Home Series – Descriptions of a Spiritual Sanctuary Part One
By Apostle Aje Pelser, preached on Live Stream for Harvester HOME Network
15th August, 2021
Descriptions that will elevate your home into a spiritual sanctuary.
1. A point of departure and return. We live a life of orbital journeys and often return to the place of departure. The way we are sent from that place and how we show accountability on our return determines our respect for that Home. The last words we speak to each other before the day begins and the first words we utter to bless our homes are important and we should prepare our thoughts before launching and landing again! When King David brought the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem again for the first time since the Philistines capture it, he was so happy he danced before the ark! His wife despised his unashamed dance of victory before God and she remained barren for the rest of her life. David intended to bless his family.
2Sa 6:20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, “How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!”
2Sa 6:21 So David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the LORD.
2Sa 6:22 And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor.”
2Sa 6:23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.
2. Place of provision. In the time of great famine, the prophet Elisha unlocked a strategy for a home business for a widow and her two sons:
Elisha and the Widow’s Oil
2Ki 4:1 A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the LORD. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.”
2Ki 4:2 So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”
2Ki 4:3 Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few.
2Ki 4:4 And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.”
2Ki 4:5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out.
2Ki 4:6 Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased.
2Ki 4:7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”
3. A safe and secure haven. Isa 32:17 The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
Isa 32:18 My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places,
4. Shelter from the storms of life.
Isa 4:5 then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering.
Isa 4:6 And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.
Here Mount Zion speaks to us in the New Covenant, of the church. Every dwelling place covered by His glory in His glorious church will be sheltered from the storms of life and shaded from the heat and tribulation of the day.
5. Oasis of Rest. If Christ Jesus is the centre of your home, you will find rest for your souls. Mat 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Mat 11:30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
6. An experience of love. Our Homes should reflect Jesus’ love for humanity and for His bride the Church.
Eph_5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
Joh_13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
Jud_1:21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
By looking for the mercy in a situation at home, we are keeping ourselves in the love of Christ. Even more than ever before, our love is under scrutiny and our lives are experiencing the pressures being lockdown with the same people for months on end. Of course it is a great opportunity to spend time together, but on the other hand, it exposes our areas of lack of love, patience, kindness and understanding. This is a matter for prayer and diligent soul searching so that when this pandemic ends, our love for each other, and indeed for God and mankind will be stronger.