Zechariah 10:12 God Will Strengthen

I will strengthen them in the Lord and in his name they will live securely, declares the Lord. Zechariah 10:12

People desire to live securely. They want to know that they will have what they need when they need it, without fear of losing it or having it taken away.

In order to get this, people seek to have high paying careers, large bank accounts, and great positions. People feel more secure when they feel that they are in control of everything in their lives. However, many fall apart when things go wrong and all sense of security is lost.

God told the people that He would strengthen them. It was in His name that they would find security.

Although the world tries to say that following its ways will bring security, it is a false sense of security. In just a moment everything can change and all is lost. The things that the world relies upon for security are only temporary.

Believers have a security that is eternal. Nothing that can happen in this life can change that short of one giving it up. God gives the believer strength to keep moving forward despite the problems faced in this world, despite the destruction and turmoil going on.

Every believer can know that in the end he will receive eternal life and that, until then, God will provide abundantly for every need. The believer’s focus must be upon God and eternity, both for his own life and the lives of everyone he meets. Everything else is temporary and can be a distraction for what God wants and is doing.

You will have days that are filled with trouble. There will be times when everything in your life will appear to be falling apart and that the enemy is winning the battle. Do not give up. Do not allow the world to break you down. Do not allow yourself to get distracted with the chaos of this fallen world. Seek the Lord and His strength to keep going.

God is ready and willing to fill you with His Holy Spirit to give you the needed strength. Rely upon His promises and strength to continue to live for Him and be His witness.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit to give you strength; that you will know God’s power in your life; and that you will move forward with God.

Zechariah 9:12 Return To Your Fortress

Fortress on a cliff

Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. Zechariah 9:12 

Fortresses are places of security, safety, and provision. People strive to build all of these things with the ways of the world, bigger houses, careers, bank accounts and more. These things are built up in hopes of a more secure future.

All of these provide a false sense of what people are really desiring. Each of these are temporary and will fade away or can be quickly removed.

Zechariah gives a call to the Israelites to return to their fortress. As they return, they will also be restored with twice as much as they had lost.

Believers are living in a fallen world and have often become prisoners of this world. They can get caught up in what the world sees as important and strive after those things. Rather than looking up to God, they look outward to people and the things of this world.

When Zechariah made this call, he had just prophesied about Jesus coming. Jesus, being God, is the fortress that everyone can run to. He is a firm foundation that everyone can stand upon.

God is a God of hope, salvation, and provision. The world and sin has tried to take away the joy and hope of salvation from believers.

When the believer returns to God, his fortress, he will get twice as much as what was stolen from him restored–twice as much joy, grace, salvation, hope, peace, and provision. These are things that will last for eternity and cannot be taken away.

Jesus has broken the chains of sin and bondage so that every believer can return to the fortress of God to have a hope that lasts for eternity.

Over time you may have allowed the ways of the world trap you into thinking as the world does. You may have allowed yourself to get trapped into seeking all of your needs as the world does.

It is not too late, you can turn around and return to God with all of your heart. Go to the fortress of Jesus and be restored. God is ready and willing to restore all that has been lost and more due to running with the world.

God loves you and is full of mercy and grace. Allow Him to be your fortress in this fallen world as you wait for His return.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will be your strong fortress; that you will live by God’s ways of living; and that you will see God restore all that has been lost in following the world’s ways. 

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. 

Micah 4:5 Walking In The Lord

Walking on beach

All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever. Micah 4:5 

People are fans of all kinds of people and all kinds of things and for every reason under the sun. As a fan of someone or something, they will follow faithfully. Many will be fanatical about who or what they are following.

As people follow something, they will often surround and pattern their life with what they are following. What they say and do will be the same as to what they follow, regardless of whether it is something good or bad.

Micah declares that while nations may follow their gods, Israel will follow God alone forever.

The world will follow the false gods of this world–money, sex, fame, fortune, pride, self and more. All of these gods are temporary and come and go in a moment’s notice. They are false and not real or lasting.

Every believer has chosen to begin to walk in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Walking in this way means that he has chosen to do what Jesus says and not do what Jesus says to not do. It is giving Christ the authority to be absolute master over his entire life.

Doing all of this has to be a choice that each person makes in his own life. He has to choose to walk away from the gods of this world to follow Jesus. Once he has chosen this and commits his life to Jesus, it is a lifetime of walking that extends into eternity. It will never end.

Walking with the world will only bring about death in the end. Walking with God will bring about abundant life on this earth and in all of eternity.

Each day you have a choice to make as to who you will walk with. As a believer, you have already made a choice in your past, but you must daily choose to take up your cross and keep walking with Jesus.

Do not allow yourself to change paths and begin walking with the world again. Stay on the path with Jesus that will take you into eternity. Live, act, and speak as Jesus did. This is the true walk of a Christian in this world. It is going against the standards of following the gods of this world.

Who are you walking with today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will walk in the ways of God; that you will know the abundant life Jesus offers you; and that God will strengthen you to turn away from the gods of this world. 

Isaiah 2:22 Stop Trusting Man

Back of person

Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem? Isaiah 2:22 

People have all kinds of things to say. Scientists and doctors appear to know what is right and what is best. They have done the research and are supposed to be correct. Government officials always appear to have the best information about everything and anything and can guide the people correctly.

Some will hold on to what is said by someone because he has some huge title after his name and he went to some prestigious college. Others will believe the person because everyone else believes the person, regardless of what is being said.

Isaiah tells the people to stop just trusting people. People are temporary and just have breath, but no real knowledge or wisdom.

Believing in people can and will often lead to failure and fear. While scientists and doctors do know a lot, they do not know everything. In their limited knowledge there are many mistakes made leading people down the wrong road or in fear.

Believers tend to act in the same way as much of the world, they believe people. Many believers will follow some preacher or speaker, regardless of what is being said. One looks and sounds good, so he must be saying something right. Yet, some of these same speakers are leading people into open sin against God’s word.

Trust should be first and foremost in God and in God alone. Only God has the perfect answer every time. Only God has perfect knowledge of every situation. Only God has perfect wisdom in every situation. Only God will never fail.

If a person can trust Jesus with his life for salvation, he should trust God with everything else in his life. One should not allow that trust to be broken down and put into man’s words.

As you go through this life, who are you putting your trust in?

Do not allow yourself to be manipulated by the words of man through the various types of media. They will fail you and lead you down the wrong path.

Look to God for all needed wisdom and direction. God will never fail you. He has the big picture of the beginning and the end, and everything in-between when He guides you in your life.

Trust God today and see that He will never fail.

I pray today that you will know God’s word for your life; that you will be guided by the Holy Spirit; that you will trust in God alone; that you will walk the path God has for you; and that God will reveal when men try to lead you astray.