“LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION” Why Location Matters in Real Estate.
It is the real estate agents’ mantra: Location, location, location. You’ve certainly heard the phrase enough and may wonder what inspires agents to say the word three times. In a nutshell, the phrase means that “identical homes can increase or decrease in value due to the LOCATION of the property. It is repeated three times for emphasis, and the number one RULE in real estate, though it is often the most overlooked.” [See footnote [i] ].
GOD’S HOUSE is being built and we have a choice to make on whether we want that HOUSE to be established here or somewhere else. What are the VALUES?
God isn’t obligated to live in what He hasn’t built.
And, we can GUARANTEE God will move in following His plans…We can GUARANTEE His presence in our house if we follow His blueprints.
HOUSE RULES –
This HOUSE must be established and built with the concept of AUTHORITY:
#1. AUTHORITY is God’s Word.
#2. AUTHORITY is our conscience.
#3. AN AUTHORITY figure is delegated authority.
Until we understand AUTHORITY and respond correctly to AUTHORITY this HOUSE is vacant.
HOUSE MANNERS –
We’re not going to see God move into this HOUSE until we begin to operate completely with House Manners.
These MANNERS are the direct opposite of how we have been taught by our culture.
We must LEARN to regard one another in the house after the Spirit rather than after the flesh. What if your future is wrapped up in someone you DON’T like?
We are to RESPECT one another.
That means we treat each other better than the world says we should. We settle issues face to face–we don’t sweep them under the rug by avoiding one another.
THE BIBLE gives very clear instructions on how we deal with our brothers and sisters in Christ: Heb. 10:25; 1 John 4:7; Prov. 17:17; Heb. 13:1; Phil. 1:3 to name just a few.
We RESTORE each other or handle each other with GRACE (‘favor’), knowing that the day will surely come when we too will need Grace extended.
MODEL HOUSE –
We must recognize that we NEED more room, that the present structure will NOT handle a habitation.
HABITATION requires a firm foundation. There will be no expansion if the house is weak in the WORD, weak in WORSHIP, etc.
A MODEL HOME is furnished and REQUIRES…
- A bed – place of rest.
- A table – place of communion.
- A lamp – illuminate of the WORD.
HIS HOUSE MUST COME FIRST!!
PARADE OF HOMES –
The parade of HOMES must stop. We must find our assigned house.
There will be times we don’t like the smell of one particularHouse, but we must understand that we are the safest in our assigned house.
Others may laugh at our house, but if we are in our assigned house, we’re connected with FAVOR!
We must BUILD THIS HOUSE and bring attention to and keep our focus on His name!
The Housing Market “Crash” –
Before 2009, most of us didn’t recognize there had already been a CRISIS in the Housing Market for the last two decades. We had been asleep for most of it because for the most part…it didn’t affect us… personally. I think we’re just now waking up to the fact that something went wrong,
To EXPLAIN, I need to take you to a ‘REAL ESTATE REPORT’ that I found in the Old Testament. This REPORT demands that we must live our lives differently to get different RESULTS.
This REPORT demands a response!
TEXT: Haggai 1:2-11 (NIV)
 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come for the LORD’s house to be built.'”  The the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai:  “It is a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains in ruin?”  Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.  You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat but never have your fill. You put on clothes but are not warm, You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”  This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.  Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD.  “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the LORD Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house.  Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops.  I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the oil and whatever the ground produces, on men and cattle, and on the labor of your hands.”
HAGGAI begins his message by quoting a popular expression of the people, “It’s not the time to build the Temple.”
Though surrounded by the hostile opposition of their neighbors and the lack of financial prosperity, they keep DOING what they’ve always done.
They are so SELFISHLY INDIFFERENT to the LORD that they keep devoting ALL their time, energy and attention to keeping up with the Jones and in so doing…they SURVIVE paycheck to paycheck, become CONTENT in famine, and bed down with drought in the land, never stopping once to consider why they’re in the condition they’re in.
And the Real Estate Market collapses!
HAGGAI painted a vivid picture of their ECONOMIC and SOCIAL distress with the results and repercussions of the FACT that they had left GOD out!
When we leave God out of our own lives, He may still BLESS us with the ‘STUFF’, but we won’t be able to fully enjoy it.
- You’ll have a DEGREE, but still can’t find a job.
- You’ll get a RAISE at work, but still, find yourself broke.
- You’ll buy a HOUSE but can’t afford to eat.
- You’ll get your CHILD, but that child will wear you out.
Over the years of my life, I’ve found TWO things that are directly proportional to my PRIORITY LIST on giving to the House of God: HARVEST and LEVEL OF SATISFACTION–the ability to find a stress free life rather than a turmoil-filled life which I’ve found directly related to the place of priority of the things of God has placed in my life.
“Is it then the right time for you to live in luxurious homes when the Temple lies in ruin?” (verse 4).
HAGGAI points to the REAL ESTATE bust and it devastated the people.
God quits working with and FOR the people and begins to work AGAINST the people.
Maybe you’re thinking it’s BAD LUCK or a downturn…so you’ve been calling on, PRAYING to God.
Well, PRAY all you want! Cry all you want! Claim promises all you want, but until you adjust and correct your PRIORITIES…God is working against you!!
But “if God is for us who can be against us?” BUT if God is AGAINST us who can be for us?
I keep hearing the news that the housing market reports that the people are saying, “The time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the LORD.”
We have bought into A LIE.
We have just accepted the idea that we can’t rebuild the HOUSE of the LORD in this generation. Everyone is too busy, too lazy, too apathetic, it has to be convenient, it can’t be more than 50 minutes, don’t take nights, you can’t have revival in this generation, you can’t find committed people in this day and age, you can’t expect loyalty from this generation,,,AND, I DECLARE THE DEVIL IS A LIAR!
HAGGAI 1:12-14 –
GOD is calling to the Zerubbabel [s] and the Joshua [s] in our churches.
THE CALL IS NOW for God-fearing people to get up, wipe the sleep from your eyes, and shake off the APATHY.
Make Him more important than your job, your house, your vacation, your social status, your comfort, your clothes, and your love life.
ELEVATE HIM AGAIN!
THE CALL GOES OUT for us to find those who are TIRED of living in famine. Find those who are TIRED of the RAT RACE and the lack of an encounter with the living GOD. Let’s join forces as God’s people and BUILD HIS HOUSE!
Because He is God.
But also because as we do so, He comes back within our midst and DECLARES HIS PROMISES!!
[CONTINUED IN PART TWO: Sizing Up the Real Estate Market]
CREDITS & FOOTNOTES =
Footnote [i] : Home Buying – What Location, Location, Location Mean In Real Estate? by Elizabeth Weintraub – Updated January 28, 2017.
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Bible Translations: New International Version (NIV); Amplified Bible (AMP).