“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body,” (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. A temple is a place where God resides. The above verse talks about the Holy Spirit residing in us, whom we have received from God. I am using the fast to completely overhaul my temple. I’m a true Southern woman and before anyone comes into my house I have to make sure that everything is straight, the floor is vacuumed and the mantle is dusted. I make a fresh pitcher of sweet tea and a fresh pot of coffee and most of the time will try to make a cake or some cookies. I want my guest to feel welcomed. I want my friends to want to stay a long time and I want them to come back. I want my home to be somewhere they can relax, enjoy themselves, and have great conversation.
Doesn’t the Holy Spirit deserve at least the same courtesy?
Fasting is cleaning the junk out of my temple and yes, some of it is uncomfortable. I miss the coffee and I miss the sugar. The headaches are intense at times. But when I sit there desiring a cup of coffee, I start praying. I change my focus and my desire from the coffee to my Father and the headache seems to ease. I am seeing over and over throughout the day that God wants me to come to Him, wants me to lean on Him in my weakness and to listen for His voice.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 goes on to tell us that we are not our own, that we were bought at a price. Jesus death on the cross is a price that I cannot fathom but that I will be eternally grateful for, not only for me, but for my children and my children’s children.
So for the next 20 days I’m cleaning out the temple. There won’t be coffee or cake but it will smell fresh and clean and it won’t have all the junk in the corners cluttering it up. The junk in my temple is jealousy, envy, fear, insecurities, anger, and all the ugly things that make the Holy Spirit feel unwelcome.
The price that Jesus paid so that we could have the Holy Spirit is more then even Bill Gates will make in a lifetime. I will not dishonor or take for granted the gift He has given me so it is the least I can do to make my temple, my body, into a residence fit for a king, the King. I will make it warm and inviting, somewhere the Holy Spirit will want to come in, stay and have a heart to heart to talk. Through Him the anger will pass, the hurt will be healed, the mistakes forgiven and forgotten.
Isaiah 43:19 is my verse for the fast:
Behold, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland
For too long my temple has been a wasteland, a desert but God is making a way, He is doing a new thing and there will be streams flowing through the wasteland. Where the living waters flow, new things can take root and grow and life can begin anew.
What do you need to clean out of your temple? How can you make it more inviting for the Holy Spirit to come in to? This is a wonderful time to allow God to “do a new thing” and to clean out the temple. I encourage you to place your eyes firmly on Him over the next 20 days and feel the refreshing, renewing streams that will flow through the wasteland. The gift Jesus gave us was priceless, I believe 20 days is a small price to pay for a lifetime of walking closer with God.
This post was written by Leigh France. Leigh is married to Rodney and they have three children, 18, 13, and 10. We have been members of C3 for over 3 years. Visit Leigh’s website for more information, www.leighfrance.blogspot.com