When He moves away, there will be no peace in your homes. Therefore, throw away all unnecessary things from your house. Allow Jesus to enter into your hearts and house, and your dwellings will be lovely like Cedars beside the water and like the Aloes planted by the Lord.

God bless you.


Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Help my children to cleanse their houses and allow Jesus to enter their homes. Give them the spirit of discernment, so that they will be able to examine their family life. Let them discard all unwanted things from their life, so that they may enjoy the blessings of God in their family. May You be the center of their lives. In Jesus name we pray,


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