Zechariah 6:15 How To Make It Happen

Workers on scaffolding

Those who are far away will come and help to build the temple of the Lord, and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. This will happen if you diligently obey the Lord Your God. Zechariah 6:15 

Building something large, like a house or an office building, requires many different people to make it happen. There is a need for the carpenter, the cement layer, the roofer, the A/C person, the painter, the plumber, the electrician, and more to make it happen. One cannot completely build a building on his own.

Normally to get all the help needed, all one has to do is have the money to pay for the help.

Zechariah tells Joshua, the priest, that he needs to rebuild the temple. He is also told that many will come to help him build it, but in order for that to happen, he must diligently obey God.

Many believers try to do great ministries on their own. They hear God’s call to build a ministry and so try to do it, without help.

This can work, but only to a point, or certain level, then it peaks out. Help is needed to grow it more. God has more than enough helpers to build ever ministry He starts. However, it must be done in His way and in His timing.

In other words, the believer must diligently obey God. That is to very carefully and with a full heart, work at doing what God commands or guides him to do. It is God’s ministry, not the believer’s.

God may not have every one build a ‘titled’ ministry, but every believer is to be a witness and make disciples, which are ministries in themselves. These are best done under God’s direction and leading. In time God will bring the needed support to keep moving forward.

God has a plan for your life. You may already know what that plan is. The question is are you listening to God’s directions on how to make it happen.

As you are willing to listen to and obey God in every area of your life, God will give you the needed strength, help and favor to accomplish His goals for your life. Only God knows how large a ministry He has for you, but you cannot know that unless you diligently obey Him and do what He guides you to do.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice guiding you; that you will obey God’s every command; that you will know God’s favor; and that you will build God’s kingdom in His way. 

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.

Amos 7:7 Lining Up Straight

Leaning Tower of Pisa

This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. Amos 7:7 

Construction of buildings is something that occurs worldwide. One of the important parts of the construction is that the walls are built straight vertically. If the wall is off just a small amount it will lean more and more as it goes up higher and higher.

One of the ways the construction workers can ensure that the wall stays straight and true is using a plumb line. This is a line with a weighted ball on the end to hold it straight ensuring the wall is straight to the line or if adjustments are needed.

Amos is given a vision of God holding a plumb line up against Israel. It is to see how well they are lined up with God’s standards.

People often like to measure how well they are doing or not doing by measuring themselves up against other people. They use a horizontal measurement. The problem with this is that no person has a perfect alignment that stays perfectly aligned and true all the time. People waver in their alignment, in how they act and react, speak and listen.

Jesus is the only person who walked perfectly upright and straight all the time. His plumb line is lined up with God.

Every believer must have a plumb line measured from him up to God and only to God. God is above every person on this earth and is the perfect alignment.

When a believer is measured up against the standard Jesus presents, it will allow him to see if there are imperfections or not in his life. It will reveal how closely aligned he is to God’s standard of living, not the wavering standards of this world.

While it is easy to compare yourself to another person, strive to not do that but rather compare yourself to Jesus. Find out how aligned you are to the way Jesus lived.

If you find that you are not in perfect alignment, ask God to show you how to make adjustments in your life to get into alignment. Keep working at it until you are perfectly plumbed straight and true to God and His unwavering standards. God does not, nor ever will change His ways.

As God holds a plumb line to your life, what will it reveal?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will align your life to God’s will and ways; that you will fully live for God with all of your being; and that you will be a good representation of Jesus upon this earth.

Noah: Building By Faith

Noah ark

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. Hebrews 11:7

This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. Genesis 6:9 

Noah is the first among many of the men and women of great faith that are recorded in the Bible. His story begins in Genesis 6 and ends in Genesis 9. He is probably one of the more famous or well known people in the bible. There are very few people, churched and unchurched, who have not heard of Noah.

Recently there has been a movie made about Noah and his ark. I have not seen it, so I cannot answer to how accurate it may or may not be. However, this shows that there is some knowledge of Noah to most of the world.

During the time of Noah people had become so corrupt and refusing to follow God, that God chose to destroy all of mankind from the face of the earth. God was choosing to do something that was completely unheard of up until that time. He was going to cause the world to be flooded. The process of this flooding was to be done by rains and water coming up from the ground.

Until this time, rain had never fallen on the earth. The ground was watered by dew and springs in the earth. It was a new concept.

Noah had been faithfully walking with God. He lived his life according to God’s commands and always did what God had said to do. Because of this, God chose to save him, his family and the animals from the flooding.

The process of saving Noah would be by an ark–a very large boat. God gave him the directions on how to build the ark and what size it would be. Immediately Noah began to build the ark and it took him about one hundred years to complete it.

Now think about this for a moment. Think about what God has told Noah and what Noah had to do.

Earth destroyed

First: God said He would destroy all mankind. Wait a minute! Doesn’t God love man? Didn’t He create man to populate the earth? Why would God do this?

This took faith on Noah’s part. It went against everything that he knew about God up to this point. He had to trust that he had heard God correctly in what He had said. Noah had to believe that God would actually destroy the entire world in order for him to take the next step and actually build the ark. He trusted God’s word to him.

There may be times when God speaks to you about something that is new or different from anything else. You have to know that you have heard from God. Match it up against the word of God and see if it lines up with what God has recorded in His word. Then trust the word of God and act upon it. Do what God says to do. This is faith in action.

High water flood

Second: What is a flood? What is rain?

As long as Noah had already lived, he had never seen rain. Having never seen rain, there had never been a flood either. Yet, God was saying this was going to happen.

God was about to break the ‘rules’ of science. It had never rained, but now it would happen. God is the God of the universe, which means He can control the weather. Along with controlling the weather, He can control things in your life. He can break the ‘rules’ of science to accomplish what He needs done.

Remember that all the ‘rules’ are man-made. God did put them in place. Man is constantly learning new things. What were rules at one time, according to science, is now wrong. God can overcome the things of this world.

Trust that God is in control as Noah did and can make new things happen that have never occurred before. This is faith!

Lumber pile

Last: It took nearly 100 years to build the ark. Where did Noah get the materials from? Who paid for it? Who did the work? Why did it take so long to build? Did Noah get discouraged?

Take a moment now to think about what Noah had to do. How big was this project that God had given him to do? Think about how long it would take to get the materials to build a boat that is several hundred feet long and very tall. Then how long it would take to assemble it. Especially in a time of manual labor. There were no machines or factories. There were no automated robots to do the building. There were no computers to generate the details of how to build the boat.

Many people have visions and dreams to accomplish something great. They begin to work on it, but run into problems or it takes a long time to accomplish. As they continually hit problems or it takes too long, many give up on their dream. When they keep running into walls or barriers, they quit out of failure and give up. 

Along with those that start and never finish, there are many who never start because all they can see are the problems or challenges. They cannot see how to make the dream possible.

Believers sometimes run into this problem also. They get a vision from God for something. They don’t know how it is possible, forgetting that God is the God of impossibilities. He makes the impossible possible.

This is what faith is. It is believing that you heard what you heard God said would be possible. It is not giving up when things get tough. It is not turning down a different road when you do not understand the path. It is going forward when it does not make any sense to move forward. It is doing things that the world will ridicule and not understand. It is doing things that even many in the church will not understand or believe.

This is faith in God.

1 Corinthians 3:12-13 What Are You Building With?

 

burning fire

If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 1 Corinthians 3:12-13

Buildings are being built all over the world. Each one uses different types of materials to be built. Mud huts are built in some locations, steel buildings are built in many large cities, wooden and brick homes are the homes of choice of many people. Even plastic and glass buildings are built.

The choice of how to build the building, depends on how it is expected to be used and what type of weather it will have to endure. Wooden homes will not survive in locations with hurricanes. Mud homes will not be able to be built in extreme cold climates. Once a firm foundation is laid, choices on how to build the place have to be made.

Lives of people also require a foundation and a building. The world builds their lives on a foundation of self and sin. Believers build their lives on the foundation of Jesus Christ. Both still have choices to make on how their lives are built.

Salvation comes through faith in what Jesus did, not the works being done. However, God has rewards for people for what they have done with their life.

On the day Jesus returns, all the works of the believers will be tested in a fire to determine their value. Some of those works will be wood, hay and straw. These are works that have no eternal value. Works of ministry for selfish reasons, going through the motions of ministry without the heart in it, worshipping without the heart in it, and many other works. These works will be destroyed by the fire as of no value.

Other works, such as spreading the gospel, giving a helping hand, feeding the poor, loving the hated, and other works that Jesus did, will survive the fire. They have eternal value.

How are you building your life?

Is it with precious stones of high, eternal value, that will survive the fire?

Or are you building your life with things of this world, that are wood, hay, and straw, that will not survive the fire?

Either way, you will be saved, but your reward will be different.

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that you will do things of eternal value for Jesus; that your works will bring glory to God; and that your life will be focused on God and eternity.