Nehemiah 13:11 Don’t Forsake The House Of God

So I contended with the rulers, and said, “Why is the house of God forsaken?” And I gathered them together and set them in their place. Nehemiah 13:11

Things tend to get abandoned and forsaken by people over time. They get busy with other things in life and forget about what is needed to be done. Many want to just relax and have fun and not take care of the necessary things. As that occurs, many of those things begin to fall apart, breaking down, being unable to accomplish what they were intended to accomplish.

Nehemiah noticed the house of God was not taken care of properly. He got angry with the rulers and asked them why they had forsaken the house of God.

It is easy in life to get so busy with life that one will either forget or just put to the side some of the more important things. People get busy in survival mode or trying to have fun and not wanting to work. Doing regular maintenance is not something that many desire to do, because it can be costly and takes time and effort.

Most people will never be in a position to have to take care of a physical church building themselves. Yet, there is a house of God that each one is directly responsible to take care of maintain. It is each individual believer’s personal soul and body. Every believer is a temple of God–a house for God dwell in.

In order to take care of the house of God, one’s own body and soul, one must not forsake it and maintain it on a daily basis. Maintenance of the soul takes time in prayer, studying and apply God’s word, times of worship and praise, repentance of and fleeing from sin. Believers must not forsake these activities.

As a believer, you are the temple of God, the house of God in which He can dwell. Do not allow His temple to fall into ruins and disrepair by living in sin.

Begin every moment with constant communion with God in prayer. Take time to study His word, memorize it and apply it to your life. Keep His temple clean from all the corruption of sin in this world.

Make your life one that God dwells in so closely that the world can see Him in you and in everything that you say and do.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be the temple of God; that God will strengthen you in maintaining your life as clean and holy before Him; that the world will see God dwelling in you; and that you will never forsake the Lord your God in anything you say or do.

1 Chronicles 22:1 A Place For God To Stay

Then David said, “The house of the Lord God is to be here, and also the altar of burnt offering for Israel.” 1 Chronicles 22:1

Having a place to stay is important for every person. Most people have to search for a good place to live and then rent it. Some will get the opportunity to purchase the place, while a few will have the opportunity to build a new place.

To build a new place takes a lot of planning and decision making. One has to decide where to build it and how to have it built.

David wanted to have a temple built for God to dwell in and have the burnt offerings offered in. He chose the house of God to be built.

The world is always seeking a place to live, but very rarely is seeking a place for other people to live, unless it is for a profit. The dwelling places of people are always temporary and come with a lot of challenges.

One thing the world does not seek is where God can dwell and a place where offerings can be offered up to Him.

While it is important for believers to have a place to physically live, it is more important to make a place for God to live. Every believer is to be the temple of God and a living sacrifice. Their lives are to be a place where God can live and they offer their whole lives up to be a sacrifice unto God for what Jesus has done for them.

Jesus provided forgiveness and cleansing from sin for every believer, giving them the opportunity to be the temple of God. Now the believer can live the holy life Jesus provided and make his life a place for God to dwell in for the whole world to see.

Although you may go to some church, the place where God really dwells is inside you, if you are a believer in Jesus. Live your life for God in such a way that God is pleased to make your heart a place to dwell. Offer your whole life up to God as a living and pleasing sacrifice to God.

Do not allow your life to be filled with the world and sin that will evict God from your life. Be the purified and holy temple of God that Jesus died on the cross for you to be.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be the holy temple of God to dwell in; that you will live a holy life that Jesus has provided for you; that your life will be a sacrifice of love to God; and that the world will see that God dwells in you.

1 Chronicles 9:27 Guarding God’s House

They would spend the night stationed around the house of God, because they had to guard it; and they had charge of the key for opening it each morning. 1 Chronicles 9:27

It is very common for many places to have some guards to protect the place during the night and often during the day. The protection is to keep anyone from breaking in and causing destruction and stealing items. Those who stand guard must remain awake and alert to what is going on around them and what they are guarding.

A group of Levites was put in charge of spending the night stationed around the house of God to guard it and to open it each morning.

Only a very small portion of people hold a position as a security guard. Those that do guard work are often working for larger businesses or corporations. The most common place to see guards are at places holding things of very high value or where great destruction can occur easily.

One place that many people do not look to guard is their own heart and life. Every person who has become a believer has also become the temple of God. Their heart and life is where God now dwells, and it must be guarded.

The world is out to destroy the heart and soul of every person and especially those who have chosen to follow Jesus. Temptation to sin against God will be thrown at every believer to destroy him.

Believers must be on guard against the attacks of the enemy, this world, against their souls. Knowing God’s word, being filled with the Holy Spirit and putting on the full armor of God will allow the believer to be on guard, ready and alert to protect his life and the lives of those around him.

As a believer the world is out to destroy you, to cause you to slip up and sin against God. You must always be on guard against the schemes of the world to cause you to fall into temptation and sin against God.

Do not allow the ways of this world to deceive you into sinning against God. Allow God to guide you by His Holy Spirit to protect you against the attacks of the enemy. Guard your heart from being destroyed. Open your heart only to God’s ways of living.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to guard your heart and soul; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in being alert to the attacks of the enemy of your soul; and that you will only open your heart to God and His ways.