Have You Seen His Glory?

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S-cripture:

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

O-bservation:

The temple that Solomon built for the Lord had finally been completed after seven years of work. At that point, the "Ark of the Covenant" was brought into the temple. As the priests who were ministering began to play their instruments, great praise went up from the people and the glory of the Lord so filled the temple that a cloud representing the presence of God made it impossible for the priests to continue to perform their service.

A-pplication:

Several times in the Old Testament, the "Glory of The Lord" so filled the temple that normal exercises were suspended. I believe something similar happened in the New Testament on the "Day of Pentecost." There have been times in my life where the presence of The Lord, in a prayer meeting or a time following the service at the altar, was so inundating that I somehow felt lost in HIS presence. I actually believe I saw the "Glory of The Lord." Those times in my life have been benchmarks that I can never forget. Because of the possibility of witnessing the "Glory of The Lord" again ... I Press On. Since I have experienced it, I can never walk away into another kind of "Life Calling" because I know this is real. Here's my question ... "Have You Seen HIS Glory?"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I need You this AM. I pray that today would be a demonstration of Your Glory in my life "kind of day." I've seen Your Glory and I want more. Amen
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Built On Costly Ground

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S-cripture:

2 Chronicles 3:1 Then Solomon began to build the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David. It was on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the place provided by David.

O-bservation:

Years before the building of the Lord’s Temple by Solomon, Solomon's father David had sinned by having the "Fighting Men" of Israel counted. God sent a plague upon Israel and 70,000 people died. David begged the Lord to forgive him and built an altar on property that he had purchased from Araunah the Jebusite. Araunah tried to give his land to King David, but David said, "I won't sacrifice to the Lord that which cost me nothing." Now, years later, that very land was being used by his son Solomon to build the Temple for Almighty God.

A-pplication:

No wonder David wrote during his lifetime, "Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning" (Psalm 30:5, paraphrase). The very place David paid a costly price for to avenge the anger of the Lord became the very location that his son Solomon built the Temple unto God Almighty. Little did David know that the place he purchased to sacrifice for the atonement of his own SIN would be the place where all of Israel would one day have their sins atoned for. Often times your greatest joys in life come from events that were ... "Built On Costly Ground."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank you that time after time You have turned my greatest sorrows into my greatest joys. I am blessed. Amen
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The LAMENT Of A Friend

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S-cripture:

2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments.

O-bservation:

Josiah was only eight years old when he began his 31-year reign in Judah. Thirteen years into his rule, Jeremiah became the Prophet of the Lord. Think about the power of a righteous ruler taking his lead from a man of God like Jeremiah. Josiah was killed in battle, and Jeremiah wrote the Book of Lamentations partly over his own grieving after his friend and leader, Josiah.

A-pplication:

The Bible tells us that Josiah, for a brief period of time, healed the nation of Judah. He tore down all of the heathen places of worship and reinstituted the Passover feast and offerings. At the age of 21, his friend and co-laborer Jeremiah became the Prophet of his day. These two tore up the devil for another 18 years! Then Josiah died in the battle against Egypt. There are many reasons why Jeremiah is called the "Weeping Prophet," and indeed this loss is one of those reasons.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I'm thinking this AM of my own dear friends. Keep them, I pray, in the palm of Your hand. Amen
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Church First!

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S-cripture:

2 Chronicles 29:36 Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced at what God had brought about for his people, because it was done so quickly.

O-bservation:

Hezekiah's father, King Ahaz, was so wicked that when he died he was not buried with the other kings of Israel. Immediately upon being anointed king, Hezekiah cleansed the temple of the Lord and established the Levites back into their place as the ministers of Israel. Everything turned around quickly because God was pleased, and the King and the people rejoiced!

A-pplication:

It's amazing to me that all through the Old Testament, whenever the people of Israel put the "Church First," good things happened. For some reason it never registered with them. They'd have a king, do good, and be blessed. The next would do bad and they'd be cursed. And this trend continued over and over. Even today it seems as though when folks put the Lord and His House first, their own homes go better! But, like the Israelites of old, we often miss it as well. When our own house seems to be going sideways, we should always look at God's house where we live, and make sure we make the "Church First!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Before I do anything else today, I am reminded that my life goes best when I make Your House my chief pursuit! Amen
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The RISK Of Having It ALL

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S-cripture:

2 Chronicles 26:16 But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense.

O-bservation:

Here was King Uzziah, who began his reign at 16 years of age and ruled for 52 years! His army and his series of winning spread his fame everywhere. But once he had it ALL, his PRIDE brought about his downfall.

A-pplication:

There's a growing problem in this generation of people not wanting just enough; many actually want it ALL. Uzziah was highly successful. Earlier in this text, the scripture says, "As Long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success." In time, with his growing fame he determined, "Hey I can be a priest as well." He entered the temple of the Lord, unlawfully, and tried to burn incense before the Lord. The priests confronted him and he was smitten with leprosy by the Lord. Don't judge the Lord in this matter. Instead judge the guilty king. There's always, "The RISK Of Having It ALL." Because when pride takes over, it tells you that because you're good at this thing, you're good at everything.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, help me leave the house to do what I want to do best. That's to seek You with ALL of my heart. Amen
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