Cleansing Your Temple

Matthew 21:12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’

The Holiest place in Israel had become home to greed.  Greed takes on such a subtle form that people found it convenient to have the moneychangers located in the Temple.  The sacredness of the Temple had long since been forgotten.  We often look outward at all the issues today but fail to look in the mirror to see if we are keeping our temple in order.  The Apostle Paul stated:

1 Corinthians 6:19  Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

Are you a House of Prayer or has greed taken residence?  Have you lost your first Love?  Is so, repent.  The time is at hand to prepare ourselves as historical challenges are on the horizon.  We must be ready as a new age approaches, brought on by epic economic challenges.  We must prepare ourselves to be nimble as the changes in the world accelerate.  We will no longer be able to coast along for the ride but will face great challenges ahead.  Our temples must be cleansed of all unrighteousness.  We must embrace our first Love and be one of those who “overcometh”.

A House of prayer is one where you and Our Heavenly Father communicate.  In the past, many people have taken that to mean bringing in a laundry list of needs to Our Heavenly Father for HIM to fulfill.  Instead, we should be asking Our Heavenly Father what we are to focus on today.  Once we do that our list will cease to exist.  HIS priorities become our priorities.  When we are doing HIS business, HE provides us with everything necessary to complete the task at hand.  Life becomes simpler and less complex.  We are able to walk daily in the certainty that we are on the right path.  We no longer get anxious about the future or what the vessels of dishonor are conspiring to do.  In the midst of turmoil we are in peace.  Where does it all start?  With a clean temple!

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