Ezekiel 44:4 “Then brought he me the way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD: and I fell upon my face.”
How familiar are we with the ways of the world?
Are we more accustomed to the songs of the season that speak of Santa and his reindeer or Christ’s birth?
Are we quick to mention a movie line and forget the verse we memorized?
When I read this passage today, I began to think of my body as the temple that could be filled with the glory of God. I am indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God.
When was the last time you can honestly say you heard His voice clearly speaking to your heart?
When was the last time your knees buckled in prayer to bow in awe of God’s glory and majesty?
When was the last time we were indeed in awe of the God we serve?
When we are genuinely in awe of God, it will affect us profoundly.
Psalm 4:4 “Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.”
Sin will cease.
Peace will reign.
I will desire cleanliness and holiness.
Psalm 33:8 “Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.”
One day, the whole world will see God for who He truly is; sovereign, almighty, and everlasting.
But you and I will never find that sense of awe without the Word of God.
Psalm 119:161 “SCHIN. Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.”
The small steps of compromise that I take daily take their toll on the power and presence of God in my life. What I see that takes my mind to some memory of sin or sinful behavior needs to be brought under the blood as soon as it enters, or it will take a foothold in my mind as acceptable.
There is a sacredness of those who can truly say they have come into the presence of God. Many rarely say anything about it because words fail to describe it accurately. But, one thing is evident.
Once you have come into His presence, there is NOTHING the world could ever take His place!
To allow God’s glory to fill me means I must be devoid of sin and worldliness. God will not inhabit that which is unclean. A child of God who is a born-again Bible-believer is made righteous by the blood of Jesus.
We are given or imputed the righteousness of Jesus at salvation to the place God the Father sees us as righteous as His Son.
In being responsible for the temple I have been given, I must daily, if not hourly, check up on my heart’s cleanliness.
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
We are subject to the choices we make every day. When we fail to accept responsibility for our actions, sin lingers and becomes rooted in us. The bonds of those sins begin to infect other areas of our lives and cause us to become defiled in our conscience.
Titus 1:15 “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.”
The purity of mind, body, and soul should be the standard to which every child of God holds themselves. I can honestly say that this is my everyday struggle and fight. There is no switch to turn this off in my life.
It will be a constant battle for as long as I live in this body of flesh.
Let us encourage one another to holiness, godliness, and purity. May we sharpen one another to be more like Christ in all that we do, say, and think!