Ezra 1:2 Recognize Who Gave It

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This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.’ Ezra 1:2 

People receive things all the time. Recognizing who gave it does not always occur. Often people think that they got it completely on their own. They are unwilling to recognize who helped them along the way. They become a one-man show in life.

Wealthy people do not get their wealth completely on their own. They come up with some idea, but others work for them to make it possible. If others did not work for them, they would be very seriously limited in how much they could earn.

God had destroyed the nation of Judah and put the people into captivity in Persia. Cyrus was the king at the time. Immediately he recognized that God had given him all the nations that he had possessed. He gave God the credit for what He had and so He was going to have the temple built in Jerusalem to worship God at.

It is easy for people to forget how they got what they have. Most often people think that they got everything that they have on their own, without any help. While help from people in this world can go a long ways, a greater help is from God.

God is the One who oversees everything that occurs upon this earth. There is nothing that He does not have control of. He is the One who moves people to do things to help others in ways not directly seen. He is able to use those who follow Him and those who do not follow Him to fulfill His desires.

Believers are the first to recognize that it is God who is in control. It is God who is the provider of everything.

Everything that you have has been given to you by God or God has allowed you to have it. Without His hand of provision or allowance, you could not have it.

Through Jesus you have been given all power and authority in heaven and on earth. You have been given all the kingdoms of this earth. The purpose of this is to be His witness and to build His kingdom, to build temples to worship God.

You did not get all this on your own, it is only through the work of Jesus. Recognize this and give Him the praise.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will recognize God’s hand at work in your life; that you will recognize God’s provision in your life; and that you will build a temple in your heart to worship God. 

Exodus 31:2-3 Given Enough To Do The Job

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“See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge, and with all kinds of skills–” Exodus 31:2-3

Each person has different talents or skills to do different things in this life. Some people excel at math and can do engineering work, that most others cannot even comprehend. Others have the ability to write, or do carpentry, or work with metal, or design something specific. Each one is a little different.

Those that do not have that type of skill, cannot understand how another can do it so easily and so well. With some schooling and a lot of hard work, some people can train themselves to do just about any skill there is. Yet, for most people, there is a block that keeps them from learning some things. They just don’t have that ability.

As God was having Moses gather materials and people to build the temple and all the things in it, God gave him Bezalel to help out with the construction of the materials. God had placed His Holy Spirit upon Bezalel so that he would be able to do many things. He was filled with wisdom, understanding, knowledge and many different skills. God gave him what he needed to get the job done.

God works in the same way today with believers. He calls them to do some work for Him, then He equips them with what is needed to get the job done. The Holy Spirit can come upon a person and fill him in an extraordinary way to do extraordinary things.

The ways God gives those abilities may be different for each person. Some will just be given the ability to quickly learn with ease in schooling. Others will be given supernatural knowledge to just know how to do something as needed.

You are no different than Bezalel. God has given you some skills to do something for the kingdom of God that no other person can do. Seek God to find out what that skill is and what that job is. Set your heart on doing the work God has for you to do in order to build His kingdom and bring Him glory.

Don’t try to be someone you are not. Use what God has already given you to build His kingdom.

I pray today that God’s Spirit will rest upon you; that you will know the guidance the Holy Spirit will give you; that you will know the talents God has given you; and that you will use what God has given you for His kingdom and glory.

Ezekiel 14:17-18 Only One Allows For Salvation

“Or if I bring a sword against that country and say, ‘Let the sword pass throughout the land,’ and I kill its people and their animals, as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, even if these three men were in it, they could not save their own sons or daughters. They alone would be saved.” Ezekiel 14:17-18

God was telling Ezekiel who could be saved during the judgment against a nation. He lists Daniel, Noah, and Job as the three men, who were known to be righteous, God-fearing men, whom God listened to. These men would be saved, but they would not be able to save any of their children. They would be saved on their own merit alone.

There are people who grow up in homes with parents who believe in God. They grow up being brought to church, but do not have a relationship with God. It is just something that they do, not who they are. They go because mom and dad told them that they must go.

Many of these very same people go to church believing that they are saved. The parents believe that they are saved also. Yet, they do not have a relationship with God. They have never asked for forgiveness for their sins and are not really following God. There is no real salvation.

People cannot be saved on the merit of someone else. It is an individual thing for each person. There will be a day when Jesus returns to judge the world. Those who have chosen to not believe in Him, will be destroyed and cast into hell, separated from God for all eternity.

Jesus had even said that there would be many who claimed to know Him, but that He never knew them. The reason He does not know them is because they never did His will.

You are not saved by what you do, it is only by faith in Jesus that you are saved. However, you prove your faith in Jesus by what you do. You cannot hang onto what your parents or someone else has done to get saved.

What would Jesus say about you or to you if He was to return today?

Would you be found true and faithful to Him?

Or would He say He does not know you?

I pray today that you will know Jesus in a personal way; that you will prove your faith by serving Him; that you will not rely on salvation because of another person; and that you will be His witness in this world.

Jeremiah 1:6-8 I’m Not Qualified

“Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 1:6-8

God had called Jeremiah to speak to the nations. It is believed that Jeremiah was just a teenager at the time of this calling. The first thing Jeremiah tells God is that he cannot speak and is too young, he is not qualified to do the job.

These are common words for many people, even today. God calls a person to do some type of ministry and the first thing they say is that they are not qualified. This is not even talking about going around the world to reach nations, it is just doing ministry in their local church, town or workplace.

People like to say that they do not have the training or experience to do a ministry. The problem is that everyone has to start at some point with no real training. Going to bible college sounds good, but all it really gives one is book knowledge. Real experience is learned by actually going out and doing a ministry.

God allows you to get experience in the real world by giving you an assignment. The professors in the college cannot give you the words to speak and they will not be there with you. God will do both.

Every believer has a testimony of what God has done in his life. You have yours also. All you need to do is go out and tell others what God has done for you and what God can do for them. As you go into this world, God will give you the words to speak and He will not leave you alone. There will be trouble and hard times, but God will bring you through them.

Let go of your fears and be willing to step out into what God has for you to do. Jeremiah did and became one of the great prophets. With God you are more than qualified to do anything He has called you to do.

What are you willing to let God do through you?

I pray today that God will show you what He has for you to do; that you will not fear doing God’s will; that you will know God’s presence in your life; and that you will speak the words God gives you.

Job 42:3 Speaking Without Knowledge

You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.

God had just finished showing Job how He is in absolute control of everything. Job then realized that when he was complaining about the suffering God was putting him through, he was speaking without really understanding. Job knew that he had been wrong about God in what he had said.

People often speak about things that they really do not understand or know everything about. During football season, there are many “armchair coaches” or “quarterbacks” that could do it better. They see a play and get angry because it should have been done a different way. There are also many people who are the “backseat drivers” in a vehicle. Again, they know how to best drive the vehicle in every situation.

When people make comments about things other people have done, often it is through their own experience or viewpoint. The consideration that the other person may be doing the best possible way of getting something done, does not usually enter the mind.

This type of speaking is often done with God. God allows something in a person’s life, and the person gets upset. How could God allow that? What was He thinking? God is absolutely in the wrong.

People, including believers, often question what God is doing. Or question why God will not allow something to happen. When this happens, they are basically saying that God is not really in control and does not have all knowledge.

God really does see the bigger picture. Would you have sent your son to die to forgive a person who hates and hurts you? Would you allow pain and suffering in order to draw a person closer to you?

God’s ways are higher than your ways. You cannot always understand why God does what He does, or allows what He allows. Take a look at how this world and the universe works. Can you run all of that yourself? God can.

Trust that God knows what He is doing. Job did not see the bigger picture in what God was doing in his life. He did not see the testimony that God was giving him.

You will not see everything either, but you can trust that it is all for your good. Do not speak against God.

I pray today that you will trust God’s plans for your life; that you will not fear what God has brought into your life; that you will not speak against God; and that God will use you to reach this world for Him.