1 Chronicles 13:10 Respecting God’s Place

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The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God. 1 Chronicles 13:10 

Respect for people or things is something that is not very common to see. People often take others lightly and treat them just like a buddy, who they can take or leave. Some will joke around all the time, even in times to be serious.

Things and places are often just looked at as just another place, like their own home. Trash is allowed to build up, things are allowed to break down and be left, or things are damaged. This especially happens when it does not belong to the person directly. He does not care about it or have respect for the item or person.

As David was bringing the ark of the covenant back to Jerusalem, the cart started to tip, bringing the ark with it. Uzzah quickly reached out a hand to steady it. Immediately God killed him on the spot for his disrespect for the ark.

The ark was the holy place of God’s dwelling among the Jews. It was not to be touched by human hands at all. Human hands were full of sin and would defile it. Yet, Uzzah touched it.

God has made the heart of man His new dwelling place. It is a place that by the blood of Jesus He has made most holy. It has been cleansed of all sin.

People allow the heart to be touched by unclean hands and become defiled. They begin to look at things they shouldn’t, speak things that shouldn’t be said, say things that shouldn’t be said, and turn to sin. All sin must be put to death.

When a temptation to sin arises to steady the heart on a rocky, uneven ground, it must be put to death. The only one that should touch the heart is God.

Your heart belongs to God. It is where He lives, once you accept what Jesus did for you. It is now a holy dwelling place for God.

Do not allow anything to defile your heart. Bring into captivity every thought and action. Destroy anything that defiles your heart and leads you into sin.

Jesus died to cleanse your heart. Do not disrespect what He has done. He has cleansed you and made you holy unto Him for a dwelling place for eternity. Keep it holy and clean.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will keep your heart clean from all sin; that you will live for God everyday; and that you will know God’s presence in your life. 

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1 Samuel 24:6 Respecting All Leaders

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He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the LORD.” 1 Samuel 24:6 

Showing disrespect for someone else is a common sight to be seen or heard among most people. This will occur even more, when the person is not liked really well.

In the name of freedom of speech, people will say things that will disrespect a leader, regardless of who the leader is or what his position is. Although it happens in all areas of life, one of the more common areas that people show disrespect to is the government leaders. People are very quick to cut down and condemn a leader because of some stand he has. They will show no respect for the position.

David was being chased by King Saul, who had been anointed by God to be the leader of Israel. He was hated by Saul. At one point Saul was in a cave and David snuck in and cut a corner of his robe off. Immediately David felt remorse for what he had done. He realized that he had disrespected God’s anointed leader and was wrong.

Every leader on this earth is appointed by God. No one can become a leader without His hand in it. This includes those ‘bad’ leaders. Believers are to love every person just as God loves them. This also includes those ‘bad’ leaders. In showing love, they will not disrespect the person or his position.

A believer may not agree with the person, but still needs to love the person with God’s true love. God will not disrespect anyone, but shows a caring, loving heart towards all.

Talking bad about a person is showing disrespect, just as David cut off a portion of Saul’s robe showed disrespect.

Take a moment to think about how you treat others and those in leadership. What words are you speaking? Do those words build up or tear down a person? Are they condemning or building up?

Work to show God’s love to every person, regardless of their position or ideologies. You may not agree with a person, but you can still love and respect the person.

God put them in that position for a reason. Allow God to show His love and light into their lives, rather than just condemnation and disrespect.

I pray today that you will know God’s true love for all people; that God will show you where love is needed; that your love for God will strengthen you to not disrespect others; and that your love will be a witness of who God is. 

Leviticus 22:32-33 Don’t Profane God’s Holy Name

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Do not profane my holy name, for I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the LORD, who made you holy and who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God. I am the LORD. Leviticus 22:32-33

Comedians are known for making fun of things or other people. It is very common for different comedians to make fun of people of power or position. They treat the position of the person as irreverent and disrespect. As this occurs people lose respect for the person or the position being made fun of.

The world is very quick to tear someone down with disrespect. They demand respect for themselves, but are unwilling to give it to others.

One of the commands God had to give the Israelites was to not profane His holy name. They were to not make fun of, make light of, or disrespect God’s holy name.

All of these things can be done by how a person speaks and acts about the things of God. Although most believers would say they would never profane God’s Holy name, it is done in the church a lot. This can be seen when people refuse to show up on time to worship God with others, think about other things while in prayer for someone specific, not repenting of sins, giving only a portion of the tithe when stating it is all of the tithe, and many more ways.

Many believers also profane God’s holy name outside the church. This can be seen in the actions and words of believers while at work, in a public place, or at home. Any action that does not honor and mirror an action of God, is profane to God. It is disrespecting what God has done for the believer.

Just as God had brought the Israelites up out of Egypt, He has brought you up out of this world of sin. As a believer and follower of Jesus, you must also acknowledge God as holy. Take time to look at your own life and see how you are treating God’s name.

You are wearing God’s name as a believer. Does your actions, words and thoughts bring honor to God’s holy name?

Or are your actions, words and thoughts the same as the world’s and showing disrespect for God’s holy name?

God must be acknowledged as holy. Let the world know God is holy by being holy as He has made you holy.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will pattern your life as that of Jesus; that you will live holy as God has made you holy through Jesus; and that your actions, thoughts and words will honor God.