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HONOR THE TEMPLE

 2 Kings 21:7 “Then he set the carved image of Asherah that he had made, in the house of which the Lord said to David and to his son Solomon, ‘In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever.’” 

THE TEMPLE OF GOD

Manasseh was an evil king who reigned a long time. He did awful things.  The Word says he “made his son pass through the fire, practiced witchcraft and used divination, and dealt with mediums and spiritists.”  But the straw that broke the camel’s back with the Lord was when set up the Asherah (an idol) in the Temple.

The Temple was the place the Lord had called His own.  He had filled it with His glory.  How dare Manasseh defile it.  God would not stand for that.  But before you are too harsh on Manasseh, how about your Temple of God – your body. Are you defiling it?

TEACHING MOMENT

Don’t worry.  This isn’t going to be a push for you to exercise more (even though that’s a good idea and one I should do more).  It’s not a push to get your kids to eat Paleo.  It’s not a devotion on warning your children about getting tatoos (even though I still don’t understand that, lol).

We need to teach our children that, as believers, our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit.  We should treat it as that.  Before we do anything to alter or shape this body, we need to remember the world sees this “temple” and will equate it with your testimony.  Your children will have to decide, through prayer and seeking God’s face, how to honor this Temple.

Simply writing this devotion convicts me.  I need to get healthier.  I need to take better care of this Temple of God.  I want to represent Him in the best way I can. I don’t want my “graffiti” on this Temple to distract anyone from seeing and hearing my Lord.

Father, help me to cleanse my Temple.  Help me to treat my body as the place where Your Spirit abides. Let me model that for others.

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