Den of thieves

“Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ” And He was teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people sought to destroy Him, and were unable to do anything; for all the people were very attentive to hear Him.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭19‬:‭45‬-‭48‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Den of thieves

As I have journeyed through the Gospels these last few months, as part of my annual reading plan, I have begun to look at what a church or a christian should be through fresh eyes. Being in the time near the return of Christ, it is challenging and yet concerning to look for the end to the beginning.

I can sense that the Lord is about to do things that will ultimately shake the church as we know it to the core. We have made our houses a den of thieves, and the Lord is about to drive out those who have not Him their Lord.

There is coming a time when the Lord will raise up men and women who are dedicated to Him. These will be those who go forth standing firm on the foundation of the word of God, filled with the Holy Spirit and not beholden to the ideals of this world.

They will stand in the church house and proclaim the heart of God, preaching the values of the Kingdom. In that time there will be great consternation, for those who are the leaders of those churches will sense the threat of these who challenge the status quo.

The church global has been infected by the American Gospel, that type of pseudo Christianity that emphases the flesh and focuses on health wealth and prosperity. The sheep in the pews have become customers, sold a bill of goods, for the message of the Gospel and the focus on Christ has given way to the focus on self.

Where the Bible should be preeminent, the superstar pastor’s books have become the text by which followers are instructed to live. As a result, the Gospel is not preached and the treasure of God’s word is not rightly mined.

Paul cautioned Timothy of these times to come, foe even in his day, there were those who sought to come in as savage wolves not sparing the flock.
Timothy pastored the church at Ephesus. He urged Timothy to b e faithful to his ministry, even in the face of such adversaries.

“But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
II Timothy 3:13-15 NKJV

In these times that we are in, evil men have not only swept in to the church, but they have changed the very nature of it. Because of them, the emphasis has been moved from making disciples to filling the pews, or growing the church. As a result the American church is a mile wide and an inch deep.

Pray for men and women to stand up and demand that the word be rightly preached, that the focus be on the Gospel. I suspect the Lord is going to raise up men to pastor who will challenge the status quo, for the pressures from within and without the church will make it essential.

“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
II Timothy 4:1-5 NKJV

Brothers and sisters, let us restore the houses of God. Each of us is a temple of the Holy Spirit, and the cleansing begins with us. Let us examine ourselves to see if there be any evil in us, anything that has brought corruption into the house of God. Let us dig into the word, for as we p[or over it, it will dig into us.

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
Hebrews 4:12-13 NKJV

As the Lord brings things to our minds, let us quickly, without hesitation, take those things to the throne of God and confess them.

The Lord desires that we be houses of prayer, for if we are, our churches will be as well. The Lord has given us a mission to go and spread the Gospel, the unspoiled message of a loving God extending grace to His fallen creation.

Lest we forget:

“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.”
I Corinthians 15:1-4, 6-8 NKJV

We go into the world having not seen Jesus, but having been touched by His grace, for we have been saved, converted, born again. We walk by faith, a faith affirmed by the Holy Spirit and confirmed by His word.

Let us put away the things that are not of God, that we be effective witnesses. The place in the temple where all the commerce was going on was meant to be the place where the gentiles were welcomed. But the desire for money had all but eliminated the goal of God, to reach the world.

We have been called to reach the world. Let us not be bogged down by worldly things, focused so much on self, that we fail to see the sick and dying victims of sin that surround us.

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One thought on “Den of thieves

  1. Praying for the Lord to raise up men, along with you, Bernie. Praying for the Lord to give you strength and courage to continue in this battle. Thank you!


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