Wednesday, January 18 They Will Lay The Foundation of This Temple
Topic: The Power Of The Holy Spirit Is To Build
“The hands of Zerubbabel, Have laid the foundation of this temple; His hands shall also finish it. Then you will know That the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you. Zechariah 4: 9 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Zechariah 4:9 (NLT)-9 “Zerubbabel is the one who laid the foundation of this Temple, and he will complete it. Then you will know that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has sent me.
Zechariah 4:9 (AMP)-9 “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundations of this house, and his hands will finish it. Then you will know (recognize, understand fully) that the Lord of hosts has sent me [as His messenger] to you.
Zechariah 4:9 (MSG) 8 After that, the Word of God came to me: “Zerubbabel started rebuilding this Temple and he will complete it. That will be your confirmation that God-of-the-Angel-Armies sent me to you.
In this portion we see how the scripture describe the reason why God had anointed Zerubbabel. It was clear that the power of the Spirit came upon his life with the purpose of building the temple. In Ezra 5: 2 we are told, ” So Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, rose up and began to build the house of God which is in Jerusalem; and the prophets of God were with them, helping them..” There was unity and motivation to build the temple in which the glory of God was to fill. Only the power of the Holy Spirit was able to mobilize not only Zerubbabel, but also all the people!
Today we must realize true building is only accomplished by the power of Holy Spirit; only He can bring growth in our lives and in the work of ministry, as 1 Corinthians 3: 6-7 tells us, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.” One puts his hands to the plow, but is the power of the Holy Spirit that produces results. Without the work of the Spirit, everything will be in vain, and our work will be ineffective. We will put effort and endeavor without lasting results!
Today we must examine and evaluate how we are building? Only the power of the Spirit can enable us to carry out the work that lies ahead. The power of the Holy Spirit is to build, to strengthen, and to carry out the eternal purposes of God. It will not be by our own strength that we will fulfill the things that only the power of the Holy Spirit can do. In Psalm 127: 1 we are told, “Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.” Today is the time to exercise the power given to us by the Lord. Our human weakness leads us to depend on the power of the Holy Spirit to build properly and effectively in 2017.
Ezra 3:10 (NKJV)-10 When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the Lord, according to the ordinance of David king of Israel.
Ezra 3:8 (NKJV)-8 Now in the second month of the second year of their coming to the house of God at Jerusalem, Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, Jeshua the son of Jozadak,[a] and the rest of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all those who had come out of the captivity to Jerusalem, began work and appointed the Levites from twenty years old and above to oversee the work of the house of the Lord.
Ezra 5:16 (NKJV)-16 Then the same Sheshbazzar came and laid the foundation of the house of God which is in Jerusalem; but from that time even until now it has been under construction, and it is not finished.”
Ezra 5:2 (NKJV)-2 So Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak[a] rose up and began to build the house of God which is in Jerusalem; and the prophets of God were with them, helping them.
Ezra 6:14 (NKJV)-14 So the elders of the Jews built, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they built and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the command of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.
Matthew 16:18 (NKJV)-18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
1 Corinthians 3:16 (NKJV)-16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1 Peter 2:5 (NKJV)-5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Jude 20 (NKJV)-20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.
1 Chronicles 22:11 (NKJV)-11 Now, my son, may the Lord be with you; and may you prosper, and build the house of the Lord your God, as He has said to you.
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