Today's Devotion - 1/18/12

2 Chronicles 6&7
Romans 7&8

I love reading about the dedication of Solomon’s temple.  It represents a moment in time when it looked like God’s people were going to begin acting like God’s people.  From the outset, perfection never seems to be the requirement…however, repentance is essential.  In 2 Chronicles 6:32, Solomon talks about the glory of the temple being a testimony to the nations.  He prays and asks that when people turn their hearts toward the God of the temple, that the Lord would hear their prayers.  I love that when he was at his most wise, Solomon understood God’s heart for evangelism.  The temple was not a closed off fortress of exclusivity.  It was a beacon.  When we are called the temple of God, that’s exactly what we are meant to be…a beacon of God’s light, love, and radiance.

One of the most famous passages on prayer is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14.  "If my people, who are called by my name…“  This passage reveals that God knows His people will fall away.  God understands our reckless hearts.  Again, our perfection does not provide access to God…He makes the way!  When we stray, we can’t earn back his favor.  

When things go wrong, here’s the guide:
- Get Humble and Pray
- Seek His FACE (not relief, not blessing.  seek the very face of the living God)
- Repent (not just say sorry.  turn away from wrong things)

Romans 7 talks about the power of sin.   It is a controlling force.  Here’s how you see in evidence:  you want to do the right thing, but you end up doing the wrong thing.  If we live in this mindset, we will never be free from sin’s power.  That’s why we must understand and love the reality found in Romans 8:1-2, ” 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Aaron is the pastor of Spring of Life, a new church in Portland, Oregon. He's the owner of Amplify Creative.