The Temple of the Living God


Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1)

In 2 Corinthians 6:16, We are told that we are the temple of the living God. God will dwell in us, and walk among us. He will be our God, and we shall be His people.

We are the dwelling place of God. We are His living temple. God lives and moves among us.

This is serious business. We are to get ourselves ready.

We are to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. Nothing stands between us and God. Nothing hinders our relationship with God. Christ has reconciled us with His Father.

Nothing separates us from the love of God. We are to honor God by living a holy and righteous life. We are to live according to the Word of God, and be a light of God to the world and our family and friends.

We are to obey God and fear Him only. We are to keep God's commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

We are to please God and do His biddings.

We are to worship God and God alone. Nothing else matters.

The Lord's Prayer


Our Father in heaven, 
Hallowed be Your name. 
 —Matthew 6:9

Words do not have to be many to be meaningful. 

The Lord’s Prayer is one of the shortest and most memorable of all Jesus' teachings. 

The Lord's Prayer brings help and healing.

It reminds us that :
God is our heavenly Father.
God's power is at work on earth, just as it is in heaven.
God provides food, forgiveness, and fortitude for each day.
All honor and glory belong to Him.

There is nothing in our past, present, and future that is not included in our Lord’s brief words that help and heal.

It is easy to speak many words and give little thought to the things we say.

Let us rather spend more time meditating on God and His words. 

Lie Down in Green Pasture


He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
—Psalm 23:2-3

Sometimes we need to be reminded to lie down.

In Psalm 23, Our Good Shepherd makes us lie down in green pastures and leads us beside the still waters.

God knows that we need calm and rest.

Our bodies need regular rest.

God Himself rested on the 7th day after His work of creation (Gen. 2:2-3; Ex. 20:9-11).

Jesus knew there was a time to minister to the crowds and a time to rest. He instructed His disciples to “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” (Mark 6:31).

When we rest, we refocus and are refreshed.

Rest is a gift. 
 
Rest is a good gift from our Creator who knows exactly what we need.

Praise God that He sometimes makes us lie down in green pastures.


Obey our Pastor


Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you. — Hebrews 13:17

Pastor makes an easy target for criticism.
Every week he is on display, carefully explaining God’s Word, challenging his people toward Christlike living.
It is easy to overlook all the good things a pastor does, and focus on our personal opinions.
Let's remember that our pastor is not perfect.
Though we must be careful not to follow him blindly, we must only confront his errors through the proper channels. 
Our pastor is faithfully presenting God’s truth and modeling servant leadership. 
Before God, he is responsible for guiding us spiritually. 
We should want him to do his work joyfully and not grievously. 
Causing him grief would be of no benefit to the church.
By honoring our pastor we honor God and make things better for our church.
Let's remember: Every pastor needs the support from his people.