Be His temple

Don’t you realize 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, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6‬:‭19 – 20 NLT)

What did Paul mean when he said that our body belongs to God? Many people say they have the right to do whatever they want with their own bodies. Although they think that this is freedom, they are really enslaved to their own desires. When we become Christians, the Holy Spirit comes to live in us. Therefore, we no longer own our bodies. That God bought us “with a high price” refers to slaves purchased at an auction. Christ’s death freed us from sin but also obligates us to his service. If you live in a building owned by someone else, you try not to violate the building’s rules. Because your body belongs to God, you must not violate his standards for living.

What comes to my mind? How many people do you know that have perfect bodies or close, yet there minds are not in the right place? I don’t think scripture excludes one or the other. It’s the whole body.

What makes a good physical body is daily exercise. So what is your daily mental exercise? I have a suggestion, the Bible. Just like we exercise our physical, we should our mental as well.

My experience has made me realize that the pleasures of the flesh are short lived. Yet the pleasures of the mind are lasting.

When you wake up with a hangover, all you have done is numb your mind and that hazy feeling, you can’t think clearly. No desire to do anything. If you were fresh the desire would be present.

Apart from our bodies being a temple, we only get one. Whether you believe or not, I can’t believe how we abuse our bodies. I am not excluded here.

A friend was visiting and she was saying that her New Year resolution is to get healthy. A healthy mind will lead to healthy body. So a man thinks, so is he.

“Lord, I pray you guide me to mental health, so that I can be your temple. Holy Spirit fill me with God desires. God I thank You caring for me and revealing these truths. In Jesus name I pray. Amen”

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Just love

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. (1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NLT)”

 

Our society confuses love and lust. Unlike lust, God’s kind of love is directed outward toward others, not inward toward ourselves. It is utterly unselfish. This kind of love goes against our natural inclinations. It is impossible to have this love unless God helps us set aside our own natural desires so that we can love and not expect anything in return. Thus, the more we become like Christ, the more love we will show to others.

 

Paul says that love “is not irritable.” Sometimes we’re irritated or angered by others, and we don’t know why. Not all irritability stems from sinful or selfish motives, although the irritable treatment of others surely is wrong. Much irritability comes from a love of perfection, a deep desire that programs, meetings, and structures be run perfectly. A desire to run things perfectly can erupt into anger at events or people who get in the way or ruin that desire. Those who are easily irritated need to remember that perfection exists only in God. We need to love him and our fellow Christians, not the visions we have for perfection here on earth.(Tyndale Study Bible)

 

The other morning I was listening to the radio  and an article about love was the topic of discussion, and the message was so clear to me.

 

You see, love is not a feeling, but rather an action. If you want to be all the things that the scripture declares, you have to set your mind on the right things and get it in the right place. To change your approach, you have to change your mind-set. Again, an action.

 

Sure, it’s easy for the writer to say that we have to become more like Christ, but as we know, it isn’t that simple. Why? Because we are born in sin, unlike Jesus, who was born perfect. However, we can aspire to be like Him.

 

Again I stress I am not perfect and fail often. You have to realize that the only real failure is when you give up entirely.

 

So I will never give up.

 

“Lord, I pray that You turn my thoughts into actions. That I will love unconditionally, just as you do. I thank You for the people who love me and see past my faults. In Jesus name. Amen”

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Everything with a good heart

“So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭58‬ NLT)

 

“Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both.” (‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭11‬:‭-6‬ NLT)

 

 

Paul says that because of the resurrection, nothing we do is useless. Sometimes we become apathetic about serving the Lord because we don’t see any results. Knowing that Christ has won the ultimate victory should affect the way we live right now. Don’t let discouragement over an apparent lack of results keep you from doing the work of the Lord enthusiastically as you have opportunity.(Tyndale Study Bible)

 

Please listen to what Paul says, nothing we do is useless. Those words ring true to me. Whatever you tackle, do it to the Glory of God, no matter how difficult it may be.

 

So a man thinks, so is he. Attitude is important. The way you approach situations and obstacles will determine the result. Just like the scripture says in Ecclesiastes, you never know from which activity you are going to profit, so do everything diligently and with a good heart.

 

Apart from the aspect of profit there is you setting a good example. Who are you influencing, through your actions and work ethic?

 

Do everything with a good heart!

 

“Lord, I pray that You assist me to do everything to Your glory. I thank you for grace and favor. In Jesus name. Amen”

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Stand out

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” (‭Psalms‬ ‭139‬:‭13-14NLT)

 

God’s character goes into the creation of every person. When you feel worthless or even begin to hate yourself, remember that God’s Spirit is ready and willing to work within you. We should have as much respect for ourselves as our Maker has for us.(Tyndale Study Bible)

 

Have you ever wandered about the human body and the way our brains work?

 

I was a competitive triathlete when I was younger and I was always amazed what the body can endure, such as the speed we can run at. What always amazes me is that you can train your  body to achieve almost anything.

 

In the early 90’s, the fastest marathon time was around 2.07. Dennis Kimetto broke the world record last week and run a 2.02:57. That is just unbelievable! Remember the days when it was amazing to run a sub 4 min mile (1.6 km)? Nowadays it seems childishly easy.

 

Why don’t we apply this training to our brains and our work? I have never put my brain through the same training that I did my body, but I realized that it’s never to late to start.

 

What if we explore that excellence in our daily tasks?

 

Just as the scripture says, we are uniquely made. So why not be that in everything we do? Stand out.

 

“Lord, I pray that I will stand out for you. Guide me to be this unique person You made me. All this to glorify You. In Jesus mighty name. Amen.”

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Why look else where

“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭1-2‬ NLT)

 

 

Paul offers a strategy to help us live for God day by day: (1) Imitate Christ’s compassionate, forgiving attitude ; (2) let love guide your life ; (3) let the peace of Christ rule in your heart ; (4) always be thankful ; (5) keep God’s Word in you at all times; (6) live as Jesus Christ’s representative.(Tyndale Study Bible)

 

The world teaches us to seek peace and pleasure in all the wrong places.

 

Just as the scripture from yesterday said: knowledge is key. Arm yourself with the correct knowledge and not just the quick fix.

 

Scientists spend hours trying to find a cure for certain ailments and diseases. All will be revealed in God’s time. Think of stem cell development. They know that a poor hip-joint can regenerate from implanting healthy cells, no replacement required. How would you know about this? You keep up to date with things. Read and research in the right places.

 

That’s why the Bible is such an inspiration to me.

 

Firstly, you are chosen! Then how to do it is right there. Just read the scripture.

 

All will be revealed in His time.

 

“Lord, I pray that You will help me live per Your guide. I am very grateful for having Your Word at hand daily. In Jesus name. Amen”

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God reveals

“Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail.” (‭Proverbs‬ ‭19‬:‭20-21NLT)

 

 

Those who fear the Lord receive “protection from harm” because of their healthy habits, their beneficial lifestyle, and sometimes through God’s direct intervention. Nevertheless the fear of the Lord does not always protect us from trouble in this life: Evil things still happen to people who love God. This verse is an universal promise but a general guideline. It describes what would happen if this world were sinless, and what will happen in the new earth, when faithful believers will be under God’s protection forever.(Tyndale  Study Bible)

 

I was watching a movie the other day and I heard the most profound answer to a question asked: “What do you want from this?” and the answer was, “all I want to do is help.” What if we all go through life with that attitude?

 

It is amazing to me that this wisdom is around us daily, all we need is an open mind and we won’t even have to look far.

 

Just like me writing this – God reveals this truth to me. I am so blessed to be utilized by Him. So clearly this message is for somebody; is that you? Open your mind to the wisdom around you. “Stay in the Word.”

 

Please read this scripture – “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (‭John‬ ‭8‬:‭31-32 ESV)

 

We can make all the plans we want, but God’s plan for you and I will eventually prevail.

 

“Lord, I pray that You will reveal Your wisdom to all. May I act on them. I thank You in Jesus name. Amen.”

 

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Living amongst us

“For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (‭Zephaniah‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬ NLT)

 

The Lord Himself will remove his hand of judgment, disperse Israel’s enemies, and come to live among his people. He will give them gladness. Zephaniah points out that gladness results when we allow God to be with us. We do that by faithfully following him and obeying his commands. Then God rejoices over us with singing. If you want to be happy, draw close to the source of happiness by obeying God.(Tyndale  Study Bible)

 

God lives among us. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, His presence can be felt daily through the Holy Spirit. God only intends the best for us.

 

What we often don’t do is take the high road that He has made for us. Yes, there is a price to pay, but be faithful and the rewards will be great.

 

His love surrounds us daily and gives us the calmness to do what is necessary. We should have no fear as He is with us always. When the music stops the anointing stops. The music will rejoice over you.

 

Choose the right road and God will rejoice with us.

 

“Dear Lord, I pray that You will show me the high road. I pray that I will do just as You do. I pray for joy and Your Grace. I thank you for the crossroad. In Jesus name. Amen”

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