PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Mar
04

Stop, Take an Inventory

Marcus Sanders

Scripture
"Is it not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations'? But you have made it a den of robbers." 18 And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching. (Mark 11:17,18)
Observation
The chief priest and scribes had a mantle to instruct God's people in a way that would bring gospel light into their lives. For the leader it would be a pure simple devotion to God. During the Passover, the temple was filled with Jews and Gentiles that made the trip to Jerusalem because of their love for God and His faithfulness to them. There were certain items or animals the people needed to fulfill the requirements of the Law. Because of the travel distance, the worshipers bought their sacrificial items from the Temple in Jerusalem. What started out as help or service to the travelers became a tourist trap. The religious leaders found another way of making a profit from a captured audience. What started out as worship to God became a robber's den. How can God's people be a witness to the Gentiles when they are emptying their pockets? Jesus says enough is enough. He has seen this happen for 33 years and now it must stop.

A new mantle must be given to focus the people back to worship. Jesus said, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations, you made it a robbers' den." The leaders were afraid of Jesus. What He is saying is true, but it will affect our revenues. How are we going to have the extra money? Money is power and we need it to survive with the Roman Government. This man is eating our profits and not only that; the people are drawn to His teachings. That means they will question our guidance. We will have to work harder to convince the people that we're right.

So in their insecurities these educated leaders came up with the solution to destroy Jesus.
Application
How do I handle fear when I feel insecure? How do I handle fear when I know someone's right and I am wrong. I can handle it in a negative way by finding flaws in their life or character, which is avoiding change and growth. Or I can handle it in a positive way in which I stop and take an inventory of why I feel this way. When insecurities strike up fear the best way to deal with it is to come before the throne of God and cast it to Him. God's plan is that all do well. God will not let some do well and others sink. No! All do well. Fears do not work well with us. It has a crippling affect that needs to be packed tight with faith.

God called me to worship Him. When I worship I enter into His presence through submission. In submission my life is open to the refining work of the Holy Spirit cleanses me. When I'm confronted with issues of insecurities it is a teachable moment with the Master. I must be teachable to change and grateful for His wisdom.
Prayer
Father, fear will raise its head from time to time, but it must never stop me from faith. The only stopping I do is to take an inventory of my life. Jesus I stand before you teachable to make the necessary corrections to keep my life in obedience to Your Spirit. I am not alone in running this race. There are others around me that together we will reach the finish line. I am grateful.

Devotions for March 04

Numbers 34,35,36
Mark 11

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