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The Temple

The Temple

1 Corinthians 6:19

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,

Matthew 21:12-14

And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.” And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.

Your Body is considered the temple of the Lord.  When Jesus came into the Temple in Jerusalem he cleared it out or cleaned it.  When Jesus comes into your heart (His temple) he cleans it out or clears it.  After He clears it and gets all the junk out, He then begins to heal you.  You were blind and lame to who Jesus is until He came in and cleaned you up and healed you.  People are always saying things like…”When I get myself cleaned up, then I will come to Jesus.”  There is nothing you can do to clean yourself up.  Only Jesus can clean you up and make you worthy.

Ezekiel 36:26

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

When Christ comes in there is a peace and a contentment in you that you never had before.  He gives you a new heart and a new mind.  You become a new creature in Christ Jesus.

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The Gospel

A video about the Gospel of Christ.

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Idols

Idol is a big word for just being 4 little letters. Not many people think about it much. In honesty, I don’t think about it much. When I do stop and think about it, it is unnerving. It makes my heart skip and sputter to think about some of the useless things that I put first in my life.

According to Webster’s and idol is a representation or a symbol of an object of worship; broadly: a false god.

When I stop to consider this simple 4 letter word, I think, I’m not as bad as the Israelites who made a golden image of a calf to worship. I also remember the commandment that states “You shall have no other gods before me” (exodus 20:3). I always think about an image when I think idol. An idol can be a person or a thing. I mean after all a calf isn’t a person. Your husband, children, job, books, your home, even your daily chores, anything you place above God and God alone is an idol. I understand loving things but if it comes before your love for God it is an idol. I absolutely LOVE spending time with my husband and getting just a few minutes to talk to him during our busy days is a gift, but if I would rather talk and spend time with my husband rather than the One who saved my soul and loves me more than any person or thing on this earth, then I have placed my husband above my God and that is an idol. If the physical needs of my children come before their spiritual needs then my priorities are NOT right. I moved thousands of miles away from everyone I know and love to attend a school/church that actually teaches the word of God and doesn’t care if they lose church members over that fact. It isn’t cotton candy that will give you cavities or just words that make you feel good and think my life isn’t so bad. No matter how much I try, I am NOT worthy of heaven. I don’t deserve it, but a spotless Lamb died in my place to save me from a life of torment and agony. For that, how could I possibly put anything or anyone above HIM? Even my children whom I love with all my heart isn’t worthy to be before Him. My children are a gift from God and not to be put before Him in anyway. My husband is a gift from God and shouldn’t be put before Him in anyway. You see, an idol doesn’t have to be an image or a statue. It could be anything/anyone that is put in place of the One true God.

I recently took a survey of my friends and asked “What is the most important thing/person in your life?” The answer I got most was God and then family. Of course people are going to say God when asked. But if you really stop and think and pray about it, would it still be God? I am by no means blasting anyone. I am mostly blasting myself. This is something that has been going thru my head for a long time. God makes things evident in our lives for a reason. He is gently urging me that something is not right and if I spend time on my knees in true worship and prayer and repentance, He will make is right. We are taught that there is a directors chair in our lives. Who is sitting in that chair.. your children, your husband, you? If God and God alone is not occupying that chair in your life you are letting the flesh rule your life. If you have an idol in your life, flesh rules in your life and not the Holy Spirit.

To quote a blog I read recently…Everyone Loves God, right? Do you love Him enough to unseat yourself or the idol that you have sitting in your director’s chair in your life?

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Every time I hear the word circumcise it kinda makes me shudder.  Circumcise means to cut off the foreskin.  In the old testament circumcision was part of the covenant.  To set His people apart from others.

We are all born with a flesh heart.  We are all born with a desire to fulfill the lusts of the flesh.  When you come to God there is a cutting away of the flesh (circumcision) of the heart.

Philippians 3:3  For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.

Put no confidence in the flesh.  It is through God and God alone that we should put our confidence in.

Deuteronomy 30:6  And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.

Romans 2:28  For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical.  29.But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.

Deuteronomy 10:16   Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn.  17.  For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe.

We are no longer under the old covenant but of the new.  The old covenant required daily sacrifices of  animals.  The new covenant also requires a daily sacrifice but not of animals.  The sacrifice is your flesh.  The flesh and the spirit will never get along.  They are like siblings that HATE each other and can never live in the same house.  The flesh must die and the spirit must reign in the home.  It isn’t about what you want.  It is about what God wants and what will bring Him glory.

1 Corinthians 10:31  So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

God will never ask more from you than you can bear.  If it feels like more than you can bare He will help you carry it.  He is not a harsh task master.  His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  Circumcision of the heart sounds painful, and in a way it is.  Jesus went through so much more pain and suffering than we will probably ever know in our life time.  Are you too good or too valuable to suffering for the sake of your King?  Take up your cross and follow Him today.

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