Thank you so much for joining me on this walk with Christ as we prepared for this beautiful Easter day. I am so grateful for the many stories of Christ that we have in the Holy scriptures thanks to those who were faithful to record these experiences. I am so grateful for the power these stories add to my life as I take time to read and ponder on them. I am so grateful for the tools that we have been given to draw closer to our Savior, to build a personal relationship with Him. I am so blessed by an increased understanding of who Jesus is and of His nature, which grows each time I read the stories in the Gospels. I am most humbled by the knowledge that Jesus Christ loves me personally and yearns for a relationship with me. He has that same desire for each of us. He will gather us in His arms if we will allow it!
Come Unto Christ
According To the Desire of our Hearts
Soul Searching Question:
What will you do to continue your personal walk with Christ?
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13 ¶ And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;
16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
I never really understood or fully appreciated this story until I understood how the temple in Jerusalem was set up. The inner part of the temple was only entered by the priests. Then there was a court outside of that where the Israelite men could go. The next court was for Israelite men and women. And the outer court, or the court of the gentiles, was a place where anyone could go to worship. It was the only place in the temple where those who were not Israelites could go to pray and commune with God. No wonder Christ was so upset that the marketplace and corrupt practices had taken over the space. His temple was supposed to be a place for ALL God’s children to go to connect with Him.
As I contemplated these places of worship and how important they were to Christ, so much that He would act boldly to retake them, I thought about how the scriptures tell us that we are each a temple of God. I thought about how there is always a fight between good and evil for our souls. Satan would love for us as a temple of God to become corrupt and unwilling to be sanctified by the Lord. I know that I sometimes allow the dirt of the world to creep into parts of me that make me feel unholy and unclean. These things can cause me to be distracted from my relationship with God. They can keep me from being able to connect with Him and commune with Him, just as the moneychangers and animal sales did for the people in the court of the gentiles. But just like Christ came in and cleansed the temple removing these distractions, He can and wants to do the same thing for us in our lives. As we intentionally and conscientiously put on the Armor of God we are inviting Him into our own personal temple and asking for His help in keeping it clean and holy and reclaiming those parts we may have momentarily lost.
Grace Wins Every Time
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
Be Strong in the Lord
What will you do this week to be more intentional in your life, spirituality, and relationship with God?
I learned so much from this talk, especially on the topic of real intent. After listening to it a few years ago I was able to look back on my life and recognize the truth of what He was saying. God does want to answer or prayers and share great knowledge with us but He first wants to see that we really do intend to do something with the answers, that we aren’t just asking out of mere curiosity. The most profound answers and insights I have gotten in my life were during times I really needed them! Times I desperately plead for them! Times I intended to use them to take the next step in my life! God knows our hearts and our intentions matter to Him!
It is in the little intentional daily acts that we draw closer to the Lord. He sees them and He knows our hearts!
I love this devotional speech! Especially the part about structural coupling. Who we spend time with IS who we naturally become like! Are we spending enough time with our Savior?