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.

Matthew 21:13 Den of Robbers

“It is written, he said to them, My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers.” Matthew 21:13

During the time of a feast, the people were buying and selling in the temple courts. They were doing these things at high prices, robbing the people. Jesus goes in and makes a mess and tells them they had turned God’s house into a den of robbers. He quoted from Isaiah 56:7.

Some churches will take this verse and ban any type of selling in the church. This will even include fundraising for any ministries. I will not try to argue for or against fund-raising using this verse.

Often, however, in churches you will see the church as a den of robbers. Many people in the church will rob others of joy by placing great burdens on them. They will require certain dress codes, a long list of things to do and not do, and demands on ministry.

Others will rob the people by taking excessive amounts of money and not being wise stewards with it. Raising money for a ministry is not a sin. It is a sin to take that money and not use it properly or wisely.

People in churches will also rob God in the church. During the time of worship they are thinking about a situation at home or work, or what they will do after church service. During the service God should be the focus.

Be careful in how you act and what you say. What you say or do can rob others of what God has given them, or it could rob God of what is His.

Today, you are the temple of God. God’s temple should be a house of prayer. Do not allow God’s temple become a den of robbers. Do not rob others or God. Give all praise, prayer and worship to God. Build others up in the Lord Jesus Christ, not man-made rules.

I pray today that God will help you to focus on Him; that you will worship God at all times; that you will build up others in Jesus; that you will be a house of prayer to God; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Matthew 7:24 Active Listening

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24

Jesus now, after a lot of talking, tells the people who just to hear His words is not enough. Each person who hears the words of Jesus must be active in putting them to practice.

Hearing someone speak is very easy to do. All over America there are people who are speaking about many different things. Some will talk about how to get out of debt; others on loosing weight; others on the government changes needed; and anything else you may want to know about.

Most people who go to these speakers hear them, but do not do what they suggest. Some will start to do what they suggest for a while then quit. Only a very few will actually go through with the suggestion.

People go to church every week. They hear the pastor speak the words of Jesus each week and agree with what was said. On Monday, however, many have forgotten what was said and never do what was preached.

Jesus said you must put His words into practice to be wise. Putting them into practice is actually doing what He tells you, to live like He says to live.

He points out this wisdom is like a wise man building his house on a rock. With a sound, solid foundation a house will stand in any storm. With a sandy, loose foundation it will fall down when the storms hit enough.

You need a firm foundation in your life. The perfect foundation is founded upon the words and life of Jesus Christ. Nothing else will last forever. Nothing is more firm than the teachings of Jesus. His teachings last trends, nations, and time.

As you read the Bible each day, hear the words of Jesus and put them into practice. Do not just hear them and ignore them. The words of Jesus bring life and tells you how to live life.

It easy to quickly read a few verses then move on with life. Today stop and read them and then apply them to your life. As you go through your day remember them and live by them. Actively listen to what Jesus is telling you today.

I pray that God will reveal His words to you; that God will open your ears to hear what He is saying; that God will strengthen you to do what He says; that you will do what Jesus teaches; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Hebrews 3:6 God’s House

“But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.” Hebrews 3:6

Being faithful means one can be counted on to do the right thing every time, all the time, and is very loyal. Jesus is called a faithful Son over God’s house. This means He is in charge of God’s house. Jesus will ensure that God’s house is well maintained, repairs made when necessary, everything kept clean and in order, proper maintenance is done and everything is secure.

The writer than tells whoever holds to the confidence and hope that was given is God’s house. This confidence and hope is the fact that Jesus did die for our sins; that Jesus did raise from the dead; that Jesus will forgive us of our sins; and that Jesus will save us from all sin. Are you holding on to that confidence and hope? If you are, then you can rest assured that Jesus will take care of you. You are God’s house and Jesus does not want God’s house wrecked, damaged, or lost in any way. You need to hold on to this truth.

I pray today that the Holy Spirit will reveal to you the truth of your being the house of God; that God will build your confidence in Jesus and Himself; and that you will live according to a house of God.