Unified by the Spirit

Unified by the Spirit

Ephesians 2:21-22

21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. 22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.

Ephesians 1:9

9 God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan.

1 Corinthians 6:19

19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,

Central Truth

As believers, the Holy Spirt lives in us. The Spirit inside of us binds us to other believers, so that we can most adequately pursue and achieve the will of God.

Devotional

Rest in this truth for a moment:

The All Powerful, Everlasting, King of Kings lives in you.

He does not sit on his thrown casting commands and pitting our insufficiency.

In His perfection, he chose to live in us despite our sinful nature.  

We are not only a stone in the temple building, but, since we have the Holy Spirit, our body itself is also a temple. God gave us His spirit, through the cruxifixction of His son, so that we would have the strength, courage, and endurance we need to make known the wonders of God’s glorious kingdom. He not only gives us purpose, but also a means to fulfill our calling. Alone we are not adequate, but with the Spirit we can move mountains.

We are not called to work alone. Quite the contrary! Isolation breeds temptation, depression, and exhaustion. Unity breeds accountability, hope, and encouragement. The Spirit binds believers together so that His will may be done on earth. Humans alone are sinful and weak. However, Christ knew this and provided each member of the body with a different set of strengths and weaknesses. This allows us to accomplish more for the kingdom when we work together. Let us work as one holy temple to bring God the glory that he deserves and fulfill the purpose that he has for us on earth!

The Lord has given me a clear picture of this message through my job. I am a child and adolescent therapist for individuals in the juvenile justice system and child protective services (try saying that three times fast). Through this opportunity, the Lord has revealed to me the importance of working with others as oppose to taking on burdens alone. In arrogance, I began my job by thinking I could help all of my youth alone. I became quickly overwhelmed by the attention each youth needed. Once I began working with the justice system, CPS, families, and schools I began to see progress. Alone I was burning out, but with the help of individuals with different skill sets, we have been able to fulfill our common purpose: the success of our youth. Just as my youth bind me to other professionals, the Spirit binds us to other believers. The Lord has shown me that in order to continue being a light in the darkness, I must depend on the Spirit AND other believers in Christ.

Questions to Ponder

Today, I challenge each of us to examine ourselves.

  • Do you understand and rest in the comfort of Christ in you?

  • Are you burnt out from working alone?

  • How can you partner with other believers to assist you in your spiritual journey?

Scripture Memory | April | Ephesians 1:7

“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.”

Revelation and Reconciliation

Revelation and Reconciliation

Don’t be a stranger brother(sister)!

Don’t be a stranger brother(sister)!