Ezra 3:11 A New Foundation

Foundation of a building

With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. Ezra 3:11 

The foundation of the house is one of the most important parts of the building it. It is the foundation that holds the rest of the house up. It must be strong and well built to endure. If the foundation is weak, the house will fall. 

There is always a lot of excitement in the beginning of building a new building, whether it is a house or a business. Many times people hold a great celebration with the breaking of the ground to begin laying the foundation. It is the end of a lot of planning and designing and the beginning of the actual building process.

The Israelites had been put into captivity in Persia, but the king allowed them to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple that had been destroyed. As they laid the foundation, all the people rejoiced very loudly. They were excited at the idea of the temple being rebuilt. It showed them that God was still with them despite what had occurred. It represented the foundation of God in their lives and nation.

Since then the foundation and temple has changed. People are the temple and it is no longer a physical foundation, but one that is built upon Jesus Christ. His death and resurrection is the foundation of the new temple, the heart and life of a person.

Every time a person turns to Jesus, all of heaven is rejoicing in the salvation being done. There is also great rejoicing when a believer, who has strayed away, turns back to Jesus. His foundation is being re-set. The life is no longer built on the shifting foundation of this world and sin, but upon Jesus Christ and His righteousness.

Now is the time to build your foundation of your life on Jesus Christ. If you have never built the foundation, you can start now. If you had built it on Jesus, but let it fall in disrepair, you can return to Jesus and have it rebuilt. Allow your entire life to be built on Jesus and His teachings. It is a firm foundation that will stand for all eternity.

As the foundation is built in your life, rejoice greatly, because God is with you. His love endures forever and He is good.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your life will be built upon the foundation of Jesus; that you will know the joy of serving God; and that you will know God’s love and presence in your life.

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2 Chronicles 23:16 Make A Contract

Commited to God

Jehoiada then made a covenant that he, the people and the king would be the LORD’s people. 2 Chronicles 23:16 

Contracts are made every day around the world. Most contracts are done between a person and a business or between two businesses. They are done to protect both parties in the contract.

In the contract are the rules of how each party will act or react and what the consequences will be for either action. It is an agreement that both parties will do or not do something very specific. If an action, that is supposed to be done, is not done, then there will be a negative consequence.

Most contracts are written down as a permanent record of the agreement. There are also many that are done verbally, just off of the words said.

Jehoiada was the priest of God who helped lead the people back to God. As Joash was made king, Jehoiada helped guide him in leading Judah. One of the things Jehoiada did was make a covenant with the people and the king for everyone to be God’s people. They were to go back to serving and worshipping God and not the idols of the land.

A covenant was the old way of saying a contract, or an agreement. God had called the people to His people, so the covenant was agreeing with God to be His people and making it official.

Although a written contract is not done when working with God, people today can make a contract with God to serve Him and be His people. It is making a agreement with God to serve Him alone and obey all of His commands. It is agreeing to build His kingdom for His glory.

When Jesus died on the cross, He made it possible to become God’s people in His kingdom. All a person must do is agree to the contract Jesus made possible, to believe in Him and serve God with all of one’s heart.

Make the choice today to sign a contract with God to be His people. He wants you to be His child in His family and His kingdom. All you must do to be saved and become His child is believe in what Jesus did–dying on the cross, raising from the dead and removing all sins. Then dedicate your life to serve God with everything in you.

Jesus paid the price for the contract, will you accept it today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will make a contract with God to be His people; that you will agree to live your life for God; and that you will do the work God has for you in this world. 

1 Chronicles 10:4 Nothing Left Without God

Man look out

Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and abuse me.” But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. 1 Chronicles 10:4 

Life in this world can often seem empty and worthless. There is nothing but struggles and death. People hurting people, wars and crimes. Abuse and hatred abound everywhere one goes. Depression and fear. Anxiety and pain. Hunger and sickness.

This is just a small list of what is wrong in this world on a daily basis all over the world. There is not a location in the world that one of these or something else that is bad is not happening.

When one sees all these things, there appears to be no hope, no reason to go on living. It is depressing. Many people have chosen over the years to end it all, because they do not see any hope.

Saul had started out by serving God. God had chosen him to be the first king of Israel. Saul had chosen to not follow God’s instructions and God chose to remove His hand of blessing on him. God had stated that He would remove Saul as king.

Later, in a battle, Saul was severely injured. Rather than take a chance on living, he ended his life. He had no hope, because he did not have God in his life anymore. He chose to walk away from God.

The world does not have any hope in themselves. A person is born, lives, works, plays and dies. There is nothing after death for them, in their eyes. As they are trying to live life, if things do not go correctly, life becomes pointless or unbearable.

Wondering why one should go through all the pain and suffering becomes the focus. Many, as Saul, choose to end it all, because there is no hope in sight, no reason to keep going through the pain and suffering.

As a believer, you have a hope. You know that in the end you will have eternal life in heaven with no more sorrow or pain. This pain that you may be feeling today is only temporary, in light of eternity.

You can share this hope with the world. Every person in this world needs to know this hope that they can have. When a person knows the hope of Jesus, life becomes worth living.

Have and share this hope with every one you meet.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will share Jesus with everyone you meet; and that many will come to know Jesus as their Savior.

2 Kings 25:21 Judgment Occurs

Chains on feet

There at Riblah, in the land of Hamath, the king had them executed. So Judah went into captivity, away from her land. 2 Kings 25:21 

Being thrust into captivity is something that no one desires. Although whole nations are not put into captivity, individuals can be. Often it is seen in being captured by the police for doing something wrong.

When one is placed in prison for doing wrong, it is usually not his first time doing wrong. It is often something he has done many times, just was never caught or convicted of doing wrong. There are rules to be followed and many people do not follow them, thinking that they will do fine with no problems. However, there will always come a time when he is caught and put into prison or some other punishment.

The Israelites had been rebelling against God for many years. They chose to follow false gods and worship idols, rather than love and worship God. God had warned them many times of punishment coming. With minor judgments against them, the people would turn to God for a short time, then rebel again, over and over. Finally God allowed the split nation of Judah to fall and be put into captivity for choosing to rebel against Him and follow false gods.

Although God does not always use physical captivity today, He still warns against following false gods or rebelling against Him. Jesus came to remove all sins from every person. He made a way to be able to follow God and live for eternity. However, one must still follow God and not false idols.

Many people have turned from God to idols in their lives. Choosing to not obey God or do what He desires of them. The captivity this time will be eternity in hell, the final judgment.

Choosing to believe in Jesus and follow Him is the first step to avoiding being judged and cast out. You must believe that He is the one who will save you from your sins and wrongs.

Then you must allow His Holy Spirit to guide you in how to live for God. Allow your every action, thought and word be to God’s glory and purpose. As you live like that, you will not allow yourself to follow false gods or worship idols in your life.

The warning of being cast out for eternity will be removed and you can look forward to eternity with God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide your life; that you will remove all idol worship in your life; and that God will never have a reason to cast you out.