Give unto the Lord every time you come into the temple of the Lord, don’t come empty handed. This is your new contribution, commitment and consecration for the new year. When we contribute in the house of God, we are contributing to the saints, because we are collecting of all the things that will be used for the ministering to the saints (1 Corinthians 16:1-2,15). We are to teach our children on how to give unto the Lord, to the poor and indigent students as well. Addict yourselves to the ministry of the saints. They were poor, and yet they gave beyond their power (2 Corinthians 8:1-6). “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6). You will give abundantly unto the Lord in every meeting days and outside the temple in your neighbourhood in Jesus Name. Anytime you are giving unto the Lord, you want to give what is due and appropriate to what the Lord has done for you, (1 Chronicles 16:29)
Our courageous commitment without corrupting/contaminating his holy temple
1 Chronicles 28:9,20; 1 Corinthians 3:9,16,17; 6:19,20; 2 Corinthians 6:16-18; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Kings 11:4-10; Nehemiah 13:26; Jude 20-21,24-25
“And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off forever” (1 Chronicles 28:9). What a true preacher David was! And he told the truth as in the word of God. If you are going to do what the Lord has called you to do inside and outside the temple, you will be strong and of a good courage. You will finished what the Lord has called you to do in Jesus Name. As you are taking care of the sanctuary, you take care to keep your body, which is the temple of God holy, cleansed and righteous before the Lord (1 Corinthians 3:9,16,17; 6:19,20). It is more important that you take care of your body as holy temple of the Lord. Solomon forgot what his father had told him. He took time to build the physical temple, but he did not take time to build his own spiritual life, soul and family. This is what the Lord is telling us, yes, we serve in the temple, but we should not forget our own spiritual life, the temple of the Lord; let there be holiness, and righteousness unto the Lord.
He built the temple, but ruined and defiled his own holy temple and soul, and went after strange women and idols. He built the temple but lost the nation. You will not lose your life and soul. You will put first thing first in your life – the service of the Lord and beauty of holiness in your own temple, and serve the Lord with a perfect heart. “Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin” (Nehemiah 13:26). Nobody will cause me to sin. Women, men, money, business, the flesh, the world and the devil will not cause you to sin, the Lord will keep you and you will serve the Lord this year with a new commission, commandment, confession and devotion.
The most important thing is to serve the Lord with a perfect heart. Nobody take heaven away from you. Saved and sanctified, the Lord will keep you steadfast till the very end in Jesus Name. “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost” (Jude 1:20). It is good to build the temple, but you build your own selves, life and eternal destiny. “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24). You will not fall, our church, leaders, members, your wife, your husband, your children, parents in the Lord will not fall in Jesus Name. The Lord will keep you this year as you serve in and outside the temple, and do appropriate things to keep your temple, your life holy, righteous and pure before the Lord. You will give more than ever before and the compensation of the Lord will come to your life in Jesus Name. This year, will be a new year for you.
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