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Our theme for this month: “The awesome reality of the presence of God”
Our Bible verse for today: “Do you not know that your body is the 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.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “God makes His presence known through you”
In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 the Apostle Paul revealed one of the most important truths about the presence of God in our day. In the context, he was explaining to the Christians in the church in Corinth (who lived in the midst of a highly sexualized and immoral culture), why they should not use their bodies in immoral sexual ways. It was because the Holy Spirit of God lives inside those bodies.
But in the process of admonishing them about that, Paul revealed a much larger spiritual truth that pertains to all of life for the Christian. The Holy Spirit of God lives in your heart. Therefore, you are not your own. Your body doesn’t belong just to you. It belongs to Christ. Paul wrote, “… you were bought at a price.” On the cross Jesus not only paid the penalty for your sins, but He also purchased your physical body to be used as a temple of His Holy Spirit.
The moment you placed your faith in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins your sins were forgiven and removed, and the Holy Spirit entered into your heart. That’s what Paul meant when he said that your body is now a temple of God’s Holy Spirit.
In terms of our theme for this month regarding the awesome reality of the presence of God in the world, this is a crucial understanding. The primary way God manifests His presence in our world today is through the lives of the followers of Christ. It’s the Holy Spirit living in you and working through you that makes the presence of God evident to the surrounding world. He does it through your words, through your actions, and through your example. The Holy Spirit within you moves you to offer help and comfort, and He prompts you to speak words of blessing and truth, thereby making Jesus known in the world around you. Today God has multiple millions of walking talking mobile temples of His Holy Spirit moving all through the world making His presence in the world known.
We’ll think more about this in the days to come. In the meantime, let me ask you, will people experience the presence of God today because their path crossed yours? I hope they will because one of the most important ways God is present in the world today is through the followers of Jesus Christ.
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