February 26, 2017

February 26, 2017


Focus Verse: “You must not defile the land where you live, for I live there Myself. I am the Lord, who lives among the people of Israel.”

Numbers 35:34


Where does God live? Any good little boy or girl who attends Sunday School will tell you that He lives in our hearts. When Jesus talked to the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4, He told her that a time was coming when it would no longer matter where someone worshiped God, but instead how they worshiped Him (in Spirit and in truth). And why is that? Because, as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 6:16, “we are the temple of the living God”.

The same principle still applies though. If God is living in you, you must not defile His place of residence. I heard a heart wrenching story once from a pastor who had let his morals grow loose while serving in ministry. He said that it wasn’t something that happened overnight, but a very gradual, slippery slope. One Sunday morning he walked up to the pulpit to preach, got into a tight spot and when he looked for direction from the Spirit, he realized that the Spirit wasn’t where He used to be. He had lost the Spirit through turn after turn in disobedience.

Again, we need to walk this tightrope. This doesn’t mean that we are suddenly bound to the law and if we don’t keep it to a T, we’re toast; the Spirit leaves and will never come back. But if the Spirit is consistently telling you to turn from something, if He tells you not to go somewhere and you go anyway, if He tells you to do something and you don’t do it, eventually that voice is going to become quieter and quieter until you aren’t hearing anything at all.

It’s not that the Spirit has disappeared. We aren’t that powerful. But if you aren’t going to allow yourself to be used by the Spirit, He will find someone who will…which means that your “temple” will be nothing more than a dusty old monument; like many of the ancient ruins we see today.

Keep God’s temple clean. Keep your heart clean. Not by obeying the law, but by following the Spirit. HE will lead you into all truth. HE will make His home in your heart. HE will help you keep it clean. Your job is simply to obey.

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