Devotional Thoughts for Today
Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”
God created the human body to be a miraculous mechanism, possessing the ability to self-regulate. One of its most important processes in self-regulation is its extraordinary ability to cleanse and detox itself. Without detoxing, the toxins in the body will get absorbed into the bloodstream, on setting pollution and damage. This would ultimately lead to death, if it is left unaddressed. Therefore, cleansing is a vital function for the body, which also is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19). It keeps us whole and able to have a vibrant, healthy life. This concept of cleansing is even more important when it comes to our spiritual state.
In Matthew 21:12-14, we find that Jesus enters the Jerusalem Temple and finds it spiritually violated. Being that it was only a few days away from Passover, many people had pilgrimed into Jerusalem; and there at the Temple, business transactions of ungodly manners were taking place: buying and selling of goods (most likely for animals and items for sacrificing) for monetary greed as well as profitable exchanges of money. Jesus, angered by the corruption taking place in His Father’s house, drives out the evil and declares that God’s house “shall be called a house of prayer” (v.14). Jesus detoxes the Temple in order that it would be an honorable dwelling for the Heavenly Father.
In this similar way, God wants to cleanse us of anything that pollutes us, which may grieve the Holy Spirit who inhabits us. He needs us to cooperate with the cleansing process that He takes us through, whether it is by a moment of prayer or for a season through circumstances. His desire is to remove anything that is not in alignment with who He is, as a pure and holy God, and who we are, as His righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21). In this way, we would not grieve the Holy Spirit, but allow Him to resonate His magnificent glory through us. Cleansing is not a luxury but a necessity to a vibrant, healthy spiritual life that can host and enjoy the Lord’s presence in our lives.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You are so good, and in Your goodness I have been made. Thank You for the joy in who I am and how You have made me. The work You do in my life is the process of bringing me more into the fullness of the new person that I am in Christ. I choose to celebrate and give You cooperation to Your lordship in my life! Amen.
Lunch Break Study
Read 1 Thessalonians 5:23-34: Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
Questions to consider
- What does it mean that God sanctifies us completely—our spirit, soul, and body?
- Are there any parts of your soul that needs freedom in order for you to be able to cooperate with the Lord’s process?
- When is the last time you have experienced the Lord’s faithfulness? Recollect and give thanks.
- The lordship of Jesus needs to reign in every part of our being—that is, mind, emotions, will, and body. When we submit to this lordship, we are allowing the sanctifying work of God to take its course in our lives. By this, we would see more of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, manifesting through our nature, as well as being protected from the flaming arrows of the enemy. We are abiding in His will for us.
- When we choose not to submit to the Lord, we choose self-lordship; and this opens the door for the enemy to have influence over our thoughts and choices. He comes to us in accusation, condemnation, senses of rejection, division, and rebellion. He wants us to agree with him, in order that we may invest our energy to dead works, rather than to works that bear righteousness and life.
Bible Reading for today: Galatians 2
This morning we meditated on the importance of allowing God’s sanctifying process to take place in our lives. In the light of this reflection, did you embrace His process today rather than despise it?