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Daily Reading: 1 Kings 7:1-50 ESV, Acts 7:30-50 ESV, Psalm 128:1-6 ESV, Proverbs 16:31-33 ESV

Daily Verse: “‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest?” (Acts 7:49 ESV)

OIKOS (3624): “Denotes a house, a dwelling.”[i]

Dwelling place.

God lives within us, our body His temple.  When you begin to think of your body as God’s home, how you take care of it makes a difference.  Battling the bulge becomes more than a vanity issue; maintaining a healthy weight honors God.

What type of home do you want to build for God?  He leaves the decorating up to you.  When my brother built his house, he asked people to write their favorite scriptures on the bare boards beneath the drywall.  Entering their home, you pass under these words:

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Josh. 24:15 ESV)

Firm foundation.

Building your house on the foundation of scripture will ensure its survival during the storms.  God’s promises have stood the test of thousands of years; they’ll stand for that many more. 

You determine the house you build by the materials you use.  Feeding your soul with God’s word will fortify your structure.  Allowing the Creator to work from within will produce an outward light no one can distinguish.  God’s love will pour from you effortlessly to those around you.  But only if you build a firm foundation.

Invite Jesus into your home, all of it.  Open your heart to Him, and allow Christ to enter every room.  Don’t shut Jesus out of your pain; invite Him into it.  Let God comfort your hurts as He takes up residency inside your heart.  With Him, we become whole.

[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 176) Thomas Nelson

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