The Temple

25 11 2009

God is very interested in the details. When you take a look at the instructions for the tabernacle tent God instructed in Exodus, up to the Temple design God gave David to pass onto Solomon…we see a God who loves precison and excellence.

He called for the best materials. He called for the best craftsmen. He called for everyone to give their all. The level of excellence was not lost in the details….it was amplified.

The result was a place of His presence, a place of worship like no other. It’s no different today for us. God is still interested in the details. He is still involved in every little intricacy.

God still wants the Tabernacle…His Temple, to be a spectacular display of His presence to dwell. The only difference today is we are the temple! He is still involved in every detail of the constuction…but the materials are our lives. We have a master builder in the Holy Spirit who is working to make our temples excellent.

It was Paul’s instruction to the Corinthians. It’s the cry in Romans 12:1 that calls us to this true act of worship. It’s not all on us, God is just as involved as He was in the old testament! The materials and the methods have just become personalized.

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris

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Encouragement for the week

1 11 2009

Ephesians 1:18

“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,”

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Quote for the day:

“‘Cause when we see You, we find strength to face the day
In Your presence all our fears are washed away” — Paul Baloche “Hosanna”





Fear Conquered

27 10 2009

Reading through a book from one of my favorite authors….excellent chapter on fear and conquering fear by unlearning…be inspired.

“The goal of love is fearlessness! As we grow in a love relationship with God, we unlearn the fears that paralyze us and neutralize us spiritually. That is the essence of faith. Faith is the process of unlearning your irrational fears.”
Mark Batterson from “In A Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day”

1 John 4:18
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.”

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





Daily Scripture — Faith

27 09 2009

I don’t know what trial or test your dealing with today, but I do know that our Creator & God is bigger than all of them put together. Our faith in Him is what will well up Hope within and carry us to the promises He has made for us. Don’t let your faith falter. Give glory to God and believe!

Romans 4:18-22

Against all odds, Abraham’s hope grew into full-fledged faith that he would turn out to be the father of many nations, just as God had promised when He said, “That’s how many your descendants will be.” His faith did not fail, although he was well aware that his impotent body, after nearly 100 years, was as good as dead and that Sarah’s womb, too, was dead.
In spite of all this, his faith in God’s promise did not falter. In fact, his faith grew as he gave glory to God because he was supremely confident that God could deliver on His promise. This is why , you see, God saw his faith and counted him as righteous; this is how he became right with God.

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Quote for the Day:

“There’s a power in hope that goes beyond explanation. It lifts us out of the rubble of our failures, our pain, and our fear to rise above what at one point seemed insurmountable. Our ability to endure, to persevere, to overcome is fueled by this in seemingly innocuous ingredient called HOPE.” — Erwin McManus from the book “Soul Cravings”





Daily Scripture

25 09 2009

John 14:26-27

The Father is sending a great Helper, the Holy Spirit, in my name to teach you everything and to remind you of all I have said to you.
My peace is the legacy I leave to you. I don’t give gifts like those of this world. Do not let your heart be troubled or fearful.





Daily Scripture

24 09 2009

Galatians 5:1

So stand strong for our freedom! The Liberating King freed us so we wouldn’t spend one more day under the yoke of slavery; don’t let anyone get you turned around and trapped under the law.





Daily Scripture

23 09 2009

Ephesians 2:10 (The Voice Translation)

For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on our lives, created in Jesus, the Liberator, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.