God’s House

• Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Ep.2:19-22

• Every born again believer is, in a sense, a member of the Lord’s house • But in a real sense, we are only a part of the Lord’s house as we are ‘built together’

One Acre

Bedroom

Living Room

Garage

C L O S E T

Bathroom

Kitchen

• God’s ‘dwelling’ is promised for a house that is ‘built together’! • Our ability to fight the darkness in our region will be to the degree of our being together as a ‘holy temple IN the Lord.

• How little we understand this
– God is looking for HIS house – God has promised to ‘live’ there – God ‘rests’ there – God’s presence remains there

• It is hard to imagine God’s house standing yet it has lost its’ vision and purpose—but it has happened and we need to know how. • There is a time period in Israel’s history, not long after David and Solomon, when the nation lost its’ identity and therefore its’ purpose

• 2 Chron.28 under Ahaz they did evil
– Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem; and he did not do what was right in the sight of the LORD vs.1 – So Ahaz gathered the articles of the house of God, cut in pieces the articles of the house of God, shut up the doors of the house of the LORD, and made for himself altars in every corner of Jerusalem vs28

• The House of The Lord was ‘shut up’, the doors closed and locked, no one went in. • After his death Hezekiah began to reign
– 2 Chron 29:3 “In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the LORD and repaired them.” – “Then he brought in the priests and the Levites…and said to them: “Hear me, Levites! Now sanctify yourselves, sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry out the rubbish from the holy place.” 4-5

• Hezekiah was being used by God in a return to Him—we call that revival. The haunting cries of desperate souls shaped this man to fulfill his destiny:
– ‘For our fathers have trespassed …they have forsaken Him, have turned their faces away from the dwelling place of the LORD, and turned their backs on Him.’ vs.6

• “They have also shut up the doors …put out the lamps…in the holy place to the God of Israel. Therefore the wrath of the LORD fell upon Judah and Jerusalem, and He has given them up to trouble, to desolation, and to jeering, as you see with your eyes. For indeed, because of this our fathers have fallen by the sword; and our sons, our daughters, and our wives are in captivity.” vs.8-9

• Hezekiah knew there was only one plan: • RETURN TO GOD! • Before God moves visibly in power—He moves invisibly in holiness. He cleanses His house. • As the rubbish is carried out the outward signs of revival and restoration are brought in.

• It is interesting to note the role of restored worship: “My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him, and that you should minister to Him and burn incense.” (vs.11) • His focus was NOT on turning the heart of the people but drawing the heart of God: “If I be Lifted up, I will draw…”

• Even as Hezekiah opened the temple doors, there is a door which must be opened in us. • “I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.” Ps 16:8 • Your heart is a dwelling place of the Lord. • Worship is coming into that place and beholding Him

• Our spirit can be open or closed to God. It is not automatically open. Jesus stood outside the door to His church and knocked… • This can at times be frightening for it is more than sharing our heart, it is being able to allow Him to share His, being tender and able to receive His cleansing words to us.

• The Jews have just celebrated “Rosh-hashana” • Tradition teaches that on Rosh-hashana 3 books are opened:
– The Book of Life: those who strive for greatness and live righteous and morally excellent – The Book of Death: those who’s moral compass is own desires, those who only live for now, hurt – The Book of Middle People

• The middle people are those who fall in between:
– Rise and fall – Focus and distracted – Love and hate – Give and take

• The period between Rosh-hashana and Yom Kippur is what is called the 10 DAYS of AWE • Or: The 10 Days of Repentance • We are in that period now. It was considered the most important time for ‘middle’ people • For it would set the tone for the year

• Just as the temple was cleansed in Hezekiah’s day, I believe the Holy Spirit is saying that repentance, prayer, and fervent love will give God the OPEN DOOR He is seeking for in your life to make this the greatest year of your life and this church. • By confessing and forsaking anything and everything questionable in your life you are reaching out to extend yourself to God and the promise is He will extend Himself to you

• After ‘kiddush’ family members gather around and eat an apple dipped in honey and say a prayer for a “good and sweet year”

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