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Preserving Essential Pillars In God's Own Temple -I Samuel 2:8; Ezekiel 36:25-27



There are always pillars in temples, edifices, and buildings to hold them up strong, the buildings all stand on pillars.

Preserving Essential Pillars In God's Own Temple -I Samuel 2:8; Ezekiel 36:25-27 There are always pillars in temples, edifices, and buildings to hold them up strong, the buildings all stand on pillars.  The word 'pillar' can be used both in a physical or figurative way. Figuratively, preachers, prophets, pastors, leaders, workers generally are the pillars in God's house. For the Church to stand, these pillars must stand strong, but when they are weak, crushed, crumbled, the whole building collapses. Gal 2:9a; Revelation 3:12. As pillars in God's temple, we have to be careful of the kinds of decision we make. I Corinthians 3:16. Judges 16:30. Samson as the pillar holding up the nation of Israel did not understand how crucial his position was. First he erred by hobnobbing with immoral women, thereby losing his anointing. Then, he prayed he wanted to die with the Philistines, even when there was no one to replace him yet.  We must be careful of the kind of prayers we pray, our prayers indicate who we are. Samson could have gone back to God in repentance, He could have been forgiven, possibly have his eyes restored, and would have completed his mission on earth. But unfortunately, he died untimely and the nation of Israel was plunged into a state of weakness and lawlessness. The people did what was good in their eyes, because there was no judge, no leader. Judges 17:6; 18:1; 19:1; 20:48; 21:25. God places a great value on us as workers and leaders. We are to protect the pillars. We are to preserve and protect our Christian lives because while we stand, the church stands. We must know we are indispensable, irreplaceable, we are important. Nobody could replace Noah, Enoch, Moses, Aaron, Joshua, David, etc. Real pillars which God has made us are irreplaceable. The so-called great people in the world are not actually great because they don't have the Spirit of God in them, no one can ever be as great as children of God. I Corinthians 6:19. Our bodies are the temples of the Holy Ghost. This makes us peculiar. We must never be timid, bowed down or feel incompetent or unimportant. God has a great purpose for our lives. II Corinthians 6:16. The pillars of God in our lives which must be preserved: Ezekiel 36:25-27 #Salvation - regeneration, adoption into God's family. This is first pillar God erects in our lives as His children Ezekiel 36: 25  #Sanctification - Second pillar God erects in us  Ezekiel 36: 26  #Baptism of the Holy Ghost - sense knowledge is what we use when the Holy Ghost is not in us Ezekiel 36: 27. This is the third pillar we get put up in us in order to fulfill the ministry which God has committed to us. A. The Indispensable Pillar In His Hallowed Temple. Ezekiel 36:25 God has His own definition of idols which is far different from ours. Anything that replaces the love of God in us is an idol: a game of football that cannot be put off, the job or career that means everything to us, education, marriage, cars, clothes, our bodies, etc.  We must love God more than anything else. Salvation is one of the indispensable pillars of God in our Christian life. Revelation 1:5; 7:14. Free communication with God is possible when our hearts are pure. Christ washed us from our sins in His own blood. B. The Irreplaceable Pillar In His Holy Temple. Some people go to Bible school where they are taught everything from the story of Noah's ark to lessons in church administration and organization, but holiness. Holiness is indispensable because without it, we cannot see the Lord. Ezek 36:26. Sanctification gives us new life, new attitude, removes stony hearts, replacing them with that of flesh. Some people don't have grateful hearts, nothing done for them means anything to them. We need to have the attitude of gratitude (to men and God).   Matt 19:8. The hearts of the Israelites were stony, and their necks were stiff. They did not allow the pillar of a soft heart to be established in them. They did not appreciate God's goodness and provision for them in the wilderness.  Mark 3:5. Christ was grieved for the hardness of their hearts.  Act 7:51. Stephen said they were uncircumcised, always resisting the Spirit of God.  Rom 6.6. For us to be pillars in God's temple, the old man must be crucified with Him and the body of sin destroyed.  Ephesians 5:25-27. Buildings don't make a church glorious, the people do. We need to live glorious lives to make a glorious church. Living the glorious life is possible when we are sanctified. C. The Irresistible Pillar In His Heavenly Minded Temple:  When we are saturated with the Holy Ghost, we are heavenly minded. The Holy Ghost will not talk to us about money, building, wood, cement, etc. rather, He'll talk to us about heaven. He is not a Spirit of Luke warmness, lethargy, conforming to the world, He is the Spirit of holiness and power. He enables us to do God's work.  Proverbs 1:23: God's promise to pour out His Spirit unto us.  Joel 2:28: "I will pour" that is, the power will come to us in a greater and fuller dimension.  Acts 2:16-18: "And your old men shall dream dreams" that is, no retirement, no sitting back in the work of God, we continue working till the end of our lives. Baba said he will continue preaching till he draws his last breath.  Acts 2: 38-39: The promise of the power of the Holy Ghost is for us and our children. We can ask for it today in faith. #Summary: - On the one hand, we are pillars in God's temple as workers, leaders - We are indispensable, in fact, we are so unique that no one else can replace us. - We must always be at our duty post. We must make God proud of us. - On the other hand, we must keep the pillars of our Christian lives, that is, the three works of grace mentioned in the introduction. - Lastly, we must not retire from God's work, it is an assignment of a lifetime. Prayer: May God help us to always be strong in our duty posts.  May God's grace abound in the life of our Pastor, Shepherd in Jesus name. Amen., kumuyi

The word 'pillar' can be used both in a physical or figurative way. Figuratively, preachers, prophets, pastors, leaders, workers generally are the pillars in God's house. For the Church to stand, these pillars must stand strong, but when they are weak, crushed, crumbled, the whole building collapses. Gal 2:9a; Revelation 3:12.

As pillars in God's temple, we have to be careful of the kinds of decision we make. I Corinthians 3:16. Judges 16:30. Samson as the pillar holding up the nation of Israel did not understand how crucial his position was. First he erred by hobnobbing with immoral women, thereby losing his anointing. Then, he prayed he wanted to die with the Philistines, even when there was no one to replace him yet.

We must be careful of the kind of prayers we pray, our prayers indicate who we are. Samson could have gone back to God in repentance, He could have been forgiven, possibly have his eyes restored, and would have completed his mission on earth. But unfortunately, he died untimely and the nation of Israel was plunged into a state of weakness and lawlessness. The people did what was good in their eyes, because there was no judge, no leader. Judges 17:6; 18:1; 19:1; 20:48; 21:25.

God places a great value on us as workers and leaders. We are to protect the pillars. We are to preserve and protect our Christian lives because while we stand, the church stands. We must know we are indispensable, irreplaceable, we are important.

Nobody could replace Noah, Enoch, Moses, Aaron, Joshua, David, etc. Real pillars which God has made us are irreplaceable.

The so-called great people in the world are not actually great because they don't have the Spirit of God in them, no one can ever be as great as children of God. I Corinthians 6:19. Our bodies are the temples of the Holy Ghost.

This makes us peculiar.

We must never be timid, bowed down or feel incompetent or unimportant. God has a great purpose for our lives. II Corinthians 6:16.

The pillars of God in our lives which must be preserved: Ezekiel 36:25-27
#Salvation - regeneration, adoption into God's family. This is first pillar God erects in our lives as His children Ezekiel 36: 25

#Sanctification - Second pillar God erects in us  Ezekiel 36: 26

#Baptism of the Holy Ghost - sense knowledge is what we use when the Holy Ghost is not in us Ezekiel 36: 27. This is the third pillar we get put up in us in order to fulfill the ministry which God has committed to us. 
A.    The Indispensable Pillar In His Hallowed Temple. Ezekiel 36:25
God has His own definition of idols which is far different from ours. Anything that replaces the love
of God in us is an idol: a game of football that cannot be put off, the job or career that means
everything to us, education, marriage, cars, clothes, our bodies, etc.
We must love God more than anything else.
Salvation is one of the indispensable pillars of God in our Christian life. Revelation 1:5; 7:14. Free 
communication with God is possible when our hearts are pure. Christ washed us from our sins in His
own blood.
B. The Irreplaceable Pillar In His Holy Temple.
Some people go to Bible school where they are taught everything from the story of Noah's ark to lessons in church administration and organization, but holiness. Holiness is indispensable because without it, we cannot see the Lord.

Ezekiel 36:26. Sanctification gives us new life, new attitude, removes stony hearts, replacing them with that of flesh. Some people don't have grateful hearts, nothing done for them means anything to them. We need to have the attitude of gratitude (to men and God).

Matt 19:8. The hearts of the Israelites were stony, and their necks were stiff. They did not allow the pillar of a soft heart to be established in them. They did not appreciate God's goodness and provision for them in the wilderness.

Mark 3:5. Christ was grieved for the hardness of their hearts.

Act 7:51. Stephen said they were uncircumcised, always resisting the Spirit of God.
Rom 6.6. For us to be pillars in God's temple, the old man must be crucified with Him and the body of sin destroyed.

Ephesians 5:25-27. Buildings don't make a church glorious, the people do. We need to live glorious lives to make a glorious church. Living the glorious life is possible when we are sanctified.

C. The Irresistible Pillar In His Heavenly Minded Temple:
When we are saturated with the Holy Ghost, we are heavenly minded. The Holy Ghost will not talk to us about money, building, wood, cement, etc. rather, He'll talk to us about heaven. He is not a Spirit of Luke warmness, lethargy, conforming to the world, He is the Spirit of holiness and power. He enables us to do God's work.

Proverbs 1:23: God's promise to pour out His Spirit unto us.

Joel 2:28: "I will pour" that is, the power will come to us in a greater and fuller dimension.

Acts 2:16-18: "And your old men shall dream dreams" that is, no retirement, no sitting back in the work of God, we continue working till the end of our lives. Baba said he will continue preaching till he draws his last breath.

Acts 2: 38-39: The promise of the power of the Holy Ghost is for us and our children. We can ask for it today in faith.

#Summary:
- On the one hand, we are pillars in God's temple as workers, leaders
- We are indispensable, in fact, we are so unique that no one else can replace us.
- We must always be at our duty post. We must make God proud of us.
- On the other hand, we must keep the pillars of our Christian lives, that is, the three works of grace mentioned in the introduction.
- Lastly, we must not retire from God's work, it is an assignment of a lifetime.


Prayer:
May God help us to always be strong in our duty posts.
May God's grace abound in the life of our Pastor, Shepherd in Jesus name. Amen.


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 Kemisola Omoyiola is a born again, heaven-bound daughter of the Most High God, a worker in Deeper Life Bible Church, who earnestly desires to win souls through her write-ups.

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