I Promise Devotion – 1/19/2016

This week’s IPromise Principle: The presence of God is a promise to live in not an experience to chase.
Today’s IPromise Principle: Honoring God’s presence means honoring his property.

 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, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Not being my own is actually a very beautiful reality. When I was my own, I was dead in my transgressions. When I was my own, I was an object of wrath. When I was my own, I was given over to my own evil desires. When I was my own, I was nothing.

The beauty of Christ’s purchase of us is that he paid the great ransom with his own blood for lives that were not worth what he spent, except to the One who spent it. Jesus bought us at a high price. Now, we who have been purchased from sin and bondage, have been given the great gift of life in Him. We who are alive in him abide in Him and He in us. We are his temple.

Many people make promises about their body they fail to keep. Promises to quit living in that sinful relationship out of marriage. The promise to quit filling our bodies with things that destroy the temple instead of build it up. The promise to start feeding the body good fuel so it can be used for God’s glory. Many promises are made…and many are broken.

Today, I want to encourage you to work on why you choose to make such promises. These promises are not made so God might be with you in life. They are made because God is with you in life. He dwells within you. Consider the personal reality of Christ in you as you face those choices today.

The fried and smothered dinner you are considering, would you feed it to the Lord? The website you are about to view, would you show it to Jesus? The exercise routine you are about to go through, would you want Jesus to spend his time that way with you?

Taking care of the body physically is a spiritual reality, but don’t put the temple above the Lord of it. Honor him with your body, not honor your body. God is with you. Seek his presence and power as you navigate your decisions. Remember that when you hear the lie of the enemy saying you are not worth it and you will never change, that there is one who paid full price for you before you even began to change.

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