“What Makes the House of God?” – 1 Kings 8:12-13

1 Kings 8:12-13

“Then Solomon said, “The Lord has said that he would dwell in thick darkness. I have indeed built you an exalted house, a place for you to dwell in forever.”

What are the most important elements of the Temple? For the Temple to be the “House of God,” what had to be in it? While not trying to be Captain Obvious, it is worth noting that the presence of God made it the House of God.

When Solomon said that the Lord would be in the “thick darkness,” he was referring to a cloud that filled the Temple when it was dedicated. It was so thick the priests had to get out and Solomon declared that God was in that cloud. God decided that His presence would dwell there for the people to connect with Him.

The presence of God in our lives is more important than everything. As a matter of fact, just like the Temple, everything should flow from His presence in us. Therefore, walk in the Spirit. Keep in step with the Spirit. Let God’s presence have full reign in you, resulting in an amazing life.

Use the HEAR method as you spend time with God’s Word today.
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you? 
Explain – what does the passage mean? 
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today? 
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Pastor Stephen Williams

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