AUGUST 7, 2016
1 CORINTHIANS 3: 16
The Bible teaches us that a believer in Jesus Christ is the temple of God. God dwells in you personally. Just as people in the past used to go to the temple of God to experience God, now they should be able to see God in your life. What is the message you are sharing about the Kingdom of God? You are a daily letter from the Lord Jesus Christ, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. (2 Corinthians 3:3)
It is evident that some people do not know that they are the temple of God. When we have bad habits that we cannot seem to get rid of no matter how much we try, then those habits or problems have mastery over us. In a real sense, we are, we are their slaves. Whether it is too much television, face book, sports, or food, whatever dictates our priorities has control over us. It may seem as though sin has unlimited power over us, but that is not true. That is simply our impression when we allow ourselves to be controlled by a false master. We become discouraged, indifferent, angry, and many times miserable people.
What habit causes problems in your life?
What can one do to overcome a habit or problem area?
If you are miserable, why not seek God’s guidance for relief.
The first step in recovery, besides the obvious one of recognizing the problem, is identifying and understanding your true position in Christ as one redeemed by God. As Tammy Sokol and Mark Allen have sung in the past, we are redeemed and have been set free. We are to shake off those heavy chains of bondage and allow God to liberate us. With the Holy blood of Jesus, you were literally redeemed, or paid for. The ownership of your life was transferred from sin and self to Almighty God. Why not live in the freedom that was paid for by God so that you can live free!
How has God set you free?
What problem area in your life no longer controls you because of the grace of God in your life?
Who could you encourage this week that may be miserable and living in bondage?
Take hold of this powerful liberation statement, “For Christ’s love compels (controls) us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.” (2 Corinthians 5: 14&15) If the love of Christ controls you, there is no room for sub-ownership by other passions, desires, or people. Living in bondage is an unnecessary condition. It is like staying in prison when the lock is removed and the doors are wide open. Are you a slave to anything besides Christ? You can declare your own independence day under His authority. Ask the Lord to help you change and remove the lock to any area of your life where you have refused Him access.