“The wise woman builds her house,
But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.”
~Proverbs 14:1 (NASB)
Our Physical House - “Don't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, ” ~1Cor. 6:19 (NLT)
Are we using wisdom in how we nourish, rest, and exercise our physical house? Is it strong and thriving or falling apart? How about how we adorn it? Is it glowing with Glory, or glitter? How and where are we investing our physical and emotional energy, which directly impacts our physical house?? Are we wisely appropriating our time, energy, food choices, outer adornment, and emotional resources; or, are we tearing our physical house down through poor choices in these areas?
Our Natural House - “Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.” ~Prov. 31:31 (NLT)
Can our natural deeds toward our home, husband, children, finances, business, ministry, and others bring us praise? Or do they bring us reproach? Is what our house is built upon reflecting peace, character, generosity, beauty, Love, and Faith? Or does it reflect, confusion, chaos, laziness, division, strife, and Self? Are we using wisdom to create a strong foundation for a praiseworthy natural environment; or, do we tear down our environment everywhere we go? Are we welcome in business, financial, and ministry endeavors...known to be an agent for growth and vision? Or does our participation incite division, poor strategies, and lack of vision and progress? Are we running our husband and children in the ground, or are we building them up so that their living return to praise us? Are we squandering our finances; or, are we carefully spending and/or investing our seed in good soil for a fruitful return?
Our Spiritual House - “For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy—a place where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.” ~2 Chron. 7:16 (NLT) *This is my favorite version of one of my favorite verses in the entire Bible!!!*
Our spiritual house has been chosen as the place where God has, in latter days, chosen to take up residence, place His name, and usher His will into the world! Do we daily, moment by moment take heed how we build our spiritual house? What foundation have we used, or have we built our own? Have we adopted a foundation other than the one that was already built? (See: 1Cor. 3:11) Are we building with precious stones and materials, or materials which can not stand in the day of judgment (See 1Cor. 3:12-15); or, even in earthly circumstantial testing? Are we using wisdom to build our spiritual house day by day, bringing forth more and more Glory to God; or, are we tearing down our spiritual house day by day by shaming the Name and Character of Jesus Christ who purchased us with a great price? Do the fruit of The Spirit flow through us in abundance? Or are the works of the flesh the fruit of our our daily living? Are we living in our own strength, power, and righteousness; or, is the brokenness and cross of Christ the source of our strength? How are we, spiritually speaking, representing the place where God has chosen to place His Name to be HONORED FOREVER???
The Bible says, “But wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it.” ~Luke 7:35, and, “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” ~Luke 8:16-17
Let us be intentional about how we build the houses God has blessed us with and given us charge over. It is impossible to say that we build with wisdom, when evidence speaks to the opposite. If our houses are strong and resilient, fruitful and faithful, a sweet aroma and beautiful character, especially when tested and opposed, then wisdom is shown to be at work! Let us build as Wise Women!