I STRUGGLED IN ANOTHER MAN’S HOUSE
I was visiting with my sister and her family. At one point, there was a cut in the power supply. Some moments later, we had the sound that signified power had been restored. Interestingly, there was no supply in the house.
We saw there was power in the neighbourhood but there was none in the house. She requested that I help change the lines but I did not succeed. We tried all we could but to no avail.
Eventually, we called my brother-in-law and he gave directions on what to do and stayed on the phone till it was done. In a few minutes, power had been restored because we spoke to the one who knew what to do.
Beloved, know this now, you have a house that you also live in. The Word of God refers to it as a tent or a tabernacle. It is your body.
For we know that when this tent we live in—our body here on earth—is torn down, God will have a house in heaven for us to live in, a home he himself has made, which will last forever.
2 Corinthians 5:1 GNT
I think it right, as long as I am in this tabernacle (tent, body), to stir you up by way of remembrance,
2 Peter 1:13 AMPC
Second, you must be clear that even though you live in that tent or tabernacle, once you give your life, that house has a new owner. It ceases to be yours. You stop doing whatever you like with your body. Why? The management has changed.
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,
1 Corinthians 6:19 NLT
Anything you try to do without the owner of the house will be frustrating and very difficult. You will keep struggling with what can be easier.
Hear the words of Jeremiah to you as a believer:
I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course.
Jeremiah 10:23 NLT
You must first ask the one who owns you about His plans for you. Why? Your life is not your own. If you try to manage it yourself, you can be frustrated.
The Psalmist knew this quite well also:
If you do what the Lord wants, he will make certain each step you take is sure. The Lord will hold your hand, and if you stumble, you still won’t fall.
Psalms 37:23-24 CEV
The whole house was without power until we called the owner of the house. Your life will not be empowered until you call on the Lord. Since there was no power, we lacked light also. Without the Holy Spirit, a man’s life will be in perpetual darkness. You will see the Word of God as a storybook without power. But when you have the Holy Spirit, you are not just empowered, you are enlightened. Grace begins to flow to all areas of your life.
If you try to manage this house yourself, it will crash. You will get into the wrong things. You will find reasons for sinning and you will keep saying the reason is “body no be wood”. You will justify things. Tell your body that it is under new management. It cannot just do whatever it wants.
temilOluwa Ola, Eruwa.