Friday, 22 November 2013

You ARE a Temple

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3 v 16 - 17;      1 Corinthians 6 v 9 - 20; 2 Corinthians 6 v 14 - 16; Ephesians 2 v 18 - 22.

A Temple is a place where God meets man, and is worshipped by man. A place that is holy and set apart for God's purpose and delight. 1 Corinthians 3 v 17 says:

"If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are."

When you are born again and filled with the Holy Spirit, God indwells you. This is His continual relationship with you within the temple of YOU.

It is a sacred place that we must keep spotless and undefiled. There is a list of things which must not be found in God's temple as they do not belong to His kingdom. In 1 Corinthians 6 v 9 - 10 it says:

"Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covettous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."

No matter how many countries make laws for permitting gay marriage and churches appoint gay clergy, they will plead in vain to enter in at the gates of Heaven.

Idolatry has many forms and all of them block a soul from Heaven. Do you with envy and jealousy covet (desire) what others have and spend every cent to keep up with the Jones's? It is wrong on every level.

Are you an extortioner? One who uses threats and emotional blackmail to extract every last cent through scams and schemes to enrich yourself? Beware for your temple is defiled by it.

We want everything that Almighty God has promised us and freely given but T's and C's apply. (Terms and Conditions). The above list is what must be excluded from our temple to receive the blessings God promised to the chidren of Abraham. That list of blessings appears in Deuteronomy 28 v 1 - 14, and very desirable it is too.

The Lord is making it very clear that there is a dividing line between right and wrong. No matter what the world offers in exchange, those promises are empty and are really temptations to lure and distract you from your true relationship with God in your temple.

Jesus was tempted for 40 days by Satan in the wilderness after His baptism. Hebrews says He was tempted in every way that a human can be tempted yet He never sinned because He never yielded to that temptation.

He did this as a baptised human man to show us that water baptism gives us the ability to resist Satan. We still have a free will but any bad habit or wrongful lifestyle CAN be conquered by faith in Jesus and obedience to Him.

Revelations 2 and 3 talks about those who are the overcomers. They have overcome falseness of every kind. In chapter 3 v 12 Jesus says:

"Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God...." Which means that the overcomer will have great power and strength to hold others up to keep them from falling into the traps satan has set.

So let us from today seek to improve our temple through submission, obedience, love, kindness, truth and being spiritually correct. Let our worship be pure and undefiled as we keep our bodies free of sinful behaviour to the glory of God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father we are a work in progress and not perfect yet. We thank You for Your love and patience. We want our temple to be a delight to You. Please help us make it so. In Jesus' name. Amen.