Encouragement to live in God's sweet and empowering grace every day.

Encouragement to live in God's sweet and empowering grace every day.

Who dwells in your heart?

Who dwells in your heart?

I was in a good online bible study with Anne Graham Lotz based on her book, ‘The Daniel Prayer.’ I loved how each day of the study we were to follow four steps. Step one, we would read the Word. Step two, we would list the facts from the Word. Step three we would write the lessons we learned and the last step we would write what God’s Word meant in our lives. (listen to His voice)

2 Chronicles 7:1 was part of that study and brought such a change to my heart! You know how sometimes when you read the Word and it’s just that … reading? Or you’ve read the same scripture many times and think you have it figured out? But then the Holy Spirit breathes life into it and it becomes alive in your heart either for the first time or in a new way? It’s at that moment it becomes a solid rock you can stand on forever! You never waver again with that scripture and the truth that lies in it.

2 Chronicles 7:1 says, “When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.”

When I read the glory of the Lord filled the temple, I said, “Oh Father God in heaven, ‘I’ am Your temple.” And I was quite taken aback! It happened in an instant! I knew it was the Spirit Himself that opened my eyes to this because I’ve read the verses about us being His vessel and many times at that.  1 Corinthians 3:16   2 Timothy 1:14 Romans 8:11

2 Chronicles 7:2 goes on to say, “The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it.”

I believe the reason God chose these verses to drive this truth (that I am His temple) deep into my heart is because of the contrast between the Old and New Testament. Here even the priests could not enter the temple because the glory of the Lord filled it. But, thankfully, when Jesus died on the cross, and the veil was torn in two from the top to the bottom, I as a believer and follower of Jesus, was granted access to the Spirit of God. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the grave lives in me. That is incredible!! He lives in every believer.

I then had to ask myself. Do I allow God’s glory to fill me? Therefore flowing out to others? What is God’s glory?

While I don’t claim to know everything about the Holy Spirit and the glory of God, one thing I have learned about the glory is that it is all the attributes of God woven together. God is holy, righteous, pure, wise, sovereign, merciful, faithful, infinite, omnipotent, love, immutable (He doesn’t change), just, forgiving, our provider, our healer, our joy, our peace, our banner, and full of grace. And many more.

In answering theses questions I had to honestly admit that I don’t always allow His glory to fill me and spill out to others. There are times when I grieve the Holy Spirit. I’m not proud of this fact but I know I’m forgiven and will continue to push forward while allowing Him to bring the necessary changes to my heart. ❤

With much love,

Susan Parish

You’re turn:

Do you allow God’s glory to fill you? And flow out to others? What changes can you make so His glory does fill you? Is there an area where you have grieved the Holy Spirit?
We all fall short of the glory of God. Ask Him to show you and when He does, ask and receive your forgiveness and make the changes He’s asking you to make. Remember, He gives fresh grace every day. ❤ Have an excellent day with the Lord.

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7 thoughts on “Who dwells in your heart?”

  • Beautiful post Susan! I need to ask God tonight if I’m letting His Glory fill my temple. I really need to die more to myself and make room for His spirit to live more through me!! Less of me, more of Him!! 💗

  • Like Donna, I NEED to die to myself and give room to the Holy Spirit. I need to let go when I pray and let God speak and fill me up with no BUTS….
    I grieve Him with my buts… but I am not worth it, but I am not strong enough… etc… the buts might be true BUT I am strong enough , I am worthy I am…. through Jesus Christ who died for me and all my Buts…
    Great reminder! Thank you Susan..
    Need to dig deeper and let go and let God…

    • I understand what you’re saying Annette. I fight with the buts too. Just as dying to self is a daily thing, so is grace.💗 We’ll keep on digging deeper.

  • Thank you for your inspiring post Susan. I need to make time for God first. Allow His Holy Spirit keep me replenished for the day. Ask Him continually for His help before making any decisions. He says I am worthy, that He is aways with me, only a breath away. I believe Him, because I can do nothing without Him. He is my reason for carrying on through chronic illness. Father, help me. I need you.

    • Hi Linda, I lifted you up to Jesus in prayer. My heart goes out to those who suffer with chronic pain and chronic illness. You are so worthy! He is with you and loves you tremendously!! I hope you don’t mind, I wrote your name down, so I can continue to pray for you. God bless you today and every day.💗

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