2 Chronicles 3:17 Established And Strengthened By God

He erected the pillars in the front of the temple, one to the south and one to the north. The one to the south he named Jakin and the one to the north Boaz. 2 Chronicles 3:17

Every building that is built has some type of support structure to keep it standing. Most are built with just walls that can support it. A few will have pillars supporting in various positions for aesthetic looks.

Each one is built and established by someone with a dream or a desire of a specific purpose for that building.

Solomon had two pillars made for the temple that he named one Jakin–meaning ‘He establishes’, and the other Boaz–meaning ‘in Him is strength’.

Wealthy people have often established their own businesses to gain more wealth. They find their strength in what they do and have. Having this type of establishment will work for a time but can and will eventually falter and fail in the end. Anything established and supported by the world is only temporary and cannot give one eternal life.

God in His great wisdom and love created man and then later established the way for man to be saved and given eternal life. It is only by the work of Jesus upon the cross that any person can receive eternal life.

Along with establishing man, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to give the believer strength needed to live the life God has called him to live. All this work is begun by God and completed by God. He is the two towers in the life of a believer–the establisher and the strength. The believer must only accept it and use what God has provided.

Living with being established and supported by God will give one strength to live a holy life and live for eternity.

You may have many different supports of strength in your life. However, most of those supports are only temporary and cannot provide true life that will extend into eternity.

In your own power and strength, you will never be able to live the holy life God has called you to live that will bring you into eternity. God has established you as a believer, a child of His with His support and strength. He has provided you abundantly for all that you will need to be holy as He is holy.

Make sure God is the two pillars in your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be established by God for His glory; that you will be strengthened by the Holy Spirit to live a holy life and do His work on the earth; and that you will be the temple of God.

Genesis 2:18 People Need Others

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18

It is common for people to believe that they can make it alone, that they do not need others for help. People want to feel as if they are in control and can do what is needed on their own.

Children begin this belief with pushing parents away when attempting to try something new. Teens reject the advice of parents. Adults reject help out of selfish pride.

After making the earth and everything in it, God made man. He realized that man was alone, and it was not good, so He made a helper for him.

Although this scripture is looking specifically at marriage, it can be applied in many areas of life, but it starts with marriage. A marriage partner is (or should be) the closest person to anyone.

The spouse should be able to understand and know the other spouse more intimately than anyone else. Knowing someone this way allows for that person to help out in any way needed.

Often people in marriage are in it for themselves, rather than for their spouse. They are not there to help build the other one up, but to be built up.

In this same way, people need others to help them out in nearly every area of life. And in the same way, many are in friendships with others for selfish reasons, rather than to help the other person.

Jesus wants every believer to love and serve others. One person may be serving another, while another one yet serves the first one. This is the help that every one needs in their different times of need. No one should be alone, but a part of God’s community loving and serving each other.

You may or may not be married. Either way, there will be many times that you will need help from others. Allow God to use others to help you.

If you are single, seek God to show you the one who should be your helpmate in marriage, the one who can know you intimately and help you the best. This can build you up in your walk with God and with accomplishing tasks in life in general.

You are not a lone island, who is there to help you on your path with God?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God’s direction to who can help you in this life; that you will seek God’s direction in who you can help; and that God will place people in your life that will point you to Jesus and build you up in God and His word.

1 Corinthians 12:21 All Are Needed

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 1 Corinthians 12:21

Organizations that run well have a good understanding the of the need of everyone in the organization. Other organizations often splinter and crumble, because of the disunity inside of it caused by everyone working alone.

Some people love to work alone and feel as if they do not need the help of anyone else. The need for others is often unseen, until it is too late and damage has been done.

Using the body as an example, Paul describes what the church is like. He points out that the eye cannot make it without the hand, nor can the head make it without the feet.

Pride in the heart of many people causes them to feel as if they do not need anyone else. Each person feels as if he is the most important and needed person within a group and often looks down upon or excludes others.

Sadly this type of viewing has occurred inside the church many times. Pastors look down upon youth or children’s pastors. Youth pastors look down upon the usher. Ushers may look down upon the person who cleans the church. Along side of those views, teachers may look down upon evangelists or the opposite way.

God does not work in that way at all. Every person that He has put in a church has an important job to fulfill. Just as the eye needs the hand in order to have any value, so every person is needed inside the church body. None are more important than the other. Each person has his own job to fulfill before God and others.

Together the church can be a powerful force and witness in this world.

Regardless of your position in the church you are a part of, you have an important role to fulfill. However, keep in mind that your role is not the most important, but also not the least important.

Realize that God has others there to help you and for you to help.

Every person, including you, is placed in the church body by God to build each other up in the Lord and be His powerful witness to this fallen world. Do not neglect your role, nor look down upon the roles of others, but build each other up in unity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the purpose God has for you in His body–the church; that you will build others up in the Lord in the church body; that you will work in unity with other believers doing God’s work; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to the world.

Acts 1:14 Together In Prayer

They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. Acts 1:14

People of like mind will get together to accomplish something greater than what any one of them can do alone. The world recognizes the need to work as a group to accomplish greater things.

At the same time many know the need to work together, many will also work to do things completely on their own. These individuals want all the credit for what is accomplished.

After Jesus had left them, all the disciples and some others met together for prayer. As a group they were constantly in prayer.

The world knows that isolation can bring control over a person. With isolation one becomes weak and has no support or encouragement. The world wants to isolate and crush believers and their belief in Jesus.

It is common for believers to believe that they can do things on their own. They pray and study the bible alone. While this is good, it cannot be all that one does. Every believer needs to get together with other believers for the purpose of prayer. And this should not be a one time event, but a constant event.

Praying together holds and builds each other up and invites God to be present in the middle. Getting together builds unity of mind, spirit and work. More will be accomplished with a small group of praying believers, than thousands praying alone and separate.

God has a work for believers to do as individuals and as a body. They need to work as a team to pray and seek God’s will, direction and strength to accomplish His work. After the disciples prayed, they turned the world upside down.

As a believer, you need strength for each day. You need God’s direction in your life. And you need support. To get these things you need to be spending constant time in prayer alone and corporately.

Do not allow yourself to be isolated from other believers, thinking you can do the battle on your own. Attack the enemy in prayer with a group.

This prayer can be done as a group physically getting together, or getting together remotely at a set time, connected by internet or phone. Either way is getting together in war against the enemy by constant prayer.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be in constant prayer with God; that you will pray constantly with other believers; and that you will see God work in your life.