Scripture Union Daily Guide 14th August 2020 – The True Temple of God
OPENING PRAYER: Oh Lord, grant me divine guidance as I read and meditate on your word in Jesus name.
SCRIPTURE: Acts 7:44–53
• What does the passage teach about God the Father, God the Son or God the Holy Spirit?
• What is God revealing to me in this passage?
TODAY’S OUTLINE DAILY GUIDE 14TH AUGUST 2020
The Jews often regarded the Temple as an important object of their worship.When they looked for reasons to accuse Jesus, they included blasphemy against the Temple. Temples, mountains, and centres are merely venues for worship. Regarding them as symbols of deity dilutes true worship of God.
Jesus said, “where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20)! Stephen reminds us that, “The Most High does not live in houses made by human hands” (v.48). Although buildings are necessary abodes for worship and teaching, they cannot replace the need to have Jesus in our hearts and God’s Spirit among us (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19).
“A time is coming,” Jesus told the Samaritan woman who had a high regard for places of worship, “when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem (the Temple), (John 4:21). By resisting the Holy Spirit, they lacked the conviction and revelation to recognise God’s Righteous One –Jesus Christ, whose coming was predicted by the Prophets and whom they killed (vv.51–52). Grieving the Holy Spirit or resisting his promptings can cause us to miss God’s plan for our lives.
⁂ Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Reflection: Christ came to unite himself to human nature, the Holy Spirit came to dwell in man.
• Lord, live in the Temple of my heart, and help me to worship you in spirit, in truth, and in sincerity.
• Pray for Christian writers, artistes and producers.
• Offer a prayer of faith in line with Philippians 3:10
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Psalms 91–93; 1 Peter 5
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