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Here is the concluding part of this article by my mentor Pastor (Mrs) Oyedepo.
Having discussed the importance of a living family altar in our homes in part I of this teaching, I would like to go further in this write-up to examine the blessings that accrue to us when we give prayer its rightful place.
Benefits Of Family Altar
When altars were raised in the Bible in the worship of God, the glory of God descended and it commanded the miraculous. When Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal in the book of 1kings 18: 20-39, he too built an altar and called on the name of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Lord answered by fire and the name of the Lord was magnified. It is also written in the scriptures that:
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them (Mathew 18:20).
Therefore the number one benefit of the family altar is that it brings down the presence of God in your home. What a blessing! Having God’s perpetual presence should be the ultimate quest of every Christian home, because think of it; what can we do without His presence? Absolutely nothing! So when you, too, allow your family to raise an altar of worship unto the Lord, you will discover that the Prince of Peace will tabernacle in your home and you will begin to enjoy the blessings of God’s presence in a new dimension.
Read Psalm 114. I want you to take time to read this passage and you will get a clear picture of what you stand to enjoy in His presence.
I see everything that represents the sea of Jordan negatively as well as mountains and hills being driven back from your home, and every evil rock being turned into standing water before you in Jesus’ name.
You need God’s presence in your home more than anything else, so make it a habit to gather your family members and pray together regularly. The Bible says (more…)
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As we continue with this new year, there is need for us to look into the place of prayer in the family. A man of God said that what you are experiencing today is a result of prayers said or not said yesterday(s). So, you determine the future of your family by your prayers today. Today, I would like to share an article from one of my mentors (Pastor Faith Oyedepo) on Family Altar. Enjoy and be blessed.
In today’s fast-paced world, where men and women are busy working round the clock to make ends meet, most Christian homes have long forgotten this integral part of the family foundation, which is the family altar.
What is family altar?
The word family altar simply means a time when all family members gather together in worship, sharing of the Word and in prayer. One of the gimmicks of the devil to attack homes today is to successfully lure them away from praying together, and before you know what is happening, the family that was once happy and united, gradually falls apart. No wonder a wise man said ‘the family that prays together stays together.’ No doubt, prayer is one of the foundation stones of a happy family. Therefore, watch out so that your foundation does not get out of place.
The Bible says:
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3).
I would like to share with you the purposes of the family altar. Myles Munroe said, “If the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable,” I agree absolutely.
The Purpose of Family Altar
As seen from the above definition, it is a time set aside deliberately and purposely to worship God and to reverence His Word.
Not only should it be a time of prayer, but the Word of God must be shared during your family devotion as well. (more…)
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Are you running the race alone? What about your people? Many times, we are so engulfed in growing in the Lord and many other things that we forget that there are people under our roof that should grow in the Lord too. This post tells you to carry them along.
But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you – Genesis 6:18 (NKJV)
So Moses and Aaron were brought again to Pharaoh, and he said to them, “Go, serve the Lord your God. Who are the ones that are going?” And Moses said, “We will go with our young and our old; with our sons and our daughters, with our flocks and our herds we will go, for we must hold a feast to the Lord.” Exodus 10:8-9 (NKJV)
Truly, the activities of the day sometimes are numerous that you will want to reduce some of them. Unfortunately, many Christians will start with the activities that involve God to the point that they cease or limit the number of times they fellowship with God as a family. This is a wrong step to take, because you miss the blessings of having family altar.
When God was to save Noah from the destruction of the world by flood, He included his family. And when Moses was asking Pharaoh to let his people go, he insisted on going with their wives and children. God expects you to carry them along.
It is good to build yourself up spiritually; it is equally good for your household to build themselves up spiritually. The bible says that one will chase a thousand and two will put ten thousand to flight (Deuteronomy 32:30). Besides, you will enjoy rest. Proverbs 29:17 encourages you to correct your son so that he will give you rest, and the infallible way to train a child is with the use of the word of God. So, as you study the word of God and pray, get them to study the word of God and pray.
And family altar is the best place to teach them by example. When you spend time together fellowshipping with God, then it will be easier for them to do it alone with God. You will always have time to do anything you create time for. All you need is to see how important it is for you to carry them along and you will have time to do it. (more…)
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Are you a looking for a greener pasture this year? Or are you wondering where to go for a better life? It is the heart desire of many people to have a better year this year than it was last year, and they are at a crossroad, wondering where to turn into. This post gives you a lead on which way to turn into.
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4, NKJV,emphasizes mine)
Then the Lord appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father…Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. (Genesis 26:2-3, 12, NKJV)
The desire for greener pasture didn’t start today. People have desired it since ancient times, most especially during famine. Isaac found himself in such a situation at one time. There was famine in the land during Isaac’s time and most likely, he wanted to go to Egypt in search of a greener pasture, but the Lord, the God of his father Abraham advised him not to go to Egypt. God asked him to remain in that supposedly land of famine and that He would be with him and bless him. The scriptures make us to understand in Genesis 26:12, that Isaac obeyed and sowed in that same land and reaped a hundredfold the same year and the Lord blessed him as He had promised.
So, your green pasture is in you, not really outside where you are presently.
I heard my Pastor say in one of the services that your green pasture is in you, and I was prompted to write on it. There is an adage in my community that what you are looking for afar of is actually within you. And that is the case with searching for greener pasture. What you need to do is to look inwards, so as not to make mistakes.
What is the green pasture in you?
God is the green pasture you are actually looking for and He is in you if you are a child of God. God is all you need to have a better new year; the greater one is in you (1 John 4:4). What you need is the guidance of the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the ending, the one that knows the end from the very beginning, the God of the whole universe, Creator of heaven and earth. (more…)
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Why are you so downcast? This is a year pregnant with great treasures and full of glory. This New Year speaks of new things, new beginnings, new exploits, new life, new stories and testimonies! Will you allow hopelessness to rob you of these blessings? I think not, so get set for the best of times this year.
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God – Psalm 42:11 (NKJV)
For a righteous man may fall seven times. And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity – Proverbs 24:16 (NKJV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths – Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
No matter what may have happened last year or how you fell, let go of it; just dust your buttocks and gather your things and go again. A righteous man falls seven times and rises again. How many times have you fallen? Arise and get on your journey for there is light at the end of the tunnel and fresh water is waiting for you there. But how will you see and enjoy it if you throw in your towel and are hopeless? (more…)