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. The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it. When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, “He is good; his love endures forever.”
Is this your testimony?
Is your Christian life more ritual than revelation?
Ask God to make his presence more real for you. Don’t be content with habit or tradition. Seek to be transformed by real encounters with the living God.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Do you really believe that God answers prayer? That he hears your prayers, and answers them? Banish doubt. Dare to pray with faith and boldness. Expect that he will answer your prayers.
Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.
Make this a day of prayer in your life. And join your heart and mind with other Believers. Together, seek the Lord.
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was in ancient times nor ever will be in ages to come.
Make sure you are listening and that your priorities are right. Examine your heart. Be serious about your life and the times in which you are living. Humble yourself before God. Repent of any sins. Commit your life anew to him. Cry out to the Lord for yourself, your family, your nation and for those who need salvation. Make sure you are ready.
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was in ancient times nor ever will be in ages to come. “Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”
Remember that God is ready to provide a way of escape for you in Jesus, because “He is gracious and merciful.” He will answer your questions and meet your needs. Seek him with your whole heart, for he is the answer.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
Pause and consider how much Jesus loves you. He loved you so much that he died on the cross that your sins might be forgiven. He loves you unconditionally, and is ready to forgive your sins and take away your burdens. Do not let this day go by without thanking him for his love. And be ready to share that love with others.
The Lord detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him.
Ask God to deliver you from this spirit of hypocrisy. Don’t waste your time trying to impress others, or pretend you are something you are not. Be honest with God. Surrender your life to the Lordship of Jesus. Be authentic. Genuine. Clean and pure.