July 4, 2011
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? Paul wrote in I Cor. 3:16.
And do I truly realize that the Spirit of God that dwells in me is the SAME Spirit that raised Christ from the dead? Romans 8:11
I know it…but I don’t know it. Not really. I don’t live like it day in and day out. I know I don’t because I too easily allow my circumstances to define my behavior, rather than the indwelling Presence of your Holy Spirit.
I even have plaque on the wall that says God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 Yet when I walk through a shopping mall and see someone from my city who is a known witch walking in my direction, I more than likely run the other way or at the very least slip into the nearest store lest I get anywhere near her, as if her walking by me could ‘pollute’ me.
Lord, forgive me – that’s such wrong thinking!
Since the Spirit of the Living God dwells in us, why am I not saying to myself in a situation like that, “Whoever walks by me is going to get hit with a ray from the Son because the Light of the World dwells in me” ?
Was it something like that, Lord, that happened when you walked by Matthew at his tax collectors’ desk? All you said, was ‘Follow Me,’ and he just got up and followed!
Darkness will NEVER be more powerful than light; the devil and his minions will NEVER be more powerful than Your authority, Lord Jesus. A created being cannot overpower THE Creator. Why would I ever cave to fear or anxiety in the presence of workers of iniquity? How foolish of me! Lord I need to change the way I think! He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world. I John 4:4
Since the dawn of creation, thousands of generations have come and gone. I could have been born at any time in history, but you determined that I would live in THIS season, at THIS time in history. That means You called me from my mother’s womb and You appointed me to carry Your Presence everywhere I go – to be LIGHT in a dark society.
When the temple of Solomon stood in Jerusalem, everybody knew the Presence of God was there. Its very existence said so.
Your Word says that now, we are the ‘temple of God’. Your desire was never for a building but for living temples. Your desire from before Creation has been for a people, a family, so filled with Your presence, so in love with You that just because we show up, the atmosphere changes.
Lord, I repent…forgive me for every time I shrank back instead of pressing forward. I was thinking more about me than You, Jesus. Help me to learn how to forget about myself and just be preoccupied with You and the reason I’m alive right now. It’s all about YOU!
I sure don’t need to think more of myself and I don’t need to think less of myself; I just need to think of myself less.