Have you ever had a personalized letter from someone REALLY important? I received one verse each day for eighteen days, and when I put them together I realized God had been writing me a personalized love letter about guarding my body, His temple. I would like to share this personal letter with you today, for it spoke to me in so many different ways and in hopes that it speaks to your heart as well.
Dear Deborah Lovett, (Put your name in where mine is! God’s Word is for us all!)
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. For you know it was not with perishable things such as silver and gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. So beat your body and make it your slave so that after you have preached to others, you, yourself will not be disqualified for the prize. Therefore, I urge you in view of my mercy, to offer your body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.
Against me, me only, have you sinned and done this evil in my sight. Now, however, you have no excuse for your sin. So be strong, and take heart and wait for Me. Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred and you, Deborah, are that temple. Do not deceive yourself.
Since you have these promises. dear lady, purify yourself from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. For physical training is of some value but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
I will take vengeance, vengeance for my temple. Therefore, reinforce the guard, station the watchmen, prepare the ambush!
Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
So whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God, so that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of the Christ. Be filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Remember, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach and their glory is in their shame. Their minds are on earthly things. Such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naïve people.
I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. Your food is to do the will of God who sent Jesus and to finish His work. Now go, I am sending you.
Your Heavenly Father
Written through Deborah Lovett.
Deborah Lovett is a speaker for Women’s Events, Retreats, and Conferences. She is also a wife, mother of one daughter, one son, and an author. Her speaking has been noted as “genuine, open, contagious, and like fresh water to the soul.” Her inviting spirit draws women in~ allowing them to experience God’s love in a non-judgmental way. God has called her~ beyond a shadow of a doubt ~to equip women– person-by-person, city-by-city. She desires to educate women on how to ADVANCE to overflowing with an authentic joyful faith that attracts others to Jesus. Visti Deborah at: http://www.deborahlovett.com/