You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people's faces.
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, ‘Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’ The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.
Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
…zeal for your house consumes me…
For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him would not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved.
Key Idea: I focus on God had his priorities for my life.
Key Verse: But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be [c]added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
What % of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February? 80%.
What % of people succeed by the end of the year? 8%.
pri·or·i·ty /prīˈôrədē/ Noun a thing that is regarded as more important than another4
“Put first things first and we get second things thrown in; put second things first and we lose both first and second things.” C.S. Lewis
4 Examples of Singlemindedness
Peter & Storms
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” (Pg. 233; Matthew 14:25-31)
Application: When you are in the middle of a storm (circumstances), focus on the one who can save you, not the waves and the wind.
Peter & Tough Decisions
Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!...
38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” (pg. 235, Acts 5:29, 38,39)
Application: When you are faced with a tough decision, choose God
King Jehoshaphat & Battles
…for we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (pg. 230; 2 Chronicles 20:12)
Application: When you are in an unavoidable but necessary battle (people), get your marching orders from God.
The Magi & Direction
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1-2)
The 1 in 60 Rule
Application: When you need direction, fix your eyes Jesus
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