Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Glorious! A place of Wholeness and Holiness!




God just finished REALLY challenging His people to put Him first, and His temple first, over their desperate attempts to scratch out a living from the barren hard dry ground.

Today - a promise...

Haggai 2
This Temple Will End Up Better Than It Started Out
1 -3 On the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the Word of God came through the prophet Haggai: "Tell Governor Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and High Priest Joshua son of Jehozadak and all the people: 'Is there anyone here who saw the Temple the way it used to be, all glorious? And what do you see now? Not much, right?
4 -5"'So get to work, Zerubbabel!'—God is speaking.
"'Get to work, Joshua son of Jehozadak—high priest!'
"'Get to work, all you people!'—God is speaking.
"'Yes, get to work! For I am with you.' The God-of-the-Angel-Armies is speaking! 'Put into action the word I covenanted with you when you left Egypt. I'm living and breathing among you right now. Don't be timid. Don't hold back.'

Again - put God first. The results will be astonishing...

6 -7"This is what God-of-the-Angel-Armies said: 'Before you know it, I will shake up sky and earth, ocean and fields. And I'll shake down all the godless nations. They'll bring bushels of wealth and I will fill this Temple with splendor.' God-of-the-Angel-Armies says so.
8'I own the silver, I own the gold.' Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.

They are struggling so hard just to get food - much less silver and gold. Yet God says He is going to bless them and their work and their lives beyond their dreams...

9"'This Temple is going to end up far better than it started out, a glorious beginning but an even more glorious finish: a place in which I will hand out wholeness and holiness.' Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies."

In God's presence there will be found wholeness and holiness. Not just prosperity and abundance. No all that and much more. Wholeness. Internally. Externally. In relationships. Amongst the family. At work.

And Holiness. Walking in harmony with the God of the Universe.

Gives me shivers!

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