1 Corinthians 6:19
Do you not realize that your body by design is the sacred shrine of the spirit of God; he echoed God within you. Your body does not even belong to you in the first place! (Mirror Bible)
What kind of temple are you asking God to dwell in?
Do you think about this scripture from time to time? Often, it is used to discourage what ministry leaders and religious leaders consider as the “major” sins: adultery, smoking, fornicating, drinking; you know the list. Please know this: there are no top sins that contaminate the body. All sin contaminates the body. This body is not your own, it belongs to God. When you accepted His invitation, you allowed Him to come and dwell within you.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Don’t you understand that together you form a temple to the living God and His Spirit lives among you? To determine if you are treating it in the way it should be treated; listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. (The Voice)
You are no longer just His creation, now you are His place of residence. This is not your own body. You should not take it anywhere and everywhere. You should not do anything and everything with it, nor to it. You should honor it as the home of God. This is a test you get to pass every day. The goal here is to treat your body as God’s temple. As you read the Old Testament, you see how the Temple was crafted*. In the link, attached to this devotional, you get the imagery of the intricacy of its design. You also can read how the temple was to be used. Well, that’s what your body is. If you have rationalized and reasoned a way to continue to do what you are doing, ask God to show you those things that you need to fix. You want your body to be a place where God would want to dwell and will take pleasure in dwelling there.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, thank you for reminding me my body is not my own. I know I don’t always treat it in a way that pleases You. I repent for doing the wrong things with it, for it, and to it. I also repent for using it to take You places I know You didn’t want to be. I do desire for You to enjoy dwelling within me. So I ask You, Father, to continue to show me those things You need to fix and those things You need to change. I want You to take joy in dwelling in this earthen vessel. I only want to take your temple to places it needs to be where You can be at peace. I want the things I do with it and to it to bring You glory and honor. As You search my heart and my life, show me what celebrates You and what does not. Continue to help me create a place where You can make Your Abode…
* Click here for detailed instructions for building the Tabernacle.