2 Chronicles 5:14 Filled With God’s Glory

and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God. 2 Chronicles 5:14

In many locations around the world, it is very common, throughout the year, for a great fog to roll in during the morning time. The fog is often so thick that it makes it very difficult to do anything. Great care must be taken when a person leaves to drive somewhere because of the limited visibility. Sometimes it can completely stop people from doing what they wanted to do while it is so clouded with fog.

After Solomon dedicated the temple of God, the glory of God filled the temple so much that the priests were unable to perform their services.

Although church buildings exist all over the world, they are not the focus of where God dwells. Since Jesus arose from the dead, left the earth and sent the Holy Spirit, God now dwells in the lives of people, His believers and followers.

Most people go about their day to day living with very little to no thought of God. They are able to do whatever they desire with no apparent consequences. People ‘see’ the path of the world and follow it.

Believers have God’s Spirit dwelling in them. They are the newly dedicated temple of God. Their hearts, minds and souls are to be so filled with God, that they are unable to do the works or sin of the world. All that they can see is the glory of God and what He is doing or saying. They are shielding their eyes from the temptations to sin against God in seeking their own personal glory and honor in order to let God’s glory and honor shine in the world.

The moment you chose to repent and believe in the saving work of Jesus, you became the temple of God. He has chosen to dwell in you and put His Holy Spirit upon you and in you.

Allow yourself to be so filled with God that He is all that you see. It will strengthen you to take a stand against the temptations to sin. The world will be able to see that God’s glory is upon you and in you. This will make you a witness for the world to see, because you set apart for God’s glory and honor, not your own.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit; that God will shield you from the temptations of the world; that you will do the work of God; and that the world will see God’s glory in you.

1 Samuel 4:22 Has The Glory Departed?

She said, “The Glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.” 1 Samuel 4:22

Major sports teams have often done very well due to a specific player or coach on the team. For a time they do extremely well, until that one person leaves the team for some reason. Then suddenly all their glory appears to fall away. What was holding them together and giving them victory had left, leaving them nothing.

People can recognize when something has changed and the glory has left. It leaves them empty, confused and desiring the former glory.

The ark of the covenant had been captured by the Philistines. Eli, the high priest, and his two sons had died. His daughter-in-law gave birth and said that the Glory had departed from Israel, since the ark of God was captured.

During the Old Testament times, the ark of the covenant was the place where God dwelt and met with man. When it was captured or gone, it was a sign that God had departed.

Although the ark is no longer in existence, there is a new ark where God dwells. It is in the hearts of men and women who have repented of their sins and chosen to follow Him. As long as a person believes in, obeys and follows God, He will dwell in his heart.

Sadly, many believers have allowed their hearts to be captured by the world. Instead of following God with all of their heart, many choose to follow the ways of the world and allow sin in their heart and life.

God and sin cannot dwell in the same place. It is one or the other. If the believer does not repent and allow God to remove the sin, God will depart. He will lift His hand of favor off of the person to get his attention.

The moment you chose to believe in and follow Jesus, God set up His throne in your heart. His glory was upon you to bless you and keep you.

If you have chosen to sin against God and refuse to repent, His glory will depart. God does not want to leave but cannot stay where He is not welcome.

Strive to keep your heart right with God. Allow God to be Lord and Master over your heart.

Ask yourself if the Glory has departed your life?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will serve God with all of your heart; that you will make room for God in your heart and life all the time; and that God will give you strength to keep your heart from being captured by sin and the ways of this world.