Is it “business as usual” at your place?

Luke 19: 45-48 Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling, saying to them, “It is written, ‘And My house shall be a house of prayer’, but you have made it a robber’s den. And He was teaching daily in the temple, but the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people were trying to destroy Him, and they could not find anything that they might do, for all the people were hanging on to every word He said.

In the temple at the beginning of Jesus ministry (John 2: 13-17) “business as usual” meant making a profit off the people of God who were coming to offer sacrifice and praise. It wasn’t even personal anymore, but commercial and business-like. And now at the end of Jesus earthly ministry it continued again, unabated, in the same way. Oh, how easy it is to fall back into the ways of the world and give a foot-hold to the devil, if we should ‘ere loiter in the courts of disobedience, selfishness and pride and fall victim to deceit and folly. And to be bringing the ways of the world into the temple of God! How can this be? This “robbery” was causing people to stumble, especially the Gentiles in whose court this was taking place. The Gentiles were meant to come to this Jewish God to be saved! What an image of God was being portrayed by those who were meant to know better! Those charged with responsibility and leadership! In fact, it was the devil’s work being done…pay attention to the devil’s words:”drive out” (that which we must do to demons), “robber’s“, and ‘leaders’ seeking to not just kill Jesus, but to “destroy” Him! Know that the thief (satan) comes but to steal, kill and to destroy (John 10:10)! There he was-hidden-doing business in the temple of God with his hidden agenda and his public minions! But Jesus came to give life and that abundantly! (John 10:10). Jesus has the power and authority. Give the devil no room to move in the household of God! Don’t be deceived. Don’t be distracted even for a minute! Don’t allow him even an inch inside the confines of your own temple area, as you move and live and have your being!

Be staying and praying. Be teaching and preaching. Be yelling and expelling!

Be thou not moved! Persist. Prevail. Prolong. Provide. Proclaim!

Sanctification is by means of the Word of God and prayer (1 Ti 4:5). Jesus spoke of prayer in the temple and entered into teaching the Word of God straight away. He was daily found there and the people clung to him and lingered and were hanging off His every word! Daily Jesus had need to. Oh, how much time we must spend there to restore that which has been snatched away, and then even more so, to keep it! So, like Jesus, we too must take a stand for righteousness and truth and take action to drive out-expel-when and where necessary, that which opposes. We must replant that which the devil has taken out through robbery, by means of growth through the Word of God and truth, even each day, and every day. To the end that prayer may be re-established, re-invigorated and nurtured, to bring about salvation and sanctification for all!

Cling to Him who cleaves to you! Hang on to His every word, whose every Word holds on to you!

Be found in His courts. Be found in His Word. Be found in His chambers.

Let this be your “business as usual”.

Is your place-your temple-our temple-“open” for His business?

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