Don’t you know that your body is a temple that belongs to the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit, whom you received from God, lives in you. You don’t belong to yourselves. You were bought for a price. So bring glory to God in the way you use your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 GW)
Read the two versus above carefully. When we asked Jesus to come into our heart we surrendered our life for His. We are now a Temple (Remember, we are a three-part being… spirit, soul and body.) that belongs to the Holy Spirit. That means we no longer belong to ourselves. The Holy Spirit, whom we received from God, now lives IN us.
HIT THE PAUSE BUTTON! Are we doing what those versus said?
IF – we are a Temple, and the Holy Spirit really does live INSIDE of us… would we change our way of living, would we treat people differently, would we start doing what it takes to get closer to God, and the list could go on and on.
Well, if you are a REAL Christian, go ahead and erase that “IF” because we ARE a Temple and the Holy Spirit really does live INSIDE of us. I can only speak for myself, in the world we live in, I want to know God more than ever. And not just for me, but for others who need Him.
Take some time when you can, and look on the inside, down and deep so you can find out WHO YOU BELONG TO…. You or the Holy Spirit???
In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen
As much as it is possible, live in peace with everyone. Don’t take revenge, dear friends. Instead, let God’s anger take care of it. After all, Scripture says, “I alone have the right to take revenge. I will pay back, says the Lord.” Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil with good. (Romans 12:18-19, 21 GW)
After being run over by a 13,000 lb. CASE-580 Backhoe, in 1993, SIX long years of back trouble (from falling down a flight of stairs), and NOW, with a 10-year-old “diagnosis” of ALS… (Which I believe and declare that I am healed and getting better every day!) I have learned one BIG eye-opener. “I AM NOT GOD, and neither are you.” Therefore, it’s not my job to seek revenge. That’s why the verse above says, “I alone have the right to take revenge. I will pay back, says the Lord.” So, if you are seeking revenge on someone, it’s time to, “… let God’s anger take care of it.”
Most of you know that I have difficulty speaking, “temporarily.” But, what you don’t know is my ability to listen. When you are sitting in a big room full of people, what do YOU do? I listen. I listen to people and I even listen to God. You would be shocked if you listened to the people who are angry, or full of hatred, and their frustration level is off the chart. But, what does anger do? What does hatred and frustration do? They do absolutely nothing good. They rob you of the most expensive thing in the world. TIME. Time you will never get back. It gives evil a booster shot of poison to spread. There is a better way… we read it in the verse above, “Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil with good.”
Pastor Kevin Kinchen
“However, if CHRIST LIVES IN YOU…. Does the Spirit of the One who brought Jesus back to life… LIVE IN YOU? Then the One who brought Christ back to life WILL ALSO MAKE YOUR MORTAL BODIES ALIVE BY HIS SPIRIT WHO LIVES IN YOU.” (Romans 8: 10-11 GW)
“if CHRIST LIVES IN YOU,” —- Do we understand that little two letter word; if? The definition of “if” is, “a conditional clause.” That means, “Someone offers something to another someone… and IF they do their part of the deal they agreed to… they collect their goods. BUT, only IF they do their part.“ God made this plan way before any of us were born. He put His Son, Jesus Christ, in the world so He (Jesus) could reunite the people with His Father. He gave us, every one of us, the sacrifice that paid for our sins, and gave us eternal life… if CHRIST LIVES IN YOU! So, THAT’S what the word “if” means.
Then the One who brought Christ back to life WILL ALSO MAKE YOUR MORTAL BODIES ALIVE BY HIS SPIRIT WHO LIVES IN YOU. —-
Put all that together, not as a formula or a magical potion, but as a LIFESTYLE! A LIFESTYLE where Jesus lives in us.
Pastor Kevin Kinchen