My brother, my sister, we are individually the temple of God. But what temple are you? We often hear people say that they are the temple of God when they want to do their own things. Not only so, nowadays Christians are more concerned with being blessed by God at all cost than obeying God to be blessed as He promised. If we did apply the Word of God in our lives, won’t many pagans end up following us? Is that not one of the reasons why God made us His temple? My friend, whenever you call yourself His temple, do not ignore that God has also established a list of curses that follow His children who disobey him (Deuteronomy 28:15-44).
Yes, digging our heads in the sand or denying the fact that God still punishes and sanctions us for disobedience in the name of the grace we have enjoyed because of the sacrifice of the cross is a great lie from the devil, and that lie can lead the temple we are supposed to be to death. God hates sin. God hates disobedience. God hates rebellion. If grace had removed those sanctions, why did Jesus addressed the churches as He is addressing each of us individually today:
– to the church in Ephesus, “I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place” (Revelation 2:4-5) ;
– to the Church in Pergamum: ” I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality” (Revelation 2:14) ;
– to the Church in Thyatira: “I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols” (Revelation 2:20) ;
– to the Church in Sardis, “you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God” (Revelation 3:2) ;
– to the Church in Philadelphia, “I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name” (Revelation 3:8);
– to the Church in Laodicea, ” you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16).
My friend, note that only what church was not really reproached anything, but was directly encouraged by the Lord who told them not to be afraid and to remain faithful: the Church in Smyrna! What did Jesus said about this church? “I know your afflictions and your poverty” (Revelation 2:9). Yes, the Word of God never changes and it is written: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18)… The question remains: what temple are you before God who made you His temple? It is important for each of us to meditate on this to position ourselves and know what the Lord is expecting from us. Why? Because each of us wants to see signs from the Lord. The Bible says: “These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:18). Yes, accessing the blessings of God begins with our faith and is followed by the renewing of our mind as we apply the Word God… God dwells in the temple for the temple to be a channel of blessing… yes, an instrument through which He can spread peace, healing, joy, hope, salvation for all for His glory in Christ. But what temple are you today? What temple are you trying temple to be? Stay blessed in Jesus.