Purify the Temple

June 15, 2016

2 Corinthians 6: 14-18

14Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 

17″Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” 18″I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

Purify the Temple

The is an old saying that we have probably all heard that says, “Garbage in, Garbage out.”  It is really a variation of what the Bible says in Galatians 6:7, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”  Let us just talk in terms of nutrition for a moment.  In this country we are some of the most overfed and yet undernourished people in the world.  We have all that we want to eat, but our diets are killing us.  So much of our culture is fast food and empty calories.  The majority of our population is overweight and many of us are suffering in our health.  It was an eye opener to me about six months ago when my wife who had suffered with many afflictions in her body was introduced to a product that was just pure organic nutrition.  After about six weeks she began to see so many of her bodily afflictions begin to fall off.  She had been so bad that she had been given a handicap sticker because it was so painful to walk.  Now she is bouncing around here like she did as a young lady with a lot more energy and vitality, because she feels so much better.  Her weight is dropping and her health is being restored.  It is not because of some super miracle drug, it simply because of good nutrition.  When you give your body what it needs it is an amazing organism, capable of healing and restoring itself.  That is the way God made it.  If this principle holds true on the physical realm, don’t we think it would hold true on the spiritual realm as well?  Have we been feeding our spirits any better than we have been feeding our bodies?  Look at what we watch on TV, movies and the Internet.  Look at what we read in books, newspapers and magazines.  Look at what we listen too in our music and radio.  It is much like what we eat, a lot of junk!  

If our body is the temple of God then isn’t it easy to see how we are so defiling that temple in every aspect of our lives?   In many respects our churches have become so like the world through their programs, entertainment and appeal, that you can’t tell a whole lot of difference between the church and the world.  This is not said to bring condemnation, but rather a reality check to all of us that we have a much higher calling than what we have been walking in.  Is it any wonder that most of us are walking in defeat rather than victory?  We are simply reaping what we have sown.  Is your car going to run better on watered down dirty gas or highly refined, high-octane fuel? Your body, soul and spirit are no different.  Jesus laid down His life to deliver us out of death and into life.  Are our lives reflecting good stewardship of the precious gift that He has given us?  

Father God has called us to a higher calling and standard than this world.  He is calling us out of the junk food of this world into the pure organic nutrition of His Spirit life and Word.  As we are entering into these difficult times of worldly upheaval it is imperative that we separate ourselves unto Him, that we sanctify our temples and that we touch no longer the unclean things.  “What fellowship does our light have with darkness?”  God says that He wants to live with us, walk among us and be our God as He wants us to be His people.  We are not experiencing that in the state that we are in.  There is an open heaven and God is saying, “Come up here.”  He is calling us out of the muck and mire of this world into His holy presence and fellowship.  Are we willing today to separate ourselves unto Him and to leave off the fellowship with this world and the works of darkness? 



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