Wednesday, April 25, 2018

PROSPERITY AND LOYALTY

Today’s Reading: Zechariah 1-3

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This is a model of the Temple from the time of Jesus. King Herod renovated the Temple which had been built in the time of Zechariah 500 years earlier. This Temple was destroyed in 70 AD by the Romans.

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Key Verses: Zechariah 1:17, 2:5

Again proclaim, saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts:

‘My cities shall again spread out through prosperity;

The Lord will again comfort Zion,

And will again choose Jerusalem.'”

“…For I,” says the Lord, “will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.”

 

That word “prosperity,” in our first key verse, may have been a strange concept for these people who had been through very hard times. Ezra, the priest, who had led the original group of Jews back to Jerusalem from Babylon, wrote these words: “So the elders of Israel built, and they PROSPERED through the prophesying of Haggai, the prophet, and Zechariah, the son of Iddo” (Ezra 6:14a). Initially, Zechariah, a younger man, may have ministered as an assistant to Haggai. Zechariah’s book is the longest of all the minor prophets. It is truly a major message from God to all of us.

With preaching, such as in our second key verse, it’s no wonder that the people responded by working together in unity to complete the Temple construction and restore the worship of the One True God. The “wall of fire” would provide protection against temptations from within, because of the glory of God inside, and protection from the attacks of the world from outside. As we daily live in the presence of God, worshipping and serving Him, He’s got us covered!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray that I will never take You for granted, but take You at Your Word! May I rely on Your promises daily, promises such as those found in our key verses. I believe that You are my “Prosperity,” and “The wall of fire” protecting me. Grant that I may be always at peace and that I may be encouraged in my service to You. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I am a greatly blessed man. I’m prospering as a result of the preaching of God-called preachers/pastors. I believe and preach that one should be totally loyal to one’s home Church and Pastor, being present whenever a service is convened. But I also believe and teach that with that solid foundation of loyalty, we can be blessed and encouraged by others. During one period of my life, I went to three Sunday Schools every Sunday: our own church at 10 a.m., the Christian and Missionary Alliance at 2 p.m. and the Salvation Army at 3 p.m. I can hear it now, “This boy had the makings of a fanatic!” Well it just depends on one’s definition of the word “fanatic”…e.g. a sports “fan-atic,” or “someone who is more enthusiastic about their cause than you are about yours.” Anyway, the people of Jerusalem worked with unusual enthusiasm in their cause due to the preaching of those two preachers, and the result was that they prospered!!!

Yours for loving and serving God with all our hearts, minds, souls, and strength!

David

11 thoughts on “Wednesday, April 25, 2018

  1. Such prophetic scripture, prayer and message, today! Oh the prosperity and purity of the myrtle tree. Christ Jesus, let us rise to bring Your Presence ever nearer, through our love, forgiveness and interactions with others—on earth, as it is in heaven. May we be rejoicing, today, saints, for the greatness of the day that is to come because we know our Redeemer lives! Amen, amen, and amen!

    Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice.
    Phil 4:4 ASV

    Nicole C. Mullen – My Redeemer Lives (Lyrics)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRW-jr_PnbQ

    • Amen Beverlee!! agreeing with your words of wisdom…and, yes, I know that my Redeemer lives, Amen and Amen!!

  2. Amen and Amen Beverlee, yes we know that our Redeemer Lives. What a hope and a joy to know that we will see him someday.
    Hapoy belated birthday Ger, I am so glad you had a wonderful surprise party yesterday . May you enjoy many more years so come. Blessings to all. Eleanor M.

  3. Amen conviction with Holy Spirit strength all the good fruits. Strengthening our daily walk with the Lord. He will be our protector and words to say in times of trial. Draw all of us closer to You.

    • We are dong ok Ger, Edward has his MRI on May 7th and I am still going for physio. Hope things are going well for you. The Lord is my rock which I cling to.

  4. The LORD is our shield and buckler, a very present help in trouble: Thank you Jesus that you will never leave us or forsake us!!
    Prayer for this Nation of Canada and its leaders is essential, that it once again be a Nation under God!! Amen!

  5. it appears 100 Huntley Street is asking for funding; they needed a certain amount by a certain date!
    A prayer partner blocked me from using the Prayer line, this was at the beginning of the month; the reason was that I had asked for one prayer to many……I now have a very cold, callus message left if I dial the prayer number!
    Consequently my family all 15 have pulled their donations…..
    a message was left with Lorna Dueck but no reply to date! It’s very sad……
    no one seems to deal with this situation. I do believe that David Mainse would be looking into this matter……

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