June 19, 2017, by Kgalalelo
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? 1 Corinthians 6:19
I received inspiration to write about this topic during one of my bath times. God speaks everywhere and anytime and right when I am pouring water over myself, that’s when at times I receive the topics I need to write about. Sometimes I want to get out of the bath quickly to journal what I am receiving but it’s not often easy as at that moment I need to finish bathing. I often pray to remember what I have received so that as soon as I get an opportunity I may sit down either with my journal or the laptop to document the message.
I had been missing church for a while as a result of work and personal commitments. I had reports to produce and my own book needed to be edited and the time that was available for me to complete all the work was on Saturdays or Sundays. As I was thinking that perhaps others might start thinking that I had abandoned the church the scripture struck me that I am in fact, the church, I am the temple of the Holy Spirit and that I can have communion right where I am. The importance of fellowship cannot be emphasised enough, however, condemning oneself is not the answer as God condemns us not. The Bible puts it as thus “therefore, there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8: 1).
The Holy Spirit dwells in us and wherever we go, there He is also. We carry Him and He carries us wherever we go hence when we are in distress, no matter where we are, we call upon God to help us. He never leaves nor forsakes us because He is with us all the time, twenty-four-seven. He is with us and all around us at the same time. There is absolutely no separation between us and God. We are ONE as we have been reconciled by Christ.
"For if, while we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of hi Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!" (Romans 5:10).
It is important to remember this message all the time and always be in meditation whether we are doing something with our hands or simply relaxing with friends or family. Knowing that you are the temple of the Holy Spirit wherever you are, keeps you grounded and when tempted to indulge in wrongful acts, the remembrance that you carry the pure spirit of God keeps you away from anything that might endanger you.
When the Israelites were given the mandate to build the Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament, they were given the specifications of how it had to be erected and the instruction to carry it wherever they were throughout their trip in the wilderness to Canaan. When they took the tabernacle with them to war based on God’s directive, they won, whereas when they failed to carry out instructions as far as the ark was concerned, they lost the battle. The Israelites at that time, didn’t have a temple to worship God in as they were on the move and therefore, the Ark served as a reminder to praise and worship and to symbolise that God was always with them. They carried the presence of God with them throughout their trip. God was in their midst day and night. The Bible records it this way: “By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night” (Exodus 13:21).
When Jesus redeemed us and ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit descended and came upon the believers and we became the indwelling of the Spirit of God. Our bodies are therefore, the ark of the tabernacle that carries the Holy Spirit everywhere. In our own wilderness we walk with the Holy Spirit and go to war with Him. In our Canaan were we enjoy victory and all good things, we carry and are carried by the Spirit of God who also surrounds us. As we come together as saints, it is the full body of Christ that comes together in synchronicity to share, fellowship and remind one another of who we really are.
Communion with God ought to take place wherever we are, during our intimacy with God and in fellowship with other saints. We need to recall also that in our dealings with others and in private, we are the altar that carries God Himself and all that we do is not hidden from Him as He walks with us wherever we go. When we lay down at night to sleep, the Bible teaches that God doesn’t sleep nor slumber, He watches over us day and night and when we awake, He goes before us. Psalm 139:8 says “If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there”. This means that God is right there in every situation we find ourselves in, whether circumstances forces us there or we go there on our own accord.
When we acknowledge and remember that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, that should keep us in communion all the time, in season and out of season, in association with others and in our own individual spaces. God is always patient with us, seeking recognition.
I give thanks to the Lord, who has restored me to Himself and giving me complete freedom for perfect self-expression for the Bible says that if the son of God frees you, you are free indeed. There is no need to judge or condemn yourself, nor is it good for you to judge and condemn others. Grant yourself forgiveness and move on remembering that you are the carrier of the Holy Spirit and whatever talent He has given you the Bible says do it unto the glory of God because He is actually the one you are serving. Fellowship with other saints and have your own intimate time with the Lord. Remember, you are the church.
All gratitude to the One who created us!
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