Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sanctuary



The temple of God cannot have any agreement with idols and we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God and they will be my people.
2 Corinthians 6:16

I am the Sanctuary of the Lord. How awesome is that thought? God of Heaven and Earth, All Powerful, All Knowing God, Holy God dwells in me. I am a Sanctuary for the Living God, my Savior. The great God Creator of heaven and earth has made a dwelling place in me. God so loved me He has chosen not only to save me, and have fellowship with me, but He goes a step further, He abides in me, I am His home in the earth.
What does God’s home look like in me? Some days I must admit it is really messy. My dresser does not hold perfumes of sweet fragrances but is full of self doubt. Worry hangs in the closet with shoe boxes filled with poor self control. The bed is unmade covered with all the mess I didn’t leave in yesterday. The kitchen sink is filled with thoughts of the world; there is no space on the kitchen table, it is filled with so much food there is no room for the Holy Spirit to operate. Some of the furniture is covered with dust of fading confidence. A poor attitude lurks in the corners, while frustration because I can’t seem to move forward is swinging from the light fixtures. The laundry basket runs over with things I need to get done today. The radio and TV is blaring so much noise the voice of God calling me to take a moment with Him is drowned out. The front door is closed; I can’t hear the knock of Jesus trying to enter. How did my home get in this state? I am trying Lord to do better, please search my heart and know this is not my desire. My desire is to create a welcoming space for You. Hear my silent plea
Somewhere amid all the chaos I hear a gentle quiet voice softly calling my name. I pause, take a breath and see my devotionals at the edge of their resting place. My heart cries for a word so I move in that direction and set in my devotional chair. the Lord speaks to my spirit: it’s times to clean my house and gently leads me into prayer. In prayer and meditation I begin to dust away doubts, worry, poor attitude and frustration. I empty the laundry basket prioritizing the really must do and discard all the rest. The bed is made yesterday is gone, no need to bring it into today. I get the world out of my sink and clear the food off the table and pull out a chair for the Holy Spirit and welcome Him to talk with me a while. I look around my home and smile for now I can see God and He is lingering in every room filling me with joy and praise. I hear His voice clearly now as the noise of the radio and TV is gone replaced with quiet sounds lifting Him in praise. He invites me to worship Him, He wraps His arms around me and pours out His love filling me with Himself, there is a sweet aroma permeating in every room, His Presence fills my home, and now it becomes a sanctuary.

Grateful
Dear Lord, My God I am so thankful for Your Presence, I praise Your Holy Name I give thanks because You did not leave me alone when You took Jesus to sat at Your Right Hand, You gave me Your Spirit to guide me and teach me Your truth and to take me into relationship with You. Thank You Father God for Thy Spirit which dwells in me, thank You for your sweet Presence, thank You Father for making me “unworthy as I am” a Sanctuary for You. In Jesus Name I pray Amen

Lord make me a sanctuary, holy tried and true for You.




How is your Sanctuary?

2 comments:

Plant Lady said...

God Chaser,
Wonderful post! My sanctuary is also in need of a spring cleaning!

Thank you for the way you lead me into taking an evaluation of my relationship with God as His temple.

Blessings to You!

Plant Lady

MrsJoeB said...

What a beautifully written post. It really spoke to me-as I set here seeing that the carpet needs vacuumned, the floors swept. Same as my heart, my spiritual walk. I love my red paisley chair where I spend my quiet times each morning. Though I meet God in many places throughout the day-this is a special, personal place for the two of us.
Your writing is beautiful, thought provoking and a blessing!!
In His Graces~Pamela