Think about what a difference a day makes.

Sunday you’re in church where your loved, where you’re at peace with God, filled with love, enjoying basking in His presence. Then Monday comes. Home is crazy, hectic and disorganised, every other driver on the road has it in for you, the boss snaps at you for no reason, and your co-workers hate you.

The world has hammered and pounded you hard, wait until you get back home, everybody had better watch out, your patience is long gone.

Sound familiar?

We can be one person at church and totally different during the rest of the week if we’re not careful. It’s hard to recognise it in ourselves because we see ourselves as that same good church person all the time, not as a hypocrite. Non believers can see it.

Why do we fail to be the people we think we are? Why do we fail to sustain the personalities we think we have?

The Apostle Paul wrote, “I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.” Romans 7:18

We tell ourselves that it’s circumstances that make the difference. Well, it’s more than the circumstances; it’s our split personality! The Bible says, “Don’t you realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?” 1 Corinthians 6:19

The temple of God, as the bible describes it, was divided into three distinct areas. The outer court where anyone could enter, the holy place where the priests could enter, and the holy of holies where only the high priest was permitted to enter once a year in order to make a sacrifice for all the people. It is the most holy part of the temple, the place where the Ark of the Covenant was kept, and the presence of God met and communicated with man. There is a trinity to the make up of the temple.

Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and there is a trinity to our make up as well. We are a spirit; we possess a soul, and live in a body. Our body is just like the outer court of the temple. It is there for the entire world to see. It is our connection to the world through our senses, which without, we could not communicate with the world.

Our soul is like the holy place in the temple. It’s between our spirit and body. It is where our mind, will, and emotions rest. It’s our connection between the spiritual and the physical, heaven and earth.

Our spirit is like the holy of holies, the innermost sacred part of the temple. It’s the place where God dwells, heaven is approached, and where we fellowship with the Lord.

Our spirit, soul, and body are in a constant rivalry. We determine in our soul if we are going to be more body oriented or spirit oriented. This is the struggle we all endure. This is where the split happens. The pull and tug between our flesh body, which craves the things of the world, and our spirit, which craves the things of God, can become fierce, unless we keep our body under control and seek God through our spirit. Our body will rule us unless we die to self and embrace the presence of God through our spirit.

We become born again by asking Jesus to forgive our sins and come into our heart. Our spirit becomes alive to God when this happens and we have a new relationship with Him through our spirit. The split personality we were born with becomes one in Christ, and God accepts us as a temple in which He can dwell, through the Holy Spirit.

The split between the things of heaven and the cares of life will always challenge us, but when we submit to God and keep our flesh, our worldly connection, under control, we bring the peace from Sunday into the chaos of Monday and the rest of the week and all is again right with the world.

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