by Pastor Tim Burt
As people travel around the world, it's possible for them to see and visit temple ruins—temples of pagan gods that eroded to almost nothing over the years. Any temple of a pagan god will eventually erode to nothing because it was created without God’s blessing and will be subject to nature’s erosion. That should not be the case with you! Don’t you become a broken down temple. Jesus privileged you with the honor of being empowered as mighty in spirit because of the Holy Spirit living in you! Let me explain.
In Mark chapter 11, we read the story of Jesus being with His disciples in the temple. He was upset! The temple of God had become a place of commerce selling sacrificial animals and exchanging of Roman money for Temple money. This is not what God had ever intended. This could be done outside the temple. Jesus in righteous indignation turned over the money-changers tables and proclaimed, "My Temple will be called a place of prayer for all nations,' but you have turned it into a den of thieves." (Mark 11:17) God's house was supposed to have been a house of prayer, not a place of corruption and usury.
Jesus died and arose from the dead, initiating the new and everlasting covenant for us to be forgiven of sins and reconciled to God. There was also another change initiated through this New Covenant. No longer would there be just one temple for man to come to, to worship God. Those who received Jesus as their Savior would become the temple of God. The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." The revelation to us is this: the temple of God, that was at one time a place where people met and sacrificed animals to God, has now changed locations! WE are now the temple of God’s Holy Spirit! And you remember what Jesus said the temple was supposed to be? He said it was a to be a House of Prayer! Now you are that temple with the Holy Spirit living within you, and you are a house of prayer !
One of the greatest revelations and privileges given to a believer is to understand that you aren't a slave to anything. To the contrary, you are mighty! Sin doesn't have power over you! Fear doesn't have power over you! Circumstances don't have power over you! You have God in you, with you, and for you! You need to look in the mirror and say that to yourself. Jesus has made me mighty! You have the mighty power of God working in you. Read these next words and let them blow you away! Especially the last verse about God's power at work within you!
Ephesians 3:17-20 (NKJV) "that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints (that's you!) what is the width and length and depth and height-- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us"
Did you see that? "According to the power that works in us." As the holidays come up, put that might to work and experience Thanksgiving and Christmas without regrets. Have courage, not regret. What do you desire to happen at your Christmas celebration? Do you want to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas but face the possibility of objection or rejection while celebrating with relatives? Prepare the event in prayer. Then prepare your courage and strength in prayer. What is it you want to see happen? Plan it out and if it takes mutual cooperation from others because there might be unbelievers present—then be wise. Talk it over with those holding the celebration and plan it mutually and with cooperation. Be bold in spirit rather than face regrets later. Make it meaningful, short, and sweet if you face potential opposition.
And then for you personally, remember that your body—your temple—is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Moderation is something that God will give you strength for. Philip. 4:4-5 says, “…let everyone see your moderation in all you do.”
Don’t let history repeat itself in your life. Don’t end up after the holidays once again thinking I wish I had said and done this. Or, I wish I hadn't said or done that. Don’t regret how much weight you put on. Don’t regret getting in fights with loved ones. Don’t regret not bringing Jesus into your Christmas. Don’t let the history of regrets repeat itself.
Jesus’ death and resurrection brought you much more than just eternal life. It brought you His power and strength to work within you. Pray, prepare, and have faith in His power and strength working in you to say Yes! to what is good and to say No! to what you shouldn't partake of. Be moderate so you don’t have regrets! Have courage to represent Jesus and let your light shine bright in all you do!
Ephesians 1:19 (NLT) “I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of His power for us who believe Him.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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