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Housing The Presence of God

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2 Samuel 6:11, “And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household.”

Why do you think Obededom’s home was blessed? It is because it was housing the ark of the covenant; the very presence and mercy of God in the Old Testament.

However, the ark of the covenant was never designed to be in one man’s home, this was a unique accident that worked out in Obededom’s favor. The purpose of the ark was to bless an entire Nation; Israel.

In the midst of the stay-at-home order in North America, our homes have become our church sanctuary, our worship centers, and our prayer closets. As much as I miss gathering in our church building for worship, I am enjoying my home becoming a sanctuary every Sunday morning.

Every time you allow the presence of God to enter your homes, you and your family will be blessed.  

However, just as the presence of God was not meant for one man, Obededom, and his family, but for an entire Nation, the presence of God that is blessing our homes is not only for our households, but for our city, our Nation, and our world.

We don’t go “to church” we are “the church.” We gather the church body together in a building on Sundays, but when we leave, we bring the presence of God with us wherever we go.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 says, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

We are so blessed to have service in our homes today and it would be an incredible blessing to someone else, too. I encourage you to share your worship service on your facebook page today, so someone else’s home will be blessed with the presence and mercy of God.

Angela Overton

Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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    Sarah Hale

    Yes! This truth about the body of Christ being His living sanctuary has been coming up over and over in my heart over the past weeks, thank you!

    • Angela Overton

      Good morning, Sis. Sarah. It always amazes me how God speaks to His church about similar things at the same time. God is so good. Oh, that we would be a living sanctuary, holy and acceptable for His glory. Thank you for your comment.

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    Leanna Cherry

    Just want to say what a blessing these devotionals are in my life. Every morning, they are a part of my reading and prayer time. Thank you for sharing these anointed words of hope with us!