July 11

Today's Bible Reading
     Joshua 14-15
     Psalms 146-147
     Jeremiah 7
     Matthew 21
''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." (Matthew 21:13)
            God used David to plan and Solomon to build the Temple. It was constructed according to a precise pattern. Its design was given by the Master Teacher, and in it were three main areas. It was a house of three rooms. This is one of the beautiful illustrations that God has given us in His Word. Our wonderful Lord gave it to us to help us grasp spiritual truth. We will call it ''Temple Truth''. ''Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?'' (II Corinthians 6:19) As you read the Old Testament, you will discover that God had a Temple for His people in the New Testament. Now, He has a people for His Temple. Your very body is a holy Temple. The Lord Himself is the Royal Resident who lives within us.
            The question today is, ''What kind of Temple are you?''
►A Temple of His Presence
The Lord Jesus enjoyed going to the Temple and did so often during His public ministry. This was one of those occasions. (Verse 12) The truth is, you are not the Temple of God until the presence of the Lord Jesus moves into you. You are made up of three rooms. Your body is the outer court.Yoursoul is that non-material part of you that relates to this world. Butit is only when you experience salvation and the Spirit of God moves into your life that your spirit, the innermost room, is quickened, and the light of God shines inside of you. ''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.''
►A Temple of His Purity
            When Jesus comes in, there are some other things that have to go out. That happened on this special day when Jesus went into the Temple. (Verse 12) Our Lord could no longer tolerate the selfish and ungodly things that had been brought into the Temple. One of the ways that you know that He is present in your life is when you are made extremely uncomfortable when dirty things enter the confines of His Temple.
►A Temple of Prayer
            Many modem churches are no longer a house of prayer, and that is the basis of everything. Today the Temple is really not the church - it is you and me. The saddest thing of all is that we have become instruments of everything else except prayer. Are you consumed today with politics, prestige, popularity, prominence, prosperity, or has maturity brought you to the place of being a house of prayer.
►A Temple of Power
            When Jesus replaced the racketeering of selling blemished, sacrificial animals at great profit, and exchanging money with interest to an altar of prayer, the power of God moved into the Temple. The blind and the lame came and were healed. (Verse 14)  Do you live today as a temple of power?
►A Temple of Praise
            Many of the common people, and even the children in the Temple, cried out to the Lord Jesus, ''Hosanna to the Son of David." (Verse 15) It never fails that a temple filled with purity and prayer will become a temple of praise.
            The Solomon Islands in the Pacific only have about one-half million people in the population. This includes over 90 ethnic groups. The official language is English, but there are 66 other languages spoken in the Solomon Islands. This country has had some tragic conflicts, but several times in the past have had great spiritual awakenings and revivals. That is history now, and we need to pray that the revival might be restored. The spiritual life of the country is damaged in the wake of violence, and the only hope is for God to give new awakening and renewal to a new generation of Christians.
Someone has said that faith has three distinct stages: the faith that reckons, the faith that rests, the faith that risks.