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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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”