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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Jeremiah 35:12-14 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the Lord. ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me.”
Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Jeremiah 23:20-22 The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly. I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.