When I lived in Seattle, WA many years ago, I was a youth pastor at a Lutheran Church in that area. We had a saying in our youth ministry as a point of accountability. When we heard people speaking things that were not nice or not true, we would say, “What time is it?” And everyone would reply, “It’s 4:29!” 429 time is a reference to Ephesians 4:29 that says, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” It was a great way to curb the negative voices in our youth ministry.
Now that I am much older, the Lord has matured the word edification in my life, for the people I am around do not need me to ask them what time is it. However, the word edification has not lost its power in my life, it has actually gained power, for the source of destructive voices then is the same source of those voices now, SATAN. I have been hearing of many attacks our enemy has launched against people. The voices of the enemy may come in a low hum or a loud roar, but it does the same damage, it eats away at us and like trying to swat a swarm of flies, it is exhausting trying to swat away the attack of the enemy.
This morning in prayer the Lord spoke to me and said, put a dome over this home. I immediately saw a dome being placed over our home, it was an oikodome, which is a Greek word for edification as found in Ephesians 4:29. The dome over our home is likened to a hyperbaric chamber, so the air we breath in here is the breath of God; it shields us from the atmospheric attacks of the enemy; it pumps in medicine from heaven for healing; and gives much needed rest to those in the oikodome, the house of edification. I put this dome over our house this morning in prayer and thought you might want to do the same over your house. The attacks of the enemy are relentless, the oikodome, over our house and your house will protect us from them. Yes, we are living in a bubble and it is so peaceful! Don’t jealous us, join us.