Setting your house in order – Part 2
1Cor. 3:16-17 says, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”
Brethren, our hearts and that of the people around us, including our physical church, are the holy places of God. The purity, wholesomeness and sanctity of the temple of God in you should be of paramount importance to you, but if that is not the case in your life, the Lord is asking you today to, ‘set your house in order’ – make it the way it should be. You must not take for granted the temple of God; because God’s presence is in everywhere His temple is found. And you are carrying the temple of God, even your brother, sister, and members of your local church. Today, God is asking you what attention you are giving to His temple, so that it will be in the form it ought to be. If your house is in order in relation to your soul, then the temple of God in you is in order. But if not, God is telling you through this message to set your house in order. Those that defile at will the temple of God, either by wilful sins b— fornication, adultery, stealing, abortion, kidnapping, robbery or erroneous doctrines, are provoking God to be angry with them.
Acts 17:28 “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring”The scripture says, “It is in Him that we live and have our beings. God lives inside us and we live inside Him. He is the original Fountain of our life. That we live at all is His gift and our continued and prolonged existence is also His gift. He lives in every one of us, so where we are, there He is.
Mathew 18:20 says, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”Wherever two or more assembled for His service, for the purpose of doing anything connected with the advancement of His kingdom, in the place of prayer, worship and praises, in obedience to His command, and with a desire to promote His glory, He is present to quicken their prayers, guide their counsels, and answer their petitions. So, when we call upon Him or gather in His name, He is there with us. Therefore, your house, where you gather to pray, is the house of God. And it is your duty to keep the house of God (your family) in order. Nothing should be left undone to ensure the house of God is set in order, because no matter where the house of God is located, the presence of God is assured.
John 20:19 says, “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, “Peace be unto you.”
At the peak of persecution, after Jesus was buried, when all hope was lost in seeing Him again, the disciples gathered behind closed doors, apparently to discuss how to carry on the task of the commission to spread the gospel, Jesus appeared in their midst. No obstacle can hinder God’s presence. It does not matter whether the doors where the gathering takes place are closed or not, whether it is in the cave or in prison, as long as the meeting is a desire to promote His glory, His presence is assured. No door can shut out Christ’s presence in a house where His people gathered, but that house cum heart must be an abode set in order. Any house that is not set in order cannot host God’s holy presence. It is, therefore, pertinent that we must ensure that our house is continuously set in order, so that the presence of God will not depart from us. And as we do this, we shall be blessed in Jesus name.
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