Do Not Fear
“Then you will prosper, if you take care to fulfill the statues and judgments with which the LORD charged Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and of good courage; do not fear or be dismayed” (1 Chronicles 22.13 NKJV).
King David is dying, and he is passing on the plans of building God’s temple to his son and heir, Solomon. In his speech to the people and leaders of Israel, he repeats a twofold command that is seen all throughout the Bible: 1) Take care to fulfill God’s statues and judgments. 2) Be strong and courageous and do not fear or be dismayed. New Testament Christians no longer need to go to a man-made temple to hear from God. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, our lives (body, mind and spirit) have become God’s Temple and the Holy Spirit dwells within each of us. However, when we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord and allow the presence of the Holy Spirit into our lives, the work of a life of faith has only begun! Some Christians easily adhere to God’s statues (plans, laws, tasks, portions, etc.) and obediently follow His judgments (discerning between what pleases and displeases God), but they are weak in their faith, have little courage to accomplish God’s will and live in constant defeat. On the other hand, other Christians seem fearless and full of courage, yet they do not obey the parameters that God has set for their lives. In order to experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit overflowing in our Temples, we must have both obedience and faith! Only when these two demonstrations of our love and belief work together will our lives be overcome with the awesome power, glory and anointing of God.
“Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body” (1 Corinthians 6.19-20 AMP).