40 Days of Renewal 2019
40 Days of Renewal: Living with God’s Glory
40 Days of Renewal: Living with God’s Glory
…You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.(1 Corinthians 6:11 ESV)
- Washed is to be spiritually clean and made new.
- Sanctified is to be made holy.
- Justified is to be declared in right standing before God.
What is the right attitude and response of Christians who are washed, sanctified and justified by Jesus?
12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominatedby anything. 13 “Food is meantfor the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but forthe Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us upby his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joinedto a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joinedto the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were boughtwith a price. So glorify God in your body.(1 Corinthians 6:12-20 ESV)
Notice 3 statements that God makes in verses 19-20 that help us to make God-honoringchoices:
- You are not your own, for you were boughtwith a price
Life is filledwith choices. The average person makes ________ choicesevery day.
The key to making the rightchoices in all things is to be grounded in the truth, “You are not your own.”
The Heidelberg Catechism: “What is your only comfort in life and death?” Answer: “That I am not my own, but with body and soul, both in life and death, belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ, who has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood.”
Decisions, simple and complex, bode well when we are grounded in the truth that we arenot our own. We must make decisions as people who are purchased by God and belonging to him.
- Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit
Your body was purposed and designed by God to be a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is engaging, he is active, andhe is productive, livingwithin us to bring to our remembrance the teachings of Jesus, to give us the nature of Jesus and empowering us to do the activities associatedwith him. He dwells within us to engage us and the world with his truth, holiness and ministry of redemption and reconciliation.
Our bodies are the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit; thereforeour bodies are holyand must be treated that way, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Physically – What we put into our bodies and what we do with our bodies is important.
Emotionally – Anxiety, fear, worry, hate, jealousy, depression, and other negativeemotionsmatter because they happen within the temple of the Holy Spirit. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! 24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!(Psalm 139:23-24 ESV)
Spiritually – What we engage in spiritually matters because the Spirit of Truth dwells within us.
- Glorify God in your body
God has chosen our bodies to be his inner sanctum. Thisis true for every person who has been forgiven by God through the sacrifice of the blood of Jesus Christ.
God chooses to indwell his redeemed people, to make our bodies his dwelling place, to be near to us and for us to be near to him.
We should give careful consideration to how we cherish and tend to his presence within us, and we should be deliberate in our care for his temple, our bodies.
Let’s ask ourselves the following questions when making choices:
- Is what I am about to do or doing consistentwith being purchased and belonging to God?
- Do my thoughts, words, and actions belong in the same place as the dwelling of God?
- Will my action or response bring glory to God?
Use your body in ways to show gratitude for your salvation, to receive his presence, and to bring him glory.