Sunday service, Friedel Stegen, 03 Jun 2018
1 Corinthians 3:16
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
If we know and believe this then we will cleanse and purify ourselves that God would dwell in a clean place.
We read in Ezekiel 47:1 how the Spirit of God took Ezekiel to the threshold of the temple, and water was flowing under the threshold. And in Rev 22:1 we read of the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. May the Lord’s Crystal clear water flow from our lives. And it’s good if we question ourselves what kind of water flows from our heart.
In Ezekiel we read that the further the water flowed the deeper it became. At first it only came to his ankles, eventually becoming so deep that he could not pass through. And so it must be in our lives, the longer we walk with Jesus, the more we must be filled with His Spirit.
Wherever the water flowed it brought life. It even flowed towards the dead sea and the dead sea became a living sea, filled with fish and life. It turned the desert into a garden.
Along that river grew trees and these trees bore fruit every month of the year. No matter what the circumstances were, the fruit was there every month. If we face difficulties, and impossibilities, do we wither or continue to bear fruit. And that fruit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self control (Gal 5:22-23).
Does your life bring peace or quarreling?
We also read that the leaves of these trees bring healing to the nations. Does your life bring healing to others?
We read in Luke 10:30 of a certain man who went from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among thieves. Then a priest passed that way and when he saw him he passed the other way. So too a Levite came and passed the other way. But a Samaritan passed that way and when he saw him he went to him, bandaged his injuries, loaded him on his donkey and took him to the inn, and paid his bill.
How do you treat those fallen in sin? Are you like the priest and Levite or like the Samaritan? Do you have compassion, and do everything in your power to help the next person?
Why did the Lord Jesus speak such a parable to his people?
In Luke 15:6 we read of the lost sheep. This man had a hundred sheep but lost one. He left the 99 and went to look for the one that was lost. What do you do for the lost?