Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? Is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing? Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work: for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts: According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not. For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts (Hag 2:2-9)~~ Many of us look at the state of the world today (pick your concern) and we feel SO discouraged because we remember how life used to be – what we saw as better times. It’s so apparent that the “world” is truly the enemy of God because in every instance we see, the “world’s” way of doing things is in total disregard to Him! It’s like there is nothing that can get the attention of today’s culture in its rampant persuasion of its inhabitants! But we must stay encouraged to continue in the goodness that God gives us though, no matter how hard or discouraging it may seem. Every day is a new mercy from Him and a new encouragement to continue on because His faithfulness is great and His compassion for us is unfailing. We must not grow weary in well doing for “His” due season is coming…a time when “He” will set the state of things once and for all. In progressing to that time though we must endure convulsions and changes; great revolutions and commotions. Jesus shall again come; as the desire of all; and desirable to all. The promise is that in Him shall all the earth be blessed with the best of blessings; and this is long expected and desired by all believers. We may have some good places even in this terrible time, but He went and prepared a place for us; a new ‘house’ in which we will spend eternity. So let us be comforted that the glory of this latter house shall be greater than that of the former, in what will be beyond all the glories of the first house, far beyond any that we could imagine; in the presence of the Messiah, the Son of God, the Lord of glory, personally, and in absolute perfect nature. Nothing but the presence of the Son of God, in His own form and nature, can fulfill this. Jesus is the Christ, is He that should come, and we are to look for no other. This alone is enough to silence the “ways of the world”, and condemn the obstinate rejection of Him. Finally as God is with us, peace is with us. The promise is fulfilled in that spiritual peace which Jesus Christ has by His blood purchased for all believers. All changes shall make way for Christ to be desired and valued by all. And the “world” shall have their eyes opened to behold how precious He is, whom they have until then rejected! It is fixed and it is finished!
And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt (Mark 14:36)~ God could, at the simplest of His thoughts, change the direction you’re facing…so why doesn’t He? Why does God allow us to have trouble? As we struggle day in and day out we tend to get a complainer’s mindset and eventually start to believe God has betrayed us because He’s letting us go through a struggle. But rather than taking us ‘out’ of our struggle-and condoning our ‘running’ from it and likely back into it again later, He instead in His sovereign wisdom, allows the struggle to continue, and brings us through it— teaching us wisdom; how to rise above it so that should it come back we will be better through it, struggling less through it, trusting HIM through it. God never promised we would be without struggles; in fact He reminds us that in this world we will have tribulations (Job 14:1); but understand, it’s NOT His will that any should suffer or perish, but that in Him we overcome and have peace throughout! When you can go through a trial in your life and your mind is thinking you’re supposed to be stressed but your soul and your whole disposition is peace… now THAT’S what happens when God gets His hand on you! -To God Be The Glory! Be blessed!
And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain. So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not. And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain (1 Kings 18:41-45)~ Though the answers of our passionate and consistent prayers may not come quickly, nor may it always be on the grand scale as we ask, we must respect the sovereignty of God to impose His will on us rather than subject us to our own. Although we believe what we ‘want’ is best for us, God’s precise measure covers us in humility and grace. In these times, we must continue to persevere and maintain our faith in prayer, and not faint or give over. A little cloud at length appeared, which soon overspread the heavens, and watered the earth. Showers of plenty from a cloud of barely the span of a hand long. Though patience and faith may be tested, in perseverance great blessings often arise from small beginnings. Let us never despise the day of small things, but hope and wait for great things from it. From what small beginnings have great matters arisen! Look at what faith the size of a mustard seed can do! How strongly spoken is that still small voice among the noise of life! Believe!
Jesus the Messiah suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, where God made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God, where the Father canceled the record of debt that stood against us with legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross” (1 Pet. 3:18; 2 Cor. 5:21; Col 2:14)~~ Jesus perfectly lived the life He had to live and perfectly died the death He had to die. It is finished! And there’s something else that we now understand. When He died, we died with Him, and we too have been raised in newness of life, considering ourselves dead to sin and alive to God (Rom. 6:6-12). We sinned, He died. We were guilty, He was punished. We deserved death, He gave his life. We rejected Him, He accepted us. We drove the nails in His hands, those nails saved our souls! Our sins have been dealt with once and for all at the cross, and we need never look for another sacrifice or offering for our guilt. When we fall short, we look back to the cross, and the same blood that saved us cleanses us afresh, and we go forward, free from condemnation and guilt, living lives that please the Lord. Yes, it is finished! The divine mission has been accomplished! Jesus has done it! Every sin has been paid for, every evil deed judged, and the full and total price of our redemption purchased at the cross. That my friend is the power of the blood of Jesus. That is the glory of the Son of God. That is the depth of the Father’s love—and it was all for you and for me so that forever we could be with Him and share in His nature. And now, in Him, we have everything we need. And now, through Him, we can do the Father’s bidding. And now, with Him, we can go and change the world!
The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat (Prov 13:4); He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich (Prov 10:4); The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor (Prov 12:24)~ At some point, everyone has looked at their superior or a person that is further up the “success” ladder and either has had admiration and inspiration to achieve to that level for themselves or they have ridiculed that person’s position and even painted a picture of dishonesty as the means to which that person has achieved that success. We see people that do well in life and one of two things happens, we set a goal to ourselves achieve, knowing that the road is paved by people like them, or in all reality, we come up with a reason to hate them. It’s easier for us to question one’s right to be in a place than it is for us to own up to our own diligence to maximize our own potential, especially when we feel like they are living too ‘highly’ while we struggle. But rather than waste time diminishing someone else’s climb, why not focus on the goals we have set. Those of us that set nothing as our goal in life, achieve just that- nothing. We try to find the get rich quick scheme and escape heavy and lengthy learning and labor and we then seem surprised at why our success is minimal and short lived. We spend our time discussing our disgust of task before us and rather than complete it steps 1-10, we look for 2, 4, 6, 8, 10! Our goal then becomes how can we do as little as possible to gain as much as possible. Our work ethic is more about work avoidance. Now the “man” has oppressed and suppressed us; the system doesn’t favor us; and the world doesn’t understand us! Let’s be real: Stop hating on those that are in better positions than you…your potential and opportunity to be great is just as great as theirs, but you have to WORK HARD, BE diligent, …DO your best at what you do…GET UP and GO. Stop looking for excuses to explain why you deserve better but haven’t gotten it; stop slacking and being lazy; stop being a complainer, stop just trying to get over, and hating what you do. Yes, You Only Live Once (YOLO- as they like to say)…so you have one opportunity to get it right! So rather than take the easy, quick and just getting by approach; Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest (Ecc 9:10). YOLO! So Live it to the fullest!! Ain’t no half steppin!
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Phil 4:13)~~ A little boy was trying to pick up a large rock, but couldn’t budge it. His father, watching the struggle, decided this was a good time for a lesson. “Go ahead, son,” he urged. “Pick up that rock.” “I can’t, Dad. It’s too heavy.” “Sure you can, son. Pick up the rock.” The boy grabbed the rock again, puffing and straining, but he couldn’t move it. “It’s too heavy, Dad.” “Son, the reason you can’t pick up the rock is because you’re not using all your strength.”This really puzzled the boy, so he grunted and groaned some more. Finally he said in frustration, “But Daddy, I am using all my strength!” “No, you’re not,” came the reply. “You haven’t asked me to help you.” And with that, the father leaned over and picked up the rock. I think I know that rock, because I’ve tried to pick it up a few times myself! How about you? Are you huffing and puffing, grunting and groaning in frustration, trying to move a boulder in your life when Jesus is standing there saying, “You haven’t asked Me to help yet”. We struggle so much when God is waiting to show His power in our lives-power and help far, far beyond anything we can ask or imagine. In our pride we try to hold on to our independence and we want to attach our own ‘person’ to the accomplishments and successes of life and when a trial comes we struggle with the concept of not being able to do it ourselves to the point that we feel diminished if we have to ask aside of ourselves. Pride makes us worry about how we look to others. Forget that.. I ain’t too proud to beg when it comes to asking…because I know where my help comes from! The Lord is absolutely ready willing and able to move not only boulders but even mountains out of our way…we we would just ask and trust in Him (by now I think we’re intelligent enough to know what rocks, boulders and mountains represent right?). Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean NOT UNTO THINE OWN understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge HIM, and HE shall direct thy paths (Prov 3:5-6).