It is time to drive the enemy out of our homes and the lives of our families. My wife and I recently purchased an 85 year old Victorian home in Stephenville, Texas. We call it Vanderbilt Place and run it as a guest house. On New Year’s Eve 2005, together with some friends, we prayed the blessing of the house. It made a huge difference not only in keeping the place busy, but also in the quality of tenants we attracted from that day on.
Later, after sharing this experience with a friend, a local businesswoman asked if we would pray with her for her business. Once we prayed, not only did productivity skyrocket, but the strong ungodly element dropped dramatically, beginning with the manager’s resignation several months later.
In this message, I didn’t want to get too ritualistic, thus possibly inviting some other religious demon. Consider this a model; feel free to customize it for your needs. So I’m keeping it simple and duplicable so others can bless YOUR home…people just like YOU! Don’t wait for Sunday to do something spiritual…we are the Church, NOT the buildings! Don’t wait for a minister either… you ARE one according to the Scriptures.
In America today, we tend to yell about social problems and throw money at our problems. We also point fingers a lot. What I am proposing is that, house by house, American Christians must take back what the enemy has stolen from us. Starting today! As they say, if you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.
Single parents, grandparents, college students alone in their dorm, apartment dwellers AND apartment managers or property owners: if you are a Christian, you have the authority to take dominion over your place of residence. Don’t delay. He gathers some friends and a bottle of virgin olive oil from the kitchen and begins praying and anointing as the Spirit guides him…first his place, then THEIRS! There is power in the deal, so regardless of what you call it, go for it! If you like, have Communion afterwards or sing some hymns. This is what we are doing. Do the same and be blessed!
1) TAKE AUTHORITY OVER THE SPIRITS THAT HAVE BEEN WELCOME THROUGHOUT THE HOME’S HISTORY – LEAVE THE DOORS OPEN FOR THEIR ESCAPE. The Bible declares: “Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee.” Here is a sentence you can start with:
In the Name of Jesus our Messiah, and by the power of His Blood and His Cross, and the Holy Ghost that raised Him from the dead and now dwells within us, we bind all spirits in the air, and the fire and the water, in the earth and underground and the lower world, and we bind any satanic forces of nature that have been assigned to this abode. You won’t steal from us anymore! In fact, you will pay us seven times, according to Eph 4,28. “When the thief is caught, he must pay seven times.” That includes seven times the time, energy, money, health, and anything else stolen from God’s children.
We break all generational and verbal curses, hexes or spells, or any witchcraft or occult activity that has been invited into this house, on purpose or by accident, throughout past generations.
We tie the interaction and play of demonic spirits within these walls. And we claim the protection of the shed Blood of Jesus Christ over this house and its grounds, and over anyone who spends a moment on this property. May they receive God’s blessing!
We cry out to you, Holy Spirit. Come now and fill this place, never to leave! We ask this in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Here are some opening Scriptures you may choose to begin with:
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 1:7)
Jesus said, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in…” (Revelation 3:20)
2) PRAYER OF BLESSING DURING THE ANOINTING WITH OIL
Loving God, we thank you that through faith in your Son Jesus Christ, you make us all members of your eternal family. We give thanks for all the love you send to unite our earthly families, to heal us and to heal those who have gone before us. Fill this house with your divine presence, we pray. For your love to deepen the fellowship shared here. May your wisdom guide us, your confidence set us free, and your peace bless us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We dedicate this home to love and understanding. May their joys and sorrows be shared and the individuality of each person who lives and visits here be appreciated.
We dedicate this home to work, rest and play. May our home have joy and great fellowship, with kindness in its voices and laughter running within its walls.
We dedicate this house to friendly living. May your doors open in hospitality and your windows look kindly on other homes and those who pass through your doors.
We dedicate this house to cooperation. May his duties be performed with love, his furniture testify that the work of others ministers to our comfort, and his table remind us that God works with us to supply daily needs.
We dedicate this home to the appreciation of all things good and true. May books bring wisdom, images symbolize beautiful things, and music bring joy and inspiration.
We dedicate the time and talents of those who live here to help build a world where every family can have a home of comfort and companionship.
We dedicate this home as a unit in the universal Church, instrument of the Kingdom of God, place of worship and Christian formation and threshold of eternal life.
With our hearts turned to you, our thoughts rise in gratitude to God for this home and in prayer for God’s blessings upon it.
Below are some biblical passages and reflections on homes and God’s care:
1. The Bible teaches us that a home is much more than a physical building.
With wisdom a house is built,
and by the understanding it is established;
with knowledge the chambers are filled with all precious and pleasant goods.
2. We need God’s presence, power, and direction for our lives and homes to be fruitful.
Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
If the LORD does not guard the city,
the sentinel watches in vain.
3. The Bible indicates that it is important to dedicate our homes to God. Before going into battle, the men of the Bible were warned to dedicate their homes!
Then the bailiffs will speak to the people, saying: ‘What man is there that has built a new house and has not consecrated it? Let him return to his house, lest he die in battle and another dedicate it.
4. God told his people to write his word on the door frames of their houses.
Many Jews today place a portion of God’s Word on a parchment scroll in a container on the doorposts of their homes. They play the scroll every time they enter or leave to remind them that their homes belong to God and that what happens there must be directed by the Word of God.
And these words that I am commanding you today will be on your heart and you will diligently teach them to your children, and you will speak of them when you sit at home, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you get up. And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as fronts between your eyes.
And you will write them on the posts of your house and on your doors.
5. When a person dedicates his house to God, we trust that God responds to his commitment. When Solomon dedicated the temple, God responded by speaking to him.
2 Chronicles 7:15
Now my eyes will be open [says the Lord] and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.
Because now I have chosen and consecrated this house so that my name will be there forever; my eyes and my heart will be there forever.
6. When the people of the early Christian movement came together to teach and preach about Jesus, and to pray in the power of the Spirit, they often met in homes. Even today, there is a growing movement throughout the Western world, something our third world brethren have been doing for decades: meeting in homes or anywhere the Spirit leads.
And every day in the temple and at home they did not stop teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
[Paul] he remained two full years in his own rented dwelling, and received all who came to him, preaching the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ….
7. Jesus can use our homes to minister to us and with us if we welcome him.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
8. In his teachings, Jesus presented home life as a model of what it means to live a life in the presence and love of God.
Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many mansions;
If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you with me, so that where I am, you may be also.
9. The psalmist viewed God’s care in a similar way.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, he who dwells in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the LORD: My refuge and my fortress; My God, in whom I trust.
10. How will we use the houses that God has lent us? Dedicating our homes to God is not a one-time act. It is an ongoing ministry!
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for this is why some unknowingly entertained angels.
11. We are accountable to God for the use of our homes and our hospitality. God honors those who consecrate the use of their homes to bless others in need.
“When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.
All nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats… Then the King will say to those on his right: Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; because I was… a stranger and you welcomed me…’
Then the righteous will answer him: ‘Lord, when did we see you… a stranger and receive you…? And the King will answer them: Truly I say to you that as soon as you did it to one of these my least brothers, you did it to me.
Closing Blessing Prayer:
Almighty God, we thank you for the desires of our hearts for this home and all who come through its doors, that all we have and do here be in accordance with your divine plans, that this home and its residents may be true and completely dedicated. to you, and to the service of your kingdom.
We ask you to strengthen them in this commitment. We pray to you, O God, for this house, its occupants and possessions, that you may bless and sanctify them, enriching them with your goodness in every possible way. For pour out on them, O Lord, the heavenly dew in good measure, as well as the abundance of earthly necessities.
Mercifully hear their prayers and grant that their needs are met.
As we come before you, Father, bless this home and every aspect of it,
cleaning up any misdeeds of the past, and leaving it pure, fresh and holy.
Bless this house, just as you blessed the houses of Abraham and Sarah, of Isaac and
Rebekah, from Jacob and Rachel.
Within these walls, let your angels preside over and watch over those who live and
spend time here, through Jesus Christ our Lord.