“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
“Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building, And hired counselors against them, to frustrate their purpose…” (Ezra 4:4-5).
Every time we set out to do something to further the kingdom it seems that the enemy comes in and tries to stop our efforts just like they did to Judah when they were rebuilding the temple. What will it take for us to continue to move forward?
It certainly wasn’t an ideal situation, because everything had been destroyed when Nebuchadnezzar was allowed to take the Israelites captive and force them to go to Babylon. Then after he saw the writing on the wall and it was interpreted by Daniel, he still had to have pride removed from his heart. He became as an animal for years.
That of course was a long time ago, this was now the “new era” and naturally people had forgotten such extraordinary events. The Israelites made their sojourn back to their homeland which was destroyed: that which belonged to the Lord had been stolen. They had a command from God to rebuild, and a decree to build, permission granted by King Cyrus of Persia, even until the reign of Darius King of Persia.
The problem came about because concerned citizens mistook their tears of joy and shouts of triumph, for a disturbance and they set out to stop the rebuilding. These concerned citizens hired counselors (lawyers), weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building, just to “frustrate their purpose.” Even with the opposition, they knew that God had told them to rebuild the temple. They were finally ordered to cease.
When God gives us a calling, and we are faced with opposition, we need to rethink our thoughts about giving up, quitting, or becoming discouraged.
We can depend on God to be faithful according to His purpose, not ours. So many times we never get much accomplished for God because we’re afraid to fail, so we abstain from obeying God.
What we need to realize is that when we abstain from obeying God, we are failing God and ourselves! Too often we rob our own selves out of the blessing and the strength that comes when we completely surrender to God. We’re not our own. We’re bought with a price; and we’re not planning on sacrificing our homeland, only to receive less than God’s best in return.
(By the way, The Israelites didn’t give up; God always makes a way. Read about it in Ezra 3-6)
We have a choice to either live for God, or not. There is no middle road to follow. The government took out prayer in public schools; however, in this week’s Lattereign, I believe that as long as there are students, there will be prayers made. Follow the link to read more: There will always be prayer in Schools.