Luke 19:5-6 Will You Welcome Jesus In?

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. Luke 19:5-6

Many people like to plan when they are going to invite someone into their home. They want to be able to make sure that their home is cleaned up and ready for a visitor.

Often most people have a somewhat to very messy home that they do not want others to see. Therefore, they do not like any unexpected visitors to show up at their doorstep.

As Jesus was walking along, a man, Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector (hated person) wanted to see Jesus. When Jesus saw Zacchaeus, He told him that he needed to come down and bring Him to his house that day. Zacchaeus was very pleased to do so.

Keeping a clean house is something that many people do not do. Most people know others who keep their house much cleaner and don’t want those people to show up at their house, for fear of judgement about a messy or messier house.

Jesus is desiring to come into the life of every person. His life is perfect, without any sin. He keeps an immaculate house (life) that is picture perfect.

Yet, no person has a perfect life when compared to that of Jesus. It is common to hear some people say that they do not want Jesus in their life, because they are so bad with sin. However, it is those people who Jesus wants to come and eat with. He is willing to go see the worst of the worst to give them a chance to be changed and cleaned up.

Jesus is willing to come in and help clean up the life of every person that is willing to accept Him.

You may look at your life and think that your life is so filled with sin that you cannot allow Jesus in. He wants to spend time with you and help you change.

Do not be afraid to allow Jesus to come into your life. Right now He is not coming to condemn, but to help you clean up your house.

Instead of fearing allowing Jesus into your life, welcome Him gladly in. He is coming to bring you an abundant life, not judgement. Allow Him to make the needed changes.

Will you gladly welcome Him in today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow Jesus into your life and home; that you will allow Jesus to change your life; that you will be glad to have Jesus with you; and that you will trust God with all of your life.

Deuteronomy 7:26 Keep Your House Clean

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Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Regard it as vile and utterly detest it, for it is set apart for destruction. Deuteronomy 7:26

Keeping the house clean is something most people want to have. There are some people who are obsessed with keeping the house clean, while there are others who do not care about their house. They allow the house to get dirty and stay dirty nearly all the time.

Very few people would openly say that they want someone to bring dirt and garbage into their house, regardless of how clean or dirty their house is. They know that garbage is not good to have.

Yet, everyday people are filling their houses with garbage on purpose. They will allow movies, books, music, internet, and more that is filled with garbage into their homes. The world sees most of this garbage as good and not as the filthy sin as God sees the garbage.

Moses told the Israelites to not bring anything that the nations they destroy have, that is detestable, into their house. Everything of the world was to be destroyed because of the sin it was.

Along with the world, many believers are allowing garbage to enter their homes. They watch the same movies, listen to the same music, see the same internet, read the same books and magazines, and more, allowing sin into their lives. This garbage is often praised as good, not the filth God calls sin. Many will try to claim the freedom that they have in Jesus to bring in the filth. Yet, that filth is meant for destruction.

Those who allow sin into their lives, will be set apart for destruction by God. God does not, nor every will condone sin in the life of a believer. There is no room for garbage.

Think of the things that you allow into your home or life. This can be in your physical home or in your life when not at your physical house. Does it honor God? Or is it an abomination to God?

The things, ways, beliefs of this world are being set apart for destruction. Any person who holds on the things, ways, or beliefs of this world, will also be set apart for destruction.

Keep your house clean from any garbage or sin of this world.

I pray today that God will reveal garbage in your life; that your life will be dedicated to God; that you will allow God to clean your home/life; and that you will destroy all things that are a sin against God in your life. 

Genesis 12:1 Leave The Familiar

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The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1

Most people like to be around people and things that they are familiar with. They like to know all of the people, the places to eat, the roads, the weather, the culture, things to do, and more in the place that they are.

Moving to a new and different place means that they have to learn everything over again. It is a difficult process to learn all about a new area. This change can be found sometimes just in moving across a major city, or across the state, or across the nation.

Yet, change can be as simple as moving to a new job or moving up into a new position in a job. Or it can be getting married, or changing the school one goes to.

In the process of change there are a lot of new things to learn. It is very rarely an easy or a fast process. It takes time to learn, yet, sometimes, moving to a new area can be something better for a person. In the end it can mean better benefits, more and better friends.

Abram was called by God to leave his family and home to go somewhere he had never been. He steps out in faith, trusting God and moves to a new location following God. During this time, Abram did not have Google to look up information about the new area and learn about it. It was something completely new for him. Later, Abram becomes the father of the one who starts the nation of Israel, who touches the entire world.

As a believer, God may call you to step out  in faith into an unknown territory. It may be a physical move to some new area, but it may also be into a new ministry to reach out and touch people.

God will call you to leave your past and familiar ways and things behind in order to follow Him. In the process of leaving behind the familiar, God may have you physically move, but it will always be a spiritual move.

Leave behind the sinful ways. Step into the new location of serving and worshipping God with all of your life and abilities. See how God can use you to touch the world.

Isaiah 66:1-2 Where To Build God’s House?

This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. Isaiah 66:1

There are times that it is difficult to purchase a person a birthday gift. They seem to have everything that they could possibly want. Looking at wealthy people, this even seems more so. Getting a gift for someone who has all they desire can be quite a challenge. A lot of it will depend upon the heart of the person. What does a person get the person who has everything that they want?

Most people do not have the problem of having so much that there is nothing left to possibly want. Nearly every person can think of several things that they desire. Most of those things will most likely be physical things, while some will also be non-physical things, such as peace, joy, happiness, or health.

One thing that many people will like, but not necessarily ask for is something hand-made or time with that person. This shows something that was made and given from the heart.

God is the one who has made the heavens and the earth. Since He has made everything that exists, He also owns it. Now God is looking for something. He is looking for a place to rest. This shows His heart’s real desire.

As a human being, you may wonder what can you give God, since He owns it all already. God created you to have fellowship with you. He wants to sit down and rest with you. Even though God made everything there is, He wants a place to rest and be still.

The place He desires is in you. It is in your heart and life. God wants to spend time with you. Of all the things that you can give God, this is the only one that God does not already have. God made your heart, but gave it to you. Now it is your turn to give it back to Him.

Allow God to make your heart His temple. This will be the best house and gift God can ever have.

Will you build a house for God today?

I pray today that you will dedicate your heart to God; that God will find a place to rest in your life; that your heart will be a welcome spot for God to live; and that you will know God’s presence in your life.