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Re: Daily Devotional From Bill Keller

Having the blessings of God! I would assume that most reading this today
have no clue who Obed-Edom was. If you turn in your Bible to the sixth
chapter of the book of Second Samuel, you will read about Obed-Edom in
verses 10-12. He was a Gittite, a native of the Philistine city of Gath and
it was in his home that David stored the Ark of the Covenant for 90 days.
Interesting Bible trivia you say? NO! The reason Obed-Edom is important to
YOU today is because the Bible says that, "The LORD has blessed the
household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the Ark of God."

You see my friend, in the Old Testament there was no Holy Spirit. God did
not dwell with men, men had to dwell with God. Prior to the day of
Pentecost and the promise of the "comforter" (the Holy Spirit that now
indwells a believer at the moment of salvation), man had to physically go to
be in the presence of God. God's people followed the Shekinah cloud of
glory, signifying God's presence, protection, and guidance. The Ark of the
Covenant was where God's presence was found. Man had to physically go to be
in the presence of God.

The Bible tells us that the "Ark of God" was in the house of Obed-Edom for
90 days. Please, I do not want you to miss this. Because the "Ark" was in
his house, the Bible actually tells us that not only was the household of
Obed-Edom blessed, but EVERYTHING he had. Most people just gloss over this.
I want you to stop for a moment and consider what the Bible says. His
household and everything he had was blessed. Why? Because of the presence
of God.

WHERE YOU FIND GOD, YOU WILL FIND HIS BLESSINGS!!!

Do you want your house to be blessed today? Do you want "everything you
have" to be blessed today? Then you must bring the presence of God into
your home!!! God's presence is no longer a "pillar of cloud" that you must
follow, but it resides in every person that has accepted Christ as their
Savior. This is very heavy so listen to me carefully. If you know Jesus
Christ as your Savior by faith, the presence of God resides within you. You
are bringing the presence of God into your home every time you step inside
the door.

Never forget what I tell you so often. Rebellion to God brings
consequences, obedience to God brings blessings. If you want God's
blessings on your household and everything you have, you have to be living
in obedience to God. Are you being a Godly husband or wife in your home?
Are you being a Godly son or daughter in your home? If you have children,
are you being a Godly parent to your children? Is God honored in your home?
Is what plays on your television, on your radio, on your computer, honoring
God? Are the activities that take place in your home honoring God?

If you want God's blessings, you have to live a life of obedience to God.
If you want your home to be blessed, you have to have a home where God is
welcome and honored. If you want God's blessings on everything you have,
you have to honor God in everything that you do. God loves to bless His
children, and God wants to bless you today. Not just you, but your
household and everything you have!

I love you and care about you so much. We are so blessed that we don't have
to physically go to be in the presence of God any longer, but God's presence
actually dwells with us if we know Jesus Christ as our Savior by faith. You
don't have to have the Ark of the Covenant in your home to have God's
presence. God's presence exists because you are there. If God is not
blessing your household and everything you have, it is because you are not
honoring God with your life!

I want to challenge you today. God blessed the household of Obed-Edom and
everything he had because the presence of God was in his home for those 90
days. In just 90 days, having God in his home brought God's blessings. If
you want the blessings of God in your home, on everything you have, then
take these next 90 days and make your home a place where God is honored.
Again, God blesses our obedience. As you invite His presence into your
home, He will bless your household and everything you have.


In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller
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