Summary: God still has the Power if we will just keep ourselves clean
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IF YOU WANT TO HAVE THE POWER YOU HAVE GOT TO CLEAN THE TOWER
Sunday November 05, 2006
12 Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the merchants and their customers. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the stalls of those selling doves.
13 He said, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a place of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!”
14 The blind and the lame came to him, and he healed them there in the Temple.
15 The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the little children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David.” But they were indignant
16 and asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?”
“Yes,” Jesus replied. “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, ‘You have taught children and infants to give you praise.’ ”
17 Then he returned to Bethany, where he stayed overnight.
In our text this morning, our Lord took inventory of the temple!
He most certainly did not like what he saw!
My challenge from the Word to you is – there needs to be a spring cleaning spiritually, in our personal lives and in our churches today!
This is a must if we wish to have God’s power and blessing in our lives and in our church!
First and foremost Jesus Christ needs to be present!
We find that in the 12th verse, Jesus was very much there and what He found was the Temple was being abused!
Buying & selling taking place in temple!
Money changers! Loan-sharks!
Christ had purged the temple once before, what happened?
Bottom line – Christ did not have rightful place in the Temple!
We often do not allow Christ to take center stage and therefore our motives become less than godly!
Where does He stand in your personal life?