First Kings chapter six. First Kings chapter six. And when
you reach First Kings chapter six, please signify by saying
amen. Praise the Lord. In the book of First Kings chapter six,
we will look at verses eleven through verse thirteen. Eleven
through verse thirteen.
Where are my intercessors at tonight? Alright.
In First Kings chapter six, beginning with verse eleven, it
11. And the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying,
12. Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou
wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep
all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform
my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father:
13. And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will
not forsake my people Israel.
14. So Solomon built the house, and finished it.
15. And he built the walls of the house within with boards of
cedar, both the floor of the house, and the walls of the ceiling:
and he covered them on the inside with wood, and covered the
floor of the house with planks of fir.
16. And he built twenty cubits on the sides of the house, both
the floor and the walls with boards of cedar: he even built
them for it within, even for the oracle, even for the most holy
Let us pray.
Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You, Lord
for Your Word. For Your Word is quick and powerful,
sharper than any two-edged sword, Father. You said,
"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Word shall stand
And Father, as we hear Your Word, let it take root it us. And
let it grow, God. Father, let it make changes where there
needs to be changes. Let it break up the fallow ground, dear
Hide Your son behind the cross, that Your people would see
You and not me. And Father, as I decrease, I ask that You
would increase. Let the words of my mouth and the
meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, oh Lord,
my strength, and my Redeemer.
Now Satan, you are bound. And I forbid you to operate. You
are not welcome here in this place, among the saints of God.
In Jesus' holy and blessed name. Amen.
You may be seated.
Ever since the children of Israel were free from slavery in
Egypt, and God had revealed to them the blueprint of the
tabernacle in the wilderness, Israel had dreamed of a
permanent (glory to God) temple in the promised land.
Canaan land was (glory to God) to be their home for all time.
And the temple was to be the place where the Presence of
God would live in their midst.
But in the days of King Solomon, God allowed that temple to
be built in Jerusalem. In this holy place (glory to God) the
Ark of the Covenant would be put in it's place within the
Holy of Holies. And upon this Ark would be the Mercy Seat,
overshadowed by the cherubim's wings.
Between their wings, resting upon the Mercy Seat, the Power,
the Presence, and the Glory of the Almighty God was ever-present, shining in the wonderful light of His mercy. Glory to
This is how the temple was to be. But (glory to God) He told
us to be the temple. And He wants the Glory of God to shine
on the inside of us for always. Glory to God.
They were looking to build that temple in the promised land.
God's promise to Solomon of His continued Presence in the
midst of Israel, it was what? Conditional, upon Israel doing
all that God had intended (glory to God) and called them to
do. They were to live holy (glory to God) and righteous. And
most of all, they were to be obedient to God.
If we want the Spirit of God to continue to dwell in this
temple, we have got to be holy, righteous, and obedient to an
Paul said in First Corinthians chapter three, verse sixteen
through verse seventeen, he said,
16. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the
Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17. If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God
destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
We have been called to be the temple of God. Never mind
these four walls. God is speaking to us. Never mind this
ceiling and this floor. God is speaking to this crowd, and the
sole of our feet, and everything that's in between. He's called
us to be that temple.
But His Presence in the temple was conditional. Can you
imagine that, God being a conditional God about certain
things? Yes, God is conditional about certain things. He
won't dwell in an unclean place. He won't dwell in an
unclean vessel. I don't care what nobody says.
God is light. And in Him is no darkness. The Bible says that
we must walk in the light, for He is the Light.
Which temple He said we are. Thus we see that in the time
since the death of Jesus upon the cross, God has chosen not to
dwell in the building in Jerusalem, but now lives in the hearts
of all of those that call Jesus Christ to be their Lord and their
Holiness, righteousness, and obedience. These are the three
conditions of God dwelling in His temple. I want you to get
that inside of you. Holiness, righteousness, and pure
obedience. Those were the requirements back then. And
those are the requirements now.
Do you care whether or not the Spirit of God dwell in you? I
do. For it's in Him I live and move and have my very being.
I can do nothing without Him. I would be nothing without
Him. I don't know about your life before you came to Christ.
But mine wasn't a bed of roses. But once I met Jesus... Oh,
you don't hear me tonight.
The temple where He dwelled had to meet His specifications.
Do you hear what I'm saying tonight? I can't keep this
temple any kind of way. Do you hear what I'm saying?
These four walls, the only blessing thing about it is that we
can all get together in these four walls. But without Jesus and
the Spirit of God, all of this don't mean nothing.
The same requirements for the temple back then is the same
requirement for the temple right now.
When Solomon began his rule as king of Israel, he began with
the right attitude. And he was blessed by God because his
attitude was, "Lord, I need wisdom that I may be go in and
out of this great people that are Yours."
And so he asked with the right attitude for the right thing.
And everything else came along with it. He was God's
chosen. He was the son of David who would rule over God's
people after David, and build the temple that David thought
that he was going to build.
David designed it, planned it, and purposed to do it. But
because of what was in David's life... Oh, you don't hear me
You plan on doing a work for God, and God has told you
you're going to do a work for you. But if you don't have the
right thing in your life, then all of your plans and all of my
plans and everything that I intend to build is going to come to
Because of David's sin. Yeah, he felt guilty. We feel guilty,
don't we? Yeah, he felt remorse. We feel remorse. Yes, he
was a man after God's own heart. But there were serious
consequences for his sin.
You think that... And a lot of times we think that just because
we repent of our sins, there'll be no repercussions. I came to
let you know. Oh, I feel Jesus up in here tonight. There will
be serious repercussions for what I intend to do, whether it be
(glory to God) right or whether it be wrong. I'll either be
blessed, or I'll be cursed. But I will reap something.
Even though David will be in heaven, and his throne endures
forever, because of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and even though
David knew the Scripture, he had to suffer the consequences
of his sin. After David committed adultery with Bathsheba,
his dream was dissolved.
He said in the Ten Commandments, He said, "You won't
have your neighbor's wife." But yeah, we have Jesus.
Confess my sins. He's faithful and just to forgive me. Yes,
but sweetheart, baby, honey, there are repercussions.
You remember God's great prophet, Moses? He was to be the
deliverer of Israel. But he wasn't allowed in Canaan land
because of his disobedience.
You've been called to a great task that you know is bigger
than you. But because I can't control my flesh, I'll never see
the end of that promise. Somebody else will get it, but I
won't get it. He'll pass that anointing to my sons and my
Saints of God, we are that temple.
I was driving in the car the other day. And I began to talk to
the Lord. And I said, "Lord..." (Tongues.) "If it wasn't for
Your Word, if it wasn't for Your Spirit, if it wasn't for who
You are, I know I wouldn't be here right now."
Paul said don't no good think dwell in this flesh. You may
pretend like you don't never have no problem, but I beg to
differ. You may pretend like you (glory to God) all of that all
the time, but I beg to differ.
We need the Word. We need the Spirit of God, because He's
a keeper. If you want to be kept, He'll keep you. Oh, I feel
Jesus tonight. (Please turn these cell phones off.)
He will keep you if you want to be kept. This is His temple.
And He decides what He wants to do with His temple. Paul
has also said that we are not our own, that we have been
bought with a price.
Can you imagine standing or sitting here in this flesh, and I'm
not even my own? But I don't know about you. But I'm glad
I'm not my own. Because if I was my own, I would destroy
my own. That's why I can lean on Him. That's why I can
depend on Him. That's why He's Jehovah Jireh to me.
That's why He's El Shaddai to me.
Consequences for defiling the temple. Even King Solomon
eventually wound up in ruin, and lost his kingdom because of
sin. And each one of us will have to pay for our sins, for the
things that we do wrong, even though we repent.
Sometimes the effects of sin are irreversible. The Bible says
after sin is finished it brings forth death. Listen. I've got to
keep this temple. And it starts right here with my
imagination. It starts right here with my mind. The
battleground starts right here. If I can get a hold of this thing
right here, if I can keep the Word in this thing right here...
Oh. Oh, glory to God.
Solomon began that reign in a powerful way. But somehow
along the way, his love for God (listen) began to slip.
As I stand here today and I speak these words to God's
people, some of our love for Him is not the way it used to be.
We're burnt out on Jesus if the truth be told. Tell the truth,
preacher. We're burned out.
Somewhere along the line His love slipped. His relationship
to God began to suffer. And once all of that happened, God's
blessings began to leave. He had forgotten the real source of
Trusting in his wisdom alone without a relationship to the
One that gives the wisdom is foolishness. Trusting in great
wealth is foolishness. Money is wonderful. It's a wonderful
service, isn't it? But it can be a hard taskmaster, can't it? Do
you hear what I'm saying?
He had it all. And we've been asking God to give us it all.
Watch what you're asking for. Let Him give it to you when
He wants to give it to you. Let it come to you. All He said
was, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His
righteousness, and then all these things will be added." It's
going to come. Just keep seeking the Kingdom of God and
Stop trying to make it happen. Do you hear what I'm saying?
Stop trying to make yourself rich. Stop trying to make
yourself anointed. Let God do it.
This is the temple. Solomon found out what happens when
you build the temple of your heart upon the sands of rebellion
and sin. If I'm building this temple upon the sands of
rebellion and sin, destruction is on the way.
Listen. Don't take this temple lightly. Don't take living in
sin lightly. When I come down to this altar, it should only be
every now and then. Do you hear what I'm saying? Do you
hear me? I shouldn't have to come down to the altar every
day, for the same thing every day.
He said He will deliver me. Let God be true. Let every man
be a liar. He said He would deliver me. And I'm standing on
He lost his kingdom. And after all of that, that wasn't the big
deal. Maybe even his soul. Because the Bible says that he
was even an old man, still with a lot of women. Do you hear
what I'm saying? The Bible said his heart had departed from
Let us follow only in the footsteps of Jesus. Don't let us
follow in Solomon's footsteps. Let us build our temple upon
the Rock of Jesus Christ.
And every time I'm tempted, let something rise up in me.
And I ain't talking about my flesh. I'm talking about the
Word of God.
He gave this word tonight for His people. Because sometimes
we lose the revelation that we are not our own. Sometimes
we lose the revelation that this ain't the church. We're the
church. Can I say it like that?
He's called us the church. Who are you? I'm the church. My
body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. He dwells in me. And
greater is He that's in me than he that is in the world. I've
been given the mind of Christ, so that I can know what's in
the mind of the Spirit.
I'd rather know more about God's business than your
business. I don't want to be wrapped up in gossip. I want to
hear what the angels are saying. Do you hear what I'm saying
tonight? I want to hear what the Father's saying to the Son,
and what the Son's saying to the Holy Ghost. That's what I
want to know.
You're the temple. You're that tabernacle. Do you believe
that? Do you believe that He's dwelling in you? That's why
the Bible says we have an unction from the Holy One. That
unction's inside of you.
So the next time the devil tries to tempt you, remember what
James said about it. James said that we're only tempted and
enticed when we're drawn away after our own lusts,
something that's pleasing to the eye, something that feels
good to the flesh. Yours may be different from mine, but it's
still the flesh.
Get this flesh under. Get this flesh under. Get this flesh
under. Get this flesh under. Whatever it is, get the flesh
under. Get it under. If it's a problem with your thoughts, get
that flesh under. With your eyes, get that flesh under. With
your tongue, get that flesh under. Whatever it is, make it
subject to the Word. And you will live in victory.
Come on, give God a handclap of praise.