Countdown to Pentecost Sunday–Praying for America. What’s in Your House?

house“the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him, but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.  “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.  “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.  “At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. (Joh 14:17-20 NKJ)

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. (1Co 3:16-17 NKJ)

 The promise was that when Jesus went to be with the Father that the Father would send the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit and that the fullness of the Godhead will dwell in those that have been filled with the Holy Spirit.  Paul reminds us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, literally a dwelling place. Some years ago now we asked a realtor to find us a home.  We listed all the specifications, the number of bedrooms, how many bathrooms, etc.  He provided us with a selection that meets the specifications of the house, but they all weren’t  home. If you were the Holy Spirit would you want to live inside your temple, your dwelling place?  How would you list it, prime location, light and airy, warm and cozy?  Or is it in need of remodeling?  When we found the right place, it wasn’t perfect and needed some work, but we made it home.

So let us take ourselves back to first century Corinth and we’re sitting around on the floor, listening to the letter from Paul, the Apostle, being read aloud and feeling the weight of those words as they pierce deep into our hearts, searching for an affirmative response, “Yes I know, God’s Spirit lives in me and is manifest in my life.”   Is that how you would respond, or are there still areas that need to be remodeled?  The good news is that God is still in the construction business.

About Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.
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