Your Body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit

Gold -Your Body and temple

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? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1Cor. 6:19-20

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 1 Cor.3:16-17

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1

When you read the scriptures above there is no misunderstanding in what God says about our bodies being the temple and how we should treat the temple where the Holy Spirit resides, but you are not sure how to live a life of righteousness and holiness. Well here you go, by seeking God first, and by doing that you are renewing your mind and when your mind is focused on God you search for Him, reading about him, drawing closer to him, which feeds the Holy Spirit that dwelleth in you like the word says. The word is your biblical instructions for righteous and holy living.  In Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. For Romans 12:2 tells us, And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 1Peter 1:16. That is a command from the Lord. Remember obedience is better than sacrifice. Starting today, feed your Spirit the word of God, so your actions and speech are acceptable to God. Surrender it all and glorify God in your body and Spirit.

 Be Blessed

Sealed With God’s Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit

Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent (John 6:28-29).John the Baptist tells us, Those who believe him discover that God is true. For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God’s spirit is upon him without measure or limit (John 3:33) Life Application Study Bible. Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God (1John 4:15).

God’s purpose is for us to recognize Jesus as the Son of God and to offer salvation to all. And because of our belief in Christ we are sealed with the Holy Spirit a guarantee of our inheritance and that we belong to God. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:13-14). Who hath also sealed us, and given earnest of the Spirit in our hearts (2 Cor. 1:22).

Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. (1John 4:13)

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one to another. Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you (Ephesians 4:22-32) 

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)

Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. (Psalm 25:4)

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. (Psalm 143:10)

The Sprit of God dwells in you, it’s a seal that secures us as believers and gives us the authority to preach, teach, and proclaim and defend God’s word.

Be Blessed

 

Evangelism

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But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8

For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Romans 10:11-15

As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

Evangelism, speaking the gospel to everyone, announcing the Good News of salvation. When I think about evangelism Paul comes to mind. Paul went on multiple missionary journeys, evangelizing across different countries, cultures and belief systems and by no means was it easy, but it offers us a closer look at Paul’s heart and the love that he had for God and his people.

Recall Paul’s life https://acalltoholyliving.com/2018/07/29/pauls-ministry/

There are 6 things to point out that Paul encountered that could possibly happen to you when you do the work of evangelism:

  1. Sometimes throughout your evangelism ministry there will be places you should not go. In Acts 16:6-7 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
  2. When things are not going good still praise God. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. Acts 16:22-25.
  3. When facing dire situations others can be saved because of your faith. During Paul’s time in prison the jail keeper and his family were saved. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house Acts 16:26-34.
  1. God will have you stay in one place to share the gospel, because God knows his children and when they are not living a life of obedience and righteousness, but of wickedness. Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
  2. There will be people you meet during your times of evangelism who love the Lord, but need a little more knowledge to be effective in evangelizing. Take the time to help those who are seeking God and want to tell other about the goodness of Jesus. And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. Acts 18:24-28 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ
  3. Always have a spiritual partner or two, Paul didn’t go alone to witness he had the help of Barnabas, Silas, Titus, Philip, Acquila, Priscilla, Timothy and Apollos and many others. And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus Acts 20:4. And Matthew 18:20 says, For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Paul preached, made disciples of others during his journeys, and went back to check on them and encourage them in the faith. He appointed elders, prayed, fasted and tuned them over to God. Paul was willing to sacrifice his life to carry out the words of Jesus Christ. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature Mark 16:15. Paul had a passion for evangelism, preaching a saving message to a dying world. Paul was a great example of the effects of evangelism and there should be an “Evangelism Explosion” in our own lives, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wives Are A Help Meet

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Wives who are trying to be there for their husbands and find it to be hard to do so, it might be because you think you know what’s best. No, no, no, we got to do things decent and in order. And the Lord God said, It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him Genesis 2:18. The word also tells us in 1Cor. 11:3, But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

I can imagine if God told our husband to build an ark, like he told Noah, we as women would have our own ideas about what size it should be, when and where it should be built, what size the windows should be (can we hang curtains) and who and what should go in the ark. Yes, as women feel the need to make sure our voices are heard. Look how God described Noah in Genesis 6:8-9 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. I would say that Noah was highly favored in the sight of God and I’m sure his wife was a woman of faith. So, for the task that was before Noah he would need his help meet more than ever before. Maybe Noah’s wife understood the magnitude of the assignment given by God to her husband and she did what she needed to do so he could accomplish it.

Wives when you know your husband is about God’s business, trust your husband, give him space, encourage him and respect him. Be proud of your husband that he is being obedient to God just as Noah was during his time as told in Genesis 6:22 and 7:1, 5. God told Noah in Genesis 6:18 he will make a covenant with him, But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.  And because of Noah’s obedience in Genesis 9: 9-17 he fulfilled that covenant, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you and with your seed after you; And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have establishes between me and all flesh that is upon the earth. Always remember when it is all finished, it all works out for your good. Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them, who are the called according to his purpose.

For me personally, I will be supportive of my God-fearing husband and trust in the God who blessed me with this wonderful man to begin with.

Dear Heavenly Father I pray that you strengthen our marriages and for each spouse to know their place in the marriage. Lord may each spouse seek a personal relationship with you so they may learn and grow as they come together as one and on one accord. God teach us your ways so that as wives we are more understanding of the responsibilities of the husband and be the help meet that you have called us to be. May our speech always be acceptable to you Lord that we will know what we should say and the right time to say it, when we need to just listen and also recognize those times when silence can be helpful too. God thank you for our spouse and may we love them the way you love us in the precious name of Jesus Amen.

 

 

 

 

Good Counsel versus Bad Counsel

 

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                                                       Jethro versus Rehoboam

We have a sense of peace when we get some relief from the pressures and responsibilities of life, and that pressure is lifted because of the counsel we received from someone with wisdom, knowledge, and expertise that they brought to the table, having your best interest at heart. They didn’t want anything in return, but knew you could benefit from what they could offer in terms of sound advice.

On the other end of the spectrum is when we seek counsel from people we know, not because they really have the answer, but because we have known them for so long we believe what they say could be the right answer.

Let’s delve into two stories in the Bible that fall into these two types of counsel. First up is Moses in the book of Exodus. Jethro, a priest of Midian and Moses’ father-in-law had heard all the wonderful things the Lord had done to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. He goes to see Moses bringing Moses his wife and children with him. Jethro immediately praises God for what he has done.

Exodus 18:9-12

And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the Lord had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians.

10 And Jethro said, Blessed be the Lord, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians.

11 Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.

12 And Jethro, Moses’ father in law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God: and Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Moses’ father in law before God.

The next day Jethro notice the all the people around Moses and asked what it was all about and Moses explained that the people come to him about the Lord. His father-in-law stated this was not a good situation and could make Moses very tired if he kept doing things in this manner and it was too big of a burden for one man.

Exodus 18: 13-18

13 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening.

14 And when Moses’ father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?

15 And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God:

16 When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.

17 And Moses’ father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.

18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.

Jethro begins to counsel Moses on how to handle such a huge responsibility in a way that would benefit everyone. Jethro tells him the characteristics to look for when choosing men who could assist him and how many in each group they could rule over. Moses listened and acted. This was a man that had organizational and leadership skills and could see a better more efficient way to get results and not to gain anything by it personally but to help a man of God the best way he knew how being a man of God himself.

19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:

20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.

21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:

22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.

23 If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.

24 So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.

25 And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.

26 And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.

27 And Moses let his father in law depart; and he went his way into his own land.

 

Second, is the story of Rehoboam, Solomon’s son who had become king of Israel after his father’s death. Solomon ran a tight and strict government and the people asked that he would lighten the yoke some.

2Chron. 10:4

Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.

Rehoboam said let me think about it and come back in three days and he consulted with the elders who served with his father.

2 Chron. 10:6-7

And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?

And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.

He ignored their counsel and asked his friends who he knew for years. They were not very wise and gave bad counsel.

2Chron 10:8-13

But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.

And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?

10 And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins.

11 For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king bade, saying, Come again to me on the third day.

13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men,

14 And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

*** NOTE: Rehoboam’s decision caused the divided kingdom – the Kingdom of Judah made up of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin in the South and the remaining 10 tribes made up the Kingdom of Israel in the North.***

2Chron. 10:16-19, 11:1

16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents.

17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.

18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.

19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

11 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.

Rehoboam strengthened his territory and forgot about God’s laws and because of this Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem.

2Chron 12:1-5

12 And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him.

And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the Lord,

With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen: and the people were without number that came with him out of Egypt; the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.

And he took the fenced cities which pertained to Judah, and came to Jerusalem.

Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said unto them, Thus saith the Lord, Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak.

They did humble themselves somewhat and God’s spared them from destruction, but they still became servants of Shishak and treasures of Solomon became that of Shishak because of their disobedience.

2Chron. 12:7-9

And when the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.

Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.

So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king’s house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which Solomon had made.

Rehoboam did not listen to those who knew best, but sought the counsel of friends which is not always the right way to go. They can’t sometimes see pass the friendship and see the whole picture. Rehoboam didn’t have a heart of compassion from the beginning, it was more of having the title instead of doing good for what was entrusted to him as the son of Solomon who was considered the wisest man in the Bible.

14 And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord. 2Chron. 12:14

God always looks at the heart We may make decisions or get advice from people with experience and wisdom or people we have known for many years and what I would say to that is before making any decisions and getting advice or counsel, pray first and ask God to surround you with people that have a heart for God and that he gives you the spirit of discernment, recognizing truth and goodness, and having insight and clarity.

Obey God the First Time

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God is merciful and patient as exhibited in the story of Jonah. We can act like Jonah at times and what I mean by that is God can give us specific instructions, we refuse to do it and go off in a different direction only to end up doing what he said to do in the first place.

In Jonah 1:2 God told Jonah to go to Nineveh and tell the people to repent. But Jonah not being obedient to what God has called him to do makes the decision to flee to Tarshish Jonah1:3.

Jonah has entered a ship mind you, uninvited and now there is chaos on the ship and God had caused the wind to stir up the waters. Now those on the ship are asking Jonah what has he done and he explained he was fleeing from the Lord and this had caused the trouble to come up on them. They throw Jonah overboard and the sea calms immediately. At the same time a fish swallows up Jonah and he remains in the belly of the fish three days and three nights Jonah 1:5-17.

Our actions effect other people that have nothing to do with what we may be going through. If we would listen and do what the Lord tells us to do the first time it would save time and trouble for ourselves and the people around us.

In Chapter 2, Jonah prays while in the belly of the fish and God delivers him out of the belly of the fish. This is very familiar when we look at our own lives. We get into trouble then we want to pray for God to deliver us out of it and it didn’t have to go that way in the first place.

Chapter 3:2 God tells Jonah to go to Nineveh again. Ohhhh you bet Jonah goes this time. Jonah 3:3-4, Jonah tells the people of Nineveh to turn from their wicked ways or it will be overthrown.

The people of Nineveh took heed and turned from their wicked ways, Jonah 3:5-9. Let’s stop right here and look at this for a moment, God speaks directly to Jonah and he refuses to do what God said, however the people of Nineveh did exactly what God said and God’s word came from the person who didn’t want to obey God and deliver the message. WOW!

Jonah didn’t think they would turn from their evil ways. This scripture comes to mind.…. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, 1Cor. 3:19. We think we know so much and what’s right and we don’t. Trust God people.

Jonah was upset because God was patient and merciful with Nineveh and he knew God would give them a chance to turn their lives around. God asks Jonah was it right for him to be angry about this?

God teaches Jonah a valuable lesson in Chapter 4.

Jonah sat and waited to see what would happen to the city and while waiting it grew hot, so God grew a plant to give Jonah shade, but the next morning a worm ate some of the plant, now with limited shade and the unbearable sun beaming down on Jonah he wanted to die. God explained to him in Jonah 4:9-11, is it right for you to be angry about a plant dying that you didn’t do nothing to put there and he pretty much said yes angry even unto death. God said you felt sorry for a plant that only has a short period of time to live, so shouldn’t I feel sorry for a city living in spiritual darkness whose sin was going to lead them to death.

Jonah had more pity for a plant than the spiritual lives of people God was trying to save.

When God ask you to speak to 1 or 100 people don’t say it is a waste of time. God doesn’t think we are a waste of his time; he loves us and wants the best for us. Jeremiah 29:11 says, For I know the thoughts I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

When God chooses you, GO and give the message. Fulfill your God given assignment. Some of us are for planting the seed, some water and God gets the increase. We can do it our way and take the long way around, but God’s will will be done.