Just like the trust you place in “OnStar” after activating service for your new car, so do you need to activate and place your trust in drawing nearer to God by caring for His temple (you) and continuously reading His word,” says, H. Dele Davies, MD, author of The Real House of God – Unleash the Full Power of God’s Spirit Within You.
Davies reminds us that it is impossible to have complete trust in someone you do not know and who you do not have a strong relationship with. The storms of life can drain all hope from you without a trusting person to rely upon.
Davies uses metaphors comparing our three body parts (body, mind, spirit) to a Jewish temple’s outer courtyard, middle room (Holy Place) and inner room (Most Holy Place).
All these metaphors are wonderful examples (along with comparable scriptures and stories) on how to bring the spirit of God into our world.
Davies spends a lot of time reminding us that we do not need to wait before we can meet God in church – we carry Him everywhere we go in our body. Just like Jesus; everywhere He went He took the temple of God with Him.
At the end of many of the chapters (Davies refers to them as sessions) there is support material in the way of Prayers, Questions to Ponder and Prayer Points. The structure Davies uses is helpful to make this book a daily read, and re-read throughout the year — or, used for an entire lifetime.
Davies opens our internal emotional wounds by elaborating on in-depth detail of characteristics that hold us hostage in the world. Here is just the tip of the iceberg:
– Selfishness and self-aggrandizement
– Failure to accept forgiveness
– Holding grudges
– Desecrating God’s bodily temple
– Understanding salvation is a free gift from God
– Holding mainstream media as an honorable standard to be desired
– False sense of superiority over others
Davies exclaims, “God will only set up a temporary presence within us, and contingent on the conditions and hearts of the people who form the body of the church – God’s preferred temple is you.”
More importantly, Davies provides a list of wonderful examples (these are just a few) of “you love Him when you ….”
– Worship and praise Him
– Willing to put aside your own ego
– Forgive and pray for others who have hurt you
– Refuse to keep a record of those who have wronged you
The Real House of God made me think deeply about my current practices getting to know more about God through His word. It stirred my inner temple to action by delving into many of the scriptures he shares to prove his point.
With historical scriptural research and his use of symbolism, Davies would move many people to more easily draw closer to His word.
You are God’s most precious commodity. Now you know where He lives.
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