The Temple of God: whatever happened to understanding and submitting to the fact that our bodies are the Temple of God. The plan is to fill our temples with the Holy Spirit so that we may worship in Spirit and truth. Many lay claims that the Holy Spirit fills their temple, but few reflect the image of God. The Lord said to His disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). Hear the words of the Lord and bury them in your heart. Leaning to our understanding is not God’s plan for us.
Even though the Scriptures say we should not be anxious about our life, some people live in a circle of worry, despair, quarreling, and jealousy, opening doors for the flesh to gratify its excessive desires. Some people establish their foundation in the valley of the shadow of death, constantly worrying about what tomorrow will bring. This kind of mental anguish is not what God wants for His children. The Lord said, trust me, my plans include giving you a future with hope; pick up your cross and follow me.
Follow Him, “and the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail” (Isaiah 15:11). To receive the power of the Lord, pay attention to the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and you will renew your mind, enabling you to discern the will of God. Listen carefully to His words and allow the Lord to establish your steps.
Adjust your life accordingly because, in your heart, you know that the Lord’s plans are beneficial and not evil, “for we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). We need to understand that what we call ourselves do not mean anything. We can call ourselves Republican, Democrat, Far-Left, Far-Right, Moderate, Independent, Black, White, African American, Chinese, Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, or whatever. Dividing ourselves into groups is like what the Apostle Paul said about circumcision. “It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation” (Galatians 6:15). A person may not be what they appear to be on the outside.
Paul said in Romans 2:28 that a man is not a Jew because he is one outwardly. Visible appearances have no value to the Lord. Faith matters and keeping God’s commandments matters. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be congruent with His plans. “The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble” (Proverbs 16:4). That is why we need to commit our actions to God’s Plan.
Minister Nettie Pennington, Associate Minister, Springfield MB Church