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Build the House

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-After the dedication of his baby brother in church, little Johnny sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong.
-Finally the boy replied, “That pastor said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I want to stay with you guys!”
Sadly, in the society we live in there is a breakdown in the home. There is confusion as to what constitutes a home. Christian homes don’t reflect the person and character of Christ.
In the context of our families on this Mother’s Day, I want us to consider the great responsibility that’s been given to us in building our homes.
I’m not talking about starting that construction process on the remodel you’ve desperately needed now for years. I’m talking about a revival that needs to occur within your family spiritually.
We need a spiritual building in the family.
But how do we build the house? How can we stand firm in a crumbling society? Is there hope for the future of the family as we know it?
Well, today we will see from this short psalm, some calls to action that must be heeded in order to make our homes a place where God is pleased.

A Need for Building (v. 1a)

Before we get into this particular psalm, it is important to understand the overall context in which it was written. Some say that Solomon wrote this text, while others believe this was written to Solomon.
Regardless of who actually wrote it, it helps us to understand what these verses are speaking about. One of the main accomplishments that Solomon was known for was building the temple.
It was said that there was no temple that could rival the beauty of Solomon’s temple. The work was intrinsic. The materials were the finest. The architects were the greatest. The measurements were dead on.
They spared nothing in making it great and strong. They invested time, resources, everything they could to make sure that this thing would be the best.
But notice here what verse 1 reminds Solomon of:
Psalm 127:1 KJV 1900
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.
Let me ask you this question, and it’s not a trick one. Could these people build a temple without letting God be a part of the process? Now, ultimately God is in control of everything, but He also allows us to have a free will. He doesn’t force us to do things.
So I believe these people could have built something and in the process God could have been left out of it. I guarantee that pagan nations around them weren’t thinking about Jehovah God as they built shrines to their idols.
This is the point I’m trying to make. We can try to build something that is good, something even great, something godly, but in the process leave God out of building it.
When we build without letting God build, and allowing God to co-labor with us, we are building upon a shaky foundation.
I want to challenge you in your homes this morning to make sure that God is a part of the building process. That He is the chief architect in your homes.
Understand, you can build a nice family. You can spend time with your children, you can invest in resources, savings accounts, college funds, seminars. You can send them to the greatest school and help them find the greatest job.
You can take your spouse out every week and provide with a six figure a year salary.
And you can build, and build, and build. And on the surface it can look great. It can look wonderful. It can be just like the temple that Solomon built.
But if you don’t get God in on the process of building, then all of that time, resources, and investment can all be in vain because it wasn’t empowered by Him.
We need to follow God’s blueprints. We need to let the Spirit of God lead in our families. If our families are going to stop crumbling, don’t you think it would be a good idea to go to the one who can fix them and keep them together?
There is a need for building. May I say, parenting is not for the faint of heart. Good, godly, solid families do not come by accident. They happen purposefully. It’s going to take some work.
You are going to have to build. Passiveness is not going to cut it. But hear me, and hear me clearly. Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.
You can listen to everything James Dobson says, which is great content. You can set in place structure and security, as we’ll see here in a moment. But if God is not in the equation, it is all in vain.
You need God if you will have a strong home. A Need for Building.
As you consider verse 1 especially, it was a reminder to Solomon that God was the ultimate architect in overseeing the work of His house.

A Need for Protecting (v. 1b)

The watchman was to look over the city and make sure during the night that no one was going to attack them. He brought security to a city. He ensured that no one got in that didn’t belong. He was willing to fight if need be.
He guarded the temple and all who were inside the city walls. Just as a watchman was important for protecting a city and watching for potential problems that could occur, we as well must be diligent in the protection of our homes as well.
Proverbs 27:23 KJV 1900
Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, And look well to thy herds.
Now, more than ever, we must be diligent in protecting our children from dangers in this world of sin we live in. Children younger and younger are exposed to things that weren’t even thought of not long ago.
The devil would love nothing more than to get your children at an early age to surrender to living a life of sin and wickedness. There are a lot of lures that try to attract our children’s focus to doing just that.
Living a life of sin instead of living for the Savior. We need parents to step up a be a watchman for their children. To ensure their protection. To set some boundaries. To enforce rules. To fight if need be for their children’s safety.
What I’m presenting to you is not popular parenting. Parents are often way too passive in their children’s lives. There are no rules. The boundaries are limitless. Kids are ruling the home telling the parents how they should parent.
Do you see a problem with that? In our homes we need to protect our children from dangers in the world. We need to set limits on our children of who they hang around, how much they watch, where they go, how long they’re away.
God didn’t give you children so you could be their friend, He gave you first and foremost to them to be their parent. So parent them. The word parent comes from the Latin word parire "bring forth, give birth to, produce.”
As a parent you need to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. You are responsible to set boundaries in their life that will cause them to be more like Jesus. Guess what? They probably aren’t going to like it.
They’ll question the boundaries. But you need to be a watchman that will stand firm on the boundaries. Now, I will tell you this. It is important to provide rules in the home. We need boundaries.
But along with the rules, we need a relationship with our children.
“Rules without relationship breeds rebellion.” -Unknown
Your family needs to be balanced between love and authority.
But understand this as well. Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
You can monitor your children with every step they take. Everywhere they go. You can be aware of everything they do. But we must let God in our homes in protecting them.
Children can conform outwardly to the standards you set for them. That is important that they obey those standards. But just because a child conforms outwardly to a set of rules doesn’t mean that they have a heart for God.
Think about the Pharisees.
Matthew 15:8 KJV 1900
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
One of the greatest things you can do in protecting your home is to pray for your children and spouse. Ask God to guard your child’s heart. Ask Him to stir within your home a revival spirit.
Beg God to prepare your children to follow what He has outlined for their lives. Because if God’s not in it, all of the boundaries you’ve worked so hard to set up and enforce are essentially non-existent and susceptible to the attacks of the evil one.
There is a Need to Protect our Homes.

A Need for Providing (v. 2)

How much of your time is consumed by worrying? How often do you doubt God’s provision? Solomon probably had one of the most costly building projects that the world has ever known.
Can you imagine the stress of getting up early, trying to get the work accomplished, staying up late at night wondering how this huge task was going to reach completion?
That word “sorrows” has the idea of a sharp physical pain.
The bread of sorrows speaks of one who allows those thoughts of worry to consume them, as if they are swallowing down worries and cares that stir up pain.
When we allow worry and burdens to consume our minds, we lose sleep, we constantly try to fix the problem ourselves, all the while God wants us to put our trust in Him, and He will give us rest.
Matthew 6:26–32 KJV 1900
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Someone might be thinking, “Well, Pastor, I have a lot of things running through my head. There are a lot of burdens that consume my thoughts. What do I do?” Verse 33 gives the answer:
Matthew 6:33 KJV 1900
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
We need to take our burden and give it to God, and focus our attention on the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
Philippians 4:6–7 KJV 1900
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I wonder, how much turmoil in your homes would cease if you just practiced these simple principles? How many fights would stop, if instead you took your worries to God in prayer?
Maybe this morning there’s contention in your home. Sleep has been lost because of it. You’re about fed up with it. It constantly consumes your mind, and you’ve had enough.
Can I tell you, worrying about it, complaining about it, and dwelling upon it is not going to help matters? You need to go to God. You need to cast your burden upon Him. He gives His beloved sleep.
Peace is something we need in our homes, and that is only going to come through trusting in God to provide it.

A Need for Prizing (v. 3-5)

Sadly, we live in a day where many people see children, and having them, is a burden and not a blessing. Now, I want you to know as I say this, that I understand not everyone can have children.
So don’t misunderstand that with what I’m about to say. There are an awful lot of people now wanting abortions, avoiding having children altogether, simply because they are selfish.
Really, it boils down to selfishness.
A child would be an inconvenience to them. It would cramp their style. They would have to set aside some of their dreams and ambitions in order to raise this child.
We have raised a generation of selfish people rather than being selfless and serving.
It is sickening how that in our society we have devalued the price of a human life, especially that of a baby. While, society would say that a fetus is insignificant, the Bible says:
Jeremiah 1:5 KJV 1900
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
All life, in the womb and outside the womb, is significant to God.
Psalm 139:14 KJV 1900
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Marvellous are thy works; And that my soul knoweth right well.
We need to prize the children that God has allowed us to have. In the Jewish culture, it was a big deal to have children. It was a blessing from God. And even today, children are still a blessing from God.
We need to value the lives of our children. We need to sacrifice for them. Because there comes a time, where they will sacrifice for us and the good of the family as well, as evidenced by verses 4-5.
Prize your children. Love them. And thank God for them. Maybe you’re here and don’t have children. I love what Warren Wiersbe said,
“Not everyone is supposed to get married, nor are all married couples able to have children. But all adults can value the children, pray for them, be good examples to them, and see that they are protected and cared for and encouraged in their spiritual upbringing. Remember what Jesus said about this in .”
Not everyone is supposed to get married, nor are all married couples able to have children. But all adults can value the children, pray for them, be good exam- ples to them, and see that they are protected and cared for and encouraged in their spiritual upbringing. Remember what Jesus said about this in .”
Matthew 18:5–6 KJV 1900
And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.


10,000 Sermon Illustrations The Greatest Are Those Unknown

Ilion Jones writes that “On the great biographer Ida M. Tarbell’s 80th birthday, someone asked her to name the greatest persons she had ever met. She responded, ‘The greatest persons I have ever met are those nobody knows anything about.’

“Once the New York Times was asked to help a group of club women decide on the twelve greatest women in the United States. After due consideration, the editors replied, ‘The twelve greatest women in the United States are women who have never been heard of outside of their own homes.’”

Jones concludes, “I ask you, who was greater, Thomas A. Edison or his mother? When he was a young lad his teacher sent him home with a note which said, ‘Your child is dumb. We can’t do anything for him.’ Mrs. Edison wrote back, ‘You do not understand my boy. I will teach him myself’. And she did, with results that are well known.

A mother can make a profound influence in the home and in the lives of her children. Today I want to challenge you to build the house. It will take much work and great sacrifice.
But remember, it’s not all up to you to make it work. Make sure God is directing the construction as you build, protect, provide, and prize your family God has given you.
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