Isaiah 66:1-2 Where To Build God’s House?

This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. Isaiah 66:1

There are times that it is difficult to purchase a person a birthday gift. They seem to have everything that they could possibly want. Looking at wealthy people, this even seems more so. Getting a gift for someone who has all they desire can be quite a challenge. A lot of it will depend upon the heart of the person. What does a person get the person who has everything that they want?

Most people do not have the problem of having so much that there is nothing left to possibly want. Nearly every person can think of several things that they desire. Most of those things will most likely be physical things, while some will also be non-physical things, such as peace, joy, happiness, or health.

One thing that many people will like, but not necessarily ask for is something hand-made or time with that person. This shows something that was made and given from the heart.

God is the one who has made the heavens and the earth. Since He has made everything that exists, He also owns it. Now God is looking for something. He is looking for a place to rest. This shows His heart’s real desire.

As a human being, you may wonder what can you give God, since He owns it all already. God created you to have fellowship with you. He wants to sit down and rest with you. Even though God made everything there is, He wants a place to rest and be still.

The place He desires is in you. It is in your heart and life. God wants to spend time with you. Of all the things that you can give God, this is the only one that God does not already have. God made your heart, but gave it to you. Now it is your turn to give it back to Him.

Allow God to make your heart His temple. This will be the best house and gift God can ever have.

Will you build a house for God today?

I pray today that you will dedicate your heart to God; that God will find a place to rest in your life; that your heart will be a welcome spot for God to live; and that you will know God’s presence in your life.

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Ecclesiastes 10:18 Results Of Laziness

Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks. Ecclesiastes 10:18

When a person rents a house, they do not have to worry about all of these repairs and upkeep. The owner of the house is the one responsible. All a renter must do is report the problem.

However, owning a home does not work the same, it takes work. It is not just purchase the house and live in it. One must continually work at keeping it up. Repainting the walls, replacing broken windows, repairing holes, fixing leaky faucets, and the list goes on. 

Often people will just live in it and not do any upkeep on the house. They will leave minor faults alone. Over time the minor things become larger problems. The walls start cracking more, the roof leaks, walls get infested with termites, and, again, the list goes on. The cost of repairs rises rapidly when a person does not do regular maintenance on the house.

Life works in the same way as a house. Every believer is called the temple of God. As the temple you are the house of God. You are where God resides.

Your house–life, must be kept in good repair. There will be times when things will break down in your life. This is not the physical things of your life, but your spiritual, emotional part of your life.

Regretfully there will be times when you allow yourself to step into sin. Your mind will go down a path it should not go. You may say something you should not have said.

As these things occur, they are warning signs to you of a greater danger. That greater danger is walking away from God, closing your ears off to hearing God’s Holy Spirit attempting to guide you. The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth. If you ignore Him long enough, you will no longer hear Him.

It takes work to stay in tune with God’s Holy Spirit. You must daily study the Bible to see what God has to say to you. You must daily talk with God in prayer. You must daily allow God to have full control of your life.

These are things that will not occur automatically, you must focus on doing them. If you do not, you are being lazy in your spiritual walk with God. When that happens your rafters will sag and the house will begin to leak.

I pray today that you will open your ears to hear the Holy Spirit; that you will work at staying in tune with God; that you will not be lazy in your walk with God; and that you will be more like Jesus each day.

God’s Protection And Favor

IMG_1037.JPGWe live in a double-wide manufactured home in the country. We have oak trees all around the house, several within just a few feet of the house. This gives you a slight picture of what our place is like.

This last weekend we had a large storm that rolled through the area. On Sunday evening, at about 7:30pm, we heard a large crashing sound and the house rumbled some. A couple of my boys suddenly noticed that there was a tree laying down on our porch outside.

I went out in the rain and looked at it. Along with that tree on the porch, there was another tree leaning up against the corner of the house. I immediately went back inside to see if there was any internal damage.

At the corner of the house where the tree hit, is a bathroom. Above the bathtub in the corner, the ceiling was partially caved in. Water was coming through in a solid stream. The amazing part in the water coming through, was that it was running straight into the tub and down the drain. This was the first protection of God in this terrible situation, along with that fact that no one was hurt at all.

With it raining hard, I knew that we could do nothing about it that evening. I just praised God that it was draining into the tub.

About one hour later, the power shut down on us. We had no lights and our water supply is from a well with a pump, causing no water available.

As this was happening in the great storm, we lost cellphone reception and all internet connection. We could not look up what was happening or if the power company even knew about the power outage. There was no way of knowing how widespread the outage was or when to expect power back on.

Since it was extremely dark in the house and there was nothing we could do, everyone went to bed around 9-10 pm. I have a family of eight children. All were home at the time this was happening.

Around 1:30 am, I was awoken with a very loud bang that rumbled the entire house. I jumped out of bed and began to head through the house to find out what had happened.

As I was going through by flashlight, the power was still off, I met one of my boys coming towards me with a flashlight, also trying to find out what had happened. I looked outside and could not see anything other than a large tree covering our porch.

I went back in to the bathroom and saw a large surprise…part of the ceiling was completely missing and one wall had a huge hole in it. I could see the sky with no problem through the bathroom.

Going back outside, I went around the porch and the fallen tree to see what had happened. The second tree that had been leaning on the house had fallen the rest of the way. It took out the wall behind the bathtub from floor to ceiling, along with a section of the roof.

The next blessing at this point, that God had blessed us with, was that it had stopped raining.

Four of my children helped me then to start putting a tarp over the hole and roof of the house.

While we were doing that my wife stayed with my youngest children and worked to calm them down. Two of my boys were sleeping in a room right next to the bathroom and so they heard and felt the shake really bad.

It took about 3 hours to get the tarp on the roof and over the missing wall. I knew the plastic that I used was not great, but knew it would be better than nothing. It would at least keep some of the rain out of the house.

At about 4:30am I was able to go back to bed. Since I normally get up around 5am, I was wide awake by about 6:30 and unable to sleep.

I got up and started doing my devotions and normal morning things. At about 7am someone drove up to our house. I did not recognize the vehicle so I went out to find out who it was. It was a friend from our church that had heard of our situation and showed up with a chainsaw ready to work at removing the trees.

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Immediately we set to work at cutting the tree branches down and moving them off the porch. At about 8am two more friends showed up to help. Several more called and said that they would be there at some point in the day. One of the friends that came, had come with two of his friends, who we did not know, to help out. Several people had a chainsaw. Our neighbor allowed us to borrow his tractor to move the parts of the tree to a burn pile area on our property.

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One lady showed up with food and water for everyone to eat. It was enough food and water to feed an army. This provided more than enough food for everyone working. This was the next blessing from God.

By around 2pm, we had both trees completely cut up and moved over to burn piles, the house had two tarps covering the hole in the roof and the wall completely, and the hole inside the house was patched over.

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The amazing thing in all of this was that the weather forecast the entire week was to be rain every day. God gave us the entire day with absolutely no rain at all. It was very beautiful weather to work in, not too hot, not too cold. God was pouring out His blessings on us in the midst of an extremely hard and dangerous situation.

God also blessed us with the fact that during the time of the cleanup, no one was injured in any way.

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Right now we are waiting on the insurance company to get an inspector come out to see what the damage was and how much they will pay. We don’t know how God will get all of this fixed, but we know that He is in control.

Not all of the people who helped us were members of the church that we go to, but they were believers in their own churches. This was a great example of how the family of God takes care of its members, regardless of denominational differences.

Along with this, throughout the entire situation, God helped me to remain calm and not get angry, as I normally would have. I had a peace that was supernatural and a strength that was only from God. God provided help and strength above what I had expected. Without His help and the help of all the friends, it would have taken us several days to get the trees cleared.

I want to encourage you, that no matter what you are going through God is right there by your side. He can give you the strength that you need to make it through your situation. God loves you and I and promised that He will take care of all of your needs. Trust Him today and give Him praise, even in the storms of life.

Psalm 127:1 Who Is The Builder?

Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. Psalm 127:1

As a house is being built, there are certain things that must be done correctly, or else the house will not stand very well. The right type of boards must be used, the boards must be aligned correctly, the right type of nail must be used, it must have the correct foundation, and numerous other details go into making a house.

The best way to make sure all of this happens correctly is for the person to hire someone who builds homes. The construction worker knows all the correct details and knows how to implement them correctly. He has proven himself with building of other homes already.

Most people do not build the physical house, but they do work at building the house of their lives. The world tells a person that he can build his own life in the best way possible. That person is shown how to strive to be the best on his own that he can be.

The problem with building like this, is that the plans for the house is coming from the world, who really does not know how to build the correct house. The devil is trying to build a home that will eventually crumble in dust and destruction.

As a believer, your body is a temple of God, that is a house for God to dwell in. You may be trying to build that house a certain way on your own…going to church, reading the Bible, and doing good things. But if God is not the architect who is building the house, it will crumble. It will be no different from the house the world tries to build.

God is the only architect who is perfect and knows how to build a house that will stand for all eternity. He has the master plans for your building. Allow God to guide you and build your life into what He knows is best. If you strive to do it on your own, you are wasting your time and will fail in the end.

Allowing God to build you, will ensure that the perfect house for God will be built.

Who is your architect today?

You?

Or God?

I pray today that you will allow God to build your life today; that you will work with God’s plans for your life; that your life will built on the foundation of Jesus; and that your work will not be done in vain.

Leviticus 14:34-35 God Cares About Your Whole Life

“When you enter the land of Canaan, which I am giving you as your possession, and I put a spreading mold in a house in that land, the owner of the house must go and tell the priest, ‘I have seen something that looks like a defiling mold in my house.'” Leviticus 14:34-35

After God goes over many regulations about defilements of the body, He now looks at physical things. The first thing He looks at is the house. This is also after they enter into Canaan. If a person has a house and sees something that looks like mold, he is to go to the priest to have it examined. After a lot of investigation and testing, if it is destructive mold, the house is to be destroyed.

There are many Christians who believe God is only concerned about the physical and spiritual being of a person. It is often believed that God has no real concerns about the physical things that he may have.

With this regulation that God gives concerning a house, this belief is shown as false. God does care about everything in your life.

There have been parents who have discouraged children about praying for pets. A little child in faith prays that God will heal a sick or injured pet. Some parents think that is ridiculous  or just very simple child characteristic. God, however, looks at it with great joy. It is complete trust in Him for everything.

Anything that is a concern to you, is a concern to God. The difference is how much of a concern. Some things that adults are concerned about is more of worry than concern. You are not to worry about anything, but bring it all to God in prayer.

If God is so concerned about mold in a house that He wrote laws concerning it, don’t you think that God is concerned about care for your clothes, car, house, and the list goes on forever?

Seek God about everything in your life. Allow Him to guide you in what needs to be done or not done. Do  your best to maintain what God has blessed you with.

God only wants what is best for you.

I pray today that you will know God’s care for you; that you will know His great love for you; that you will trust God in every thing you have; and that God will guide you by His Holy Spirit in everything you have and do.

John 2:17 What Consumes You

“His disciples remembered that it is written: Zeal for your house will consume me.” John 2:17

Jesus went into the temple courts and found many people selling things in there. It had become more of a marketplace than a place of worship. He gets angry with the people and drives them out of there. At that point the disciples remembered a verse from Psalm 69:9 that zeal for God’s house would consume Him.

Many people get excited about many different things. They allow their time to be used for various things in their life. Often they are hobbies that they enjoy doing. Others get a joy with their work.

This excitement is usually taken to an extreme, to the point where they are consumed with it. They will spend all their time and money on that hobby. Some of those hobbies might be hunting, gaming, golfing, watching sports, or something else enjoyed.

While none of these are bad things to do, a person should not be consumed with them. One should not spend all their waking moments doing one thing.

The one thing that should consume a person is being in God’s presence. In order to be in God’s presence, you must be in the temple that He is in.

The world has many temples everywhere you go. There are temples built to everything you can imagine: jobs, hobbies, sports, friends, homes, and more.

You are the temple of God if you allow God to dwell there. Fleeing and repenting of all sin will allow God to dwell in you. Worship God wherever you are, not just in church on Sunday.

Be consumed with the need to keep God’s temple pure and holy for Him. Do not allow it to become defiled and dirty. Put the time into it as many put time into their favorite hobbies.

Keep your focus on God and His holiness and righteousness. Live the righteous live that Jesus has provided you.

Whose house/temple are you consumed with today?

I pray today that God will draw you closer to Him; that you will have zeal for what God has zeal for; that you will keep God’s house pure and holy; that God will make His dwelling in you; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Mark 3:24 A Divided Kingdom

“If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” Mark 3:24

The teachers of the law had just came up against Jesus. They tried to state that Jesus was casting the demons out of people by the power of the prince of demons. Jesus points out that if that were happening, the prince of demons would lose.

The teachers were unwilling to look at Jesus for who He really was and tried to come up with a reason for His actions. They tried to explain away what was happening rather than accepting it.

Even today, many people try to explain away the miracles of the Bible, rather than accept them for what they really are. Scientists and doctors will come up with all kinds of reasons as to why a person was healed, when in reality sometimes it was a miracle by God.

Looking at the divided kingdom, however, many in the church can create division. Many people in the church demand that every person follow certain patterns of acting and worshipping to be a Christian or a member of the church.

One common area is in how to worship. Do you worship with old hymns or modern choruses? Do worship standing or sitting? Is it three or ten songs?

In this area, and many others, the Bible is silent on the details. God wants you to worship and serve Him with your heart as an individual and as a group.

If you demand a certain way of doing things and do not allow any room for any other way, you are trying to divide God’s kingdom. How many churches have fallen apart and split because of a disagreement in what color the new carpet should be?

Allow for the freedom to worship and serve Christ in the way God leads each person. Do not allow your house to become divided over a matter that really does not matter. Be very careful in what you demand of others. Make sure all demands are exactly what God demands clearly in the Bible.

I pray today that God will guide you in your worship and service to Him; that you will see the freedom that you and others have in Jesus; that you will not stop others in their worship and service to God; that you will not allow division in God’s house; and that God will divide and destroy the kingdom’s of this world that are against Jesus.