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Jesus answered if a person [really] loves me, he will keep my word [obey my teaching]; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him (John 14:23 AMP).
Some people look for special places for prayer when they have serious things to pray about. At such times, they say they re going to the mountain to meet with God, much like how the children of Israel regularly went to meet with Him in places where they built Him an altar.
As new creation, we don t need to go through such a routine to fellowship with the Lord because we re His altar and He dwells in us. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost The word temple could also be rendered as home, but Paul chose to use temple in order to communicate the religious nature of your body as regards its service to the Lord.
One some, a Samaritan woman asked Jesus what He thought of the different places where the Jews and Samaritans worshipped. She said, Our fathers worshipped God on this mountain, but you Jews say we ought to come to Jerusalem to do that. Jesus said to her, woman, believe me, that hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him (John 4:21, 23).
The hour Jesus was referring to has come; it s the day of the new creation. You don t have to go about looking for where to meet or worship the Father, for God lives in you now. Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost; you carry Him in you everywhere you go.
Understand however that as your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, you re also member of the body of Christ, which is made up of other believers like you. So as you worship the Lord at your private moments, you must also participate in corporate worship with fellow believers by attending church services. That s where you ll hear the word, grow spiritually, and be effective in the work of the kingdom.
Dear Father, thank you for making me your abode and special dwelling place. My heart rejoices exceedingly because your presence remains with and in me always. Therefore, I will not fair or walk as though I m alone, for greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world!
Acts 7:48; 1 Corinthians 3:16
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