Sneaky Visitors in God’s Temple


1 Corinthians 3:16” Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s Temple and God’s Spirit lives in you?”

 

It hit me this morning that whenever I sin, no matter the nature of the sin, that I am actually entertaining demons in the sanctuary of The Most High and Holy God. I was horrified at the thought and was brought down to my knees on the song ‘You are Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, how Awesome is Your Name!” from deep within my being.

 

In explaining this verse (Leroy’s memory verse for today) to my children during our devotions, God gave me the idea of teenagers in their parents’ home. Their parents have noticed the neighbors’ children, about their own children’s ages and have been privy to some of the unsavory activities they blatantly get up to. Some steal, others kill, and most of them are just plain destructive. No one’s virtue or treasure is safe near them. The parents have been explicit in their warning their children never to associate with them, and never to let them into their own house. You see, they  are also aware that their children have not stabilized enough in their own characters to be able to influence these neighbors positively, and perhaps, never would.  Any association with them would definitely be a loss for their children especially if their parents, or other appointed caring and able adult, are not around to keep them safe.

 

So the parents take a trip and the children are home alone. They look outside the window and the neighbors’ children seem to be having so much fun. They seem to laugh a lot, and it must be ‘powerful’ to carry around such crude weapons and scare away even the stoutest adults. It must be something else to be able to intimidate someone into dropping what they have so it can be yours- without having to explain to Dad and especially Mom why you ‘must’ have it. Besides they are lonely and what’s the point of having all these treasure indoors if they are never shown to those who don’t and can’t have them?

 

So a plan is construed and lunch and drinks are arranged. One child is sent out to get the crowd in, and as soon as they step into the house the mistake is evident. Even the scent of the house is different…changes remarkably. And the ‘visitors’ have no respect for boundaries set by the hosts. Their crude weapons seem to seek out and find the most vulnerable, yet precious treasures in the house and run over these without thinking. The hosts can’t keep up with the crashing and banging and the guests seem to have taken over the entire house. They leave eventually having utterly degraded and defiled the houses in ways previously unimaginable to the ‘nice hosts’. They promise not to let the children’s parent know that they have been indoors, only if they are allowed to ‘visit ‘ from time to time. The terrified children agree. They have after all experienced the cruelty of their guest, and have a lot of cleaning and masking to get into.

 

So the cycle begins, the cleaning and masking, the visits, the destruction, the stealing, the violation of private space, nothing is too sacred for them to defecate. Eventually, the parents notice that their children are distant, and that the house has changed. They actually knew from the beginning what had happened and have been waiting for the children to come clean and seek their support. In one scenario, the parents confront the children with the truth, in another the threat to their actual person and the person of their parents force the children to confess: in others they deny the reality of the problem and blame the servants for the missing items and the destruction within the Mansion. In another, the ‘visitors’ have so convinced them that their parents don’t love them enough or are unable to help them out, or simply unwilling to do so that the children submit to violations of a sexual kind and then to death rather than seek the parents’ help.

 

Do I need to go on….well let me; for the sake of that one who has not yet understood what am on about. God’s Word makes it very clear what our boundaries are. When we stay within His Temple and acknowledge Him as Lord – key, title deed and all- of our lives, we remain safe. No matter what we face. He is explicit about who the enemy is, He has pointed it out, He has taught us to recognize it and to call out for help when we are tempted to open doors to that enemy. God has made it clear, that the devil might not seem evil, it might even seem more humane, liberal and understanding than God, but that it is evil, through and through. Satan’s mission is simple, to steal, to kill, to destroy…who…you and I. It does not relent in that mission, not even for a second. Its camouflage is clever, geared at enticing you, to let it in. Once in, everything changes.

 

It comes in when you succumb to temptation and ignore God’s decree about something. Most times the thing does not seem significant. It is probably going to a place you have been told not to go, sometimes not because it’s bad, but because you need to be somewhere else. Sometimes it’s sharing that story, a ‘tiny fact’ that would spice up the story…or increase interaction with someone previously inaccessible. Whatever it is, the effects are the same. The permeation into all other areas of your life, the convincing even while you hurt that its because God has so destroyed your freedom and that He is not able or willing to help you out. God knows what is going on. He prefers that you come to Him in repentance, and seek His help. After all, isn’t He the One that says that the battle is won not by power or might but by His Spirit? Sometimes He will confront us and some of us will confess and get right with Him. Much of the times anyway. Sometimes we do a lot of masking and whitewashing, thinking we are fooling Him as much as we are any and everyone else. But the saddest thing is that we are often so forgetful of God’s Character, His Truth, His Light, and Omniscience that many of us ‘die’ either literally or spiritually in our attempts not to be found vulnerable by Him.

 

Your life, is God’s Temple, the Temple of The Holy Spirit. It is His business, His territory. It is Holy ground…and there are no secrets…there are angels and heavenly hosts watching everything you and I do, think, say or intend. WE are known thoroughly, perhaps even better than we know ourselves, because we are not our own, we are His. He loves us, but hates our sin. He hates it when we rebel. When we are either presumptuous or disdainful of His Mercies, He eventually gives us up to our sins…to our willful ways and vacates the temple. This is so sad…so sad, I need to stop here and make sure, that He remains Lord of my Life. So my sister, my brother, who did you show around, who knows about the temple treasures, who did you let into The Lord’s Sanctuary that He told you not to? Call for help: Jeremiah 33:3, Your Father and Friend and Lord, WANTS to help evict the intruder.

 

Shalom

vipslit@yahoo.ca

Additional Scripture Reading: Proverbs 10:3-9; 14:2; Jeremiah 23; Ezekiel 14; John 4:21-24; John 14:12-27; John 15:5-8; Revelations 2:12-29; Revelations 7:9-17

 

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About viphealthyleadership
I am a friend of God, who loves to listen to, and talk to Him and write to and through Him. My prayer concerns revolve mainly around homes and nations, and how Christ's wounded warriors can arise and get involved again in the building of these and in the repairwork needed to restore these to their God-intended glory. I believe that true and effective leadership, can only come from those who have been wounded, recognised their wounds for what they are, and have allowed God to heal these and make them stronger in loving the ones they would lead. I am a mother of two: Leroy and Shukurani and a grandmother of one - Giovanni Gett.

2 Responses to Sneaky Visitors in God’s Temple

  1. Adhis says:

    This one has just spoken about how I was contemplating something that seemed so innocent, and yet the intruders were just lurking at the door. Yet still, in His Mercy, He reminded me quickly of the consequences that will change everything and in the same breath gave me the strength to keep the doors shut and remain SAFE behind closed doors in Obedience…in His santuary…Home And the enemy literally evaporated 🙂 Asked me to choose again…life or death.
    God bless you, Vip. He shares these nuggets and gems through you in such a simple but impacting way 🙂

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