1 Chronicles 17:4-5 "Go tell David My servant, Thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt not build Me a house to dwell in." + "For I have not dwelt in a house unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another."
1Corinthians 3:16-17 "Know ye not that you are the Temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" + "If any man defile the Temple of God, him shall God destroy: for the Temple of God is Holy, which temple ye are."
Scripture describes King David as a man after God's own heart. He loved God and walked perfectly in God's ways. In a devotional attitude David remembered he was living in a beautiful house of cedar but God did not have a house to live in. From gratitude for the blessings of God, David told his priest he wanted to build God a house. The priest told David to do all that was in his heart; but God intervened with the answer above, saying He did not need a house to live in, but would go from one tent to another and be with His people. God did tell David He would let King Solomon build a house, and David gathered an abundance of materials to make it the greatest house the world will ever see. God's people were so proud of that magnificent building they boasted about it to Jesus when He came into their life, but it did not impress Him at all, and He predicted there would not be one stone left upon another of it. You will find no scripture where God nor Christ ever desired great buildings. Their desires are found in the New Testament Scriptures printed above. We should heed their message. Can you sincerely feel that your body is serving as a 'temple for the 'spirit of 'god to live in? God still does not need a house to live in, He wants to live in your heart, in your mind, your soul and spirit, and there are Bible verses saying exactly that. If you will open your heart to Him, He will actually live in and through you. Read 2 Corinthians 6:16 "And what agreement has the Temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people ." Despite this clear message from the Bible there are many high salaried preachers who are spending most of their time and effort to organize a building program that will over tax their congregation to complete. If they have the same desire that David had, it will prove a blessing. But perhaps it is too often a desire to inflate their selfish pride with hope they will be remembered as the preacher who built that pretty building. It is not unusual for some of the wealthy membership to promise their earthly possessions to their church at death. That has often started a church building program with the hope it will furnish needed financing when (that or those), members die. Some people can get closer to God and feel His presence out in a field or cow pasture than they ever could in a noisy church. During a building program some have been asked to come and see what God is doing. That is an error. God is not in the construction business. If He wants anything He can and will just speak it into existence and create it. That is the way He created the entire world, including the people He put in it. If this is not clear to you, please read Hebrews 8:10, Hebrews 10:16-18, and as promised in the Old Testament Jeremiah 31:33-34. All this proves to me that God wants to live in your heart and be your God. He does not need a house, so wherever you are, open your heart and let him live within you. Then you will sincerely feel that your body truly is the Temple of God. He is Almighty God and there is none other.