BILL’S BLOG ENTRY #52

From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks copyright March, 2005:

“Ecclesiastes 5: 1 – 7 and Habakkuk 2: 20 provide insight into the approach disciples take towards corporate worship. The Preacher in Ecclesiastes says that we should guard our
steps AS WE GO to the House of the Lord. This implies that worship really starts BEFORE we arrive at the sanctuary.  If this is so, then it follows that there is no time in which a disciple is not in worship.  Our hearts and minds should be focused on communicating with God, preparing to receive a Word from the Lord long before we get to church.  “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go to the House of the Lord.”  I Corinthians 3: 16 – 17 identifies each disciple as a “temple  of God” in which the Spirit of God dwells and that the temple is “holy”.  God wants His disciples to approach ourselves as the temples in which He dwells.  Thus, we should strive to cleanse the temple of all evil thoughts, malicious
intentions and anything and everything that is anathema to and incompatible with the indwelling Spirit of God. Moreover, we should be prepared to manifest the presence of God as soon as our eyes open in the morning until we close them in repose in the
evening.  Remember that He blesses His beloved even when we are sleeping! (Psalm 127: 2)””

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