2 Chronicles 7:16 Chosen And Consecrated

I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there. 2 Chronicles 7:18

Names to be placed on special buildings are done on a regular basis. Often it is done by someone who has paid a huge amount of the expense to have the building built and desire their name to be upon it. Having one’s name on it is giving approval for that building and what goes on inside of it, and also gives honor to the one whose name is on it.

After Solomon dedicated the new temple of God, God came to him and told him that He had chosen and consecrated this temple so that His name would be there forever and that He would keep His eyes and ears on it.

The world loves to have their name known as someone special. Those who are extremely wealthy desire to get their name out there on things that are permanent and will continue to bring in more wealth. However, all of this is for self and is selfish.

Every person who has chosen to repent and believe in Jesus has become a new creation; they are a new building–the temple of God. This is all done by the choosing of God. It is God who calls a person to repentance and the person accepts the call. Once accepted, God then consecrates the person, removing all sin and making him the new temple of God.

As the temple of God believers carry the name of One who is greater than any person that has ever walked upon the earth. God, the creator of the universe and all that is in it, has chosen to place His name upon the believer for all eternity.

Before you became a believer God chose you to be one of His children. The moment you chose to accept God’s call for repentance and belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior you became a new temple of God.

The process of God consecrating you to be holy and righteous began upon your repentance and belief. He is working in your life to make you more like Jesus every day. His name now rests upon you for all the world to see for all eternity. God is keeping an eye on you and is listening for your call to Him, since His name is now on you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know you are a temple of God; that you will allow God to consecrate you to be holy and righteous for His namesake; and that you will know His presence in your life each and every day.

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.

2 Chronicles 2:5 Will You Be A Great Temple For God?

The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods. 2 Chronicles 2:5

All over the world there are temples that have been built that are magnificent in structure. They are built to worship God and many other false gods. Along with those types of temples, people and things have been built up and worshipped as a god.

Each and every one of these temples are all temporary and completely man-made. They may last several thousand years, but eventually will fall apart and fade away into history and oblivion.

Solomon said that the temple he was going to make would be great because God is greater than all the other gods.

Although most believers gather together to worship God in a church or temple building, those places are not the true temple of God. They are just man-made places to gather together to worship God and be taught God’s word in a corporate setting. This is regardless of whether it is a house church or part of some organized church, it is all a gathering place.

Once Jesus left the earth believers became the temple of God, the place where God would dwell. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be with each and every believer. God now dwells inside the heart and life of a believer.

Jesus started the building of the believer upon the person choosing to repent of his sins and believe in Him.

Each and every believer should strive to live as Jesus did–holy and righteous–pure before God. Jesus made the believer pure so that he could then live a holy life.

It is now up to the believer to allow the Holy Spirit to change him into a new creation–a great and holy temple for God to dwell in.

You have been forgiven of your sins and made pure and holy before God. Each and every day you have to make a choice to continue to live for God in His way and by His commands.

Do not allow yourself to be contaminated with the sin of this world and be a temple to a false god. God desires to be with you all day and night every day. Keep yourself pure and holy for Him. Be the great and holy temple for God for Him to dwell in continually.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God’s Holy Spirit will dwell in you; that you will know the cleansing purification Jesus provides; that you will live the holy life God has called you to live; and that you will be a holy temple unto God for Him to dwell in.

1 Chronicles 9:27 Guarding God’s House

They would spend the night stationed around the house of God, because they had to guard it; and they had charge of the key for opening it each morning. 1 Chronicles 9:27

It is very common for many places to have some guards to protect the place during the night and often during the day. The protection is to keep anyone from breaking in and causing destruction and stealing items. Those who stand guard must remain awake and alert to what is going on around them and what they are guarding.

A group of Levites was put in charge of spending the night stationed around the house of God to guard it and to open it each morning.

Only a very small portion of people hold a position as a security guard. Those that do guard work are often working for larger businesses or corporations. The most common place to see guards are at places holding things of very high value or where great destruction can occur easily.

One place that many people do not look to guard is their own heart and life. Every person who has become a believer has also become the temple of God. Their heart and life is where God now dwells, and it must be guarded.

The world is out to destroy the heart and soul of every person and especially those who have chosen to follow Jesus. Temptation to sin against God will be thrown at every believer to destroy him.

Believers must be on guard against the attacks of the enemy, this world, against their souls. Knowing God’s word, being filled with the Holy Spirit and putting on the full armor of God will allow the believer to be on guard, ready and alert to protect his life and the lives of those around him.

As a believer the world is out to destroy you, to cause you to slip up and sin against God. You must always be on guard against the schemes of the world to cause you to fall into temptation and sin against God.

Do not allow the ways of this world to deceive you into sinning against God. Allow God to guide you by His Holy Spirit to protect you against the attacks of the enemy. Guard your heart from being destroyed. Open your heart only to God’s ways of living.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to guard your heart and soul; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in being alert to the attacks of the enemy of your soul; and that you will only open your heart to God and His ways.

2 Kings 12:6 Failing To Make Repairs

But by the twenty-third year of King Joash the priests still had not repaired the temple. 2 Kings 12:6

Making repairs is something that many people do not really like to do. They know that they need to be done and see it staring at them all the time, but busyness, costs or just plain laziness keeps them occupied otherwise.

Rather than make the necessary repairs, many will let things fall apart and trust that those things will still work and work with them in the delipidated condition. Others expect other people to make the repairs.

Prior to Joash becoming king, the temple had fallen into disrepair. As king he asked the priests to have it repaired. After twenty-three years the temple was still not repaired.

Most believers will meet together on a regular basis in a building for church services, to worship God and to be trained to do the work of the Lord in their communities. In many of these churches, the people will strive to keep the building in good repair in order to attract others and to look nice.

While they are willing to repair the physical church, many do not put much work into the new temple of God–their hearts and lives. Some believers will go for many years continuing to hold on to and practice some sinful practice with no intention of stopping. They refuse to really grow in the Lord, staying as they were and are in a fallen state of disrepair. Failing to make repairs is denying the power of God in one’s life.

Every believer needs to work on growing in God. There are always areas in one’s life that need to be repaired. God will touch the believer with His Holy Spirit revealing where changes and repairs need to be made.

Regardless of where you are in your walk with God as a believer, there are probably more areas that need to be repaired in your life. Do not allow yourself to settle with where you are but continue to grow and mature in the Lord.

Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in changes that need to be made so that you may be more like Jesus every day. As He shows you areas that need to be repaired, make those necessary repairs. Do not allow yourself to stay in a state of disrepair and sin.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be the temple of God; that God will reveal to you areas in your life that need to be repaired for His glory; and that God will give you strength and direction to grow in Jesus.