October 12 2016 – re-opening temple doors & clearing out the rubbish & debris.

In 2 Chronicles 28 we read about king Ahaz becoming increasingly unfaithful to God, in the end even shutting up the doors of the temple (verse 24) where God met with His people.

God now meets with us not in a building, but in our heart, our spirit. The temple is a picture of our heart. Like king Ahaz we can shut the doors of the temple. Shut out some area of our life, our heart to God, chose not to completely surrender to Him.

If that happens, we find out what to do about it in the next chapter and we’re told what happens in our temple when we shut its doors.

Ahaz’s son Hezekiah re-opened the doors of the temple (Ch 29:3). That’s the first thing we need to do, re-open the doors of our temple, our heart to God. Let Him in wherever we have kept Him out, surrender all areas of our life to Him and His control.

Associated with the doors of the temple being shut, rubbish and debris had accumulated in the temple and it was cleared out (Ch 29 verses 5&16). If we have shut any of the doors of our temple, our heart to God, when we re-open them we need to clear out the rubbish and debris that has accumulated. The rubbish and debris of unbelief, of some unhealthy habit, pattern, behaviour we may have developed. The debris of idols and other life sources we turned to while we closed our heart to God.

If we have shut our temple doors, we must re-open them and clear out the rubbish and debris.

 

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