Zechariah 6:15 How To Make It Happen

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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.

Haggai 1:7 Think About Your Ways

Architect working

This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.” Haggai 1:7 

As a person thinks about building something new, he takes time to carefully plan it out. He determines how he will build it, what materials he may need, the cost, the time and many other factors in doing it.

Some people are great at thinking these things out, while most do not plan very well. Many just jump into something, thinking that they know what is best and that they can do it. They never count the cost or realize the intricacy of what is needed to be done. They only see the final picture and not the small details that brought about the final result.

After the Israelites had returned from exile they had chosen to build their own homes first and not build God’s house. God tells them to think about their ways.

Most people have some type of plan in their life, some are extremely  detailed, while most are very vague, but are still plans. However, most of these plans are built upon man’s wisdom and understanding and are with a temporary and earthly mindset. People do not do most things with eternity and God in mind.

Jesus came with eternity on His mind. He wanted to seek and save all who were lost. Anything less than that goal would leave one without a true purpose in life.

While many people focus on building their earthly kingdom, the believer must be focused upon God’s kingdom. This is building one’s own self up in Christ Jesus and building others up in Jesus.

When the focus is upon self and this world, it will fall apart and decay. When it is focused upon God and His kingdom, it will last for eternity.

As you walk through this life, you must ask yourself what you are focused upon. Give thought to what and ways of what you are doing. It is easy to get distracted with the things and ways of this world.

Turn your eyes and thoughts upon God and His ways. Focus on building His temple–your heart and life, and building His kingdom–seeking the lost and bringing them to God.

As you do these two things you will be doing things that will last for eternity. They will not wear out, fall apart or fade away. Take time today to think about your ways.

I pray today that you will have God’s eternity upon your mind; that you will work at building God’s temple first in your life; that God will guide you in building His kingdom; and that your thoughts will be on the ways of God. 

Ezekiel 44:9 Restricted Entry

Restricted area

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: No foreigner uncircumcised in heart and flesh is to enter my sanctuary, not even the foreigners who live among the Israelites. Ezekiel 44:9 

All over the world there are places that people have set up that have restrictions as to who is allowed to enter. Nearly every business has places within it where the majority of people are blocked from entering the area. The location is only allowed for those who work there or have special permission to enter, everyone is blocked from it.

Often the block is due to protection for the company and for the outsider. Some places require special equipment to enter. Other places have information in that is not to be released to just anyone.

God had just shown Ezekiel a vision of the restored temple. He then tells Ezekiel that no outsider is allowed into the temple.

The temple was the holy dwelling place for God to be among the people. In order for one to enter, he had to be purified and be a true follower of God. No one else was allowed to enter.

Since the time of Ezekiel, God has set up His temple in the hearts of believers. God is still telling people that no outsider is allowed to enter His temple.

Instead of just being physical beings entering, today it is false idols, greed, pride, anger, and sin that are to be not allowed to enter. People allow these things into their hearts and lives. When sin is allowed into the heart, one is pushing God off of His throne in the heart, which is His temple, His dwelling place.

The heart is the dwelling place for God, and nothing else should be allowed in that place. Nothing spiritual, physical or emotional should be allowed into the heart that does not honor God. The heart belongs to God and to God alone.

Take a moment to examine what is allowed into your heart. Think about what things you allow your heart to follow and hold on to. Are these things the things of God? Or are they the things of this world?

When you became a follower of Jesus, He gave you a new heart, because your heart became God’s dwelling place, a holy temple. Keep it pure and holy for God to dwell in. Do not allow sin or this world to move God off of His throne in your heart. Restrict access to your heart to God alone.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will give your entire life to God; that you will allow God to reign in your heart and life; and that you will serve God alone.

Ezekiel 10:18 God’s Glory Departs

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Then the glory of the Lord departed from over the threshold of the temple and stopped above the cherubim. Ezekiel 10:18 

Over the years there have been companies or people who have been lifted up as great. They were seen as person or company that did great things for the people and had very high standards, only to be found out to have been corrupt in some area.

Once the corruption was discovered, often the company or person crumbled in their glory and honor. People struggled to look at them as the same, because of the black spot in their history.

Inside the inner room of the temple sat the Holy of Holies. It was the place that God’s Spirit would dwell and His glory would rest upon this earth. The Israelites had chosen to worship other gods and reject God. As a result God’s Spirit chose to move away from the temple. Ezekiel gets a vision of God’s glory departing the temple, God’s dwelling place.

There is no longer the physical temple, nor the Holy of Holies for a single place for God to dwell in. God now dwells within the heart of the believer. The believer’s heart is now the temple of God.

When the believer is repentant and striving after following Jesus with all of his heart, God is willing to dwell there and make it His Holy Temple dwelling place. The believing heart of the believer is now the temple of God.

However, there are often believers who have openly refused to obey God’s commands and purposefully live in a sinful way. They choose to do things that are expressly forbidden by God in the bible.

When they live like this, God can no longer dwell in that temple. He must depart because of unrepentant sin. His glory will leave, just as it left the physical temple.

God wants to make your heart His dwelling place, the new temple. In order to dwell there it must be made pure and holy. This is done only by believing in Jesus and repenting of all sin. It is turning away from sin and refusing to purposefully walk in sin in disobedience to God’s word.

If you choose to live as the world does and not repent and not become a new creation, God can no longer dwell within your heart. He must leave, because He cannot be around sin.

It is your choice as to whether God dwells within you or not. What are you allowing in your life?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent before God of all sin; that you will accept God’s strength to turn away from sin; and that your heart will be the holy temple that God can dwell in.