Sunday, September 24, 2017
"What We Store Within" - 09/24/17 - 1 Chronicles 28-29
"the closets for storing all the holy things"(28:12)
I love how He gives me the verses each day. Before reading, I pray to hear when He "speaks" to me. It is such a delight when I actually feel my stomach do a little flip upon "hearing" Him.
This morning as I was reading through about the security guards, the financial affairs, military organization, tribal administrators, the temple plans, etc. I kept thinking, "I'm not hearing Him". And then, almost at the end of reading - it leaped out at me - "the closets for storing all the holy things". I immediately thought, "what? what in the world - closets?". It set me thinking about my closets.
There is an old story about Jesus coming into your "heart" and wanting to have every "room" within. It takes you through the living room, He talks about the TV and what you watch. The kitchen, bath, bedroom, etc. and as you guide Him through - you give over to Him each "room".
That is until you come to the end of the hall to the closet.
It is there you change from gracious to rude host. You stand in front of the door and are unwilling to open it because you do not want Him to see inside. It is in the "closet" you have "hidden" everything that serves "self" and not Him.
When I hear of persons walking away from our ABBA and leaving everything He has to offer because of what is in their closets, then I again recognize this is where their treasure is and who their god is.
This is why God wants to see and know what we keep stored within the closet of our heart.
This verse tells me our ABBA does provide closets.
They aren't a bad thing. It's what you put in them.
Are they holy things? Would we be ashamed if we could see persons going through our things when we are gone? How about when God goes through the "closet" within our heart?
There are times when I am watching something on TV - I hear Him say, "is this Holy". It isn't pornography or anything like that - it's just worldly things. I love murder mystery shows, and sometimes the violence is so worldly. I am finding things I really enjoyed - not so much anymore. satan wants us to become numb or tolerant of the worldly things.
Which is why it is so essential to fill our "closet" with His Words to overcome the words of the world.
As far as being ashamed. Yes, I fail so often.
At times I will catch myself thinking unloving thoughts......towards someone who has "done me wrong" and am prompted by The Holy Spirit I need to be praying and forgiving.
At times, I am totally focused on "self" and not Him.
At times I allow anger to stew and the words that come forth, aren't Christlike.
At times I am self righteous, judgmental, envious, coveting, lazy, procrastinate, and all about "self".
Right there in the middle of the top shelf.
And if I am not submitting to His "cleaning", all those element will eventually totally consume the all of me, taking over my heart.
I am so very thankful His grace and mercy and all things Holy, are also stored within our "closet". Until the day we die there will always be little dust balls here and there. But, there is no doubt He is bigger than anything in our "closet". There is no doubt He will keep on "cleaning" with us no matter what.
All we have to do is stand back and open our "closet" door.