Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is within you? Whom you have received as a gift from God, and that you are not your own property? You were bought with a price. You were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own. So then, honor and glorify God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Temples require maintenance, or they fall into disrepair. What can you do to prevent this from happening?
INTIMATE AND LOVING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE TRINITY
To prevent cracks in the foundation of your temple. An intimate and loving relationship with all three members of the Trinity is essential.
Love for a Father whose children are so precious to Him that eternity without them was never an option.
Love for Jesus who endured unspeakable torture so you and I could possess what is His in heaven.
Love for the Holy Spirit whose holy fire purifies and strengthens.
These relationships miraculously transform a heart of stone into a heart of flesh. Beating in unison with the Lord’s. Knowing when to patiently wait for His guidance and perfect timing.
STUDYING AND MEDITATING ON THE WORD OF GOD
The Word of God insulates and fortifies your temple walls. Repelling satan’s fiery attacks. Preventing irreparable damage to your heart.
Satan will do whatever is necessary to deceive you into devaluing who you are in Christ, and who Christ is in you. He will encourage you to
- pursue worldly riches for temporal reward and security.
- seek the approval of man.
- reject the concept of absolute Truth.
- embrace self-actualization as the barometer for success and self-worth.
Prayer is the roof that protects your temple from the damaging elements of this fallen world. Prayer forces you to look upwards to God for answers, not inward to yourself or outward to your fellow man.
All temples require a door. Trusting God is the key that opens the door. Believing God is who He says He is. God who
- cannot lie.
- keeps His promises.
- never leaves or forsakes His children.
- disciplines those whom He loves.
- gives good gifts to all His children.
- declares, I will bless you with a future filled with hope— a future of success, not of suffering. Jeremiah 29:11
FORGIVENESS AND REPENTANCE
Did you know the Holy Spirit is the Kingdom’s sanitation department supervisor? He alone can remove the putrefying trash that is in your heart.
What is in your trashcan?
- a failed marriage
- childhood abuse
- loss of a job, a dream, or even worse hope
Whatever it is. The Holy Spirit is willing to pick it up and take it to the recycling center. Where God takes whatever satan intended for evil and repurposes it into a treasure. Bringing Him glory and equipping you to fulfill your Kingdom destiny.
Faith is the window through which your heart interprets the events and nuances of life. What is the view from your window? Is it one of
- hope or discouragement?
- the future or the past?
- legacy or failure?
- transformation or stagnation?
- others or I?
- Jesus or man?
If you are having difficulty seeing out, just remember. If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
A house is not a home until it is decorated. The finishing touches that express who you are and convey to others what you value. For believers, those finishing touches are the fruit of the Spirit. Things like love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
If your temple— heart is in need of restoration, hire the Lord as your general contractor. He will not simply repair it. He promises to make your heart strong as steel and soft as silk. Guaranteed!
Be a VOICE shouting into the wilderness.
“CHRIST is returning!”