2 Chronicles 3:7 Covered With The Best

Gold covered wall

He overlaid the ceiling beams, doorframes, walls and doors of the temple with gold, and he carved cherubim on the walls. 2 Chronicles 3:7

When a person is building a house, he wants it to look nice. He will strive to build it with the best materials he can afford. Once the house is built and the walls are up, he will work to paint it with the right colors. Covering the bare walls with the best colors is his goal.

Each person has a different opinion as to what is the best colors to make the house, but the goal is the same. They want the house to stand out as great. They want it to be comfortable and pleasing to the eye.

As Solomon was having the temple of God built, he had everything overlaid with gold. Gold was to be seen everywhere on everything. During his time, gold was the most precious material available. He also spared no expense in how the temple was built. It was an extremely costly expense to overlay everything with gold, yet it was done to honor God with the temple.

God had moved His dwelling place from the physical temple to the hearts of men and women. He now dwells in the lives of people, rather than in a building.

Each person who believes in Jesus is now a temple unto God. They are a work in progress from the moment they chose to follow Jesus.

As a person, they are not very beautiful to look at. People are filled with sin and faults. In order to change, they must put on the holiness and righteousness of Jesus. This is the new gold for God’s new temple.

Putting on His righteousness is costly. It will cost the believer his desires and life. All now belong to God and are to be holy unto God.

You are a temple unto God, a place where God can dwell. The righteousness of Jesus cleanses you and makes you holy. It can bring honor to God in a dark and sinful world.

The process of putting on the gold righteousness will be costly to you. You will have to give up some old habits and thoughts. Yet, in the end it is a witness to the world of who you serve and where your heart is. The world will see what you value and where your focus is.

Are you covered in God’s gold today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as Savior; that you will be covered by Christ’s righteousness; that your life will be filled with God’s Spirit; and that the world will see Jesus in you. 

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Leviticus 13:52 Defiling, Destructive Mold

Moldy orange

He must burn the fabric, the woven or knitted material of wool or linen, or any leather article that has been spoiled; because the defiling mold is persistent, the article must be burned. Leviticus 13:52

For most things and most types of mold, mold is something that no one wants to have. Mold can get into many different things in different ways. Most often mold is destructive. Once it is in something, that item has to be destroyed.

Some molds, such as the black mold, is not only destructive of what it is on, but also contaminates the air, causing serious sickness. Mold is alive, once it is in or on something it does not stop reproducing and spreading, destroying.

Cleanliness has to be maintained strictly in order to keep mold from infesting some item. Old food must be tossed out, places in a house/building must be cleaned regularly, and spilled water must be dried up. There is an active work to be done to keep mold from occurring and even more work to be done in order to get rid of it.

Mold is just like sin. Once sin gets into a person’s life, it begins to destroy and kill. It will continue to spread throughout the person’s life, until he is dead. It will not only spread in that one person’s life, but will also spread to others, causing death in others.

Also, just like mold, sin takes an active, persistent effort in order to get rid of it and keep it out. The blood of Jesus, which He shed upon the cross, is the only thing strong enough to wipe away the sin in a person’s life.

The passions of sin must be destroyed. The person must become dead to sin, just as the item must be destroyed when contaminated with mold.

You, along with everyone else, has been contaminated with the mold of sin in your life. Seeking the forgiveness of Jesus will get the sin removed. Once that is done, however, there is work to be done to keep the sin from re-infesting your life and soul.

You must take an active effort to keep your eyes on God and keep sin out of your life. Do not allow the ‘little’ sins in life to get a hold of you. Just as mold, it will continue to spread until it has killed you.

How much mold are you allowing in your life?

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness of Jesus; that you will allow Jesus to remove the mold (sin) in your life; that you will turn away from all sin and follow God; and that your life will be productive, holy and pure for God. 

Exodus 37:1-2 The Place To Meet God

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Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood–two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. He overlaid it with pure gold, both inside and out, and made a gold molding around it. Exodus 37:1-2

When people get a chance to meet someone of extreme high importance, most will want to be in their best outfit for the occasion. They want to put on a good appearance before the person they are meeting. Doing this shows honor and respect to the one they are meeting.

Some of the high dignitaries will not even meet with a person who is not dressed a certain way. They do not want to be disrespected in any way. There is an expectation in the meeting.

Moses was having Bezalel and others build the tabernacle and the articles to be used in the tabernacle. One of the major articles was the ark. This was the actual place that Moses and future priests would directly meet with God. As this was built, it was covered on the inside and outside with pure gold.

During the time of Moses, pure gold was the most precious stone available. It showed high honor, authority, wealth, position and more. The entire ark, both inside and out had a layer of gold upon it. This showed the value and position of meeting God–it was of the most importance and value of anything.

Since that time, that ark has been removed, however, Jesus set up a new temple and ark where a person can meet God. It is in the believer. Each and every believer and follower of Jesus can meet directly with God right where he is at.

The believer is to be covered inside and out with gold, the best that there is when he is meeting with God. This covering of gold is the blood of Jesus and His righteousness. When God sees the believer, He will see Jesus and allow Him in to meet together.

As a believer, you also carry the ark in you. You have direct access to meet with God, any time and every time you want. However, in order to meet with God, you must be made pure inside and out. You must be covered with Jesus–the gold of holiness and righteousness. This is the best and highest honor you can give God.

Have you allowed yourself to be covered with Jesus, in order to be ready to meet God with honor and respect? God is waiting to meet with you.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus offers; that you will be covered with the righteousness of Jesus; that you will allow Jesus to make you pure and holy for God; and that you will take time to meet with God daily.

 

2 Timothy 4:3 Itching Ears

 

Plugging ears

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3

Belief in something is something that most people want, but don’t know what to believe in. The world says that anything can be truth, unless it goes against one person believes as truth. Then it must be false.

Individuals around the world are giving up on any type of doctrine and throwing out all of Christianity or lumping it in with all other religions as equal. In the process of rejecting doctrines of the church, they make their own personal doctrine that rejects God or rejects what He has said.

People only want to hear what sounds good and search for someone who will speak that way. This even occurs within the church. Many people have left the church because the pastor or someone else in the church spoke out against a sin being done. People want to hear about the love of God and about His grace and mercy, but refuse to listen to what God says they should not do. They do not want to believe that they have sin.

Paul calls this people are listening to what their itching ears want to hear. They will not be satisfied until their ears are scratched with ‘good’ words.

Believers are not to fall into that type of thinking. They are to have a solid, true doctrine based on God and His word. True doctrine will last the test of time and fads. Many things may change, but the core belief in Jesus and His word must never change. Rejection of sin in one’s life must be a goal.

Take time to seriously look at what you believe and why you believe it. Is it based on God’s word or is it just based on the words of some person?

Do not allow yourself to be led astray seeking to hear only good words from a speaker. Be open to hear the whole word of God, not just about love and grace. Hear about the need to reject sin in your life and to change to live more for God every day.

Ensure that your doctrine is sound and based upon God’s word. Keep yourself pure and free from sinful ways and doctrines.

I pray today that you will know what God’s word says to you; that you will know the whole truth of God’s word; that you will not reject parts of God’s word in your life; and that you will live your life holy unto God. 

Ephesians 5:8-10 Be A Child Of Light

 

Child of light

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Ephesians 5:8-10

Every person is born into sin. Each person has sinned against God and lived in darkness. This darkness is living as the world lives, sinning and promoting sin, with no care or concern for God or others.

The world lives that way because that is who they are and how they live. They are blind to living a true, full life that is rich and abundant.

Believers are to no longer live in the darkness. They have seen the light of God–Jesus. Every believer has been forgiven of all sin and given a new life to live, one that is an abundant life.

Jesus was the perfect example of what is the perfect life. He was good, righteous and true. There was no falsehood or sin in Him at all. Believers are to live in the same way.

In order for a believer to live that way he must find out what pleases God. It is very simple to please God. All one must do is be good to everyone, turn from all sin and be righteous, and speak and do everything in truth. This will make him a child of light, a child of God.

As a child of light, he will seek to do the best for everyone else. The ultimate best is pointing them to salvation in Jesus. He will also turn from every sin and strive to live a holy, perfect life for God. And there will be no falsehood in him at all. Everything you see on the outside surface will reflect what is inside the heart, which in turn will reflect God. This will only occur if he seeks what pleases God and not himself.

Each day you get up, seek to find out what will please God that day and, then, do it. Trust God to guide your life on the best path ever, regardless of what it looks like.

You were brought out of the darkness into the light, don’t go back into the darkness.

As you look at your life, are you a reflection of the light of God–Jesus?

Or does your life reflect the darkness of this world?

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know what pleases God; that you will live to please God; and that your life will be a reflection of God’s light–Jesus to this world.

Ephesians 4:1 Live Up To Your Calling

 

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As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1

In many parts of the world, people who are in certain positions in life are expected to live a certain way. It is most commonly seen in extremely wealthy people. They are expected to dress and act a certain way to be in line with their wealth and position.

There are organizations that have sets of rules on how a person must live his life outside of the group. These rules are set in place because every person a part of the group is a representative of the group. No one is expected to live in a way that gives the group a bad name.

The types of rules will vary from group to group. Not all groups have a written set of rules, since many are just unwritten rules, they are unwritten expectations.

As Paul wrote this letter he was sitting in prison. He could have been bitter and angry about being in prison. He could have given up on God, because he was in prison. Yet, he encourages the people to still live a life worthy of their calling.

Every believer is called to be a witness of God. They are God’s representatives here on this earth to every person that they meet. God’s standards are ones of love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, and holiness. The actual standards are ones of perfection, not mediocrity.

Some believers will go to church every week and even know many of the Bible verses and stories, yet, do not live according to what God wants. They are not living a life worthy of God’s calling on their life. They live just as the world does, while claiming to believe in Jesus.

If you have accepted Jesus into your life, you have also been called to higher level of living. The standard is to live just as Jesus lived His life when He walked on this earth. You have been called to be God’s ambassador on this earth.

That is the highest calling a person can ever receive. Nothing is greater than that. You represent the Creator of all the universe.

As God’s representative, how are you living your life? Is it measuring up to the standards God has called you?

Or are you an embarrassment to God, living like the world?

Live up to your calling.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the standards God has for you; that you will be God’s representative on this earth; and that you will live a life worthy to what God has called you to live.