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His Temple

His temple 

I have a place of refuge in God, and He is faithful to listen and answer me. I have learned that His Spirit also has a place to reside within me. This is fascinating, and I want to honor Him as He makes my body a temple. This isn’t a weird temple, but a place for God to make His presence full! If I welcome the Spirit to be alive in my life, then I allow God to work and move in wonderful ways. If I don’t treat my body as a temple, then I can easily forget that God is powerful enough to use me. I want to honor my body as a temple, so that I may also listen and answer Him!

 

LISTEN

You belong in me, and I belong in you. I have made you a beautiful place of rest for my glory to shine through. I shine light from your soul, and I radiate from your smile. Remember that when my children look at you, they see a reflection of me. I am not a temporary resident in you, but I have made you a home for my Spirit to dwell in. I ask that you welcome Him with gratitude, and be most attentive to what He may be telling you. While my Spirit dwells in you, you are being glorified with me as my precious temple.

 

READ

1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV: “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”

 

1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV: “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, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

 

REFLECT

Reflect on the purpose of a temple.

Do you allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in you as a temple?

How can you honor your body?

Will you trust that God is with you?

 

Who are you in Jesus? His temple 

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Child of God

Child of God 

I have a Father who loves me more than anyone ever has. He loved me from the beginning, and he has adopted me in my previously wayward state. A loving Father is not ashamed of my mistakes, but graciously forgiving. He loves watching me learn and grow, because it is evidence that He is teaching me. I can’t be more thankful that He watches me closely, and He takes such good care of me. He instructs me with His word, and He listens to me in my prayers. He allows me to know His other children, too! I have the blessing of living life with other sons and daughters of God. I hope I always try to love them with the same love He shows to me.

LISTEN

My child, I delight in you! I have been waiting for you to understand that I have adopted you as my child. You are mine because I love you, and my love is unconditional. The circumstance, situation, and outcome will never change my love. Life is going to challenge you, but don’t forget who your Father is. My child, I created this world, and there is nothing greater or stronger than your Father. I am your refuge, and you can come to me for safety. I adopted you because you had faith in me; please trust that I will work everything in your favor.

READ

Ephesians 1:3-6 ESV: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”

Galatians 3:25-26 ESV: “But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.”

 

1 John 3:10 ESV: “By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.”


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REFLECT

Reflect on the unconditional love of a Father.

Do you trust that your Father is for your good?

How can you remember that your situation does not change the Father’s love?