2 Chronicles 33:7 What Image Is In God’s Temple?

He took the image he had made and put it in God’s temple, of which God had said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever.” 2 Chronicles 33:7

Images have a lot of meaning. They give people a physical vision of what something is or what that something is all about. This can be used on things or even on people to cast that vision. It can also show the truth of something or cover up the truth.

Manasseh had made an image and placed it in the temple of God that was supposed to have only God’s name upon it.

The world is often focused upon self-image. People are absorbed with having the right clothing, makeup, hairstyle, tattoos, jewelry and much more. Billions of dollars are spent every year in every nation to bring about a certain image, often covering up what is not desired or does not look just right.

Believers, as the temple of God, are also to have an image on them. Many follow the ways of the world and put on the physical images of the world. The false gods of this world are taken up and placed in the temple of God.

Rather than allowing the images of the false gods of this world in their hearts and minds, believers should have the image of God stamped upon their lives. As the temple of God, every believer has the image of God upon them and in them.

Everything about the believer, both inside and outside, physically and spiritually, should reflect who God is. All sin should be repented of and cast out. The holiness and righteousness of God should be worn on the inside and the outside.

You are the temple of God, if you consider yourself a believer in God. As the temple of God, you are to bear His image for all the world to see.

Do not allow His temple to be defiled with the sinful things, thoughts and actions of this world. Jesus took away your sin and is making you to be holy and righteous. Do not allow sin to be placed in your life to defile His holy temple. Repent and cast out the false images and gods in your life and show the world who God really is.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal false images in your life; that God will give you strength to cast out false images in His temple; and that you will be the holy temple of God that Christ has called you to be.

2 Chronicles 13:10 Who Is Your God?

As for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken him. The priests who serve the Lord are sons of Aaron, and the Levites assist them. 2 Chronicles 13:10

Throughout the world there are many different religions that worship many different gods. Some of these are completely unseen gods, while others are made into forms of statues. In some nations people are required to worship a certain god, while in most nations people are allowed to choose which god they want to have.

Abijah told Jeroboam that he and his people have God as their God and that they have not forsaken Him, and that the sons of Aaron and the Levites assist them in serve God.

Following the gods of the world is following a dead lead. There is no life in those gods, and they cannot do anything for anyone. Anyone relying upon those gods will be disappointed and will lose in the end.

While the world believes in many gods, believers are to believe in and serve only God, the creator of the heavens and the earth, the giver of all life. However, just believing in God does not provide what one needs in this life. Many have chosen to forsake God and not fully obey His commands. They dabble in the ways of the world and follow false gods when it is convenient and goes their way.

Those who truly believe in God will serve and obey Him in every area of their lives. They will not choose to forsake Him when things are tough, or under peer-pressure, or when presented a false god. Believing in God this way will give one assurance and strength in times of trouble, because He is alive and is a helper.

You will be tempted by the world to follow false gods, or to put things or people above God. The world will strive to get you to believe in other gods or things to take the place of God.

Focus your heart and life upon God and His word. Obey His commands and serve Him. Do not allow yourself to forsake Him and walk away from Him and disobey His commands. God will never leave you, nor forsake you. He is the only one true God that is alive, unlike the false gods of this world.

Make God the God of your whole life, not just on Sundays or when things are rough.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will serve God alone; that you will never forsake God and His commands; that you will obey all of God’s commands; and that you will tell the world about God.

2 Chronicles 2:5 Will You Be A Great Temple For God?

The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods. 2 Chronicles 2:5

All over the world there are temples that have been built that are magnificent in structure. They are built to worship God and many other false gods. Along with those types of temples, people and things have been built up and worshipped as a god.

Each and every one of these temples are all temporary and completely man-made. They may last several thousand years, but eventually will fall apart and fade away into history and oblivion.

Solomon said that the temple he was going to make would be great because God is greater than all the other gods.

Although most believers gather together to worship God in a church or temple building, those places are not the true temple of God. They are just man-made places to gather together to worship God and be taught God’s word in a corporate setting. This is regardless of whether it is a house church or part of some organized church, it is all a gathering place.

Once Jesus left the earth believers became the temple of God, the place where God would dwell. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be with each and every believer. God now dwells inside the heart and life of a believer.

Jesus started the building of the believer upon the person choosing to repent of his sins and believe in Him.

Each and every believer should strive to live as Jesus did–holy and righteous–pure before God. Jesus made the believer pure so that he could then live a holy life.

It is now up to the believer to allow the Holy Spirit to change him into a new creation–a great and holy temple for God to dwell in.

You have been forgiven of your sins and made pure and holy before God. Each and every day you have to make a choice to continue to live for God in His way and by His commands.

Do not allow yourself to be contaminated with the sin of this world and be a temple to a false god. God desires to be with you all day and night every day. Keep yourself pure and holy for Him. Be the great and holy temple for God for Him to dwell in continually.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God’s Holy Spirit will dwell in you; that you will know the cleansing purification Jesus provides; that you will live the holy life God has called you to live; and that you will be a holy temple unto God for Him to dwell in.

1 Chronicles 14:12 Destroy Their gods

The Philistines had abandoned their gods there, and David gave orders to burn them in the fire. 1 Chronicles 14:12

People will often decide that they do not want some things and choose to abandon those things. This occurs often when a person moves to a new home. Odds and end things are left behind in the house or on the property that are no longer desired. The new people moving into the place will sometimes pick up those items and use them for their own personal use whether they really need it or not.

David had defeated the Philistines in a battle at Baal Perazim. David had all the false gods that the Philistines had abandoned there destroyed in a fire.

In every society around the world there are many different types of false gods that the world worships as great and almighty. Some will directly believe that these things are gods, while the majority just place them in a position of God. Priority will be placed on those things over anything of God.

Occasionally the world will choose to get abandon those false gods for a different false god. This will occur with being physically left behind or by selling them.

Many believers will pick up these false gods and make them their own. Two common false gods that the world worships are movies and books. These things do not honor or serve God and will usually promote sinful activities. On the surface those false gods look and appear good, but underneath bring about death.

Instead of picking these things up and bringing them into their homes, believers should destroy them by fire. Believers are to flee all sin and all appearances of sin, rather than taking on those sins for their own. Destruction of the false gods prevents any worship of them.

Take time to take a look through your home and see if there are any things of the world that are false gods in it. These are things that take your time and focus away from God. Or anything that you will give all of your strength to do or keep.

Instead of keeping those things, burn them. Get rid of the false gods and turn to the one true God of heaven and earth. The false things of this world will only bring about death in the end. God will give you an abundant and true life that will last for eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will open your eyes to the false gods in your life; that God will give you the strength to destroy the false gods in your life; and that you will serve and worship God alone.

2 Kings 17:7 Results Of Sin

All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them up out of Egypt from under the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. They worshiped other gods 2 Kings 17:7

There is an old saying that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Everyday people do many different things, both good and bad. Due to whatever action that one does, there is another reaction to it, sometimes good, sometimes negative. Often people do not expect anything negative to come from their actions, so they do the actions anyways.

God had destroyed Judah and sent them into exile because they had sinned against Him and worshiped other gods.

As finite human beings living in the here and now, many people do not think about the end results of their actions. The only thing on their minds is immediate pleasure.

Many nations around the world have some history of being predominantly Christian at some point in their history. Even though they had been delivered from the bondage and slavery of sin, the people of those nations have chosen to reject God and worship false gods.

Although some of these nations worship physical false gods, all work on worshiping self, self-pleasure and things. As a result, God has brought about disaster on nations and people.

Some believers have chosen to walk away from God partially or fully to live in sin and follow false gods in their lives. God works to draw them back but will allow them to suffer for their choices. Full joy, satisfaction, purpose, peace and love will elude them in worshiping the false gods. Ultimately death, eternal death awaits them.

God brings on disaster in the hopes of drawing people back to Him. As long as there is breath, there is a chance to repent and turn to Him.

You may or may not be drifting away from God following false gods in your life. If you are following any false god in your life, repent and turn back to God. He is waiting, ready and willing to forgive you of any sins you have committed against Him in following false gods and take you back as His child.

Make God the one and only God in your life. Leave the life of sin and do not go back to a life of sin and death.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal any false gods in your life; that God will give you strength to leave the false gods; that you will follow and worship God alone; and that you will never go back to your old life of sin.