Reclaiming the Temple: The Beginning
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple” – 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
So I have to admit it…I am addicted to sugar. I had been doing an excessive amount of baking this Christmas season so that means an excessive amount of eating too. I woke up one morning with this idea in my head that I know was not mine. It was just there, I didn’t even have time to formulate it and I am not sure that I would have anyway. The idea was to fast from sugar for 21 days. I remember being told once that to break an old habit or to form a new one takes 21 days, so a 21 day fast made sense.
So now you are probably asking what this has to do with the title of this post. While we celebrated the birth of Jesus, my family and I also observed Hanukkah this year (as Christians we find great depth and significance in the Jewish feasts). During that time, we spoke of how the Jews reclaimed their temple from the Greeks. They also had to rededicate the temple to the Lord because it had been desecrated. Then the miracle happened…it was a requirement to always have the lampstand burning yet they only had enough oil to burn for one day. The oil used was very special and took a week to make. The oil they had lasted them the eight days until more was ready.
The Lord spoke to me through that; it is time to reclaim the temple, rededicate it to Him, and wait for the miracles from Him, miracles of oil to continue when I don’t have enough. And so this is where I am to start, with the temple that is my body. I am not sure what other temples He may have for me to reclaim, but for now this is enough. I was going to do it alone then my husband said that he and the children would do it as well.
We started yesterday. First we are going five days with no sweeteners at all. Then we will finish the fast allowing ourselves stevia (a natural sugar alternative) and molasses as sweeteners. Day two and I am already struggling. Well, I supposed the miracle has begun.