Sunday, January 28, 2007

Does the Holy Spirit feel at home in your temple?

When we are expecting guests, we are known to roll out the red carpet, so to speak. We spend ample time cleaning our house from top to bottom; everything has to be spotless and everything in it's own place. Our furniture has to pass the 'white glove' test. Our bathrooms have to be fit for a king! And, we usually get most of the food prepared ahead of time so we can spend time with our guests relaxing and enjoying their company.

Do we give God the same amount of attention? Do we prepare our 'temple' for His presence just as we prepare our earthly house for the anticipation of guests? Do we study the Word as we should? Do we pray as we should, or do we only pray occasionally, or when we need the Lord's help? I believe all of us are guilty at times for not keeping our temple prepared for the Holy Spirit. We skip prayers and worship too much.

Each of us,and I'm speaking to myself as well, should pray daily, giving attention to what God says to us. Many times we pray for something specifically, or ask God for guidance in some part of our lives. But, then we just go on our way, not giving Him the time to give us an answer to our prayers. In other words, we do not take time to listen to the Holy Spirit. How do you think your earthly guests would feel, if, when they arrived, you answered the door, and then proceeded to leave them standing and went into another room? Rude, right? They would feel very unwelcome. I wonder how many times the Holy Spirit has felt He was an unwelcome guest?

Linked at Church and State
Woman Honor Thyself

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WomanHonorThyself said...

What a beautiful post..ty so much for the link!

Barbara said...

Thank you so much.