Psalm 127:1 “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”
God’s Word refers to various kinds of buildings or houses that He desires to help us build.
· The Building of my life · The Building of my family · The Building of my church
In each of these areas we must allow the Lord Jesus Christ to be the Master Builder or else all we do will be in vain. We must acknowledge that it is the Lord that initiated these buildings; without the Creator we would not be here today and would have nothing. Without the Lord, we would not have a family and would not have a church; we would not have our very lives.
Hebrews 3:4 “For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.”
Colossians 1:16 “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:”
A. Building of my Life
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee…” Psalm 139:14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works...”
B. Building of my Family
Genesis 2:18 “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” verse 22 & 24
C. Building of my Church
Matthew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
It is absolutely essential to allow the One that gave us life to rule our lives. Every area of our lives is safer left in the hands of the Creator.
Here are a few principles that will help you “let God build.”
1. Have a Good Framework
Ephesians 2:19-21 “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God vs 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; vs 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:”
The greatest need for all people is to receive Jesus Christ as their own personal Saviour from sin, and to be part of the family of God. This will be a good start in allowing God to build your life.
2. Have a Godly Foundation
1 Corinthians 3:11 “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Every building needs a good foundation to be able to withstand the storms of life, the pull of this world, and the temptations of Satan. This world system and the Devil – the god of this world, endeavor to destroy these two institutions that God set up, the Home and the Church. To have a firm foundation a person needs to live out the Words of the Lord Jesus Christ. Luke 6:46-49
A good way to let God Build in your family is to live out your responsibilities in the home:
- Wives submit to your Husband – Colossians 3:18 - Husbands love your Wife – Colossians 3:19 - Children honour your Parents – Colossians 3:20
Homes have been destroyed and families broken because wives have not learned the art of submission, husbands failed to love their wives, and children have been left alone in their rebellion. Do not build your life in vain, but rather build your life on the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word! You cannot go wrong when you build on God’s Word!
In Acts chapter four the religious rulers were grieved that the disciples taught the people and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. They took the disciples and commanded that they should not speak or teach in the name of Jesus.
We must understand that there will be people in this day who will try to stop your mouth or forbid you to share Christ with others. As the disciples were threatened to stop, you also may be challenged to stop sharing the good news.
However, our response to this command must be the same as the early Christians.
Acts 4:19-20 “But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”
What will help Christians be bold, standing for Christ, and not being afraid nor ashamed?
The answer is:
1. A Unified Purpose
Acts 4:24 “And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord…”
It is imperative that the Church of God be united together for the Gospel’s sake. What a blessing it is for a Christian to stand unashamed for Christ in these last days; but a greater blessing is when the Church stands together in unity, with one accord, not allowing the enemy to dim the light.
2. Acknowledge God & His Power
Acts 4:24 “And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:”
When others cause you to fear, it is good to remember that we have a God that is almighty, and not one hair of our heads is able to fall to the ground unless He commands it. Remember GOD IS IN CONTROL!!!
3. Affirmative Prayer
Acts 4:29 “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,”
It is easy to for a Christian to be fleshly and fall into pride. However, they prayed and requested from God to have His power to speak the Word.
4. Answered Prayer
Acts 4:31 “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”