Temple of God

temple of GodPrior to the Messiah coming, the temple was where God’s people went to worship God and to offer a living animal as a blood sacrifice to atone for sin. God’s presence dwelt in the temple and the high Priest was the only one allowed to go beyond the curtain to be near the presence of the Most High God.

That curtain that separated God from His people God tore from top to bottom as Jesus died on the cross. Jesus was the sacrifice that brought us into intimate communion with God. Through Him we dwell in His presence.

When Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven He gave us new life. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit , He came to make us the dwelling place of God for all who accept His sacrifice on their behalf.

Today, remember that you are cleansed of your sin by Jesus sacrifice on the cross when He poured out His blood to atone for your sin. We become a living temple of God willing to pour out our lives to sacrifice our selfish desires to live for Him.

When we lust after other idols of possessions, pleasures, and people we miss out on intimacy with God and His best for our life. Our sin separates us from a Holy God and hinders our prayers, peace, joy, and experiencing His presence. Instead, we dwell in darkness and live with guilt, shame, and anxiety.

What is separating you from experiencing all that God has for you? Dwell in His presence and be His people by seeking after Him alone and confessing your sin to be in right relationship with God and others. It is easier to do life together with like-minded people. Are you in fellowship with other Believers who hunger after God, long to know His Word, worship Him alone, and desire to reflect His love by serving others?

Promise from God:
And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” (2 Corin. 6:16).

Pray with Me:
Lord, thank you that You have chosen us to be Your people, to be a temple of the living God. Thank you that when we invite Jesus into our heart that You dwell in us through the Holy Spirit. Help us to remember that we have all power and authority in Christ to walk confidently knowing You are with us and for us. Give us Your strength today to overcome the temptation of seeking after idols of material possessions, indulgence of pleasures and self-gratification, and people pleasing. We confess those sins and ask that You help us develop relationships with those who are seeking after You so we can be around like-minded people. Bring Christians into our path today that we can study Your Word together, pray for one another, and use our spiritual gifts to edify the body of Christ as a family. Help us to stop seeking after the ways of this world to seek after You alone to be set apart to bring others into a relationship with You that they may experience Your overwhelming peace in Jesus name. Amen.

In practical ways how do you demonstrate that Jesus dwells in you?

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