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

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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.