Topic: God Answers Title: “Dear to His Heart”
Scripture– I Kings 9:3 / II Chronicles 7:16 “The Lord said to him (Solomon) I have heard your prayer and your petition. I have set this Temple apart to be holy – this place you have built where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.”
Observation: God heard Solomon when he prayed and He answered Solomon. God accepted the offfering from Solomon of the temple. God made a promise to Solomon to always watch over the place that Solomon built for Him. The “Temple” was built by Solomon to honor God and for His dwelling place with man. God expresses that it is “dear” to His heart and that is it set apart to be holy.
Application: In the same way God heard and responded to Solomon, He will hear my prayers and He will answer me when I cry to Him with an open heart longing to be near His presence. Since the death and resurrection of Christ, God’s son, God’s temple is now within the heart of the believer and not in a building. My physical body is the Temple of God and the His Spirit dwells within me as a believer. I have dedicated my life to Christ and my physical body to HIM as His Temple. My heart I offer to Him in the same way that Solomon built a temple. I want God to watch over me and I want to be dear to His heart.
Prayer: Dear Lord, my heart is open for you to dwell within. Please, Lord, make your presence known in my life. Let my body be a temple for your Holy Spirit and set me apart to do your will. Watch over me always and may I be dear to your heart. AMEN.
My devotion on 6-22-08