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Is Your Temple Being Built?

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Is Your Temple Being Built?

 

Get out a piece of paper and write down a typical week for you. How is your time divided? What consumes your time? What do you do with your spare time?

The most important activity for believers is building the temple. Was that on your list?

The eternal temple of God is made of the souls of the true believers in Christ. It’s the place God will call home for eternity. So the most important activity we do is prepare/build that place for Him, have you been building?

How do we build?

Among many attributes, God is holy, truth and love. For God to fully manifest Himself through us as the temple we have to be in unison with Him in these areas as noted in the scriptures. As oil and water don’t mix, neither does a corrupt soul lacking these and God’s spirit.

 

The soul that is able to hold God’s spirit is one that is pure, structured in truth, and consumed in love.

Purity

First, Jesus Christ cleansed our souls with His sacrifice. In Him, our slates are wiped clean.

Truth

Second, Jesus Christ builds a structure of truth within us. Jesus is the Word of God. It’s the Word, truth, that sanctifies. John 17:17 He gave us His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, who writes truth on our hearts and minds as He instructs us in the ways of God. 1 John 2:27 As we abide in the Word, putting the truth in us, the Spirit uses that truth in conjunction with our lives and constructs a framework of truth in our souls. I talked a bit about this in the video Prepared for Christ’s Coming.

In Proverbs, it talks about the importance of seeking and obtaining true wisdom and understanding that is of God, not this world. Proverbs 4:5-9. Wisdom and understanding are fundamental to the lives of believers, because these are what make up that framework of truth in our souls, which allows God’s spirit to dwell in us.

An important aside to this concept; we are to seek wisdom, but gaining wisdom isn’t dependent on our IQ. It’s dependent on the ability of the Holy Spirit to teach us and write it on our hearts and minds. Therefore, ANYONE, as God wills, can gain the wisdom and understanding of God. Hebrews 8:10-11 Further, this process varies greatly for everyone. It’s a journey and not instant. You may have many ah-ha moments, but the process of building a framework of truth takes time in abiding in the Bible being taught by the Holy Spirit and Him working out those truths in you and your life.

Love

Finally, Jesus Christ reconciled us back to God, so now we can abide in His presence. When we draw near to God, He draws near to us. Because God is love, when we draw near His love starts filling our lives. Like our earthly relationships, when we cultivate a relationship with God, the fruit is love.

Many professing believers neglect to partake in the second and third phases. They understand the purifying done by Christ, but neglect the latter two – abiding in the truth so that framework can be built and cultivating a relationship with God so that His presence, especially His love will reign in their lives. This is why many operate in their self-will and not in accordance to one who is abiding in truth and love.

I think this negligence is why many are called but few are chosen. Matthew 22:14. Christ died for all people. Christ died that all may be saved. But few move onto walking in the purpose of His tremendous gift.

Look at the list you made at the beginning. Do you spend time abiding in the truth to gain a soul lined with truth? Do you nurture your individual relationship with God like you would do with a spouse (remember He calls us His bride)? This is how the temple is built.

Many people spend incredible amounts of time building up their earthly habitations whether homes, careers, health, families, and relationships and neglect the principle thing – their soul. It’s the one aspect that matters and affects all else, and if they neglect it, the rest greatly suffers as Haggai instructs us.

Haggai 1:6- 7 You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.”

Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways!

God says seek FIRST the kingdom of God, Him within you, and His righteousness and all else will be added unto you (the physical necessities of life). Matthew 6:33 Many people attend to the physical first, thus lose out on both. If you attend to the spiritual, then both will prosper. It’s God’s law of how He created this life.

Now you see why building the temple is to be the priority. Your belief systems affect EVERYTHING. If you change those, everything changes.

Each one of us is to do our own building of our part of the temple, our soul. No one can do it for us. We can support each other in the building process (which is very important and it’s part of building the temple as well because we are all conncted), but no one can actually do the building for us.

Restructure your list to make building the temple the first priority. Yes we have to work, attend to our families and health, but those should come second, because when you attend to the main thing the rest follows as it should. I’ve tested it out by taking on this promise 10 years ago. My life has proven it true in every way. It isn’t instant by any means because building truth and cultivating a real relationship with God isn’t easy in a world of lies, but it’s the path.

Now you see why this life isn’t just about being comfortable. God has a much greater mission of preparing His eternal dwelling.

Author: Rachel

My passion is cultivating a deep relationship with God and helping others to do the same. I LOVE sharing with others insights that God has taught me and hearing what God has taught them... thus my blog, Stirring the Deep. My focus is on a relationship, not a religion. Life is in the relationship. I believe in a balance and unity of body, mind and spirit. I feel it's important to nurture all three for they all affect each other. I try to live in the present, where the Holy Spirit is. And I try to do all with the motive of love. I've come to believe life is a journey and not a destination. It isn't about perfection, is it about growth.

9 thoughts on “Is Your Temple Being Built?

  1. Yet another great teaching job , Rachel. You go into things that I think I know, but the way you explain them deepens my understanding. Thank you for helping us build what is important today! God bless you!

    • Hi Debbie, God’s truth is amazing. Recently God has been taking certain truths to a new level of understanding for me. There truly is no end to learning. His ways are amazing. 🙂

  2. Amen! What are we building today?! Thanks, the world attempts to make us feel guilty and to have us build false gods. Thanks for encouragement and affirmation that seeking Him above all others is building on solid ground!

  3. Good afternoon. So much truth is outlined in this post. How much time do we devote to the deep things of God? we’ll always proclaim “Jesus is my first love” and yet, far too often, our actions reveal a different love. A love that’s comprised of molecules and can be put on display before our contemporaries. May we all let go of the temporal and fruitless; striving always to walk close Jesus and be about his business.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

    timbob

    • Hi Timbob — so well said. Recently I’ve felt an increasing distance forming between me and this world and it’s like I see it more clearly for what it is. Such interesting times we are in – so important to be diligent in the Word of truth.

  4. You hit it on the head with that last statement Rachel. God isn’t as interested with our comfort as He is with our holiness! Thanks for the post!

    • Hi Jelillie – it’s been striking me lately, how there is a much bigger bigger plan in place. This world is so temporal yet we act like it will last forever – we need to refocus on the parts that are the true forever.

  5. Hi Rachel,

    I pastor a church in Terrace British Columbia and I just wanted to share with you that I just read “Are you building the Temple” on your “Stirring the Deep” Blog.

    I am speaking this Sunday on “the prophetic and priestly ministry of all believers”.

    As an introduction to that, I wanted to paint a picture in the minds and hearts of out people that God is building a temple, and all who are in Christ are God’s Temple, and we are all builders together with God, and that we are all called to build God’s temple. And each of us must be very careful how we build (1 Cor 3:9-16)

    What led me to your blog was I was googling “Pictures of the church God’s temple” to see if anyone has attempted to put in a visual form, (in a drawing or picture) us being built together as the Temple of the Holy Spirit. It is clearly depicted in the scriptures in the word images in the many various powerful passages that talk about us being the Temple of the Holy Spirit and being built together to become a habitation of God through the Spirit, etc. But I have never seen an artists drawing painting of this.

    That said, I have to say I appreciated your insight into the internal processes, in a sense, the self examination each believer needs to do to develop a lifestyle of building what God builds the way God builds it. Your insights helped me in my preparation for this message for this Sunday.

    It brought to mind the passage, the whole body tightly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies. Thank you for what you as a joint supplied to me in your blog on this topic….

    Michael Rosenau
    The Rock Christian Community
    Terrace BC

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