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(Scripture refs from the NKJV and KJV at the end)

– For every house is built by some man; but He that builds all things is God. – Hebrews 3:4

Through faith we understand the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. All things were made by Him – and without Him was not anything made that was made. Even though the things we see are temporary – and the things we cannot see are eternal, the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made.

Even his eternal power and Godhead; so that we are without excuse. We are constant witnesses to the worldly – but temporary home – He has built for us under heaven. Anything we believe is a permanent structure (including churches) – then constructed below upon this earth – must be built by Him. Otherwise, all the labor is in vain.

For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him – and His pleasure alone. God is before all things – and by Him all things consist. Our every breath is in His hands – we cannot live, move, or have our being without Him. Heaven is God’s throne – and the earth is His footstool.

What house can we build Him then on earth to contain Him? God does not dwell in temples made with hands – neither is worshipped with men’s hands – seeing He is Lord of heaven and earth. Anything we build upon earth – Christ must be the cornerstone and foundation – for the gates of hell will not be able to prevail against it. If not, the slightest storms of life can easily topple whatever was constructed.

When we forget our Maker is the Maker of all things – we are only building desolate places for ourselves here on earth without Him. Our Father in heaven can take away – even violently – any house here in the world when we fail to remember it is He who provides all the material to make anything. As Christians, we are God’s building on earth – whether it is inside a physical structure or not.

It is a building fitly framed together growing unto a holy temple for the Lord – for a habitation of God through the Spirit. We must be always mindful we are building on the foundation of Christ – and not of another man. All the earthly tabernacles will one day be dissolved – only our eternal and heavenly home built by God will remain. We don’t want to find ourselves unclothed and naked when that time comes.

(Scripture refs in order of use: Hebrews 11:3, John 1:3, 2 Corinthians 4:18, Romans 1:21, Psalm 127:1, Colossians 1:16-17, Revelation 4:11, Daniel 5:23, Acts 17:28, 1 Kings 8:27, 2 Chronicles 2:6, Isaiah 66:1, Acts 7:49, Acts 17:24-25, Matthew 6:18, Luke 6:48-49, Job 20:19, Hosea 8:14, Habakkuk 2:12, 1 Corinthians 3:9-16, Ephesians 2:21-22, Romans 15:20, Amos 9:6, 2 Corinthians 5:1-3).

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(Scripture from the NKJV and KJV)

– But I know your abode, your coming in and your going out – and your rage against Me. – 2 Kings 19:27

Many people can consider their homes their palaces – a protection from the perils of life that await them every time they step out the front door.  Homes can sometimes seem like our only shelter from the madness of modern society.  They can simply be a place where we feel like we can separate ourselves from the world for a while.  But, homes can also be a place where we can separate ourselves from the Word for a while, as well.  A person can carry a Bible everywhere they go outside – then leave it on the shelf the whole time they are inside – except at church or Bible study.  However, our Father always knows where we are – and those who are His (Deuteronomy 13:3, Job 31:4, 2 Timothy 2:19).

Anyone can appear to be a model Christian who is out and about every day. Comments are often made to that effect.  For example, “What a trusting and loving brother (sister)” … or, “I haven’t met such a faithful follower of the Lord in sometime”. All the while, that very same person may come home every night and rage against God for discouragements, disap-pointments, and defeats as a believer – perhaps even over the death of someone they weren’t ready for to die yet.  It’s all in full view of our Father at all times (Jeremiah 23:24).  All of creation is bare before His eyes continually – God cannot miss anything (Hebrews 4:13, Romans 3:5-6).

We should always be vigilantly mindful of a spirit world we cannot see – and that’s the one we continually wrestle against (Ephesians 6:12).  Physical walls, doors, and locks cannot keep out God – nor can they keep out the devil.  They both have access to the same places (Job 1:7, 2 Chronicles 16:9). Remember that Satan had a seat in the church at Pergamos (Revelation 2:13). And, the devil must love it when we are mad at our Father. There are wages for raging against God. For when we are mad at Him for any reason – we can quickly grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30).  In turn, this can easily evolve into blasphemy against God – the only sin that cannot be forgiven – neither here or in heaven (Matthew 12:31-32).

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