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.

Psalm 5:7 In His House

But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple. Psalm 5:7

David could see all of his enemies around him. He knew that they did not follow God and asked God to destroy them because of their wickedness. David recognized that it was only by God’s great love that he had the ability to enter His temple, God’s house.

There are two places mentioned in the Bible where God makes it His home or place of dwelling. The physical one is the temple or church building. The other is in the heart’s of believers. As David wrote this passage, he was talking about the physical temple, where God dwelt. It was symbolic of meeting with God directly.

Entering the house of God was not something that David took lightly. It was considered a holy place, only for those who are holy. He also knew that he did not deserve to be allowed to enter it.

Many people go to church, just because they are supposed to do it. They see going to church as just another thing to check off on their “being good” list in life. Seldom is it recognized as a place to meet God in as a group.

As a believer, any place that you meet God can be considered His house. It is not just the church building. Regardless of where it is at, it must be seen as a privilege granted only by the great love and grace of God.

God does not have to allow anyone into His place. By all rights, you and everyone else should be killed by God, because of sin.

Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, God provided a way into His house. Never forget the price that was paid in order for  you to enter God’s house.

Do not take entering His house lightly. Enter with reverence to God. Worship God as you enter His house. Serve God with everything in you as you enter His house.

God will make His dwelling place, house, anywhere He is welcomed. Are you allowing God to make His house in your life?

Do you know the great love and mercy God had on you in order for you to enter His house?

Give God praise and honor today.

I pray today that you will know God’s love and mercy on you; that you will know the presence of God in your life; and that you will worship God all the days of your life.

Nehemiah 10:39 Do Not Neglect God’s House

The people of Israel, including the Levites, are to bring their contributions of grain, new wine and olive oil to the storerooms, where the articles for the sanctuary and for the ministering priests, the gatekeepers and the musicians are also kept. “We will not neglect the house of our God.” Nehemiah 10:39

All of the Israelites had recommitted their lives back to God. They agreed to not doing various sins that they had previously committed and agreed to provide for the temple of God. The said that they would no longer neglect the house of God.

The needs of the house of God during Nehemiah’s time, were grain, new wine, and olive oil. These were needed to make the bread and keep the lamps burning continually. The people were to provide these needed supplies on a regular basis.

In today’s society the needs of the house of God, physical building, is often being neglected. The needs are different then they were for Nehemiah. Now maintenance of the building, electricity, and gas are the needed supplies. Some of these needs are met by people physically helping with the repairs. Many are met by supplying the money needed to pay the various bills. These needs are met through offerings being given on a regular basis.

However, there is another house of God that is often neglected. This house of God is the individual. The needs here are not the physical needs, but the spiritual needs that are being neglected.

Many believers do not take time each day to read and study God’s Word. They do not take time to hide His Word in their heart. They do not take time to pray continually. They do not strive to resist the devil and flee from all sin.

Today, as a believer, you are God’s temple. You are the new sanctuary where God can dwell here on this earth.

As a human being, you are careful not to neglect the physical needs of your body–food, clothing and shelter. However, are you guilty of neglecting the spiritual needs of your soul?

It is the spiritual side of your life that is the temple of God. You must not neglect the needs of your spirit. God’s Holy Spirit will guide you in this. God will take care of those needs if you allow Him too by staying in His Word, praying daily and fleeing sin.

Are you going to neglect His house today?

I pray today that you will have a hunger for knowing God’s Word; that you will pray to God continually; that you will not neglect His house; and that you will be His witness in this world.

Nehemiah 3:1 Rebuilding

Eliashib the high priest and his fellow priests went to work and rebuilt the Sheep Gate. They dedicated it and set its doors in place, building as far as the Tower of the Hundred, which they dedicated, and as far as the Tower of Hananel. Nehemiah 3:1

Nehemiah had received word that the city of Jerusalem and the temple was not being built. He was working for the king of Persia at the time. After being given permission to go and inspect what was going on, he went to Jerusalem and inspected the walls of the city. He then gathered all the priests and the men from all of the tribes together to begin the work of rebuilding the walls.

As captives of the Persian government, the Israelites were given supernatural favor to rebuild their city. It was by God’s grace on them that the Persian king allowed them to rebuild.

People today have allowed themselves to be taken captive by the enemy of sin. Many have allowed themselves to be carried away by the enemy to a foreign land of sin. This includes people who were believers in Jesus at some point in their life.

Jesus has conquered the enemy of sin and death. When you choose to follow Jesus, you are now under His control. In His great love and mercy, He has given you permission to rebuild a house and a temple for Him. This is not something that can be done alone, but as a group of people with the power of the Holy Spirit.

This house and temple is not something physical as the Israelites were building. It is the house of God and the temple of God. Every person who is a believer in Jesus makes up a part of the house of God. Every individual believer is a the temple of God. The believers are called stones in God’s house.

You have a part in rebuilding His house and temple. As you witness and make disciples, you are building His house larger. As you give your life over to Jesus and live more like Him, you are rebuilding His temple.

Take time today to begin rebuilding God’s house and His temple. Be His witness and make some disciples. Live your life more like Jesus.

I pray today that you will be God’s holy temple; that you will make disciples for Jesus; that you will do the work needed to build God’s kingdom; and that God will guide you and give you the needed strength for the work.

2 Chronicles 33:7 The Wrong Image

He took the image he had made and put it in God’s temple, of which God had said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever.” 2 Chronicles 33:7

Manasseh had become king of Judah and led the people into great sins. He set up all of the temples and altars to Baal and Asherah, sacrificed children, practiced witchcraft and consulted with mediums. One of the images he had made, he put up in the temple of God to worship it there. This was where God said He would dwell forever.

People put up idols and images of idols to worship all over the world. In more modern countries, the images are not usually of the typical “gods” that you see in Asian countries. These images are of things that people put before God.

Although there are Christians who do have some things that they idolize out in the open, there are many more who have some things that are idolized only in the heart and mind. It is in the heart and mind of a person that one can hide things from other people. No one can see inside the heart and mind of a person.

It is in there that idols can be set up. Thoughts are allowed to run freely in the mind. As they run, often they go into areas that should not be, such as lust, pornography, greed, anger, vengeance, and more.

Jesus said that He would be with you forever. When you have accepted Jesus into your life, God had set up His dwelling place in your heart and life to live for all eternity. You are now the temple of God. It is in your heart that you are to worship God.

When you allow images of things of this world to be in your heart and mind, you have defiled God’s dwelling place. You have begun to set up images of false gods in your heart.

Do not allow these images in your heart and mind. Do not replace God with false gods. Keep God’s temple clean to worship Him in heart and spirit.

I pray today that you will love God with all your heart; that you will worship God alone; that God will help you remove any images from your life; and that God will be pleased with His temple.