Kabisa Ministries

What Kind of House are You Building?

by Damon Banks

1.22.2008

            The dwelling place of God; Zion; Temple; the Church; the Body of Christ; the Bride; all of these names have the same implication: we as God’s people are a place where God rests; individually as well as corporately. God’s eternal plan for us has not changed. We are to be the dwelling place / house of God where He can live and move in and through us; individually and corporately. At the end we hear the declaration, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell with them and, they shall be His people and He shall be their God,” Rev 21:3. We see that when Jesus came, He came as Immanuel, which means, “God with us.” If you are a born-again in Christ, God dwells in you through His Spirit. John 14:23, “If anyone loves Me… We will come and make Our home with him.”

            We are presently the home of God; Father, Son and Spirit. Why does God want to dwell in us? And what kind of house is within us? God wants to dwell in us for two main reasons: 1. He wants intimacy and fellowship with us. And for Him to dwell in our hearts is the most intimate He could be. 2. He desires to glorify Himself through us. There is an inward interaction for relationship but also an outward flow to others so that they also will come to an inward relationship.

            In Mat 13:53-58 Jesus was hindered from doing any mighty works because of, v.58, “their unbelief.” Here we see the God/ man Christ Jesus Himself, the second part of the Trinity, with all authority and power hindered because of the peoples unbelief. I want to suggest to you that what we believe either hinders or allows the God inside of us to have relationship with us or work through us. This brings us to the next question as mentioned earlier: What kind of house are you building for the God who dwells in you? What rooms does He have to go in or out of? How do we build new rooms and areas for Him to move in us and through us? Lets not talk about the junk in our rooms that needs to get out. That has to do with our oldness. If we were honest with each other we all could say exactly what needs to get out of our lives, the Holy Spirit is so faithful in His gentle conviction. I want to talk about the new house, the new creation in which He dwells in, the perfect man in side of you. It is this place in which God is dwelling and building inside of us. The old stuff must be burned and torn down.

Two verses which speak of this dwelling are John 14:2-3, “In My Fathers house there are many mansions(dwellings), if it were not so I would have told you. I go and prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you…” In context with the surrounding verses in this chapter as well as the other chapters, this verse can also be translated, “My Fathers house has many dwellings, I would have told you if it were not so. I go and prepare you as a place, (of dwelling). And if I go and prepare you as a place…” Later in the same context it is where Jesus speaks John 14:23, “If any one loves me…and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” It is the same reality. God is making us into His dwelling places. Eph 2:19-22, “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household, having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophet, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in Whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in Whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” This verse talks of a corporate dwelling as well as an individual dwelling.

So we have a house to build with Jesus, and that house is our heart.

  1. The hole for the foundation must be dug first. This speaks of a posture of humility. Only in humility can we receive from God. “For God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble,” Jas 4:6. Lesson 1: Humility from a hungry heart for God brings a God response.

  1. The chief cornerstone can then be laid. The cornerstone is a perfectly cut stone in which the rest of the foundation and house gets its angles and line from. Jesus Christ is the standard and rule for our house. He is called the foundation in 1 Cor 3:11. Only upon Him is the house to be built. This foundation which is laid, individually as well as corporately, is only by the revelation of who Jesus is. Mat 16:13-19, “But who do you say that I am?...You are the Christ the Son of the Living God….And on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Not head knowledge which can not display Him, but a true heart reality of Him which bears fruit which displays Him for who He is. Lesson 2: If we have seen it displayed in Christ it should be displayed in us and if it isn’t in Christ it should not be in us. The house matches the foundation laid.

  1. The foundation of the house determines how the house will look and where God can move in and through us. Example: When true revelation of Jesus as healer is laid as our foundation we must be obedient to act out upon this truth. Our obedience to this revelation is what enables God to build upon our foundation. We see it modeled in Mat 7:24-27, “Therefore, who ever hears these sayings of mine and does them will be likened to a wise man who built His house upon the Rock; and the rain descended and the floods came and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it did not fall for it was founded on the rock.” Lesson 3: Our obedience enables the house to be built on the revelation of Christ.

  1. As the house is built it also determines where God can operate in us and through us. If we don’t have foundation laid or have a wrong foundation laid Jesus is unable to go there in and through our lives. If we believe that Jesus doesn’t heal then that is the foundation which is laid, and that is how God will operate in and through our house. But if we receive the revelation that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever, and we see that yesterday He healed, while He walked the earth, therefore, today He heals, as He walks the earth in us, then the house can be built on the foundation of Jesus Christ, the Chief Cornerstone, and God can work in and through us in that way. Remember that just having a so called foundation without the fruit (structure) of it is a deception. The tree is known by its fruit. People see only the structure (fruit) not the foundation.  Lesson 4: It is the structure in which shows what kind of God dwells in us and works through us.

So how many rooms does the God in you have to operate in? Is there unbelief which hinders God, or is there a foundation being laid of the true revelation of Jesus? Let Him build upon this foundation and operate fully in your life. I will let you ponder this Scripture in closing, 1 Cor 3:10-17, “…I have laid the foundation and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it… Now if anyone builds upon this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each ones work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test each ones work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on remains, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” This is a strong warning from Paul about the house that we build for God in this life. We are held accountable to it. The standard of testing is the Word of fire Himself, Jesus Christ. The question will be, “Was Jesus fully manifested in our lives or was He hindered because of our unbelief?” It is up to us. Will we come out with a reward because we were obedient to our commission as the house of God to display Jesus Christ or will we just get by being saved and only allow God to stand at the doorway for our entire lives? It is not a fearful thing but a call of hope that we can serve God in the fullest way possible. God is our enabler and it is by grace that we can do it. He wouldn’t have called us to something that was impossible to do.

            I pray that each one of us will build with the pure gold Himself, Jesus Christ. It is His life we have been given, let us be faithful to walk in His life to its fullest extent, in Jesus’ name, Amen.