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Happy New Year
I am your host Christina Farris coming from turtle30cshell.
com. Have you made your New Year’s resolution yet? Are
you starting a new diet, promising to exercise a little more,
stop smoking this year, stop that habit that is getting on
everyone nerve, or are you just hoping to get through the
New Year with nothing bad happening? Whatever goal you
do or do not set this year I hope you much success in
achieving it. However as I was thinking about goals, I was
trying to think of a Bible Character who set goals for
himself. Solomon set a goaled of building the temple.
1 Kings 5:1-5 KJV
(1) And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto
Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king
in the room of his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of
(2) And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying,
(3) Thou knowest how that David my father could not
build an house unto the name of the LORD his God for the
wars which were about him on every side, until the LORD
put them under the soles of his feet.
(4) But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on
every side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil
(5) And, behold, I purpose to build an house unto the
name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spake unto
David my father, saying, Thy son, whom I will set upon thy
throne in thy room, he shall build an house unto my name.
Solomon had a purpose. A purpose to build the temple.
The temple would begin being built in the forth year of his
reign. And would be finished and dedicated the temple 7 ½
years later. A goaled that started long before he was born
by his father David. Yet continue in his generation
because war was over and the temple could be built.
David would not be allowed to build the temple because he
had blood on his hands. The temple was a holy place. A
place where God would live and dwell among Israel. Yet
this is only a representation of God desire to live and reign
in our hearts as a child of God. He desires to put His
Word in our hearts upon belief and use his word as we go
about life’s way sharing the truth about Jesus. The temple
just like the law was a shadow of things yet to come. A
symbolic of God’s desire to be in the heart of every
believer. The temple important to the believer because of
his symbolic meaning, but not necessary for survival with
God. For faith in God comes without a building, but with
the hearing of the Spirit of God speaking to our hearts the
things of God. In agreement with other believers.
Today as we go forth headed for the New Year let us
have a purpose to allow God build the temple in our heart.
The temple that is everlasting. The temple that teaches us
to follow the Word and Spirit of God. Let us allow God
build the temple in our hearts by belief in Jesus, who is the
chief cornerstone to build upon. A temple not measured by
a tape measure and not by the weight of sin verse good
works but the measurement forgiveness and grace, the
rod of the shepherd that corrects and cuts the bad parts
out and cleanses the believer. The reed that measures the
church is the part that takes away anything not belonging
in the temple of God. The temple being the believer. When
we meet for fellowship or in quiet devotions or mediation
on the word of God, the Holy Spirit comes and begins to
cut away those things in our life that not pleasing to God.
Not acceptable for a child of God. For God expects better
things for us and to flee from things that separates us
from Him. The minister preaches the word of God and it
brings repentance of a believer either at the altar, the pew,
or when one goes home and has time to think things over.
Sometimes we hear and have to meditate and something
a person is quick and easily brought to submission of God
‘s ways. The temple a place in the Old Testament for the
Word of God to be heard in public, a place for sins to be
forgiven. A place that had to be cleansed by the Holy
Spirit. Today God still cleanses the believer. The first
cleansing for purification and the cleansing to follow for
continual work of grace or the sanctification process.
Dear Heavenly Father build the temple not built with
human hands in our heart today. Cleansing us from all
unrighteousness, and forgiveness for sin. May the
purpose of you building the temple in our heart is to mold
our heart into habitation made for your dwelling. A place
for us to dine on your word in quiet meditation. A place for
you to bring the word back to us to correct us when we are
out of your will, or to provide instruction for daily living. In
Jesus precious name, Amen.
God bless you and may you have a good New Year.