Job 18:21 Not Knowing God

Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him who does not know God. Job 18:21

Every person on the earth has a physical place or location in which they dwell. Some are very simple and may be outdoors, while others are large and fancy homes or buildings. There is also another dwelling in which people may be in which it is not physical, but is of the spiritual realm. This realm has an effect upon their mind, spirit and emotional being. It is what brings about joy and fear, peace and disturbance.

Bildad describes how the wicked are punished and go through difficulties for their sins. He says that these places are the places in which the wicked or those who do not know God dwell.

Looking on the surface of most people, they appear to be doing fair. They are content on the surface with their lifestyle and living and doing as they want. Yet, underneath the surface many are living in fear, depression, pain, suffering, alone and much more. Rejecting God, they are willing to do whatever it takes to bring temporary satisfaction and joy, only to bring on more problems in life.

While the majority of the world do not really know about God, there are many who have been told about God, who still reject Him. They have turned away from God, not really knowing His great love that He has for them.

Anyone who does not know God will never know true peace in the heart, joy despite problems in life, forgiveness when having done something wrong, or the hope of something beyond this life.

Believers have all these things and much more, because they know God and have a relationship with Him. Everyone needs to make God their dwelling place.

You must ask yourself where your relationship with God is. It is one thing to know about God, but do you know God and His character?

Do not ignore God’s commands or the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life. Living for self and the world will only bring temporary satisfaction and then loss of everything in the end. Not knowing Him will bring on a judgement that you do not want.

God will provide all that you need and more when you put your focus upon Him and dwell with Him. Knowing God will give you true life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s character and love for you; that you will dwell in God’s plans for your life; that you will know the joy of living for God; and that you will know the peace in dwelling in God’s presence.

1 Chronicles 22:1 A Place For God To Stay

Then David said, “The house of the Lord God is to be here, and also the altar of burnt offering for Israel.” 1 Chronicles 22:1

Having a place to stay is important for every person. Most people have to search for a good place to live and then rent it. Some will get the opportunity to purchase the place, while a few will have the opportunity to build a new place.

To build a new place takes a lot of planning and decision making. One has to decide where to build it and how to have it built.

David wanted to have a temple built for God to dwell in and have the burnt offerings offered in. He chose the house of God to be built.

The world is always seeking a place to live, but very rarely is seeking a place for other people to live, unless it is for a profit. The dwelling places of people are always temporary and come with a lot of challenges.

One thing the world does not seek is where God can dwell and a place where offerings can be offered up to Him.

While it is important for believers to have a place to physically live, it is more important to make a place for God to live. Every believer is to be the temple of God and a living sacrifice. Their lives are to be a place where God can live and they offer their whole lives up to be a sacrifice unto God for what Jesus has done for them.

Jesus provided forgiveness and cleansing from sin for every believer, giving them the opportunity to be the temple of God. Now the believer can live the holy life Jesus provided and make his life a place for God to dwell in for the whole world to see.

Although you may go to some church, the place where God really dwells is inside you, if you are a believer in Jesus. Live your life for God in such a way that God is pleased to make your heart a place to dwell. Offer your whole life up to God as a living and pleasing sacrifice to God.

Do not allow your life to be filled with the world and sin that will evict God from your life. Be the purified and holy temple of God that Jesus died on the cross for you to be.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be the holy temple of God to dwell in; that you will live a holy life that Jesus has provided for you; that your life will be a sacrifice of love to God; and that the world will see that God dwells in you.

Numbers 35:34 Don’t Defile The Land

Do not defile the land where you live and where I dwell, for I, the Lord, dwell among the Israelites. Numbers 35:34

Environmentalists are very quick to desire to protect the land from any physical pollution or destruction. Some will go to extreme lengths to protect the land. Due to their work, some areas have been cleaned up and protected very well.

The focus of these environmentalists is that the land is where people and live and it needs to be kept in good health to provide for and protect the people and animals.

God told the people to not defile the land, specifically with bloodshed of murder, because He dwells there.

While taking care of the physical land is helpful, it is only a temporary help. The entire earth will be burned up and destroyed some day after Jesus returns.

There is another ‘land’ that is even more important to not defile and that is the body and soul of a person. Once a person chooses to repent of his sins, believe in Jesus and is saved, God now dwells in him. He has now become a land where God lives.

God, holy, pure and perfect, cannot dwell in a place that is defiled and dirty with sin. Too often many believers allow the sinful things of the world to defile their lives. Sin is allowed into their hearts and minds through many different methods, bringing filth into God’s dwelling place.

In the passage here, the defilement is about murder. Many believers allow murder in their hearts by hating and cursing others.

Believers are to flee all sin and all appearances of sin. They are to seek to live pure and holy, righteous lives before God and man because they are now the temple of God–the land where God dwells in.

As a believer, you are now the dwelling place of God. You have choices each day as to what you will allow into your life.

Do not allow yourself to be polluted by the sinful ways of this fallen world, since Jesus has removed all the filth of sin in your life. Do not go back into sin and defile God’s dwelling place. The temporary pleasures of sin will only bring about death.

Live the abundant life Jesus has purchased for you by His shedding of His blood upon the cross by living pure and holy before God and man.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow Jesus to purify you from all sin in your life; that God will strengthen you to flee all sin and anything that defiles your life; and that God will be pleased to live in you.

Ezekiel 10:18 God’s Glory Departs

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Then the glory of the Lord departed from over the threshold of the temple and stopped above the cherubim. Ezekiel 10:18 

Over the years there have been companies or people who have been lifted up as great. They were seen as person or company that did great things for the people and had very high standards, only to be found out to have been corrupt in some area.

Once the corruption was discovered, often the company or person crumbled in their glory and honor. People struggled to look at them as the same, because of the black spot in their history.

Inside the inner room of the temple sat the Holy of Holies. It was the place that God’s Spirit would dwell and His glory would rest upon this earth. The Israelites had chosen to worship other gods and reject God. As a result God’s Spirit chose to move away from the temple. Ezekiel gets a vision of God’s glory departing the temple, God’s dwelling place.

There is no longer the physical temple, nor the Holy of Holies for a single place for God to dwell in. God now dwells within the heart of the believer. The believer’s heart is now the temple of God.

When the believer is repentant and striving after following Jesus with all of his heart, God is willing to dwell there and make it His Holy Temple dwelling place. The believing heart of the believer is now the temple of God.

However, there are often believers who have openly refused to obey God’s commands and purposefully live in a sinful way. They choose to do things that are expressly forbidden by God in the bible.

When they live like this, God can no longer dwell in that temple. He must depart because of unrepentant sin. His glory will leave, just as it left the physical temple.

God wants to make your heart His dwelling place, the new temple. In order to dwell there it must be made pure and holy. This is done only by believing in Jesus and repenting of all sin. It is turning away from sin and refusing to purposefully walk in sin in disobedience to God’s word.

If you choose to live as the world does and not repent and not become a new creation, God can no longer dwell within your heart. He must leave, because He cannot be around sin.

It is your choice as to whether God dwells within you or not. What are you allowing in your life?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent before God of all sin; that you will accept God’s strength to turn away from sin; and that your heart will be the holy temple that God can dwell in. 

Psalm 84:1 A Wonderful Place To Be

Log cabin

How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! Psalm 84:1 

Traveling around the world there are lots of beautiful places to go and see. Each person finds different places as the best place for different reasons. Some love to be in the mountains, others deep in a forest, or on a beach, while others love being on a lake or river.

Those are people who love the outdoors. Yet, others love being inside. Some love museums, cities, in the home, or some other place.

Nothing is wrong with any of these places. Each one can hold its own beauty in its own way for whoever likes them. However, all of these places are temporary and the ones in nature point to God. The man-made ones often point to man, while some may strive to point to God.

The writer starts out this psalm stating how lovely the dwelling place of God is. He finds the best place to be is in God’s dwelling place, where God is.

While it is true that God is everywhere, man is not always in His presence spiritually even though man is in His presence physically. People have to choose to see and hear God. They have to choose to be in His presence where He is at.

Until a person is a believer in Jesus, he cannot see or know God and His presence. God is calling him to follow Jesus, but man does not always listen. Once he does, however, he can always be in God’s presence.

There is no better place than to be where God is. In His place there is peace, love, forgiveness, joy, protection, mercy, grace, direction, and more. This covers absolutely everything that a person may ever need and more. Without forgiveness, without love no one has anything of any lasting value.

As you go through your days on this earth, each day you can be in God’s presence. You can know His presence in your life each day.

Open your heart up to seeing God with your spiritual eyes and knowing His presence. Know that as you put your trust in Him and follow Jesus, God is right there and you are right there with Him. You will be in His dwelling place doing what He wants.

When you are in God’s dwelling place, you will know the peace and love that God has for you in a way that will overwhelm you.

Where are you today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God with your life; that you will dwell in God’s dwelling place; and that you will live for God each day.