(1 Corinthians 3:16-17) “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.”
A few weeks ago the preacher spoke about a notorious king of Jerusalem by the name of Manasseh. He was known to be one of the most evil kings to ever rule Israel. He did wicked things in the eyes of the Lord.
(2 Chronicles 33:1-17) “Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, following the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites. He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had demolished; he also erected altars to the Baals and made Asherah poles. He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them. He built altars in the temple of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, “My Name will remain in Jerusalem forever.”
In both courts of the temple of the LORD, he built altars to all the starry hosts. He sacrificed his children in the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, practiced divination and witchcraft, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, arousing his anger. He took the image he had made and put it in God’s temple, of which God had said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever. I will not again make the feet of the Israelites leave the land I assigned to your ancestors, if only they will be careful to do everything I commanded them concerning all the laws, decrees and regulations given through Moses.” But Manasseh led Judah and the people of Jerusalem astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the LORD had destroyed before the Israelites. The LORD spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention.
So the LORD brought against them the army commanders of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh prisoner, put a hook in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon.
In his distress he sought the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors. And when he prayed to him, the LORD was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD is God.
Afterward he rebuilt the outer wall of the City of David, west of the Gihon spring in the valley, as far as the entrance of the Fish Gate and encircling the hill of Ophel; he also made it much higher. He stationed military commanders in all the fortified cities in Judah. He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the LORD, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city. Then he restored the altar of the LORD and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the LORD, the God of Israel. The people, however, continued to sacrifice at the high places, but only to the LORD their God.
Manasseh defiled the temple of the Lord big time. He did the worst things possible in the house of God that you could ever imagine. Manasseh encouraged idol worship and the practice of witchcraft in the house of the Lord, causing the Israelites to be led astray. However, our God is so merciful, He forgave this immoral king and restored him to his throne after he humbled himself before the Lord and repented from his sins.
In the New Testament, the apostle Paul once again reminded us in (1 Corinthians 6:19–20)” Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. “ We as believers, who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour have the Holy Spirit living in us. God is the Creator of the world and His Holy Spirit is abiding in us because He loves us.
Imagine the Creator wanting to be with us, shouldn’t we rightfully give Him first place in our lives?
And shouldn’t we ensure that our bodies, heart, mind and soul are kept consecrated unto the Lord? Sometimes or should I say most times we are blinded by the enemy and we put other things first in our lives, like our friends, possessions, families, jobs, entertainment and even ourselves. This equates to idolizing things before God, similar to what Manasseh did in the past. We grieve the Holy Spirit when we sin. Consider yourself having the Lord living inside of you. Are you still going to commit that act of fornication (sex outside of marriage), visit the psychic / obeah man or partake in revelry and drunkenness, knowing that God is right there with you? Don’t give God a back seat in your life. God is not going to stand for that, He is a jealous God. He loves us so much that the bible says He is jealous about us.
God’s temple is holy, we should not defile it.
The devil’s job is to destroy us. He wants to condemn us and make us believe that we are no good sinners. Or he fools us into thinking that a little sin will not hurt us, it is the big ones that count. My dear friend, sin is sin. If we steal a million dollars or if you steal a pencil, we are still thieves. God does not hate us, He hates the sin in us.
If you are struggling with sin, you need to seek Jesus Christ. He came to set us free from the bondage of slavery to sin. Get to know Him. When you discover how much He loves you, that He would leave His heavenly kingdom to come to the earth that He created, to die for you and me, you too will fall in love with Him. Right now He is standing right outside of your heart, knocking at your door, hoping that you would welcome Him to come inside of your life. When you are sincere and invite Him in, He would gladly come in and transform your whole life for you. If you are a true Christian, you are God’s temple. The Holy Spirit will then guide you to clean out your temple of the things that are not pleasing to God.
May we as individuals be filled with the presence of God and refrain from doing things that defile the temple of our Lord.
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