Psalm 95:7- “For He is our God…”
How personal is God to you? Is He specifically your God? Or is He the God of your parents, culture, or obligation? Is He privy to the deepest corners of your heart, or is kept at a cold, formal distance?
Before you can make the full beauty of the Lord your own experience, He must be, fully and completely, your God. You must take hold of Him and claim Him as your own in order to realize all that He could be for you. Do not only experience Him at arm’s length. Lay hold of His goodness and draw Him near to you. Claim Him so completely as your own that at His coming you will be able to joyfully say “This is my God who I have waited for!”.
Ephesians 6:12-13 – 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Too often we forget just how strong a force we wrestle with every day. We regularly fight battles against forces stronger than any earthly power. Each temptation is a fierce confrontation requiring the best weapons, protection, and spiritual support.
Such a formidable battle should not be waged lightly. Only the best spiritual armor will help us resist the strength of the devil. There is none better than the armor of God. Nothing else offers us complete and total protection. Nothing else offers us the strength to withstand. Today, put on the whole armor of God. Avail yourself of its protection and guidance, for it is the only way we can overcome.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 – 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells 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.
It is up to us to maintain a holy, healthy dwelling for the Holy Spirit. But, we cannot do it in our own strength. Our flesh is weak, we are deeply rooted in sin, and we are reluctant to change. However, our unchanged bodies are no place for the Spirit of God. How can we, who are comfortable in our sin, somehow become a fit body temple?
Before our bodies can be changed, our minds must be changed into the likeness of Christ. We must surrender our will to the Lord and allow Him to put His character in us. This new mind does not desire the things that defiled us before. Instead, it longs to walk closer with the Master. Once our minds have been changed to desire a holy, healthy body-temple, it becomes a matter of obedience. The Spirit of God has already promised to lead us into the right way, it is up to us to trust Him and obey.
Do not become discouraged by a less than ideal body-temple. Your current state does not have to be permanent; change is possible. Now is the time to decide whether to change or to stay the same. The Lord longs to make us all into holy temples of God. All we have to do is surrender.
Further Reading – Romans 12:1 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
1 Corinthians 10:21 – Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
It is not possible to be part of the Lord’s number and a partaker with the devil at the same time. The Lord commands His people to serve Him with all of their hearts and minds. Partial devotion simply will not do. It impossible to do this when a part of us insists on drinking of the devil’s cup. The devil does not want our split attentions either. Each side demands our full affections; we must choose one or the other.
We can no longer dabble in both sides. We cannot serve two masters; we cannot drink of two cups. Instead, we must choose. Who will you choose?
Further Reading – Luke 16:13 – No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.