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Temple Talk: The Struggle & Stewardship of the Spirit


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Hi friends! I”m so happy to be back this week with you all! I am just loving this GMG study on intentionality! This week the subject is near and dear to my heart as we are talking about our health. I feel like it’s the subject that causes a lot of mixed emotions within the Believer and I consider my joy and privilege to share what God lays on my heart with you all! We all have heard that our bodies are temples of God, but many times, it’s so hard to transfer that into real life. What does this look like for us? How does this practically play out? Where do we get proof in scripture that we are indeed temples? My prayer is that this post provides some clarity for you!

Our reading yesterday took us to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20:

“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.”

Most of us know this verse. We’ve heard it from the time we’ve been in high school–usually in the context of sexual purity–to our adulthood–as we apply it to the food we eat, what we do with it (or don’t do with it), and more. I want to check out where else in scripture we see passages that talk about our bodies being a temple. Here is a sampling:

“What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. as God has said; “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God and they will be my people.” 2 Corinthians 6:16

“And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” Ephesians 2:22

“Don’t you know that you yourselves 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 are that temple.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.” Acts 17:24

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1

Isn’t it exciting to think that God chooses to dwell within us? We cannot deny this to be true! However, many times understanding this and then practically putting it into action are two different things.
Here are a few principles that I’d like us to consider about temple stewardship:

1.) We will struggle with entitlement
We all struggle with entitlement! It’s defined as feeling like you have a right to something. We hear ourselves saying, “I deserve (fill in the blank).” It manifests itself with the food we eat, the things we buy, and the way we spend our time to name a few. None of these things in themselves are wrong or bad–the problem is when they aren’t taken into submission of the Spirit. But because we have been bought- with a price–a very large one–we have given up that right to be our own.

Body Check: Is there an area of life that you feel entitled to? Have you asked God for freedom in this area?

2.) You have a built-in guidance system
It’s an internal GPS–a Spirit system that gives us nudges. There will be times when you willingly accept those nudges and other times when you want to detach yourself from them quickly—but you will get them. They are there on purpose. Check them with scripture and with wise believers and act in obedience from there. Also, don’t forget–we are not only individually a temple of the Spirit, but corporately. (Ephesians 2:21) Sometimes the Holy Spirit nudge you are feeling involves someone else in the Body of Christ. In your own physical body, you can only ignore a throbbing area for so long until it needs dealt with.

Body Check: Is God using you to intervene for someone? Are you ignoring the nudges from the Spirit?

3.) This will and should affect your every day decisions.
I know you expect me to harp on the food you eat, and how much you do or don’t exercise–and of course, I believe those 2 things to be included in what we consider–but I also want you to know that they are many ways in which we honor Him with our bodies. The Spirit travels with us wherever we go, so we must consider places we go, things we see, and activities we do. Also, the body includes the head which includes the brain. Our minds need held captive to Christ also and if I’m being honest, that’s where most of us will struggle. I’ve found that once the mind and will is submitted to the Lord, our bodies follow with little resistance.

Body Check: Physically: How is the food you are consuming taking control of your body? Are you tending to your physical body with movement regularly, both being kept in check so that you may live in freedom and do the works God has called you to do? Mentally: Are you taking your thoughts captive to truth? How are your every day thoughts affecting what you do daily with your physical body?

4.) It will be a fight.
“But Clare, you don’t understand. It’s just so hard to control myself in (fill in the blank). I have so much pressing in on me and I get tired of fighting.” Oh friends, I do understand. I experience the fight every single day but I also expect it. I cannot expect that the enemy will not want to wage war against me since I am carrying deep within the Spirit that he so despises. You better believe there will be a fight. That doesn’t make you weak or bad–it makes you a Believer who has a beating heart and blood running through your veins! Fight, friends.

Body Check: Have you given up in the battle? Have you given yourself a pass in this life because it’s getting too hard? Do you realize that the struggle within you may actually be a spiritual war?

5.) Satan will try to get us to “toast an unholy cause”.
I referenced in the last post that I’m going through Beth Moore’s “Daniel” study. We are taking it at a half-pace so I’m still working through it and something that stuck out to me was Daniel 5. King Belshazzar used objects from the temple–holy objects, to “toast an unholy cause.” Beth Moore states, ” You are a holy vessel Satan may be trying to use for unholy purposes. You are God’s holy child, and HE wants you prepared for great use.” (“Daniel”, Study Guide, page 99) Friends, we are holy–not by anything that we have done, but because of what Christ has done for us. We must keep ourselves pure–body, soul, and Spirit! 2 Timothy 2:21 says, “If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”

Body Check: Are you toasting an unholy cause with your body? With your mind? With your Spirit?

My encouragement to you today is to examine yourselves. I can’t do this for you, nor do I want to. These are hard things to chew on so start by praying. Ask God to reveal Himself to you in these areas. Ask a trusted friend if they see any area here where you may be lacking. Oh the blessing it is to be used by the Almighty God–who has prepared many good works in advance for us to do!

Press on,


Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 12.29.30 PMClare lives with her husband and 2 children in Northeast Ohio. She has her bachelor’s degree in business management and left a promising career to be a stay-at-home mom to her children. She is a certified fitness instructor and teaches pilates and group fitness classes at her church and local university. Clare’s passion (outside of raising and nurturing her children and home) is motivating women of all ages and stages of life to live well physically, emotionally and spiritually. Visit her at Peak313!

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  1. Yes, we are the temple of the living God and we should depend on God to help us to do better in caring for our temple. Thank you for pointing these very important points out today.

    However, it is so hard, sometimes, when the pressure of life–homes, childcare, depression, sickness, press down heavy on you. And you just cannot find the time or willpower to move forward. These are some of the thing that hold us back from being the health and complete person God wants us to become.

    Peace to you.

    • Hi Elissa!
      Oh do I understand! I think we all have to work on juggling all the items you mentioned above! Remember that each person’s health journey will look different. When we realize that, it takes the pressure off of trying to match what we think society (or someone else!) thinks we should be doing. I am a big believer in you doing what you need to do depending on the season of life you are in and the resources you have!

      I know for me though, taking care of, and stewarding my health, helps me in the areas of depression, energy to take care of my littles, husband, and home, and to walk forth in confidence with the works God has called me to do for the day. I have had to “protect” times of the day so that I can get it in because the time never just happens!

      God is so good to equip us in what we are doing for the day, and give us wisdom in knowing what choices we should be making. I know that He will do the same for you as you seek Him in this area! Thanks for your comment!

    • Elissa,
      I understand exactly what you mean. In my experience with depression–which is unfortunately a long one–I have found that it helps to just take really small steps that don’t take much time or effort, but make me feel like I’ve accomplished something. Even something as small as eating a piece of fruit or going for a short walk (a few blocks, if that’s all I can do) can make me feel like I’m doing something good for myself. Laundry is a good one, too–it’s mindless and you can see something you’ve achieved at the end.

      Finding the willpower when you are tired, sick and depressed is the hardest thing, I know. And when you’re depressed, it’s hard to feel like you’re worth taking care of. It’s important to celebrate what you are able to do and not get hung up on what you haven’t done. I know it’s hard, really hard because we often put a lot of pressure on ourselves. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by responsibilities. I am a single mother of two, working full-time, and I get it. But you are worth taking care of.

  2. Thank you so much for your post this morning, Clare! Wow, your points and the questions you asked were right on target for me, and were all things I really need to be reflecting on and changing in my life right now. Thank you!

  3. Cindy cox says:

    I love all the points that were revealed to us today they have done me so much good. I can honestly say I struggled in how I looked at myself always feeling like I needed to get on a diet and be healthy and just look good or descent.
    This year I have to realization that I am the temple of the Holy Spirit and I do not want to be overweight, I know this can cause unhealthyness so I have a whole new outlook in life, I am eating healthy, I am filling my mind with things of the Lord and keeping a watch on who and where I hang out. We need to be careful what we see and what comes in our ears because this also effects the temple we should take care it both physically and mentally.
    I am really enjoying this week of our study. We were created His image therefore I feel we need to take care of this temple by nourishing the spirit and then the flesh has not choice but to line up with the word.

  4. Jesusgirl says:

    I enjoyed your post. When we understand who we are and whose we are then we will begin to minister to our own minds and bodies in reflection of the Holy Spirit residing in us. Thanx and Stay Blessed:)

  5. Thank you for “speaking the truth in love.” I appreciate your gentleness and also the encouragement to be more fully yielded to God in this important area. Thanks so much!

  6. Loved this post. Please advise which particular study this is from.

    I look forward to the conference in Canton!

    Thank you!

    • Hi Heidi!
      If you are asking about the Beth Moore quote (Daniel) study, it’s “Daniel: Lives of Integrity Words of Prophecy”.

      Yay! Look forward to meeting you!

  7. Beverly Hepler says:

    I love this study that you lovely ladies have put out there for anyone who loves the lord and wants to become like jesus in there life. Thank you for the comments on this study. It has given me alot to think about.

  8. You guys are right on track about our bodies being a Holy Temple of the Lord Almighty. I know God is gracious to us when we do things to His Temple. I’ve done so many things to my body because I didn’t have the self imagine of what I wanted to look like. There’s so much pressure in this world to conform to a certain image. I had a gastric bypass that went wrong 10 years ago. I’ve since had 23 complication surgeries to try and fix the problems the first one caused. On top of that I’ve had 9 nose surgeries and they’ve all failed. Right now I hate to see people look at my profile because my nose is eating away inside and it has no support to make it right. If you look at my profile you’d think someone hit me in the face with a baseball bat. It just keeps getting worse. I don’t know what God has planned when it’s completely gone. I have a hard time breathing so I stay under 2 vaporizers and 1 big humidifier in my bedroom. Five of the intestinal

  9. I didn’t get to finish so I wanted to close on a better note. First, I’ll say finish about the five intestinal surgeries have been in the last 3 years. They have really depleted by body where I just don’t want to leave my house. I’ve been depressed, anxiety attacks, overweight, no energy. I’ve been really trying to see the Lord on what His purpose for me is. I’m really trying to go forward. I know at the end of the tunnel is His light. I’ve been praying about my nose being fixed and my teeth. Thanks for listing. I know God’s got a plan waiting for me.

    • My heart goes out to you, Sharon. I just wanted you to know that I’m praying for you right now. I am praying that our Heavenly Father will hold you close, look into your face and tell you that you are beautiful. I pray that you will be able to see what He sees in you. I also pray that He will guide you with wisdom and provide healing. =)

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