Morning by Morning, March 30 - Cleanse the Temple of My Heart
Good morning, Lord Jesus. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit -- I worship You, O Lord, my God; and I welcome You in every dimension of Your Being into every dimension of my being. ...
"Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. He said them, 'It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer'; but you are making it a den of robbers.' The blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He cured them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that He did, and heard the children crying out in the temple, 'Hosanna to the Son of David!' they became angry and said to Him, 'Do You hear what these are saying?' Jesus said to them, 'Yes; have you never read, 'Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies You have prepared praise for Yourself'?" (Matthew 21:12-17)
In the temple You confronted the money changers and spiritual merchandisers. You confronted the false teachers and religious hypocrites. And You confronted the spirit of antichrist that blinded the eyes and hardened the hearts of the leaders and the people from seeing that You were the Christ, the Son of the Living God, who had come to rule and reign the temple of their hearts in fulfillment of the promises and prophecies of the Word of God (2 Corinthians 4:4).
"By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. And this is the spirit of antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming; and now it is already in the world" (1 John 4:2-3).
One day the spirit of antichrist will be fully manifested in one who will seek to rule and reign from the temple of God. "He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God" (1 Thessalonians 2:4). He will deny You and try to replace You as Lord and Christ, in Your temple and in the hearts of all people. "Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; everyone who confesses the Son has the Father also" (1 John 2:22-23).
Come, Holy Spirit. You are "the Spirit of Christ," living the temple of the hearts of all who believe and confess Jesus as Christ and Lord of all (Romans 8:9). Drive everything out of the temple of my heart that would deny or dishonor Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:16). I reject and renounce the spirit of antichrist in the name of Jesus and command it to go (James 4:7). In its place, keep filling me with the Spirit of Christ, to rule and reign in the temple of my heart, forever in communion with You (Ephesians 5:18). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
Friend, May your heart be cleansed from all that would ever deny or dishonor Jesus as Christ and Lord of all, as you are forever filled with the Spirit of Christ in the temple of your heart, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!