Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16
As I was praying to God on Friday, I was reminded of a couple of scriptures regarding the Holy Spirit. The first is in regard to Solomon’s temple. When Solomon’s temple was first finished and all was in place, Solomon made sacrifice unto God. After the priests came out of the holy place, the cloud of the Lord, that is the glory of the Lord filled the temple so much that the priests could not stand within it, because the glory of the Lord filled the house (1 Kings 8:11).
This was a foreshadowing of what would take place on the Day of Pentecost in the Upper Room. The apostles and the disciples of Jesus prayed within the Upper Room for 10 days following His ascension into heaven. The Holy Ghost came in like a mighty rushing wind and filled all the house where they were. It sat upon each person, and they began to speak with other tongues, the spirit giving utterance within them.
Within each person is a void that only God can fill, and His intention was that our bodies be a temple for His Spirit, that we could be led by His Spirit rather than by our flesh. When we are filled with the Holy Ghost, the Spirit comes to reside within our bodies, and we must continually refresh it through prayer and through worship.
This came to my mind, as I was considering that we must exalt the knowledge of God in our minds in order to keep our anything that would take the place of that knowledge: bad thoughts, imaginations. When we refresh ourselves in God’s Spirit, there is then no room for anything else. That’s why God wants us to keep Him ever present within us so that our inner man can be refreshed from day to day.
These things came to my mind as I have been seeking healing for thought patterns that have affected me most of my life. As an overcomer of childhood sexual abuse, I have long carried emotional baggage remaining from that. It is difficult for people to understand the long-term affects of a child being used in that manner, even if it doesn’t harm them physically. A couple of things brought this to my mind. I had recently become acquainted with a sister in the church who works with survivors of rape. I have been considering a writing project to discuss my experiences for the purposes of educating others. But then also, the #metoo campaign brought to my mind that there are things I had been dealing with that were residuals of those thought patterns.
Our God is a healer. Sometimes this is immediately. Sometimes it is a process. The power of the Holy Ghost can heal things we have dealt with all of our lives, and God is healing this experience within my life.