Spring is upon us folks! It marks a time of transition and newness. Many of us look forward to spring for warmer weather, flower blossoms, all of that jazz. Others look forward to it as a time to spring clean--to thoroughly declutter and reorganize the physical spaces we inhabit. When's the last time you spring cleaned your temple?
The temple I'm referring to is our body. Our bodies are dwelling places of the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 6:19). As its name implies, the Holy Spirit is spiritually pure and perfect in goodness. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit if only our spirits we are equally pure and perfect in goodness. For this reason, we are repeatedly admonished to keep God's commandments, obey His voice and serve Him (Deut 4: 30-31, 40; Deut 8:6; Deut 10: 20).
Following God's laws and walking after the Lord, ensures we guard our temples from spiritual invasions. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers, rules of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12). The Holy Ghost is not the only spirit that is interested in residing in our temples. When we engage in or partake of things that are unclean and not of God, we allow spirits--that are not of God--to breach our spiritual wall, take residence in and use our temples. As consequences of our disobedience or perhaps generational disobedience, we find ourselves plagued with chronic diseases such as mental illness (Deut 28:20-22, 28-29).
The Holy Ghost cannot and will not reside in spiritually unclean and encumbered vessels. If we desire to walk in peace with Christ, we must cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit (2 Corinthians 7:1). In what ways can you clean up your temple?
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