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CLEANSE THE TEMPLE  © is a healing encounter used in Listening Prayer Therapy for issues of people pleasing, identity controlled by others or looking to a partner to give identity and happiness.

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?" 1 Corinthians 6:19

Your own personal spirit is your inner being, the centre of the real you, the source of worship in spirit and in truth. In the CLEANSE THE TEMPLE healing encounter you will picture an inner temple to represent your inner being. You will imagine that you have a temple within you - you personal center of worship. Imagine that everything that you serve or worship, your gods and your God, is represented here.

These gods are idols in our temple that demand worship and distract us from the Living God - Our Heavenly Father.

Some examples of such gods: if you are a People Pleaser, then you fear and are controlled by people and what people think. Your idols would be people.

If you hold your spouse or children as the source of your life and more precious than God, then they will be there in your inner temple - displacing God.

What if you sacrifice your life, your rest, your time, and your family to serve work, you look to work as your Provider, and your greatest fear is to be out of work? In your inner temple will be the idols of job and money putting you out of touch with God.

If you want to be at peace with God, to walk in the Spirit and be one with Jesus, then you need to find out what those idols are that are displacing God in your life. You want to ask God what is demanding your love, what do you fear, what do you serve and worship. Listen and write down the answers that you get.

Wanting to have peace with God and to be fruitful for the kingdom of God, you confess as sin the idols that you have identified and ask to be forgiven through Jesus Christ - "the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world." John 1:29

Then you ask the risen Christ to cleanse your inner temple of the idols that you have set up there, remembering that Jesus cleansed the temple in Jerusalem during His earthly ministry.

You allow Jesus to use your creative imagination to portray this cleansing. With His help imagine what these idols look like in your inner sanctuary, your place worship. Allow Jesus to show you the risen Christ at work in your inner temple, cleaning out these idols in His own way.

When you sense that He has cleansed the temple, notice how you feel. Ask Him if your inner temple is clean. If needed, ask Him to show you what still remains to be dealt with. If you sense that the cleansing is complete, then invite God to be present in your inner temple. One sign of His presence, of communion with God, is a sense of peace. Continue with cleansing until you have this inner peace.

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