“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (I Corinthians 6:19-20)
“Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” (II Corinthians 1:22)
God’s Spirit dwells in us. Each one of us is a temple for the Holy Spirit. Each one of us has a responsibility to know how to possess our individual vessel.
“That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor;” (I Thessalonians 4:4)
I want to share with you now something that may sound so profound that when you first hear it you may not want to believe the wording. The Holy Spirit lusts to envy or yearns to jealousy, who dwells in you. If it were not in scripture, I would think that God would not lust after anything, but He yearns to keep His Temple Holy pure and holy. He does not want to share His temple with worldly idols. Let us take a closer look.
“You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do you think that the scripture says in vain, the spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy?” (James 4:4-5)
The Holy Spirit’s desire for you is seen in His responsibilities to you. As the permanent indweller in you, the Holy Spirit “that dwells in us lusts to envy?” Why does He lust to envy in us? Because we are the temple of the Holy Spirit and vessels of the treasures of God; “the unsearchable riches of Christ,” (Ephesians 3:8; also see Philippians 4:19).
The Holy Spirit has drawn us to God, quickened us unto salvation, and empowered us with the gifts and fruits of the Spirit and the Divine Nature of God. He now dwells in us as the seal of God’s promises and our eternal contract of the New Covenant.
Knowing this truth now, the Holy Spirit dwells in your heart with your spirit, “Sspirit” how are you keeping God’s Temple set apart from the world? What does your Temple look like from the Sspirit’s point of view?
Selah, mediate on this until next time….