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I Will Put My Dwelling Place In You

 

I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you. Leviticus 26:11. Those are fourteen powerful words. God was telling the Israelites that He was going to dwell among them. And for God to say, “I will not abhor you,” meant that God would not regard them in distaste or hatred.

In the book of Leviticus God gives the Israelites a detailed blueprint about how to build the Tabernacle. When their work was completed, He resided in the “Most Holy Place” of the Tabernacle. How amazing it must have been for the Israelites to have God living among them with the promise that He would not abhor them. What about you and me today? We don’t have the Tabernacle so does that mean God is not living with us? On the contrary, God is living “IN” us.

God not only took up residence among the Israelites but He took it one step further and has taken up residence “in” those who believe that He sent His Son to die for them. When you give your life to the Lord and believe that His son died for your sins, you become God’s temple and His spirit dwells in you.

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (ESV)

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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 (NIV 2011)

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. Romans 8:9 (NIV)

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. John 14:23 (NIV)

Do you not know that your bodies are temples 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 bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)

God has made His home in you. You were bought and paid for with a price. His words to the Israelites, I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you from Leviticus were a precursor to what would come for you and me – the gift of Jesus Christ.

 

 Originally written for Living Better 50 Magazine

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Would You?

You are standing alone in front of 500 people. There are 1,000 eyes watching you.   With all of their attention focused on you…would you start saying things like W#%,  L^%@O, or any other four-letter words that would make your grandmother’s jaw drop? Would you get into a seductive pose? How about this – would you pick a person out of the crowd and bully them in front of all those watching you?

I would like to believe that if you found yourself in that situation you would be very careful about what you said or did in front of those 1,000 eyes. Can you imagine what the crowd would think if you bullied someone in front of them?

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Just recently I was speaking to a friend of mine and she asked her niece similar questions to what I just asked you. When her niece said, “No”, my friend shared some wise words with her and I want to share them with you. She said to her niece, “If you would not say those things in front of a bunch of people then why would you say it on Facebook?” Just because you cannot see the people who are looking at your photos or reading what you post, it doesn’t mean it is not a reflection of you.

In front of a crowd you would see people’s brows clinch in horror or you might even hear some gasps from the people watching and listening to you. Behind the computer, phone or IPad there is a false sense of security that anything goes because no one is really watching. That is not the case at all. Just because you can’t see the looks or hear the gasps, people really are watching you and what you post on social media is a reflection of who you are.

My friend is the wife of a police officer and when she shared with me what she told her niece there was a detective and crime scene investigator in the conversation with us. The detective shared with me that it is amazing what law enforcement can find on the internet. It is one of the first places they go when investigating a crime. He said if he can see what is out there, so can colleges and future employers.

So let’s start over.

You are sitting alone in front of your computer.   You can’t see who is watching you but there are several sets of eyes that see what you are posting. Anyone who looks at your post has their attention focused on you…would you say things like W#% or L^%@O, or any other four-letter words that would make your grandmother’s jaw drop? Would you get into a seductive pose, snap a photo and post it?   How about this – would you bully one of your peers for all those on social media to see?

Would you?

Before you post something on social media ask yourself if you would be comfortable saying or doing it in front of a crowd, think about and then delete it, if needed.

Originally posted on the Whatever Girls.

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