May this letter bring us into a better understanding of what it means to take care of God’s temple? Caring for God’s temple is managing your physical and spiritual life. We must take it upon ourselves to manage both our own physical and spiritual life. Your body is a temple. Your body is not just any temple…IT’S GOD’S TEMPLE!
- “Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself.” 1 Corinthians 6:19 (NLT)
Guard the Gateway – 1 Peter 5:8-9 (NLT) “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.”
Guard yourself; from all that you see, hear, think, eat and speak; choose wisely.
- 1 Corinthians 3:16 – 17 (NLT) “Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? God will bring ruin upon anyone who ruins this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you Christians are that temple.”
It’s the hidden things that can destroy God’s House.
You must: “above all else” – KEEP your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.
- LET your eyes look straight ahead, and you eyelids look right before you.
- PONDER the path of your feet, and
- LET all your ways be established.
- DO NOT turn to the right or the left.
- REMOVE your foot from evil.
- Proverbs 4:23-27 Walk in righteousness that of (right living); avoiding all temptations to even the beginnings of evil and unrighteousness.
- Proverbs 4:14 – 15 (KJV) Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. Fill your “temple” with the beauty of holiness. Our body is where the Spirit of God dwells.
- Psalms 29:2 (NLT) “Give honor to the LORD for the glory of his name. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.”
“Holiness” is the very plan by which God builds up His living temple; our body His temple. When others look upon your life and lifestyle, do they see the beauty of holiness, a behavior that is reverent in behavior?
Take a minute and search your own mind and heart, are there perhaps some attitudes and practices you need to “put off” and “put away”? The Bible calls to “…put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires.
- (Colossians 3:5–7) “Don’t be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry. God’s terrible anger will come upon those who do such things. You used to do them when your life was still part of this world.”
Your body is not your own. Apostle Paul’s words speak loudly in the Bible, “Now the body is for the Lord” 1 Corinthians 6:13.
In other-words; as believers, our bodies have been designed by God for Himself and for His purposes, not ours. The body of a believer is to be the instrument of the Lord and as stated in 1 Corinthians verse 20; “the body is to be used for Him and His glory.”
Yes, the body of the believer was purchased for a price; by Christ with His precious blood (1 Peter 1:18-19).
We are to be SAVED, SEALED and DELIVERED unto God.
As someone once said, your body has been “purchased by Christ and is sanctified by the presence of God himself through his Holy Spirit. We must therefore sanctify and consecrate it as well…by living the life of the Spirit, a life of holiness.”
Consecrating ourselves has all to do with being obedient to God’s ways not following our own self wants and desires. Following are six ways you can allow sin to enter your temple. Our bodies plays an important part in consecrating ourselves to God. Do you allow:
- your mind to think on things you should NOT think?
- your eyes to see what you should NOT see?
- your ears to hear what you should NOT hear?
- your mouth to speak what you should NOT speak?
- your hands to touch what you should NOT touch?
- your feet to go where you should NOT go?
Make up your mind, NOT TO ALLOW SIN to enter your body, into God’s House.
- Jeremiah 6:19 Listen, all the earth! I will bring disaster upon my people. It is the fruit of their own sin because they refuse to listen to me. They have rejected all my instructions.
- There are consequences of not dealing with a sin. Sin will weaken the walls and structure of “the temple” causing decay to the body, soul and spirit, bringing suffering and death. Sin – will hold you captive. Acts 8:22-23.
- Sin – will not go unpunished. Yes, every secret brought to light. Romans 2:12-16.
What should be done about sin? The believer should NEVER attempt to condone or excuse sin.
There are ONLY two things that should be done about sin:
- confess or “acknowledge it” and
- forsake it.
By yielding completely to God with our entire body; our mind, will, emotions and our heart as believers we are restored in fellowship with God.
YES, by accepting Jesus as your Savior, confessing your sins and turning from ALL wrong doing – you now become in right standing and fellowship with God.
Are you committed to living a life that’s right?
- Titus 2:14 “He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing what is right.”
Do you encourage others or do you tolerant sin? Sin can be deceiving.
- Hebrews 3:13 You must warn each other every day, as long as it is called “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.
Yes, you are His dwelling place!
- A Temple of miracles,
- A Temple of great joy,
- A Temple of praise ,
- A Temple of worship,
- A Temple for His use,
- A Temple for His purpose – made in His very likeness,
- A Temple of GLORY!
Jude 1:24 “And now, all glory to God, who is able to keep you from stumbling, and who will bring you into his glorious presence innocent of sin and with great joy.”
Someone once said, “Discipline, for a Christian, begins with the body.”
Love in Christ Jesus,