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I Corinthians 3:16
Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you"

Does Paul call us to be in awe of our own persons? We are a temple where God almighty has chosen to dwell. Is that not the primary reason we keep clean, inwardly and without? Is it not the reason we behave in a way that will bring honor to the Lord who resides in us? Don’t we have a special concern for things that come into our lives, knowing they enter the presence of the Lord? A smoker blows smoke in the face of the Spirit of God. A glutton makes the temple ugly. A drunk scrambles the Spirit’s special room. Evil thoughts put bad pictures on the inner walls of this holy temple. How can we treat the Spirit in this way? Lord, help us keep Your dwelling clean.
Romans 3:16
...ruin and misery mark their ways...

Paul has gathered together scripture after scripture to attest and affirm the depravity of man. It is from Isaiah 59 that Paul draws this aspect of the misery of those who know not God. Ruin and misery mark their ways, Often this is true even as the individuals involved give a wonderful show of success and happiness. Man pretends to have what he does not have, to impress others or to gain their confidence, so that they will make his dream a reality. “Nothing succeeds like success” is the phrase. Seen spiritually, ruin and misery are not what awaits them one day, but what marks their paths today. The clearest evidence is in the personal lives of successful people. Usually the successful man leaves his family behind. Lord, deliver us from success that ruins those we love. May Jesus be our joy!
Acts 3:16
By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.

Peter is very clear; he says the same thing twice. Faith in Jesus Christ is the way this miracle came to be, and that faith itself is through the Lord Jesus Christ. Strength and healing has come to this man through Him. Those of us who are born-again can declare that such is the case with us. We are able to stand as Christians because of the power that Jesus has given to us, and that faith itself is from Him. Thank you, Jesus. Ours was not a high-profile conversion, but it was the power of God and faith in You, Lord Jesus that brought it about.
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

God’s reason for sending His Son was so that we not perish. Without Jesus we would perish. That is a kind of “bottom line”. The particulars concerning how exactly we would make decisions that would lead to our perishing were not the most important thing. It was either have Jesus or perish. And so it will always be. Whatever good things we say or do, however much we give to the church, however frequent our attendance, however clean we remain outwardly, the issue must be, “Do we have Jesus”? Jesus is given that we not perish. Lord Jesus, send us Your Spirit, that we may receive You into our lives. Live and reign in us, that we ourselves might have eternal life.
Luke 3:16
John answered them all, "I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with ire.

John was aware of the inadequacy of what he was doing as he preached repentance. The best he could accomplish was to bring people to an outward profession of faith in the coming Messiah. He could get them to do something outward, and he knew that it could be an expression of genuine inward transformation. But the important thing was that they know and receive the One who was coming with true power from on high. The Holy Spirit and fire are infinitely more important than an outward ordinance that may be only pretense. Lord Jesus, make our outward profession real this day by granting us Your Holy Spirit.
Mark 3:16
These are the twelve appointed: Simon ( to whom He gave the name Peter),

Why is Simon the first to be listed? He was often the first to speak up, but the result was that he was the most often embarrassed of any of the disciples. It is obvious he missed the point of many of Jesus’ miracles, and often of His clear teachings. None of the Apostles, except Judas, would go on to dishonor the Lord as Peter would do. Peter is almost as well known for brash blunders as he is for mighty acts of faith. But when apostles come to mind, first in mind is usually Peter. Peter loved Jesus, and would serve Him faithfully until he faced a martyr’s death as an old man. Peter is an example of God’s forgiving grace, that can take use our weaknesses for his glory. Praise You, Jesus!
Matthew 3:16
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.

Did others witness the descent of the Spirit of God like a dove upon the Lord Jesus, and did others hear God speak from heaven? Were there unbelievers all around oblivious to it all? We have beheld the mark of God upon Jesus Christ, and we have heard from Heaven the commendation of Him as God’s Only Son. This was not revealed to us by man, but by the same Holy Spirit that focused on Him that day. Thank You, Holy Spirit for showing Him to us. Thank You, Father for speaking from heaven to show us who Jesus is. Help us to follow and glorify Him this day in faith, love and obedience.
Malachi 3:16
Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name.

God keeps a special record of the gatherings of those who fear the Lord. Christian fellowship is important in His eyes, and edifying conversation is seen as worth noting. Lord, may the record of our lives be filled with such gatherings! Help us to make our meetings for fellowship truly edifying, and truly honoring to You. Help us regard You as the unseen guest at every table, the silent listener to every conversation. Help us to welcome Your presence in our hearts, and converse with others knowing that our ministry to them is pleasing to You. Grant us wisdom and power to bless with words that You would have said, Lord Jesus Christ!

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