How many times when we are going thorough a heard season do we quote this verse.
“I will never leave you nor forsake you”
I know I have, it’s been a kind of meditation over the last few years when things get hard I remember God promised to never leave me…as in never ever leave me! He lives inside of me and witnesses everything I do…I mean everything!
And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Saviour, the Holy Spirit of Truth, who will be to you a friend just like me—and he will never leave you. The world won’t receive him because they can’t see him or know him. But you will know him intimately, because he will make his home in you and will live inside you.
(John 14:16-17 TPT emphasis mine)
I know that this might seem basic and we all know that God lives inside of us…but do we really! Do we really know that God dwells inside of us and makes our body His temple? I mean think about some of the things you would never do in Church, never do in front of your Pastor or Christian friend…why then do we revert back to normal when we’re not in Church or with our Christian friend?
If you wouldn’t curse in front of your Pastor (and rightly so) why then do you curse when God dwells inside of you? Would you willingly sin in church? Would you walk into church arguing with your family? Then why do we sin intentionally? When God lives inside of us? I love how Paul writes this out to the Corinthian church in His letter.
Have you forgotten that your body is now the sacred temple of the Spirit of Holiness, who lives in you?You don’t belong to yourself any longer, for the gift of God, the Holy Spirit, lives inside your sanctuary. You were God’s expensive purchase, paid for with tears of blood, so by all means, then, use your body to bring glory to God!
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20 TPT emphasis mine)
When you voluntarily give your life to Jesus, and are born again; your body is ready for the Holy Spirit. You are forgiven and made righteous; you stand in white robes because of what Jesus did on the cross! He paid for your sins so you can stand before the throne of God as a Child of God.
Why then do we (myself included) live less than we should, why are we acting like everyone else out there? Why do we think it’s ok to live like the world? Why are we not hungry for the things of God? I think and believe it’s because we don’t truly know that God will never and I mean never ever leave us, that when we are truly born again we walk with God. He walks with us when we go to work, talk with our families and even when we’re shopping (hallelujah, I don’t like shopping.) God is with us when we feel the goose bumps and the hairs on your neck stand up, He is also with you when He feels miles away. He never leaves.
I’m trying to live with this knowledge at the front of my mind; that whatever I say, do or think God is with me and is watching. That how I spend my time, money and giftings are my responsibility and that I should be a good steward. That everything I do will be seen by my Father in heaven and that in my heart of hearts I want to do the right thing. I want to use my life to bring glory to God. That when people look at me they know without a doubt that I’m a Daughter of God, that when they watch me they will see the love of God in everything I do. I want to remember that I house His Spirit wherever and whatever I do! That He is always right beside me watching me and loving me.
I want to be aware of Him and live my life according, that I honour Him in everything I do. I know this might sound restrictive but actually it’s freeing because I focus on God and His love for me, I remember the price He paid so I could be free from sin and shame. I remember what my life was like before I was born again and I know that everything is restored, it’s not easy but it’s worth it. I laugh and say that even on my worst day as a Christian, when everything is going wrong, it’s one hundred times better than my best day without Him. That my life is completely changed now! I actually don’t recognise who I am now because God lives inside of me and He is changing me day by day. I know I’m not there yet and I proberly never will be but I want to be guided by Him everyday and remember that He is with me everyday. That He promises never to leave me or abandon me.
God bless you.