Monday, October 31, 2016

He Is the Temple

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Be still, and know that I am God;
among the heathen I
will be exalted; I on earth
will be exalted high.
The Lord of Hosts is on our side
our safety to secure;
the God of Jacob is for us
a refuge strong and sure.
 —Psalm 46:10-11
Suggested tune: Ellacombe (CMD)

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.
—Ephesians 2:19-22
Christ builds the temple. By faith, the individual soul becomes the abode of God, and into our desecrated spirits there comes the King of Glory. ‘Know ye not that ye are the temples of God?’ By faith, the whole body of believing men ‘are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.’
Christ builds this temple because he is the Temple. By his incarnation and work, he makes our communion with God and God’s dwelling in us possible. By his death and sacrifice he draws us to himself, and blends us in a living unity. By the gift of his Spirit and his life, he hallows our wills, and makes us partakers of his own likeness; so that coming to him, we also are built up a spiritual house.
 —Alexander Maclaren
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary
pure and holy, tried and true.
With thanksgiving I want to be a living
sanctuary to you...
 —Randy Scruggs
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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