Mathew 21:12-14 Jesus went into the Temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the Temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves. And He said to them, it is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you made it a den of thieves. And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple and He healed them.
People who knew better were using God’s temple as a place to carry on their business. They were exchanging coins with men who came from other countries. They were selling doves to people who came to sacrifice them to God. God did not ordain churches for men to use for their businesses, they are for the Lord’s business. What is the purpose of a church? It is a place where believers can gather together for the sake of prayer. I don’t think Jesus could reason with these folks so He just threw them out. He reminded them what the purpose of the temple was; it was written by the Prophet Isaiah. Jesus had the right to expel these men because He was a Rabbi.
If they would have listened to Jesus they would have understood that everything they wanted could have come from prayers. Can we have fellowship with one another and leave God out of our association? Is He not the reason we love one another. We cannot pray the prayer of agreement until we are in agreement. What kind of prayer would the money changers pray or the sellers of doves?
After Jesus “cleaned house”, the folks who needed prayer came to Him and He prayed for them and they were healed. Those business men were hindering people from obtaining the ministry they needed. I believe Jesus knew what would happen when prayer was restored to the temple. Jesus created an atmosphere that the Holy Spirit would move in where He could bless the people. When we do things that grieve or quench the Holy Spirit, He cannot do what He is sent to do. Jesus had a lot of patience with people in the flesh until they quenched the Holy Spirit and then He addressed it. We in our ignorance have chased away the One we can’t live without, but we are growing and learning.
All churches in general have prayed for the needs of their church and ministry. But now I see the Holy Ghost calling all God’s churches together to pray for the existence of America. Now all of us have something we can agree to, something that will bind us together. I’m sure we don’t all pray alike, but not to worry God can put all that in order. With all the deception, the corruption and hatred in the world, God is the only one we can trust with our lives. Governments have embraced socialism to lead the people to trust in the system, they ignorantly want to be the people’s god.
The last four years was government of the people, the next four years will be government of the elites. If we stay in the House of Prayer we will live above the evil in this present world. When we pray, then God will take what men mean for evil and turn it into good for those who put their trust in Him. If your days are full of prosperity, peace and joy, it’s because you prayed.
Jesus Redeemed me from the curse, no poverty, no lack in my house.
Wealth and riches in my home, the devil is rebuked for my sake.
Father daily loads me with benefits, He takes pleasure in my increase.
I love being redeemed,
and I give my Lord all the glory.
We are about to embark on the greatest adventure and outpouring of God’s Spirit! This month the Holy Spirit is asking us to examine ourselves/take inventory so as God’s Vessels we can take our part and place in the Body of Christ!
Scriptures to meditate on:
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Psalm 26:4 Lord you can scrutinize me. Refine my heart and probe my every thought. Put me to the test and you will find it is true.
2 Cor 10:6 It is written, and having a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
1 Peter 4:17 For judgement begins at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Psalm 139: 23, 24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me of unbelief and lead me in the way everlasting.
2 Timothy 2:4 No soldier when in service gets entangled in the enterprises of (civilian) life: his aim is to satisfy and please the one who enlisted him (God)! DO ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!