Topic: The Temple Of The Holy Spirit — Monday 21, August 2017.
Read: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (KJV)
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.
Bible in One Year: 2 Kings 24-25; Ezekiel 28:11-24, Hymn: Sing hymn 6: Deeper, Deeper
Open Heavens 21st Monday, August 2017 Message:
The response of the Lord Jesus Christ to the question of a Samaritan woman on God’s approved location of acceptable worship, in John 4:20, put an end to the era where God could only be worshipped in specific places. John 4:21& 23 says,
“22 Jesus saith unto her,
Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this
mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 23 But
the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship
the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to
Jesus taught her that the time has come when true worshippers of God are
not required to visit any physical temple or be present in any
particular location in order to worship God acceptably. True worshipper
can now worship the Father in spirit and in truth.
Building on this teaching, Apostle Paul expounded that the dwelling of God is no longer in temples made by human hands (Acts 17:24).
He further revealed that God, in the person of the Holy Spirit, now
dwells in the body of those who have yielded to the Lordship of Jesus
Christ. In 1 Corinthians 6:19 He wrote this:
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost
which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”
If you are indeed a Christian, your body is the temple of the Holy
Spirit. Out of love for you, God gave you a unique body; and He wants
you to reciprocate His love by making good use of it. The question is,
are you conscious of the fact that God’s Holy Spirit dwells in you? Are
you aware that you are not your own, and that you are bought with a
price? Are you aware that you are to glorify God in your body (1 Corinthians 6:20)?
As a child of God, God has taken ownership of your body. You therefore
have no preferences in matters concerning your body. A Christian cannot
therefore make choices about sexual orientation or engage in behaviours
on the basis of personal preference. Without any ambiguity, God has made
clear the purpose of our body; therefore, any notion about freedom of
choice regarding sexuality and sexual acts is essentially incompatible
with God’s word. God also warns that He will destroy those who defile
His temple, which is our body. Take note of this and be wise!
Prayer Point: Father,
please abide in me; make my body Your dwelling place, and give me the
grace to resist any temptation to misuse my body, in Jesus’ Name.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A.
Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God,
one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the
President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.
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