Sweets, my downfall! I grew up with comfort food. We had three meals a day that consisted of good ole southern, something fried, greasy, and good. We always had dessert. When I got home from school, there was always something sweet to eat. Therefore in my adulthood, when I need comfort, I go to food. The past several years have taken a toll on my body. I have gained weight and lost muscle; it doesn’t help that I am getting older either. There was something about sitting down at 4:30 in the afternoon with something sweet and a cup of coffee that eased my soul and brought peace to my aching heart, or at least that is what I thought.
In June, I decided it was time to rebuild the temple; yes, I have had some setbacks, it is a slow process, but I am gradually one step regaining what I am to be. For you, it may not be your body, it may be your home, it may be your job, or it may be your life in general that you need to rebuild. Whatever it is, God will lead you through it.
DIVE INTO SCRIPTURE
I came up with these three little words as we were studying Zachariah. First, we are going to read a scripture from Haggai.
Haggai 1:7-8 New International Version
7 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 8 Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord.
(careful thought to your ways- don’t let anything hold you back, build your temple because you belong to Christ, he takes honor in you having a healthy, joyful temple built for him)
Zechariah 3:3-4 New International Version
3 Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. 4 The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.”
Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.”
(this was one of Zechariah’s visions, so what does it mean- God removes filth and makes you worthy to draw closer to him)
Haggi and Zachariah were two minor prophets. They both came in after the captivity in Babylon when the people returned to Jerusalem. Their jobs were to bring a revival and rebuild the temple. They were to bring change after the captivity, not just outward but also inward. The remnant of people that returned had a big job to do. In year one, they built the altar. During year two, they began the building of the temple, but the non-Jews stopped the construction.
Isn’t it something how Satan will come in and stop what is going on?
There was a difference between Haggi and Zachariah. Haggi’s job was the outward task to rebuild. Zachariah’s teachings brought encouragement. He was to lead the people to an inward change. The people could construct and rebuild all day every day, but if they weren’t changing inwardly, the rebuilding wouldn’t matter.
Your body is God’s temple, and we are to keep ourselves spiritually connected to Him. We honor Him when we take care of ourselves.
I think of me trying to rebuild my temple. Thinking back to last week and the delete button, there are things I must delete so I can reconstruct my temple. Just like the temple’s construction stopped because of the Samaritans, I will stop or get sidetracked because of thoughts, things, or people. That is when I should go to prayer.
Zechariah 10:6-8 New International Version
6 “I will strengthen Judah
and save the tribes of Joseph.
I will restore them
because I have compassion on them.
They will be as though
I had not rejected them,
for I am the Lord their God
and I will answer them.
7 The Ephraimites will become like warriors,
and their hearts will be glad as with wine.
Their children will see it and be joyful;
their hearts will rejoice in the Lord.
8 I will signal for them
and gather them in.
Surely I will redeem them;
they will be as numerous as before
Going to God is what gets us back on track. In this scripture, He promises to strengthen us. When we stay closely connected to Him, his spirit will enable us to do his will despite the obstacles. But we must remain connected to God while rebuilding. So while rebuilding your temple, when your mind takes a detour off the road of rebuilding, go straight to prayer.
As I read about the Jews rebuilding the temple, I thought how relatable this is to us, rebuilding ourselves. First, they were so excited and enthusiastic. They were full speed ahead. But then something happened, they got complacent, and they stopped. How many times have you started something, and you are so excited and then wham something happens, thoughts enter your head, someone says something, and stop?
Then I thought are we rebuilding just for our outward appearance, or are we rebuilding for a complete change mind, body, and soul? When they had a change of heart, an inward change, they got things accomplished. Just like us, we have to have a whole-body transformation, mind, body, and soul.
What do you need to rebuild? What do you need to accomplish to have a transformation mind, body, and soul?
God encourages you to complete the task.
CHALLENGES OF THE WEEK
- Keep Your Daily Appointment
- Dive Deep Into The Word
- Rebuild Your Temple
- Fill Your Cup With Christ