July 2019 Newsletter - "Rebuilding the Temple" by Lenny King
We are in such an exciting time of transition and newness. The Lord has been speaking to me about “rebuilding the temple” and bringing our understanding back into spiritual alignment with His Word. He led me to the book of Ezra where the Israelites were coming out of their exile in Babylon to return to the Lord and begin worshipping Him again. The word “exile” speaks of a yoke (or teaching) and also captivity. This means that spiritually we are sent out into exile when our understanding leads us to walking out the Word carnally and not according to the will of the Lord. The people of God can be subject to this type of exile anytime the Lord wants us to recognize our short comings and turn to truth. The Lord also highlighted His goodness in the midst of tribulation and exile. The root of God’s judgments and chastisements of His people is always love (Heb. 12:6). So the judgments or exile that the Lord takes His people through is always motivated by His love for us and desire to return to Him. In Ezra, the people of God went off into pagan rituals and idolatry, and the Lord had to send them into exile so that they would wake up and realize that their deeds and understanding separated them from His presence.
The way that the Lord is able to bring light to areas of ignorance or rebellion is through releasing the truth of His Word. He often uses those who are anointed and full of wisdom and revelation to get rebellious people back into alignment with Him. After the voice goes out as a call to repentance, it is then time for sacrifices to be made. We are not talking about natural sacrifices but a sacrifice of brokenness. As David states, “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise” (Psa. 51:17). After spiritual sacrifices are made, it is now time to rebuild the temple. The true temple that the Lord seeks to build is a soul that can receive the divine presence of the Lord (1 Cor. 3:16). Rebuilding the temple of the Lord requires laying the foundation so that the structure will withstand opposition. The foundation on which we are to rebuild is the revelation of the WORD (Matt. 16:17-18).
As we press into this new season of building, we have to commit to the truth and hold to the revelation of the Word that the Holy Spirit leads to. The Lord has called us all out of carnal ways of thinking and old mindsets that hold us captive. The Spirit leads us into all truth, and where there is the Spirit of the Lord there also is liberty. We are then edified and built into the temple of the Lord once we are able to see His plan for our life, creation, and begin to enter into His promises with full faith.