Protecting God's Temple

1 Corinthians 3: 16-17

"Know you not that you are the Temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
If any man defile the Temple of God, him shall God destroy;
For the Temple of God is Holy, which Temple you are."

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

"What? Do you not know that your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit
which is in you, which you have of God,
and you are not your own?
For you are bought with a price:
therefore Glorify God in your body, and in your spirit which are God's."

2 Corinthians 6:16
"And what agreement has the Temple of God with idols?
for you are the Temple of the Living God;
as God has said,
I will dwell in them,
and walk in them;
and I will be their God,
and they shall be My people."

Ezekiel 37:27
"My Tabernacle also shall be with them:
yea, I will be their God, and they shall be My people."

There is a saying,
"You do not keep what you do not value."
If you take a few minute to let that saying sink into your heart
you will find it is true. When we do our Spring Cleaning what items do we let go of first?
All the things we are tired of and do not value anymore.
In this Bible Study we will explore the what we do and do not value as a Child of God.

Let us first read the Word of God and establish in our hearts that if we confess that Jesus is
God's Son and we have ask Him to come into our hearts,
that we are Born Again and God now lives inside of us.

(1) We are the Temple of God!
(Our lives are now the Home of the Holy Spirit)
(2) And the Spirit of God dwells in us!
(3)  The Temple of God is Holy!
(Because we now have our Faith in Jesus, who is Holy, our Temple is Holy)
(4) Any man that defiles the Temple, God will destroy!
(As we allow the Holy Spirit to do a work in our hearts, we remain Holy. I did not say,
We remain perfect. Our lives are a work in progress daily. We need to always be
aware that our Faith has to remain in God and what Jesus did for us at Calvary.
This is God's Plan for us to be the Temple He desires for us to be, and how we keep our
Temple's Holy. It is when we fail to look to the Lord for our daily strength to make it,
or we stop believing that all we need comes from the Price Jesus paid at Calvary, we open
ourselves up the enemy of our soul who will destroy our Faith in God. Once our Faith wavers,
satan has a foothold in our hearts to destroy the work God has done in our Temple/Us.
(5) This is why we must value the fact that we are the Temple of God.
We are not our own anymore. We have been bought with a Price.
Jesus gave His Life for us! Jesus Bled and Died for Us!
We are to take responsibility in our lives to Glorify God in our body and in our spirit.
It will not always be easy to glorify God in our Temples.
However, God's Word is telling us this is what He wants us to do.
This is protecting the Temple of God, whom we now are!

You will notice, that Sister Joy listed a verse from Ezekiel.
The Prophet is telling God's People,

"My Tabernacle also shall be with them:
yea, I will be their God, and they shall be My people." (Ezekiel 37:27)

Here we are able to get a look into the Heartbeat of God.
 In the days of Ezekiel, God's people took the Tabernacle with them.
This is the place where God dwelt among them. (Exodus 25:8)
The Precious Love of God call out to His People again through Ezekiel and
says, "I will be their God, and they shall be My People." 
In the New Testament, The Great Apostle Paul is used of God to declare and teach
us that God now can and wants to dwell in each and every child of God by virtue of the Blood
that Jesus shed at Calvary.
In Ezekiel's Day God dwelt among His people.
Because of Jesus, Today God dwells in His people.
We are the Temple of God!

Protecting our Temple
As we keep our eyes on Christ and what He did for us at Calvary,
we Protect our Faith in God. This is God's way. This is God's Plan for our Victory.
We Protect the Temple of God (Us) by Keeping our Faith in the Lord each and
every day for every need that we face in life.
(Physically, Emotionally, Spiritually, Financially)
No matter what trial or temptation comes our way.
The same Love of God that allowed us to experience this day,
Will be the same Love of God that will deliver us!

The Prophet Jeremiah was a contemporary of the Prophet Ezekiel.
That simply means that they ministered around the same time in History.
 Jeremiah had been a faithful servant of God and ministered for about 40 years.
He cried out for God's People to Repent, seemingly with no success. Most hearts were hard,
and even got tired of hearing the Prophets Preach. They wanted to live their own lives in
their own strength and wisdom. Our Precious Lord called out for years and years for His people
to be His, and He would be their God. There were a few that valued the Heart of God and His Word,
and His Will, and His Ways. However, most, including the Leaders of that Day did not!
(Sounds like today, doesn't it?)

We will all answer for how we keep the Temple of God.
Will we protect what God has done for us?
How much Value do we place on the fact that we were bought with a Price?

 In Jeremiah 52 we read of how the Temple Riches were Taken away
by the enemy because God's People did not take care of their Temple.

(v-17) "The pillars of brass that were in the house of the Lord, and the bases, and the Brazen Sea that was in the House of the Lord, the Chaldeans broke, and carried all the brass of them to Babylon."
The breaking and carrying them to Babylon, signifies the

Victory of the flesh man over the Spirit man.
In the days of Jeremiah most of God's People did not anymore value the
Temple of the Lord anymore.
Today we can Protect our Temple by always being aware of Price Jesus paid at Calvary.
Our Temple was bought with a Price!

(v-18) "The caldron also, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the bowls, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered, took they away."

God's people no longer valued sincere Worship to God. These items were symbols of Worship.  In the verse prior we see the carnal/flesh man won over the Spirit man. When this happens in the heart of a Child of God, they no longer put any value on Worshiping God. Oh, how we wound the Heart of our Lord, when we replace the Love of Worshiping Him, with other things. (idols) Anything that we put before God is an idol.  Let's remember the verse earlier, "What agreement has the Temple of God have with idols?"
We all have a list of things/idols in our own lives
that satan tries to get us to think is more important than Worshipping our God.

What we do not protect and value will be taken away from us!

(v-19) "And the bason, and the firepans, and the bowls, and the caldrons, and the candlesticks, and the spoons, and the cups; that which was of gold in gold, and that which was of silver in silver, took the captain of the guard away."

These vessels were Precious to the Lord and should have always remained precious to His People, as they represented the Power and Glory of the Son of God. (Jesus Christ) God took so much time and care to have all these vessels made. Each and every one was His Design of Purpose and Love for His People. They all looked towards the coming of His Son and the Price that Jesus would pay for us to have a Temple He could permanently live in. The People of that day no longer valued or desired these vessels, so they were taken away from them. Today we need to never let our eyes grow dim to the Power and Glory of what Jesus did for us at Calvary.
It is only in His Power and Glory will we have strength to overcome!

(v-20) "The two pillars, one sea, and twelve brazen bulls that were under the bases, which king Soloman had made in the House of the LORD: the brass of all these vessels was without weight."

The design of the 12 brazen bulls were the design of the Lord. The Holy Spirit gave the instructions and design to David. David told Soloman.
This is representing the Word of God.
There were three bulls placed on each side. Saying the Word of God applys to all directions.
North, South, East, West.
 The Word of God has all the answers to everything we have need of.
They too lost their love for the God's Word.
How much Value to we Place on the Word of God?
What we do not value, we will not keep in our lives.
Again, what we do not value we will eventually loose.

We as Children of God must Value