1 Corinthians 3:9: For we are laborers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
You are the building of the Lord. You are the dwelling place of His Spirit. You are a living breathing temple of the Lord God Almighty.
God has given us free will to do anything we choose to do, or to be anything we choose to be. It is our responsibility to God and to ourselves, to choose Him, and be all that He desires us to be.
Look, no sooner than the children of Israel are brought out of Egypt they begin to sing. Ex:15:2: The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.
They are excited! God has delivered them out of slavery, He has set them on a journey to land of milk and honey. He has blessed them with an abundance of everything that they will need to start a new country. It only takes a short while of reading to realize that they not only took the riches of Egypt with them, they also took some of the customs, and complaints. Glory to God! They wound up going around that mountain for forty years, never completing the habitation that they were singing about.
Look at the church! We've been going around our mountain for more than 2000 years!!! It is time for the church to get the trash out of our lives and let God dwell in His temple. It is time for us to "prepare Him an habitation". To many people are trying to build the church and not themselves. The church is not open for the better part of the week, why would God want to hang out in an empty building. The truth is He doesn't! You were made by Him and for Him. You are Gods pleasure. He wants to be where you are, to spend time with you, to fellowship with you, to commune with you. Let me say this, If you are a bonafide, born again, child of the living God, you should be making this statement today. "I will prepare Him an habitation".
Look here. Ex:15:13: Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.
You have been redeemed for a holy habitation. God wants to bring you to a new place. A place where He can reside with you and you with Him. "I go to prepare a place, that where I am you may be also". This is a place of Righteousness, a place Godliness, a place of Holiness. It is a place of habitation prepared by God Himself, for you. Does the church want it? Can the church receive it? We can't receive it. Because we have not prepared a place withing ourselves that is a suitable habitation for God. What am I saying? We haven't gotten rid of all our short comings, we still have sin in the camp.
Sin in the camp. The curse of leprosy and Gods commandment concerning it. Lev:13:46: All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.
This man is a leper. He is unclean and defiled in the eyes of God. His body, his temple is unfit for the habitation of God. 44: He is a leprous man, he is unclean: the priest shall pronounce him utterly unclean; his plague is in his head. He has to reside outside the camp. There is no room for uncleanliness, or sin, in your life if you choose to be a vessel where God resides and abounds.
Honor dwells where God dwells Ps:26:8: LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.
Blessing for those who make the Lord a Habitation Ps 91:1-12 1: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2: I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3: Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4: He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 5: Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6: Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7: A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. 8: Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. 9: Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10: There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11: For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 12: They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Now brother you are turning things around. We are talking about becoming a habitation for God, and this passage talks about God being our habitation. This is true, however, Jesus said, "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father also."
How can we possibly become a habitation for God, if God is not our habitation. "If ye abide in me I will abide in you." It is incomprehensible that we could possibly be a place for God to dwell, if we have not chosen to dwell in Him. Why because we are still full of self. And self equals SIN!
We sing, "He abides, He abides, Hallelujah He abides with me. I'm rejoicing night and day as I walk the narrow way, For the comforter abides with me".
What a wonderful song. I thank God that He abides with me today. This is the idealism of the church. But in truth, God cannot be a party to sin. And self is sin. What does the flesh have to do with God! It is at enmity with Him. That means in mans natural state, carnal or flesh, we are against God.
Half the church should be singing, "He abides, He abides, Hallelujah He abides with me. Sunday morning in the church where I shake off all my dirt, 'till twelve o'clock I know the Lord abides with me."
How long church? How long will we continue in our ways and neglect the habitation of God? How long will we only give to what we desire and neglect the desires of God?
When Solomon completed the temple on Mount Moriah He made this statement: 2 Chron:6:2: But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever.
Did you get that church? FOR EVER!! Not just an hour, not just a week, a month, a year, but FOR EVER!
Now I know you are probably thinking, all this is wonderful, but how do I become a habitation for God. I'm going to tell you right now.
There are four things you need, to be a habitation for God.
1) You need to pray Prayer is your direct line of communication with God, when you pray you move God to move the Spirit within you and things start to happen. The Bible says: Jms:5:16: Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
2) You need Faith You cannot do anything without faith. The Bible says: Heb:11:6: But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
3) You need love God is love, and He cannot reside where there is no love. It doesn't matter what you try to accomplish, it is all useless without love. 1Cor:13:1: Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
4) You need the Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit is Gods house keeper within you. Leading you Guiding you, Correcting you, causing you to be Gods habitation. Jn:14:26: But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
God wants to be your habitation today. And He also wants you to be His.