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.

2 Kings 16:4 What Is Being Promoted?

He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the high places, on the hilltops and under every spreading tree. 2 Kings 16:4

Regardless of where a person lives or goes there is always something being promoted or advertised as something needed. Businesses and people are selling things all the time as the latest and greatest item that is needed by every person.

Not only are physical things being pushed, but there are also activities, ideas, and philosophies being promoted. Overall, the things being promoted are the same regardless of where one is at in the world.

When Ahaz had become king, he offered sacrifices and burned incense everywhere possible to false gods.

in some nations there are very few people who will worship an actual idol as though it is god, many will sell their lives out to some physical item or philosophy in life. Promotion for all of these items is very high.

Ads abound everywhere that promote sin and sinful practices as good and needed. People in prominent positions are leading others in doing sinful acts. The world rejects God and following God in order to pursue their own personal pleasures and to push others into those sins.

Believers are to reject the ways of the world and leave the life of sin. Instead of participating in sin and promoting sin, believers are to promote the good news of Jesus. The world needs to hear the news that they are dying and need a Savior, who is Jesus.

In the same way that the world is promoting sin in every high place, hilltop and under every spreading tree, believers need to tell others about Jesus and God’s required holiness. Life is to be promoted, not the sinful ways of death that the world is following and promoting.

Although you may not be a king and lead thousands of people, there are people who are watching you and following your examples of what you do or do not do.

Every action you do or don’t do is promoting something. Either it is promoting the sinful ways of the world, or it is promoting Jesus and the standards of God.

As a believer, your every action should be promoting God and His standards. Regardless of where you are, you have the ability to be a shining light of God for the world to see. It can encourage other believers and point the world to Jesus.

What are you promoting today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will follow the ways of God in all of your thoughts and actions; that you will show the world Jesus in all that you say and do; and that you will turn from the sinful ways the world is promoting.

1 Kings 16:26 Making God Angry

He followed completely the ways of Jeroboam son of Nebat, committing the same sin Jeroboam had caused Israel to commit, so that they aroused the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, by their worthless idols. 1 Kings 16:26 ,

Going against someone and dishonoring that person can make him very angry. No one likes to be dishonored, yet many people will dishonor others in order to do their own thing. Many will go against the rules of their leaders to push the limits of what they are allowed to do and to be their own person, not limited by rules and regulations.

When Omri became king of Israel, he led the people in the same sins as Jeroboam and aroused God’s anger against Israel because of their worthless idols.

Many people go to church claiming to believe in Jesus and that they are following Him, yet they also have many idols in their lives. Most do not bow down to physical idols as the Israelites did under Omri, but they put things before God.

Instead of bowing down to a false idol, people will put all of their time, attention and money towards things of this world. Not all these things are bad, but often they turn the attention and focus away from God. An underlying belief that those things will make them happy and provide all that they need, rather than trusting in God for everything.

As people in the church do these things, it raises God’s anger against them. God provided forgiveness and salvation at the expense of His Son, only to have Him rejected to follow false gods and idols.

Believers are to find their joy in the Lord and to trust Him for all of their needs. God is willing to forgive, but the believer must turn from all idols and serve God alone.

As a believer you must ask yourself if you are doing anything that will bring God’s anger upon you. Do not allow yourself to trust in the false idols of this world that will only offer temporary pleasure and then death.

Make serving God the entire focus of your life and get rid of any idols in your life. Find the joy in serving and worshipping God for all that He has done for you and is continuing to do for you each day. God can and will give you more than any idol can offer.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will serve God with all of your life; that God will give you strength to flee worthless idols around you; that you will find all of your joy and provision in God alone; and that you will doing nothing to make God angry at you.