This Is Your House
II Chronicles 7:12-16
September 12, 2004
INTRODUCTION; In the O.T. the temple served as the place of God's dwelling: His Presence. Now, I realize in the N.T., God's dwelling is in the believer.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20, "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."
With this in mind, my body is a sanctuary, the holy of holies, where God dwells; therefore, I am to glorify God. This is not only my ultimate purpose, but that is the teaching of both O.T. and N.T. truth for the body of Christ.
In 2 Chronicles 7:14, our Lord laid down the conditions of obedience for the people of God to enjoy His blessings and favor.
2 Chronicles 7:14, "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."
1. Demotion of Self
Humility – to bend the knee:
Leonard Ravenhill said, "The church is dying on its feet because it will not live on its knees."
2. DEVOTION TO PRAY
"Pray": To judge self habitually
3. DESIRING FOR GOD
"Seek My Face": Longing for God
4. DEDICATION TO GOD
"Turn from your wicked ways" Holiness
This passage expresses stipulations to experience God's blessings.
In v.15 the Lord answers Solomon's prayer after the completion of God's house.
2 Chronicles 7:15, "Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place."
NOTE: 2 Chronicles 6:20, 40 (Read)
Following this answered prayer, the Lord promises three things to Solomon that has become my prayer for us.
I. HIS AUTHORITY. 16
"that my name may be there forever" – name implies authority; ...
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