Your body is the temple of God

One of the most amazing truths of the new testament is the transformation of The Temple. It starts in the Old Testament as a tent, then a building. Ultimately, through the death and resurrection of Christ, our bodies are the temple Continue to read as I share how your body is the temple of God.

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Join me as I go inside one of the Bible study workbooks I’ve created and show you exactly the process I go through to dig deeper into scripture. 

These workbooks were created so that you do one day every day of the week or sometimes five to six days in a seven-day week. But instead, we’re going to take it slow and we’re going to do one day per week for the next couple of weeks.

Following a daily, or weekly bible study workbook is a really good way to dig into God’s word. 

Bible study can be as simple as taking a few minutes every day and answering some questions. 

So the workbook that we’re going to be going through is this one is called. Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. It is free for you right now to use, so if you don’t have your copy, fill out the form below this paragraph. The workbook will go straight to your inbox. You can then print it off and join me as we go through it together. 

Verses to Read Today

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

Your body is the temple of God

Part 1: We bring joy to The Lord

The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17

How to find Zephaniah 

Zephaniah is towards the end of the Old Testament. It’s right before Haggai and after Habakkuk, with the prophets. If you need to use your. Importance at the front of your Bible? That’s totally fine, because sometimes these books like to hide that even if you know where it is in your Bible, it can still be tricky to find. 

I like to start bible study by writing references to the verse I’m studying.  

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Bible Study Questions & Answers

And then I look at these questions, and I only want to answer one.

1. What do these verses teach us about God? 

So when we go back to Zephaniah, we say we learn God is in our midst and that He rejoices over us. 

Not only that, but he will quiet us. 

We see the word rejoice twice. Anytime in Scripture something is repeated, it’s to emphasize the point or just to show that it’s important. 

God rejoices

So here in one verse, we see twice the author uses the word rejoices over us. What I love about this is the author giving us an emotion that the Lord feels so. God rejoices. 

So this is a God who sings, who’s happy, and it’s over us and because of us. 

It is so amazing that we impact God and how He feels. 

Something I do or something I do say or something I think has the ability to bring God this feeling of rejoicing. 

To me, that’s amazing that He can feel these things about us, that He’s not a distant God. 

God sees us, He’s in our midst. He sees what we do. He rejoices us. 

The Lord quiets us

And then lastly, The Lord quiets us. To me, it means a decrease in anxiety, and calms my soul.

Have you guys ever felt that you’ve been feeling anxious or tired or worried and you go to the Lord and you don’t even barely have to say anything?  And suddenly you read God’s word and it’s a balm to your heart and you breathe better and the peace just goes over you. 

This is what he’s doing with his spirit quieting us. 

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Part 2: Your body is the temple of God

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

1 Corinthians 3:16

Bible Study Questions & Answers

And then I look at these questions, and I only want to answer one.

1. How does this verse relate to The Old Testament?

The Temple of God is holy. 

In this post, I talked about God’s presence with us in the New Testament and how we have a Holy Spirit in us. 

In the Old Testament, people were not filled with the Holy Spirit. The spirit would come into The Holies of Holies in the Temple one time per year, and only the high priest was allowed to be in the presence of the Lord. 

And now we are the temple. We house God, and I often think of the number of times a priest didn’t enter the Holies of Holies in the right way. And that they died because they did not obey. 

So we have the honor and the privilege of being with God all the time. 

But the challenge is, are we up keeping the temple? If this was the Old Testament, would God be happy with the way the temple was? Or would we be struck dead because we’re not approaching him properly now? I don’t want you to have this as an anxiety point, striking us dead.

The way we approach God does not happen in the New Testament but is this challenge to remember the importance the Israelites had on the temple to think about the upkeep and the rules and to come into the presence of God to remember that. 

We are in God’s presence all the time with His Holy Spirit. And so how are we up keeping where he sits? Is it clean and holy? 

Are we asking for repentance? What is the condition of our heart? And so this to me is challenging. 

What have you learned today?

I want you to think of one thing that really you either learned or that stuck out to you.

For me, it’s the reminder that we are the Lord’s temple, and so it’s something that we need to remember. That is a privilege. But it’s also a responsibility that it’s up to us to tidy the temple to keep it clean. To keep short accounts with the Lord, because that is where the Lord resumes and he deserves to be in a well-kept temple. 

So in the comments, I would love for you to tell me what stuck out to you today. Maybe you’ve learned something, maybe a verse just got a new perspective for you. Maybe something really just jumped off the page and stuck in your mind. Or maybe a word. It’s just being repeated in your brain and so whatever that is, I’d love for you to share in the group and the comments below.

A quick Bible study tip for you

Your body is the temple of God

Always look for ways you can apply scripture to your life. Anytime you’re reading scripture, you want to see are there any thought patterns you can change? Are there sins for you to confess actions to stop or to start every single time you read Scripture? Ask yourself at least one of these questions and then go and do it? I hope this helps.

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You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

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