A post from a good friend of mine this week on Facebook really challenged and inspired me. It was a great post. One of those posts where you know you were supposed to read that, and grateful that it didn’t get lost in the sea of non-essential posts. She compared God’s word as a home that we should intimately know and dwell. She stated that over the years she had started treating His word as a vacation spot, instead of home. This post really hit me because it made me realize I do the same thing. I am not dwelling in His word. We are to make sure that the “word of Christ” dwells inside us “richly, teaching and admonishing” us in “all wisdom” (Col 3:16).
She said she couldn’t be in our church because our church is full of sinners. Those weren’t her exact words, but it was the subtext of her complaint. One member once stole something, she said. Another gossips. Another has impure thoughts. People never listen when she tries to share her problems.
One by one she pulled from her gunnysack examples of how we each miss the mark. None of us could quite jump high enough to touch the line on the wall that would make us acceptable in the sight of God and man.
Not all selfish temptation is obvious, either. Ambition can turn into selfish temptation. Even worry can be a temptation. Remember, God doesn’t allow us to be tempted more than we can handle; He always provides us an escape (1 Cor 10:13). So it is our job, when temptations arise, to look for the escape route that God gives us. He knows we need His help, but He isn’t going to push us through the exit. He will provide it, but it is our job to walk through the exit door.
Maybe I’m being a little harsh. It is just that I’m tired of the finger-pointing, and I am also tired of the justifications. In fact, I’m tired of my own carnal self. Yeah, I’m speaking from experience here.
Many end-time Christian prophecy watchers are fascinated by this news and intrigued by what has recently been announced by the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, Israel. They have recently declared they have completed construction of a Temple altar suitable for conducting sacrifices according to Israel's Sacrificial System and Temple procedures––many are stunned by this most ambitious project that allegedly defines another closer step toward the building of a third Temple.