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We have EVERYTHING we need to live a life that pleases God.

Jehovah Jireh – The Lord Will Provide (Genesis 22)

This week, I’ve been focusing on cleaning God’s temple. I’ve been reflecting on thoughts, speech, reading material (including blogs), etc. Throughout reflection, I’ve come to realize that God has given us everything to live a life pleasing to Him.

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When we repent from sin, we become a new creature in Christ. We’re to be faithful to Him (and His teachings) and walk in the salvation He has provided for us. I marvel at the MANY ways God provides for His people over the years. He has blessed us with so many good gifts be it material or spiritual, but He has also given us special gifts that are, everything we need for a life (eternally) of godliness (spiritually).

So, what are those things that we’re equipped with to live a life that is pleasing to the Creator? A new heart and the Holy Spirit (Ezekiel 36:26). We also have His Word which we are to read, search, and study daily (2 Timothy 3:16-17). As we continue to take up our cross daily, the more we grow in godliness because knowing God intimately changes the heart and the more we’ll want to put sin to death when temptation comes knocking on the door.

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Reflection: Recall and thank God for the many ways in which He has provided for you and your family and friends over the year.

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Devotional Nugget #8: Cleaning out the temple🧹

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

1 Corinthians 6:19

Matthew 21:12-16.

Mark 11:15-19.

Luke 19:45-48.

John 2:13-17.

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When I read those accounts of Jesus Christ cleansing the temple of desecration, it made me pause and analyze the physical temple which is my body. What should’ve taken place in the court of the Gentiles – the merchants and moneychangers misusing the temple as a marketplace that it actually started to resemble a thieves’ den – was taking place in a house of prayer. After cleansing the temple, Jesus shows the proper use of it by healing the lame and the blind and by teaching. 

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The world and its ways have crept into the house of God. It has also crept into the Lord’s living temple which is our bodies. Over the years, we’ve taken in so many unclean things through various forms of unfiltered entertainment, that we still revert to the old ways sometimes despite being a new creature in Christ. Just think about it.

Every sin that is committed by us in the sanctuary is the Holy of Holies where God dwells.

God created our bodies, Jesus redeemed them through His unblemished blood and the Holy Spirit dwells within. So, yes, this makes our body the temple of God.

With the Holy Spirit residing in us, we are led to honor and glorify God with our bodies. Take a moment to reflect on what you’ve been allowing inside God’s temple. Does it need cleansing? We can start by getting « rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice » and by being « kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. » (Ephesians 4:31-32).

Let us go into this new week cleansing the filth from God’s temple.

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Reflection

Our bodies belong to the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:13). It is a member of Christ (1 Corinthians 6:15) and it is where the Holy Spirit dwells (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).

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Living to Give

Jesus does more than preach

He teaches us God’s truth

Eternal life lives all because of Christ the King! Click the link to discover a beautiful dose of inspiration from this wonderful blogger and be blessed by the words! 💙 

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Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 6:14:  « But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. »

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Christ comes to the world

Bringing God’s love to us

 

Jesus sets the bar high

Higher than we can reach

 

Christ delivers two true teachings

To a sinful, unsaved world

 

Love your God, the Father

Love others more than yourself

 

Jesus does more than preach

He teaches us God’s truth

 

His hands heal the sick

Later pierced with sharpened nails

 

He raises up the dead

Just as He will rise

 

Christ, the Messiah, brings hope

He is Savior to mankind

 

Wearing a crown of thorns

Humbles himself on the Cross

 

Rising from a dark tomb

Christ forever defeats our sins

 

Christ serves His Holy Father

His sacrifice continues to give

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Watching God’s creation at work 💙

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I’ve been M.I.A. this week, but it’s good to be offline for a period of time for it allowed me to focus on my walk with God and to catch up with many things such as improving talents and walking in nature. This past week at work, a young bird was born with a few complications. I checked on it every time I got, but the little birdie was adamant and independent despite the crippling defects of its little wings. The other birds flew down when they thought no one was looking to feed and nourish it. I’m happy to see that it’s looking healthier and getting along better. Today, it came into the library and I took it out on the greens to get some sunshine and fresh air. 

God’s creation is amazing. When the older birds ministered to the sick one, the sheep and the goats scripture came to mind especially this part:

I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Matthew 25:36

I’ve been working on the ministry that God is currently setting up for me to be a part of and I couldn’t be happier for I love serving Him any which way He calls me to. Everywhere I turn, He is reminding me of the soon-to-be-ministry.

May God bless your weekend as you rest in Him and if it’s possible, try to go outside and take a walk in nature as you commune with Him. 

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Expressing joy at calamities

 and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

Proverbs 17:5

The book of Proverbs shows us how foolish we can be if we do not choose to live wisely. It also teaches us how to be humble and how to be Christlike in all manner of ways. 

Matthew 5:44 tells us to love our enemies despite them cursing us, despising us, and spitefully using or persecuting us. However, some of us are so weighed down by the troubles they’ve caused that for a little moment, we forget Who we belong to and rejoice in their pain. We feel satisfied when we hear of their misfortunes instead of lifting them up in prayer. 

Why must we love our enemies? Simple. Just as much as He loves us, Jesus also loves our enemies for He does not want anyone to perish, but to join Him in everlasting life (2 Peter 3:9). So whenever you feel like rejoicing over your enemy because bad things befall them, remember that Jesus died for EVERYONE inclusive of your enemy; you’re not exclusive. 

RELATED: Have you prayed for your enemies lately?

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