DON’T YOU KNOW THAT YOUR BODY IS A TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD?
Without a body, we are powerless. The devil is an evil spirit and equally powerless because he has no body. That is why he borrowed the body of a serpent to gain power to speak face to face with madam Eve after many days of plotting how to deceive man into disobeying God and believing his lies.
When people die, they lose their bodies and become spirits and they lose the power do anything. They cannot speak or move or even rebuke, bind or cast out devils. And the devil knows that full well that is why he wants you dead so that you lose the power to rebuke him or bind him.
To rebuke is to speak with authority to a troublesome subordinate because he is under the soles of your feet telling him to shut up. Most demons will flee when rebuked by a higher authority than themselves because Satan himself cannot tolerate being dressed down with a rebuke especially from a higher authority because people will know that he is a weakling. The devil cannot imagine being humiliated in public because he knows that he derives his power to destroy us if we agree to his suggestions, seductions and deceptions. He better flee and try to look for another appropriate opportunity to deceive you later. Jesus Christ set the pace for us on how to deal with demons. He used to rebuke them whenever He came across them. Before you cast the devil out of your life or out of a demon possessed individual, rebuke him first to silence him and then cast him out with a rebuke and he will flee.
“And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.” (Mark 9:20-27 [ESV2011])
“And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly.” (Matthew 17:18 ESV)
“And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.” (Luke 4:41 ESV)
The devil is a coward and fears being rebuked by a person of authority because the same mouth that rebukes him is the same that proceeds to cast him out. Sometimes he just flees after a rebuke fearing that the worst might come upon them: to be destroyed before their time. “And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?” (Matt 8:28-29 [KJV])
And this same power of the spoken word that Jesus had is available to whoever believes in Him as his Lord and Saviour because He is looking out for such believers to extend His kingdom here on earth. That is why He gave us power over every other power of the enemy the devil so that the devil will not stop us from preaching the word of God to every creature.
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 [KJV]) Power to tell sicknesses to leave and they leave, cast out devils and even the take up serpents and crucify them.
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” (Mark 16:15-20 [KJV])
Jesus Christ gave those who believe in Him power to rebuke and cast out devils. “And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.” (Acts 16:18 ESV)
This body that you have has immense powers available for it use because it is the temple of the living God. God will not dwell on trees or mountains or caves or rivers. He has already built a huge palace inside your body called the soul. Inside your soul or heart is where your spirit dwells. When you allow God to dwell in you, He enters into your soul and connects with your spirit and you become filled with God. You become filled with the Holy Spirit of God and He starts teaching you how to worship the Father in heaven in the name of Jesus. But the danger with that opportunity is that the devil would like to take over your soul and possess you and that is what he did to the first man Adam and sin entered in the heart of man. The devil changed the configurations that God had set to install the faith infrastructure to enable man to be worshipping God and reset them to be worshipping the devil. The love man had for God was reset into lust for worldly pleasures and desires of the flesh. The devil then sat down on the throne of God in your heart and established himself on that throne and assumed all powers and authority to control man through the seed of deception that was planted in Adam after creation.
But God decided that enough was enough and sent His Begotten Son down here on earth to redeem man back to God and gain access into the heart of man to dwell in the hearts of whoever believes in Him. But it is like people are not aware that when they accept Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives, their bodies become the temple of the Holy Spirit that should be kept holy unto God.
“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, which is what you are.” (1Cor 3:16-17 [NET])
“The body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. Now God indeed raised the Lord and he will raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that anyone who is united with a prostitute is one body with her? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” But the one united with the Lord is one spirit with him. Flee sexual immorality! “Every sin a person commits is outside of the body” – but the immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.” (1Cor 6:13-20 [NET])
Remember that you “are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1Cor 6:20 [KJV]) God bought your freedom from the bondage of sin with a price: the cost of the shed blood of His beloved and only Son Jesus Christ, for it had been predestined from eternity to eternity that “According to the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Heb 9:22 [HCSB])
Ephesians 1:7 says that, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” Because of Christ’s shed blood, God is able to forgive us of our sins and give the punishment that we deserved to Christ. “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:” (Gal 3:13 [KJV])
Christ had a special way of explaining forgiveness through the shed blood to his disciples during the Last Supper, which also was the Passover meal celebration. He said, “For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28). He was telling his disciples that just as the blood of the lamb delivered the Hebrews from the night of terrors in Egypt, so Christ’s own blood would deliver the people who were covered by it from the judgment of God on the last day. On the eve of the night that the Israelites were to be delivered from Egyptian bondage, they had been told by God through Moses to sprinkle the doorposts of their houses so that when the LORD sees the blood of the lamb on the doorposts, He would pass over that house and spare them who were inside.
“Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.” (Exod 12:5-8 [KJV])
“For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” (Exod 12:12-13 [KJV])
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,” (Rev 1:5 [KJV])
Because we have been delivered from the bondage of sin and from the curse of the law, we should therefore present our bodies as living sacrifices to be worshipping Him and our Father with our hands (blessing people and laying hands on the sick for them to get healed), legs (beautiful feet to help preach the gospel to them who are far off Rom 10:15) and eyes (eyes that would see only what wants you to see: “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn to evil; it shall not cleave to me.” (Ps 101:3 [KJV])
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Rom 12:1-2 [KJV])