In Luke 19:45-48, Luke relays one of the most familiar stories of the gospels. He tells us about Jesus cleansing the temple. In other gospels it tells how He came to the temple and found moneychangers and sellers of animals conducting business. I might add a very profitable business. In anger and zeal He chases them out with a whip. When asked why He did it, "He replied that they had taken the temple of God and turned it into a den of thieves." The temple of God has always been meant to be a house of prayer and a place to meet with God. Today the temple of God is you and me. We are a place of prayer. Paul writes in 1 Cor 6:19-20, that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We have been bought with a price and so we must glorify God with our body. How we use our body is very important. Our thoughts, words, deeds, attitudes and motives reflect who is in control of our temple. The only way to assure control of this temple is to completely submit ourselves to God. Let Him have control of every aspect of our lives. Paul when He went to the city of Corinth decided that he would know nothing except Christ crucified. Paul wanted the Lord Jesus to have every aspect of His life. Jesus was to be supreme. James, the brother of Jesus wrote in James 4:7, that if we submit to God when we resist the devil, he will have to flee from us. All these quotes and scriptures have one common thought. Turn your body over to the Lord today and live your life with the express purpose of glorifying God with your body. You are His temple. Make it a house of prayer and not a den of thieves. The choice is yours.
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