2 Chronicles 24:4 Restore God’s Temple

Some time later Joash decided to restore the temple of the Lord. 2 Chronicles 24:4

Restoring old things is a passion for some people. Some will take old vehicles or old homes and work to make them like new again. Depending upon how damaged an item is, will depend upon how much work it takes to get it restored.

Once the item is restored like new, it can bring about great joy to the one who did it and to others around. Many can enjoy seeing something that is looking and being like it is supposed to be.

Joash had become king of Judah and decided to restore the temple of God that had been neglected.

The temple of God that Joash had chosen to restore was a physical temple that was where God had chosen to make Himself known. It was to be the center of the lives of the Israelites, the place where they could find out God’s will and give Him praise. It was where they could offer sacrifices for their sins.

Once God destroyed the nation of Israel, the physical temple was destroyed. After Jesus came, believers would become the new temple of God, each and every individual.

Sometimes believers choose to step away from God and walk a life of sin. They allow sinful practices to come into their lives, destroying the temple of God. In the same way that the original temple was able to be restored, believers can be restored.

Repentance and a change of heart that turns back to God is restoring the new temple of God, turning away from sinful practices that crept in. It is choosing to obey God’s commands and do His will in every area of one’s life. It is worshipping and serving God with one’s life.

As a believer, you are a temple of God. Your whole life should be fully dedicated to God for His use and glory.

You may have allowed some sinful habits to slip into your life, defiling the temple of God. Although this may have occurred, God is ready and willing to help you get restored as His holy temple.

Make the choice to repent of your sins and turn back to God. He will forgive you and fill you with His presence. You can be the holy temple of God that God had purposed for you to be in this fallen world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be the holy and consecrated temple of the Lord; that you repent of any sins against God; that you will live to do God’s will; and that you will worship and honor God with all that you say, think and do

2 Kings 11:17 Be God’s People

Jehoida then made a covenant between the Lord and the king and people that they would be the Lord’s people. He also made a covenant between the king and the people. 2 Kings 11:17

It is common for people to belong to all kinds of different types of groups. People like to be together with other people who think and do the same things. It gives them a sense of belonging and self-worth. It can also give them support and strength to keep moving forward in the expected way and bring about unity.

When Joash was made king, Jehoida made a covenant between the Lord, the king and the people to be His people.

Throughout the world there are two groups of people, those who belong to God and those who choose not to belong to God. Most people do not belong to God but will belong to other groups.

Regardless of which group a person is a part of, he must be willing to follow the rules and regulations of that group. Each one has a set of rules on what it means to be a part of that group.

The moment a person chooses to believe in and follow Jesus, he belongs to God. This means that the covenant the person made with God is that on his side he will give up his old ways of doing things and no longer do the things of the world. It also means that he gives God complete control of his life.

Belonging to God is allowing God to direct one’s path, in action, thought and deeds in everything that he does in this life. It is putting away the former covenant with the world and sin and taking on the righteousness and holiness of Jesus, becoming a new creation for His glory and honor.

As a believer you are no longer to be in covenant with the world and its sinful ways. You have chosen to bind yourself to God in a legal binding covenant of relationship and lifestyle that is directed and controlled by God.

Do not allow yourself to be tricked into going back into a covenant with this fallen world that will lead you into sin and death. Destroy and cast out the sin in your life and become holy as God is holy. Put on the righteousness of Jesus living for God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will make a covenant to live for God and by His rules; that God will strengthen you to live according to His plan; that every area of your life will belong to God; and that God will strengthen you to flee the sinful ways of this world.

2 Kings 12:3 Not Removing Everything

The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there. 2 Kings 12:3

Joash, as the new king, started by doing what was right according to God while Jehoida was the priest under him. Although he followed God very well, he did not remove the places of false worship in the land. The people continued to offer sacrifices to the false gods, while worshipping God at the temple.

As a person cleans a room or a house, all of the dirt must be removed for it to be completely clean. Most people do not completely clean that thoroughly. Very few people will move the furniture to sweep behind it along the walls. Even fewer people will move the full refrigerator or freezer to clean behind them.

When this happens, the dirt starts to pile up behind things. As the dirt piles up, it becomes easier for that dirt and dust to make its way into the rest of the room or house. This can cause allergies to flare up, along with more dusting to be done on a regular basis.

In a person’s life, there are things that are dirty that are often hidden behind some good. There are altars and sacrifices being done in the secret places. The person may always be to church on time, every time the doors are open, teach Sunday School, give great offerings, and even witness every where he goes, but still have some dirt hidden in the dark.

People are often willing to give God many things in their life, but at the same time are unwilling to give up certain things. They place the “however” in their life.

As a believer and follower of Jesus, you must be willing to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength. This means you must allow God to come into your life and clean out all of the dirt of sin in your life. Do not close any doors to Him.

Jesus is not coming in to condemn destroy you, but to clean you up and give you real life. He wants to forgive you.

As you are living your life for God and doing great things for Him, are you holding back certain areas of your life?

Are you refusing to remove certain things in your life that are not honoring God?

Do not let it be said of you that you did a lot of great things “but” did not remove certain things. Give everything up for God and be like Jesus. It will be worth it in the end.

I pray today that God will reveal to you areas you need to clean up; that God will strengthen you to remove destructive things in your life; that you will love God with everything in you; and that you not have any altars to false gods in your life.

2 Kings 11:17 Who Is Your Contract With?

Jehoiada then made a covenant between the LORD and the king and people that they would be the LORD’s people. He also made a covenant between the king and the people. 2 Kings 11:17

Jehoiada was a priest who followed God faithfully. He had just had Joash anointed as king. As Joash was made king, Jehoiada led the people in destroying the temples of Baal. He also had the people make a covenant with God and with the new king that they would be the Lord’s people.

People make covenants with other people all the time. Today they are rarely to never called covenants, but are called agreements or contracts. Contracts are signed to purchase something on credit; to produce a product for someone; to work with a certain company; to pay for a given service; and many other things in life. These are the written covenants or contracts.

There are also many unwritten contracts that people have. These are usually less formal. Some are: staying off of the neighbor’s property; keeping the noise level down in the evening near the neighbor; treating neighbor’s with respect; not throwing trash all over the place; and many other unwritten contracts or agreements.

One unwritten contract that every person has is to who they will follow and serve. Every person on this earth is serving someone. At a minimum, every person is serving either God or Satan. It is not an option. Jesus said you will either love one or the other, but you cannot love both.

There comes a point after you were born when you began to live a life of sin. At that point you had made a contract with the devil to live for him and serve him. Until that contract is broken or cancelled, you belong to Satan.

When you choose to believe in what Jesus did on the cross for you and accept His forgiveness and to make Him your Lord and Savior, you make a covenant or contract with God. You have chosen to live for Jesus and Him alone. You have made an agreement to live according to His standards.

Choosing to follow Jesus, breaks the contract with Satan and you are then obligated to follow and serve God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.

Who is your contract with today?

Who have you chosen to serve today?

I pray today that you will choose to live for God; that you will trust and believe in Jesus; that you will no longer live for Satan; that you will sign a contract to serve God alone; and that you will be one of God’s people.