|Author: Pastor Faith Oyedepo|
I hope you are fully set for the Christmas celebration by making your home a lively one. It’s a great privilege to share God’s Word with you today, being a day to the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Have a Merry Christmas in advance!
This week, I wish to unveil to you How to Provoke Joy and Enjoy a Lively Home during this Christmas season.
I want you to know that God has designed this season to bring joy to individual lives, homes and marriages all over the world. This joy cannot be traced to man but to God, the source of true joy.
There are times when one gets excited over some things, but this usually does not bring joy that lasts. Some people have the opportunity to experience joy only at Christmas. Thank God for the month of December, and for Christmas, and the joyful spirit of the season that comes into the home, but this does not only have to be for one season.
Joy can be made to become an everyday experience in the family, simply by creating the right atmosphere that guarantees a never-ending joy. The right atmosphere for joy to dwell is a Godly one. When your marriage is one that is of God, and everyone at home is born again, then it is easy for a godly atmosphere to be created.
God’s Word says: Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore (Psalms 16:11). God makes His presence only available in the homes of His children. The “pleasures” spoken about in the Scripture above, are all those things that will naturally provoke joy in the home. Most of these things are not just simple needs, but things that money may not necessarily buy. Some of them are divine health, protection, provisions, peace, sweet sleep, promotions, success, etc.
There is a popular song that goes: ‘When Jesus is in a family; happy, happy home…’ This is true! When your home enjoys an atmosphere filled with the presence of God, it will indeed be an ever happy home. That shall be your own portion in Jesus’ name!
Godly atmosphere is one that is consciously created by the individuals in the home. It involves having the fear of God in the home, and practically obeying His commandments concerning covenant responsibilities by the husband and the wife.
Therefore, let the husband obey God’s commandment, by carrying out his covenant responsibility of loving his wife. The love responsibility is the instrument a man uses to make his wife a glorious woman, without spot or wrinkle, or any of such things.
Therefore, the making of any wife is in the hands of her husband. If you want to enjoy a lively home as a husband, then, love your wife as your own body! Love is the price you pay for a lively home, while total submission is what is required of the wife to reciprocate her husband’s love to sustain a lively home, even after Christmas.
The presence of God in a home means lasting peace in a family. When there is peace, there will be unity in the home and when there is unity, the blessings of God just keep flowing. These blessings include – promotion, success in your various endeavours, health, prosperity, divine direction, etc.
A home that lacks the presence of God will lack the pleasures and joy that His presence carries. That home will suffer setbacks through lack of peace, stagnation, unfruitfulness, sorrow, hardship, sickness, disunity and lack of joy. The presence of God that emanates from a godly atmosphere is a must, for the family that wants its joy to be sustained after Christmas!
The right foundation for a godly atmosphere that commands the presence of God and gives lasting peace, and joy everlasting for a lively family, is the one that is connected to His only begotten Son. You can become God’s child by accepting Jesus Christ into your life. That is what it means to be born again. If you are ready to become born again, please say this prayer: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the living God. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
If you prayed this simple prayer, you are now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
Congratulations! You are now born again! All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).