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Fervid Friday Devotional – Faith or Speculation

Faith v/s speculation

Proverbs 20:6-7

Many will say they are loyal friends,
but who can find one who is truly reliable?

7 The godly walk with integrity;
blessed are their children who follow them.

So you have been wanting things to change in your world for quite sometime so that you can get your piece of the”American Pie”
and the lotto just became popular in your state and your desire for more is burning hot enough to consider legalized gambling. Besides, there are much worse things going on in the world than the state lotto and it does help with the education system, so by participating in the process  you’re helping someone other than yourself, right?

Keep in mind, none of this will keep you out of heaven, but for those that want to polish up the fruit of temperance, a divinely balanced virtue of displaying the right blend of reserve and force, come alone for today’s lesson!

Many in the body or Christ or The Church have often wondered secretly within their own hearts; what is the problem with legalized  gambling for self betterment, recreation and or relaxation on occasion?

It’s an issue of where or whom you are placing your hope and faith in from God’s perspective and HIS perspective is the only one that matters now and in eternity!

The Kingdom of GOD is an entire system and way of thinking, being and living. So, therefore it is a holistic process and all of our needs are covered within HIS system and we do not have to more outside and around it to prosper.

God is not pleased with our lukewarmness or the giving of ourselves in fragments or portions.

HE wants it all, because HE gave ALL to us first while we were yet sinners, HE died on the cross for our sins!!!!!!

The Bible tells us is impossible to please GOD without faith, that is faith in HIM! And prosperity is not just monetary but it entails the psychological and spiritual as well; when GOD gives increase it always starts spiritually first and trickles down into the other two realms.

What hurts God more than anything is when we love idols and not HIM and place our trust which should be kept safely in HIS care to another system.

In loving and supporting my King and Lord, Jesus Christ why would I in vanity by waste the hard earned  substance HE has given me the strength and intelligence to earn on anything that does not glorify HIM?

In the Kingdom of GOD we believe communication with GOD through prayer and HIS ability to bless and prosper us because HE created all that is. So,through the process called “faith” seeing without or past physical eye-sight alone, we happily place our destinies in the care of a loving, all knowing and holy GOD. The enemy is a cheap counterfeiter and many in the world seek though the sport of speculation, to get lucky. Gambling is unintelligent because it places one’s destiny in the hands of invisible dice or the process of chance.

When God is not sitting on the throne, who or what has taken HIS place in our hearts and minds?


Psalm 117:2

For he loves us with unfailing love;
the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever.

Praise The Lord!!!!

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Tear Down This Temple

I greet you in the name of theMost High God!

Let’s pray!

Father,

Fill me afresh with Your Spirit this day. I let go of all else and open my life to all of You. Enable me to resist the temptations of the flesh that would cause me to stray from the path You have for me. I don’t ever want to minimize all that You want to do in my life. Help me to be ever mindful of Your presence in me, and may I always hear Your clear leading. I want to show my love for You by embracing You with my worship and touching You with my praise. Teach me all I need to know about how to keep my place of worship clean from wordly distractions and how to give myself to You in ways that are pleasing in Your sight.

In the name of Jesus we pray. And let every heart say, Amen!

Sweet friends, I’ve missed posting to this blog but I have not been idle in serving, praising and worshiping my God.

Have you visited my website lately?

Our page ‘Thought For Today‘ has some good reading on it. Also hop on over to the site and listen to last week’s audio devotional ( if you have not already done so).

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Our  text for this bible study comes from the book of John.

John 2: 13-17 NLT

13 It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14 In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. 15 Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. 16 Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!”
17 Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”

 

 

In this text we are given a peek into the Father’s heart.

I don’t know about you but I don’t just express anger or irritation over any old thing. It’s only the people, places and situations that matter most to me that are able to get under my skin.

The Temple was first constructed by King Solomon in 1 Kings Chapter 6 and then rebuilt later by King Herod.

The Temple was to be a home for the presence of  The Living God.

Remember the Lord’s presence residing in a portable “Tabernacle” in the desert with the children of Israel?

The offerings for  The Lord’s Tabernacle begin in Exodus 25.

In order to try and understand ‘why’ Jesus would have such an out-burst regarding the spiritual environment in The Temple allow me to pose a few questions.

How would you feel if I acted in such a way that disrespected your living environment or placed things in your home that did not properly represent who you are?

Being a believer in Jesus Christ what if I placed a picture of a Hindu Yogi on your wall and wanted to open your home to teach mystical yoga techniques?

What are some of the feelings that may arise in you , if I were to bring those type activities and atmosphere into your home or your church?

Disgust, hurt and anger are very possible emotions that may surface. And a feelings of being disrespected too!

Remember, Jesus was humanity and divinity all wrapped up inside one package.

Jesus so represented The Father, that their Will was the same, their hearts were sold on the same points and value structure.

The money changers were there to convert currency from one type to another. And the many vendors there in The Temple were brought there as a convenience so that one that might need or desire to make a ‘sacrifice’ would have what they needed at their finger-tips.

It’s kind of like having a talking ATM inside the “church”! speaking to us of the importance of paying our tithes and offerings and all the while printing off information of different types of currency and how to convert them into the dollar! On the surface some might think ‘Oh how convenient for me to with-draw funds for my tithes and offerings right inside the church”!

But all too soon this ‘gesture’ of convenience  would most likely become a distraction from the true focal point of gathering at the Church.

Jesus states ” My Father’s house is a house of prayer not a market-place”!

God’s house meant to honor Him and give Him a permanent place to dwell among His people. It was to be a place where the people could since His presence, hear His voice and send up their prayers. In short it was meant as a place of pure worship of  Him. And this point  was being sorely missed by the money changer and commerce going on inside The Temple.

Jesus acted on the authority that His heavenly Father had given Him to make His this point and ‘clean house’ in The Temple that day.

In order to be prepared to worship God  we need to leave everything but our love and thoughts of Him outside of the Sanctuary!

When our praises ( an act of worship) go up, then blessings come down!

Being able to worship Him and to know Him is the greatest of all blessings and the rest is an out-pouring of His Spirit.

 

 

 

  1. How do you feel after a much-needed bath or shower?
  2. Why do we put off necessary cleaning (such as the bedroom, car, or garage)?
  3. With whom did Jesus go to Capernaum? (2:12)
  4. What time was it when Jesus went to Jerusalem? (2:13)
  5. *What did Jesus find in the temple courts? (2:14)
  6. What did Jesus do in the temple courts? (2:15)
  7. *How did Jesus respond to those who were selling doves? (2:16)
  8. What did Jesus’ disciples remember? (2:17)

 

Life Application

 

How has Jesus cleansed our lives?

What does Jesus still need to clear out of our lives?

What will you ask Jesus to clear out of your life this week?

 

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