Haggai 2:3-10; 15-19
- 50 000
- Babylonian captivity
- Judah keep on working on the temple, the foundation for 18 years
- Planted and rebuild, harvest was few because of rust; mould; hail etc.
- Don’t be discouraged
- First of all build your temple by getting your relationship in line with the Lord.
Haggai’s instruction about the rebuilding of the temple is in 3 parts
- God keeps His agreement
- Return to rebuild the temple
- Only presence and not purity
Furthermore Haggai reprimanded them about their attitude about the fact that Salomon’s temple was more beautiful, bigger, richer etc. This crushed their excitement.
Remember – the exodus out of Egypt – the Spirit leading them – soon the Lord will intervene.
Yet now be strong, alert and courageous.
Today it is necessary to hear to take courage and work.
Take courage in the midst of:
- Relationship problems and work
Keep your relationship with the Lord as a priority.
Know that the Lord is with you.
Get your priorities right…
Jesus Christ is the keystone … He gives you grace upon grace.
But it is your responsibility to be courageous, to work and proclaim it.
What the Lord started He will end.
He asks: “Who despises the day of small things?”
Those small things… if you can’t look at it with gratitude… you are going to be responsible for it. Don’t complain if there is no harvest in the field.
The Spirit of the Lord is on you, in you and around you. He changes circumstances.
His anointing is on you and He helps you.
See Zech 4:6 and Hag 4:5
Praise God that gives you strength … the Holy Ghost so that you never will be afraid.
The Lord is indescribable Mighty and He holds the whole earth and universe in His hand and the Creator says: Just a short time and I will let the heaven and earth shake and fill My house with My glory.
We are temples of the Lord, we are His children…
Keep courage, work, proclaim victory, don’t harbour fear … abide in His word and know He will bless you.
2 Cor. 3:18; 4:1
There will be times when it will be hard to carry on…
Times when the burden will be too much …