LAND IS SACRED
2 Kings 5:15-18 Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. Please accept now a gift from your servant.”
The prophet answered, “As surely as the LORD lives, whom I serve, I will not accept a thing.” And even though Naaman urged him, he refused.
“If you will not,” said Naaman, “please let me, your servant, be given as much earth as a pair of mules can carry, for your servant will never again make burnt offerings and sacrifices to any other god but the LORD.
But may the LORD forgive your servant for this one thing: When my master enters the temple of Rimmon to bow down and he is leaning on my arm and I bow there also—when I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the LORD forgive your servant for this.”
Wherever we dwell, God is with us. What’s His is ours and what’s ours is His. Through us, He cleanses the land and makes places sacred. Our lives our sacred and holy to Him. And wherever we go, he wants us to bring Him into the land so that he can cleanse, heal and restore it so that he can speak to others through it. This is what clearly happened to Naaman. Through God’s creation/land, He was healed and convicted by the God of Israel. As a result, Naaman wanted to bring the grounds of Israel back to his homeland.
2 Kings 17:24-28
The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath and Sepharvaim and settled them in the towns of Samaria to replace the Israelites. They took over Samaria and lived in its towns. When they first lived there, they did not worship the LORD; so he sent lions among them and they killed some of the people. It was reported to the king of Assyria:
“The people you deported and resettled in the towns of Samaria do not know what the god of that country requires. He has sent lions among them, which are killing them off, because the people do not know what he requires.”
Then the king of Assyria gave this order: “Have one of the priests you took captive from Samaria go back to live there and teach the people what the god of the land requires.” So one of the priests who had been exiled from Samaria came to live in Bethel and taught them how to worship the LORD.
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LIFE IS SACRED
We so easily forget that our God is a ‘God of the Land’. Through His creation He can speak to us or judge us. God will use the land or animals for His purposes to speak to anyone. As Christians (priests), we should be Christ-like and respect God and his creation so that we can appreciate Him in His fullness.
We too often forget that it is the land that needs to be cleansed from territorial spirits. Our actions can invite unclean spirits into our homes. But if we focus on our Lord God Jesus Christ, He can cleanse our households, our lands, our communities, etc. from spiritual decay and sickness.
There is some spooky connection with our actions and how that can invite unclean spirits. When we are accountable, responsible or conduct ourselves appropriately, it is amazing how much creation reflects our choice of action or what spiritual entities we invite. It mirrors our condition.
I’ve come to such a conclusion because of what I’ve seen and been confronted with throughout different church ministries. Similar spirits dwell with churches that seek unhealthy things. As much as they are prayed against, they are invited each week because of the saints actions or unhealthy desires.
What do you invite with your actions or thoughts? What do you consider to be sacred? Have you ever considered that God wants you to pray cleansing over your family? House? Work place etc.?
How often are your thoughts on Him or His Spirit when enjoying life or feeling bothered? How sacred do you consider your life with God being in union with Him through the Holy Spirit in everyday living?
Consider the speck. Consider the plank.