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To Be Your God

God wants to be your God. Isn’t that awesome? God offers us the greatest blessing—Himself! How great is our God? How blessed are we?

In the Old Testament we read about the Tabernacle. It was God’s way of creating a way for His presence to dwell on earth in the midst of His people. Later Solomon built the Temple and God’s glory went into the Temple. Disobedience caused God’s glory to depart from the Temple (see Ezekiel 10), but God had other plans.

In John 1, we read that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (ESV). Once again God sent up a tent.  The Tabernacle was back. Jesus walked the earth. After Jesus was crucified and rose again, He sent us the Advocate, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit—to dwell within us. We became the temple. And one day Revelation promises that God’s glory will fill the entire earth.  He wants to be your God. How awesome is that?

“I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” – Genesis 17:7-8 [NIV]

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The Altars of Abraham

Abraham built an altar at Shechem and thereafter built another altar to God at Bethel. He built an altar to call to God—to pray and worship. He built an altar to remember God’s promises to bless him (see Genesis 12:7-8). These altars were important.

We don’t build altars today but we do have churches. It is true that we can pray and worship in our homes or anywhere for that matter; however, it is beneficial and necessary to attend church. At church, you join together in a place dedicated to God, to pray and worship. At church, you are reminded of God’s promises to bless you.

Don’t neglect the opportunity to gather together to pray and to worship our Lord. As you join together to pray, to worship, to be reminded—you will be refreshed and equipped to continue walking forward.

“Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.”  – 1 Chronicles 16:28-29 [NIV]