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Cleansing!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Pastor Cecil Thompson
Pastor
Cecil Thompson

Luke 19:45-48

"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."

There have been a few times in my life when I was so dirty I looked like a dust ball. This was after spending hours on a mower or plow. It was a sheer delight to step into a shower and wash away the accumulated dirt and grime.

In the week of His crucifixion, Jesus exposed the sin of the leaders. He saw that they had violated the sanctity of the temple by allowing commercial enterprises to exist in a place they should have kept holy.

The religious hierarchy had departed far from God’s demand for holiness. They compromised in order to profit financially. They may have justified their actions by claiming that allowing peddlers in the temple was just to make it easy for the pilgrims to be able to sacrifice. Jesus was not deceived!

As I read today’s Scripture I am struck with the reality that anytime Jesus comes into our life, He wants to cleanse us. He will not tolerate our feeble excuses for allowing sin to contaminate us. He is the only One who can clean us completely.

We might ask ourselves the question: "How does Jesus go about cleansing the sin in our life?" John makes it very plain in First John 1:9: "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Is there sin in your life that needs to be cleansed? Read this verse and obey it!!

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

- - - Pastor Cecil

 

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