THEME: VESSELS OF HONOR
1 Thessalonians 4:3-7
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.”
-God is Holy and calls us to holiness. If the Holy Spirit dwells in our bodies, then we should abstain from sexual immorality which defiles our temples. Like the vessels kept in the temple which were washed by water mixed with ash of a pure heifer sacrificed on the altar of the Lord (Numbers 19), we too should remember that Christ died for our sin that we may be made pure by the washing of His precious blood. God wills that we are sanctified and remain holy, each one taking possession of his/her own vessel. According to the Roman translation, a vessel is a body that contains a soul, and we should be concentrated to serve God. Belshazzar did not humble himself but hardened his heart like his father king Nebuchadnezzar. He defiled the temple vessels of gold with wine, before his gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood and stone, and before his wives and concubines. The Lord pronounced His judgement upon him and wrote on the wall “MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN’, which translates to: – MENE; God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it. TEKEL, You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; PERES; Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. He fell like his father and his mighty kingdom taken away from him (Daniel 5:18-29). We are vessels of the Most High God and our bodies are His temples. Let us not pollute ourselves with sexual lusts, fornication, adultery but practice self control which the Holy Spirit has given us. In sanctification and honor, let us walk in chastity and honor our marriage contacts that our lives may remain pleasing to God.
Lord You are merciful and Your mercies endures forever, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Jesus You are Holy and have called us to be holy, make us holy by the washing of Your precious blood; we humbly ask You. Draw us to Yourself and help us to be more like You Jesus. Only through Your grace can we remain holy as You please, fill us with Your grace we humbly implore You. Forgive us for the many times we have honor You with our lips, but our hearts were far away from You, draw us close to Your heart dear Father. Only by Your grace have You saved us and not by our works lest anyone should boast, thank You for Your saving grace upon us, our families, churches, nation and entire world. Help us all to come to Your knowledge that brings forth the light of Your salvation. Deliver us and the whole world from corrupt ways that disqualify us as vessels of honor. Teach us to walk in Your truth that our hearts may always submit to Your Holy will. Your will for us is sanctification, thank you Jesus for the good plans You have for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. Bless our children dear Master and give them a better future. Help them to go back to school and to please You with all they do. Restore all the broken marriages Father and give all the families peace. Deliver our nation from corruption and revive our economy. Be with all the churches and the vessels You have chosen to serve You that You may preserve them holy and many will come to You. All glory, honor, praise and salvation belongs to You Jesus, now and forever. Amen
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