Houses Of Prayer Are Still Den Of Thieves

It was an answer to prayer by God for Trump to declare houses of worship “Essential” where governors across the United States declared houses of worship non essential. Yet, in these same states, abortion was considered “essential.”

Matthew 21:12-16

“Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 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.’ ”
Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?”
And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read,
‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have perfected praise’?”

Four things you will see.

1. Perversion. 2. Purity. 3. Power. 4. Praise.

1. Perversion. The original intent of the temple was to be a house of prayer. Instead, the leadership allowed the temple to be used like a shopping mall.

2. Purity. The zeal of the Lord entered and overthrew tables, and started to beat grown men like little children. It was an act of mercy that only cords, strapped together were used to bring discipline in the house of prayer.

3. Power. Once the temple was restored to God’s order, the power of God returned to heal the sick.

4. Praise. People praised the Lord for all that He did. Including cleansing the temple of its perversion.

Today, COVID-19 is Matthew 24:7 in operation. But notice that this disease entered the houses of worship. I truly believe that the Lord lifted His hand and allowed this plague to enter certain houses of worship. We can’t say for sure that it was a cleansing that took place but make no mistake about it. It got our attention.

1 Peter 4:17-19
“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now
“If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”
Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.

Some will disagree and that’s expected. But a lot of ministers and believers were directly affected by coronavirus. Remember what Paul said to those that took communion in an unworthy manner?

1 Corinthians 11:27-30

“Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.”

We will never know the spiritual condition of each individual that passed away that may have attended houses of worship, but if you weren’t afraid, something is wrong with you. Afraid in the sense that if you knew that you weren’t walking in the Word as far as holiness is concerned, then you were afraid.

Now there is a considerable fear that many houses of worship will return to business as usual instead of getting things in order.

Fornication and adultery is the fuel of abortion. Many babies were sacrificed to Molech while governors kept houses of worship closed. We understand the difference between keeping people safe and persecution.

But when you close houses of worship and keep abortion murder houses open, the agenda is clear.

It’s past time that we return to seek the Lord but also to be right when we return. That we don’t go back to business as usual and think that the Lord is pleased. It’s more important now than ever to “lay aside every weight and the sin that does so easily beset us.”

It’s time to open up, but this time, we must not return to the old ways.

Lives are at stake and we must get busy about our Father’s business.

Published by The Minister's Crucible

The Minister's Crucible is designed to inform the Body of Christ about the inner workings of the ministry. The word Crucible from Latin, is "crux" where we get the word "cross" from. It also means a "metal container" where metals and other substances are melted or are subjected to higher temperatures, put to the temperature test. The Lord Jesus said "If any man desires to follow after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." Let's take up our cross and follow Him.

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