Daily D – Isaiah 56:7-8 | Matthew 21:12-13
Isaiah 56:7, 8 “I will bring them to my holy mountain and let them rejoice in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be acceptable on my altar, for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” This is the declaration of the LORD GOD, who gathers the dispersed of Israel: “I will gather to them still others besides those already gathered.”
Matthew 21:12, 13 Jesus went into the temple and threw out all those buying and selling. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. He said to them, “It is written, my house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of thieves!” (CSB)
Question: Who does God love?
Answer: Everybody everywhere.
Question: What does God hate?
Answer: Anything we permit to stand between him and any person who needs to know and experience him.
Question: What needs to be thrown out of your life that prevents others from seeing God for who he is and relating to him in saving grace and everlasting love?
Answer: (Psalm 139:23, 24 is helpful to us at this point: “Search, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.”)
A clean sweep on Monday morning opens a heart to all of God’s possibilities.
I will remove everything in my life that creates unnecessary barriers for others to know and experience Jesus.
Our Father, search me. Test me. Show me every offensive way in my life. Cleanse me. Empower me to throw away everything that hinders the free flow of your grace and mercy through my life to those who need to receive it. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.
Psalm 52:8, 9 ”But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done. In the presence of your faithful people, I will put my hope in your name, for it is good.“