2 Chronicles 5:14 Filled With God’s Glory

and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God. 2 Chronicles 5:14

In many locations around the world, it is very common, throughout the year, for a great fog to roll in during the morning time. The fog is often so thick that it makes it very difficult to do anything. Great care must be taken when a person leaves to drive somewhere because of the limited visibility. Sometimes it can completely stop people from doing what they wanted to do while it is so clouded with fog.

After Solomon dedicated the temple of God, the glory of God filled the temple so much that the priests were unable to perform their services.

Although church buildings exist all over the world, they are not the focus of where God dwells. Since Jesus arose from the dead, left the earth and sent the Holy Spirit, God now dwells in the lives of people, His believers and followers.

Most people go about their day to day living with very little to no thought of God. They are able to do whatever they desire with no apparent consequences. People ‘see’ the path of the world and follow it.

Believers have God’s Spirit dwelling in them. They are the newly dedicated temple of God. Their hearts, minds and souls are to be so filled with God, that they are unable to do the works or sin of the world. All that they can see is the glory of God and what He is doing or saying. They are shielding their eyes from the temptations to sin against God in seeking their own personal glory and honor in order to let God’s glory and honor shine in the world.

The moment you chose to repent and believe in the saving work of Jesus, you became the temple of God. He has chosen to dwell in you and put His Holy Spirit upon you and in you.

Allow yourself to be so filled with God that He is all that you see. It will strengthen you to take a stand against the temptations to sin. The world will be able to see that God’s glory is upon you and in you. This will make you a witness for the world to see, because you set apart for God’s glory and honor, not your own.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit; that God will shield you from the temptations of the world; that you will do the work of God; and that the world will see God’s glory in you.

1 Chronicles 23:30 Thank And Praise The Lord Continually

They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord. They were to do the same in the evening 1 Chronicles 23:30

It is common for most people to have some daily routines that they go through. For many, it will be routines that are done or required at their workplace. Others like the routine in their home each day.

Having a routine can ensure that certain things will get done in a timely manner. It can also help a person to remember to do what needs to be done each day.

Part of the Levites responsibilities as priests was to stand every morning and evening to thank and praise the Lord.

Being driven by routines can help keep a person focused correctly. The world is constantly throwing things at people to see and do. Distractions occur on a regular basis attempting to pull people away from what is really important.

In the life of a believer, God should always be his first focus. Taking time to recognize God and what He is doing is of the highest priority for the believer.

Stopping for a moment at the beginning of the day to thank and praise the Lord for giving one another day causes one to start with the right focus upon God and what He is doing. It will give one strength and courage for the challenges of the day.

Later, one must stop and take time to thank and praise the Lord for what He had done during that day. It can bring the needed peace for a night of rest regardless of what went right or wrong throughout that day.

Believers can recognize how great God is them and how many blessings they have been given when stopping to thank and praise God twice or more each day.

You most likely have some routines in your life that you like to or must follow on a regular basis. Make sure that part of those routines is taking time to stop and thank God for what He has done, what He is doing and what He will do.

Open your eyes to the work the Lord is doing in your life. You cannot count all the blessings that God has given you each day and night. Do not take those blessings for granted but thank and praise God each morning and evening and throughout the day.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see what God has done in your life; that you will continually thank God for what He is doing; that you will give God praise day and night; and that you will be grateful for all the blessings and strength God has given you.

Leviticus 21:6 Be Holy As You Give To God

They must be holy to their God and must not profane the name of their God. Because they present the food offerings to the Lord, the food of their God, they are to be holy. Leviticus 21:6

People who work in a restaurant or any other place dealing with serving food must keep themselves clean of any dirt. They are required to wash their hands on a regular basis. Many times they are required to wear gloves and a face covering.

All these regulations are to protect the food from contamination which, in turn, protects others.

The priests were told to be holy and not profane the name of God and that because they present the food offerings to God, they must be holy.

Believers are no longer required by God to offer food offerings to God as sacrifices. Food offerings were done away with when Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice for all.

Even though a believer does not need to offer a physical food offering, there are many other offerings he may give. There are offerings of praise and worship, thanks, time, abilities, prayer and ministry that can be offered as a sacrifice unto God.

Regardless of which offering a believer is offering up to God, he must not profane the name of God. In other words, he must be holy as God is holy and not be defiled with sin in his life. This can be done by repentance and trust in the cleansing of sin by Jesus.

The call to be holy is not just in the Old Testament, nor just for priests of the Levitical priesthood, but for every believer in Jesus. Every believer is now the temple of God, which must be holy and pure for God to dwell in.

As a believer, you are expected by God to offer up sacrifices of praise, prayer and more to Him. You are now a priest before God, regardless of your position in this world.

Do not allow yourself to be defiled and contaminated with the sin of this world. Stive to be holy as God is holy out of love for God for what He did for you in the death and resurrection of Jesus. If and when you do sin, repent of those sins and fleeing all sin and be holy.

God has opened the door for you to present offerings to Him, do not profane His name in the process, but be holy.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent of any sins against God; that you will be holy as God is holy; that you will present offerings to God on a regular basis; and that you will allow Jesus to keep you holy.

Leviticus 9:6 What Is God Commanding You To Do?

Then Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded you to do, so that the glory of the Lord may appear to you.” Leviticus 9:6

In order for certain things to occur, other specific things must happen first. Commands or directions are always given with a new item in order that it may work properly and accomplish the desired task.

Some speakers are willing to come and speak at an event if very specific actions are taken prior to arrival to speak. If the commands are not followed, the speaker will not be willing to speak.

After getting the tabernacle set up, Moses tells the people that these are the things God had commanded for them to do so that His glory may appear to them.

It is common for most people in a church to desire to have God’s presence show up in a service or even in their own lives. However, many of those same people are unwilling to listen to what God commands of them and do it. People want God to show up on their own terms as they desire.

The tabernacle and the priesthood that God set up through Moses was just a symbol of what was to come later. Instead of having a few individuals be priests and having to provide animal sacrifices, Jesus made all believers priests that can stand before God and offer sacrifices of the heart before God so that He may appear to them.

Some of the sacrifices that believers can do on a regular basis are prayer, reading God’s word, applying God’s word, sacrifice of time and effort to build His kingdom, turning away and repenting of sin, and more. As the believer follows God’s commands, God will show up in His life and do great works and wonders in and through him.

God wants His glory to appear to you and work in your life. He has given you some general commands as to how this can come about.

There are also some very specific commands to you as to what you must do for God and His kingdom. Seek God and His word to find out what God expects of you and commands you to do. Allow His Holy Spirit to guide you and strengthen you to do what He commands. Then expect His glory to show up in your life.

What is God commanding you to do today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God commands you to do; that you will do what God has told you to do; and that you will see and know God’s glory in your life.

Nehemiah 13:11 Priorities

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So I rebuked the officials and asked them, “Why is the house of God neglected?” Then I called them together and stationed them at their posts. Nehemiah 13:11 

Living life gives a person many different choices to make. There are a thousand different things that need to be done on a regular basis. Life calls a person in a thousand different ways every day.

Choosing which thing to do is done by making priorities. Which thing is the most important to do and continuing down the list of priorities. Most people do not have a problem making a choice as to what they want to do first, however, what most people see as the highest priority is not always the highest, but on the lower end.

Nehemiah had went back to Jerusalem and found that many of the priests were neglecting their duties as priest. They had chosen to go back home to their own fields and work their fields, rather than do their duties in God’s house. God’s house was being neglected.

People are very quick to find time to work and earn money or to take some free time to play or watch a game. While working a job and providing an income for the family is important, it is not the most important thing to do. Relaxing while playing or watching a game can be a good thing, but, again, it is not the highest priority in life.

The first and highest priority has to deal with eternal matters, not just a temporary thing. While work and relaxing is good, they are temporary. God’s house is eternal.

There are two parts of God’s house, one’s own life and all believers together. Neither need to be neglected. One must make sure his own life is in line with God’s will. One must also strive to build others up in Christ in order to build God’s house larger.

Each and every day you must stop and take time to spend some time with God. Spend it in prayer, praise, worship, reading His word and listening to Him. This builds you up and allows God to guide you in what to do for the day, what your priorities should be.

Then spend time building others up, starting with family, then those closest to you, then every one else. There is always someone who needs to be built up in Jesus. Don’t neglect God’s house for a temporary fix. Go for the eternal.

I pray today that you will have a hunger to know God more; that you will allow God to guide your priorities in life; that you will never neglect God’s house for the temporary; and that God will use you to build His house larger.