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I will exalt you my God, the King, I will praise your name forever and ever. Every day I will praise you and exalt your name forever and ever. Psalm 145:1-2

Monday, July 5, 2010

WHO MAY DWELL IN GOD'S HOUSE!

David wrote - "I love the house where you live, O Lord, the place where your glory dwells." Psalm 26:8 NIV
I love that place too! But, it's more a journey than a place. God made that very clear long after David wrote those words when his son Solomon dedicated the temple. God told the wise man that He was more interested in how people live than where.
So, here is David's challenging list of guidelines for living in God's house. Don't rush through them, take it slow and let the Holy Spirit's words penetrate your heart.
"Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks truth from his heart, and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong, and casts no slur on his fellowman, who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken." Psalm 15 NIV
David repeated much the same list at Psalm 34:12-16, which Peter quotes at 1 Peter 3 urging the new disciples of Jesus to seek this life of blessing from God.
All through the teaching of Jesus and the Apostles two crucial organs seem to be the source of all of the difficulties we create for ourselves and build our own barriers with others and with God - the HEART (mind - seat of our emotions), and the TONGUE. James said "Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers this should not be." James 3:10 Jesus said, "Out of the overflow of the HEART, the MOUTH speaks." Matthew 12:34
So, it all boils down to this - if you truly wish to live in God's house check your heart by monitoring what comes out of your mouth. If we aren't very careful Satan will make us deaf to the words we speak, by which we may finally be condemned.
There is hope for even the most hateful, ignorant, potty mouths in the world. I know because I too have been there. James said it, "The wisdom that comes from above is first of all PURE." James 3:17 The Holy Spirit can cleanse any heart and teach anyone to speak with purity. But you gotta' be honest with yourself and come clean with God about your heart. HALLELUJAH!

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