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Day 12 | Temple of the Holy Spirit – Application

Read John 14

Your body is a sacred temple where the Holy Spirit resides. The Holy Spirit’s role is to counsel, comfort, convict, and commission you through His unlimited power. His presence is evidence you have been chosen and adopted into God’s family. You receive the full benefits of being God’s heir, with the Spirit as the down payment of your inheritance (see Ephesians 1:13–14). Walk in confidence because the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is at work in you (see Romans 8:11).

The Spirit’s work can be hindered (quenched) within you through misuse of your body (see 1 Thessalonians 5:19). Participation in sin defiles His temple and grieves His heart (see Ephesians 4:30). While you were born in sin, you weren’t created for sin. It’s quite the opposite: you were created for good works (see Ephesians 2:10). This “good work” is missional living. Yesterday, we looked at the original temple, which was a structure people visited to experience God’s presence and learn about Him. Now, you are His temple and you take God’s message to the ends of the earth. What you do matters! Use your body in a manner worthy of the gospel. Honor Him with your life—your actions, thoughts, and speech—because you are the vessel God is using to share His message of salvation.

We paused yesterday’s story at Scene 5 (the present), but Scene 6 remains on the horizon. Jesus left earth to prepare a place for you, and He is coming back to receive you into the new heaven and new earth (see John 14:2–3). “Then [you will hear] a loud voice from the throne: ‘Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and He will live with [you]. [You] will be His people, and God Himself will be with [you] and will be [your] God’” (Revelation 21:3). In eternity, there is no temple because Jesus will be present with His people, dwelling with us as He did in Eden: face-to-face (see Revelation 21:22). Rejoice that your present suffering doesn’t hold a candle to the glory that is to come (see Romans 8:18)!

Pray for God to help you see how the Holy Spirit is already at work in your life, and how you can honor Him.