Haggai 2:4 Be Strong And Work

Construction worker

‘But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadek, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty. Haggai 2:4 

Work is something that most people have to do. Many people do not really love to work, but do it because they have to. With this mindset, many will do as little work as possible to get what they want.

Instead of desiring to work, most people desire to be able to play. Work is only an ‘evil’ necessity for some. This also causes a person to wear down quickly and lose heart and motivation when working on a job.

God tells Joshua and Zerubbabel to be strong and work as they began to work on rebuilding God’s temple. He told them that He would be with them as they worked.

In the beginning, when God set Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, He had placed them there to work the land, caring for the plants and animals. Man was created to work. Since that time, man has fallen and sin has entered the world. Selfishness has risen and men do not want to work. Yet, man still needs to work.

The greatest work a man can do is the work of God. While Zerubbabel was working on building a physical temple for God, believers, today, can work on building the spiritual temple for God. This temple is the individual himself and the kingdom of God with more people becoming believers.

Every believer is to be His witness and to disciple new people in what it means to follow and serve God. This can be a hard work, but they are to remain strong because God is with them.

God will be with you as you do the work He has called you to do. His Holy Spirit will strengthen and guide you in how to live for Him more and more, turning away from sin and becoming more like Jesus. The Holy Spirit will also give you the words to speak to draw others to a saving knowledge and relationship with Jesus.

This is the work God has called you to do, regardless of what work you also do to pay for your bills. Do not allow yourself to be weak and falter, but be strong in the Lord and continue to do His work.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal to you the work He wants you to do; that you will be encouraged to do His work daily; that God will fill you with His strength and power; and that God will do great things through you to build His kingdom.

Micah 6:3 What Has God Done?

Heavy load

“My people, what have I done to you? How have I burdened you? Answer me. Micah 6:3 

It is often heard of bosses who place heavy burdens upon their workers. They will have one worker who is very good at following orders all the time, so the boss will load an overload of work upon him. It will often be more than should be expected or was agreed upon in the hiring process.

This can be done to lightened the head manager’s workload. Or it can be done to shirk responsibility, or to take advantage of someone’s work ethic. Regardless of why it is done, it often makes the work of the worker very difficult.

God asks the people the question of how He has been a burden to them. God expected an answer.

Many people feel as though God asks too much of them. They feel as though what God is asking of them is a heavy and difficult burden.

The burden that God puts upon all who follow Him is actually very light. All He requires is that people love Him with everything in them, obey Him, and love everyone else.

People often get hung up on the ‘obey’ part. They say that there are too many rules. There are not that many rules, if fact, only two–love God and love others.

For both of these rules God also gives one His Holy Spirit to guide him and give him strength to accomplish what needs to be done to obey God and love others. All loving others comes down to is being a witness of who Jesus is in whatever method is available at the moment–speaking, helping, guiding, loving, correcting etc.

God does not put a heavy burden upon His people. People make it heavy, so they can’t do it or won’t do it.

There may be times when you feel God is giving you a heavy burden, more than you can handle. That is good, now release yourself to God and allow Him to work through you to accomplish that burden. Lean on His strength to do what needs to be done.

Everyday work on the job Jesus started–to seek and save those who are lost. As you do God’s work, you will find fulfillment, strength and rest. God will meet all of your needs. God’s work is not a heavy burden, but a fulfilling one as you see others come to Jesus.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God as for you to do; that you will rely upon God’s Holy Spirit to give you wisdom, direction, strength and rest; and that you will do the light work God has called you to do.

Micah 5:2 Small With A Big Impact

Childs hand

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. Micah 5:2 

Many people see themselves as small and insignificant. They do not see themselves as being able to contribute much of any value to anything. Having this type of mindset keeps most from trying to accomplish anything great. It becomes a discouragement and magnifies any failures along the way.

Some have learned to push back at small beginnings and do the work it takes to accomplish something big. The world, however, is doing all of this in their own self power.

Micah prophesies about Bethlehem that a great ruler would rise out of her. Bethlehem was seen as a small clan among Judah, but would have a large impact upon the world. This prophecy is about Jesus.

Years later Jesus did come in Bethlehem and became the greatest impact upon the entire world since His arrival.

Just as people in the world are small with very little impact at their beginning, so is every believer. In themselves, believers are just like the world, small and insignificant. However, every believer has something that the world does not have–God’s Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit can take someone who is nothing and transform him into something great. He can take someone with no abilities and use him to change nations. All a believer must do is be willing to listen to God’s Holy Spirit and do what He says.

As Jesus left the earth He told the disciples that all power and authority in heaven and earth has been given to them. This includes every believer today.

With God’s power and authority working in and through a person, he can impact the world.

You may not see yourself as some great or significant person. That is good, because as a believer you do need to be humble. However, with God’s Holy Spirit you can become great in His kingdom. You can be the one that may bring nations to God. You may be the one that is the catalyst to spark the next revival in your church, city, state, or nation.

Allow yourself to be used by God in any way He sees fit. Do what He says and walk in His power and strength and you will impact the world. Be His witness today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to work in and through you; that God will use you to reach the lost; and that God will use you to make an impact on this fallen world.

Lamentations 2:11 Weeping For The Lost

Boats on dry ground

My eyes fail from weeping, I am in torment within; my heart is poured out on the ground because my people are destroyed, because children and infants faint in the streets of the city. Lamentations 2:11 

Death, destruction, sickness bring about weeping to every person. No one likes to see friends and family getting hurt or going through pain for any reason. As loved ones are suffering, a person weeps with them wishing he could make it better or remove the suffering.

Questions are always raised as to why someone must go through suffering and pain. Anger rises because of the suffering and pain, both in the individual going through it and those who love the person.

Jeremiah is watching his nation, his people being destroyed as they are sent into exile. The nation of Israel has been destroyed and overcome by the enemy. The people are suffering and he cannot do anything about it, but weep and mourn for them.

All over the world people are suffering and dying daily for many different things. One of the greatest sufferings is things brought on by sin. Many people suffer because of their own personal sinful choices that they had made. Choices are made that bring on pain, suffering, sickness and death.

The heart of the believer who is seeing this suffering, should be breaking. His heart needs to be like the heart of God. God does not want to see anyone suffer. It is only because of sin that there is suffering, sickness and death.

Nations, cities and communities are filled with people who do not know Jesus as Savior, who do not serve or love God. This should break the heart of the believer. Watching people die daily without God should be one of the greatest torments in the heart and life of a believer. This gives reason for the believer to be a witness for Jesus to this dying world.

As you watch the news or see what is going on around you, what are your thoughts? Do not be like many with a cold heart believing that they got what they deserve. Allow your heart to be broken as Jeremiah’s heart was.

Weep for those who are suffering because of sinful choices. Weep over the sin of people and nations that is being done and promoted.

Be a witness of who Jesus is and the life He offers to everyone. Share the news that God does want to forgive and proved an abundant life.

I pray today that you will see the world as God sees it; that your heart will break for those who do not know Jesus; that you will be a witness of who Jesus is; and that God will change lives through you. 

Isaiah 22:12-13 Partying Instead Of Weeping

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The Lord, the Lord Almighty, called you on that day to weep and to wail, to tear out your hair and put on sackcloth. But see, there is joy and revelry, slaughtering of cattle and killing of sheep, eating of meat and drinking of wine! “Let us eat and drink,” you say, “for tomorrow we die!” Isaiah 22:12-13 

The world likes to party and have fun. Many see this life as temporary so they feel that they must have fun while it lasts. Enjoyment in the here and now takes place over everything else.

As things in this world are getting worse, many are ignoring it and living their life as though nothing is wrong. Going out and having a good time is the focus of most people.

In the prophecy against Jerusalem, Isaiah points out that God had called them to weep and wail for what was happening, the destruction that was coming. Yet, instead of following God’s command, they partied.

People of this world are on a slope, slipping down into destruction. They are living in sin and enjoy it. Sadly, there are many in the church that are living in the same way. Many claim to serve God, but are not doing what He has called them to do, nor are they turning away from sin.

Though this is happening, the church has closed its eyes to death and destruction that is coming. They are forgetting that Jesus will return to judge every person.

Weeping and wailing should be occurring over the lives of people who refuse to follow Jesus. Every effort should be made to be His witness and draw people to Him. Individuals should be weeping and wailing over their own sins and striving to live a holy life before God.

Jesus has already paid the price for sins. One should not trample upon His grace, but live for Him.

Each day you have a choice as to how you will live. If you will allow God to open your eyes to see, you will see a field ready for harvest, but one that if not harvested will be destroyed.

Do not allow yourself to be focused on just enjoying life and having a good time, but focus on building His kingdom. Build His kingdom in your own life and here on this earth in the lives of others.

Devote your life to live for God and serve Him, rather than just party and head for destruction.

I pray today that you will know the salvation of Jesus; that you will share the love of God with others; that you will warn of God’s coming judgment; and that you will live your life for God and not self gratification.