January 27, 2017
I heard the Lord say: My people live as though their bodies are their own and they can do what they please with them. Why do they not see that this is the very argument of the abortionists? My people abort what I have deposited in them – My very Presence – by indulging the flesh as if it was their private possession. “But you have been bought with a price; you are not your own. Therefore, glorify God with your body.” I Cor. 6:20
Forgive me, Lord, for indulging my flesh. Forgive me, Lord, I repent.
More important than the fact that You created me, more important than the fact that You sustain me, is the truth that You bought me at the cost of Your precious Blood. That is the most powerful reason for seeking holiness.
You paid an enormous price. Not with silver and gold did You purchase me. You took the punishment that was due to me. You bared Your back to the whips, said nothing when they crowned You with thorns or when they drove in the nails, suffered the insults of those who mocked You as You were dying and prayed only, ‘Father, forgive them.’ I shudder to think how many times You have said those three words since. How many times have You turned to the Father and said, “Father, forgive her”?
The price was priceless.
As certain as I am saved by Your shed Blood, just as certain is it that I was bought with a price and therefore am no longer the landlord of my body and my possessions.
The greatest event of my biography is not the day I was born, but the day I was born again; the day I accepted that I had been bought with an exceedingly high price, the day I began to learn that there is no ruler as tyrannical as my ego. “Self ” is a fierce dictator, a terrible oppressor, and a cruel slave driver.
My five senses were not given to me to injure or pollute what Christ has paid for. He did not save me to waste my time on worthless pursuits. He did not purchase me to pamper myself.
Jesus did not take out a mortgage on me – He paid in full. Therefore I am not partly His and partly mine, as a house is partly mine and partly the bank’s.
Therefore, the commandment is clear: “Glorify God with your body.” I Cor. 6:20b
Lord Jesus, Your word says that my body is a temple of Your Holy Spirit. Cleanse this temple, arrange and re-arrange however You want to, re-decorate this house to Your liking, clean out whatever needs to be cleaned out and make this house of my body a place that You find pleasing and comfortable to live in.
I throw myself on Your unfailing grace for it is You – and You alone – who are at work in me to will and to do Your good pleasure. I trust You as the owner of everything I am and have to make me into what pleases You, Jesus.