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Lord, Bring Peace to this Place—Haggai 2:6-9

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Haggai 2:1-9, Zechariah 1:1-6, Haggai 2:10-19, Ezra 5:2, Haggai 2:20-23, Zechariah 1:7-5:11

Heavenly Father, on this somber day as we remember the tragedy of 9-11, my heart longs for peace.

“For this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: In just a little while I will again shake the heavens and the earth, the oceans and the dry land. I will shake all the nations, and the treasures of all the nations will be brought to this Temple. I will fill this place with glory, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. The future glory of this Temple will be greater than its past glory, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. And in this place I will bring peace. I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!” —Haggai 2:6-9

Lord, there’s so much hope in these verses. The exiles were returning home. They were looking at a temple leveled to ground zero, wondering how to begin again and You promised to bring peace. You promised the future glory to be greater than the past glory. Lord, let this come to pass in our nation. Bring peace to this place. Let our reputation as a Christian nation who worships and serves You be greater in the future than it’s been in the past.

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. —2 Chronicles 7:14

In Jesus Name. Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Zechariah 6:1-15, Ezra 5:3-6:14a, Zechariah 7:1-8:23

 

Lord, I’ve Lost My Enthusiasm—Haggai 1:14-15

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Daniel 10:1-12:13, Ezra 4:24-5:1, Haggai 1:1-15

Heavenly Father, I know the power of enthusiasm. God-given enthusiasm has been one of the most important tools in my life as a leader. But these days I’m at a place where my enthusiasm fire has almost burned out.

So the Lord sparked the enthusiasm of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the enthusiasm of Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the enthusiasm of the whole remnant of God’s people. They began to work on the house of their God, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, on September 21 of the second year of King Darius’s reign. —Haggai 1:14-15

Lord, I believe Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the remnant of Your people who were returning from exile were burned out as well. I can just imagine what it must have been like to dream for years to return to their homeland, only to find the city, temple, and walls completely destroyed when that day finally arrived.

They must have thought, “where do you start when everything around You has been leveled to the ground?”

Lord, I understand this feeling. Just like Your people returning from exile, You’ve given me knowledge, skills, and abilities to do what You’ve called me to but the job seems overwhelming, especially since I’ve lost my passion and enthusiasm—My “want to” is gone!

Jesus, spark my enthusiasm, like You did for Your people returning to their homeland. Fan the ambers of my heart and get me going again. Ignite my love for people and my desire to help them. Move me from burned out to fired up. Lord do this for the honor of Your Name and the Glory of Your Kingdom.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Haggai 2:1-9, Zechariah 1:1-6, Haggai 2:10-19, Ezra 5:2, Haggai 2:10-19, Ezra, 5:2, Haggai 2:20-23, Zechariah 1:7-5:11

Be Strong All You People Still Left in the Land– Haggai 2:3-5

Today’s Scripture Reading: Haggai 2:1-9; Zechariah 1:1-6; Haggai 2:10-19; Ezra 5:2; Haggai 2:20-23; Zechariah 1:7-5:11

Like most of you, I have been reflecting on that day twelve years ago that changed our world. As I read today’s reading I noticed something that God said through the prophet Haggai that could be said to Americans on September 11th:

Does anyone remember this house–this Temple (this country)–in its former splendor (before 9/11)?  How in comparison does it look to you now?  It seems like nothing at all! But now the Lord says:  Be strong, Zerubbabel.  Be strong, Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest.  Be strong, all you people still left in the land.  And now get to work, for I am with you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.  My Spirit remains among you, just as I promised when you came out of Egypt.  So do not be afraid. –Haggai 2:3-5 (explanation mine)

The Israelites experienced their own type of “September 11th” when their country was taken over by the Babylonians and most of their nation exiled to Babylon.  For 70 years they were waiting; waiting to go home.  One of the things they missed the most was worshiping at the temple. But for many the new temple was no comparison to the old one and they griped and complained as they saw it being built (Ezra 3:12).

They wanted life to be like it was before the day that changed everything, and when it wasn’t they chose to sow discord, pain, and negativity into the already dismal atmosphere.

Since the world began God has given us a choice to either be part of the problem or part of the solution.  That’s the message the prophet Haggai spoke to the Israelites and us for those times when going back isn’t an option.

The Lord says:

  • Be Strong Leaders
  • Be Strong People
  • Get to work, for I am with you
  • My Spirit remains among you
  • Do not be afraid

 

Heavenly Father, I know Your heart grieves for the families who lost their loved ones in the attacks on our country on September 11, 2001.  I also know Your heart grieves for every person who planned and carried out those attacks. How it must break Your heart when Your creation chooses eternal death.  Lord, help us today to choose to be strong people and strong leaders and get to work, without fear and make our corner of this world a place where You reign.  Lord, thank You for being with us.  Holy Spirit, work through us to cause others to know Jesus.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Zechariah 6:1-15; Ezra 5:3-6:14a; Zechariah 7:1-8:23

Unanswered Prayers: 5 Things to Remember—Daniel 10:12-13

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Daniel 10:1 through Daniel 12:13; Ezra 4:24-5:1; Haggai 1:1-15

Can you imagine standing on the beach in Destin and looking up and seeing a man …

  • Dressed in linen clothing?
  • With a belt of pure gold around his waist?
  • With a body that looked like a precious gem?
  • With a face that flashed like lightning?
  • With eyes flaming like torches?
  • With arms and feet that shone like polished bronze?
  • A voice that roared like a vast multitude of people?

And oh by the way, all the other folks on the beach run and hide, so you are alone witnessing this amazing vision.

And then he says,

I’m sorry I’m late, but a funny thing happened on the way to answer your prayer…(Daniel 10:12-13)

Do you believe in angels?

Daniel, chapter ten is one of the most important chapters in Scripture for angelology (the study of angels).  This chapter suggests that an invisible war is constantly fought in the spiritual world which has great impact on the course of nations and the experience of individuals.

It’s really nice to think about having angels to protect us and to watch over our loved ones, but we really don’t want to think about demons hovering over us, delaying our prayers and trying their best to destroy us spiritually and even physically.

Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer.  But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia. Daniel 10:12-13

Friends there’s a war going on.  It began in the Garden of Eden and will continue as long as we’re on this earth—God and Satan, good and evil, angels and demons.

But there’s good news:

  1. God hears every prayer (Daniel 10:12)
  2. God sends angels to answer our prayers and fight for us (Daniel 10:12-13)
  3. God sends angels to strengthen and encourage us (Daniel 10:18-19)
  4. We are precious to God (Daniel 10:11,19)
  5. We do not have to be afraid (Daniel 10:19)

We must not be discouraged when our prayers are not answered immediately. God hasn’t forgotten us.  He’s fighting for us and working all things (even Satan’s demons) for the good of those that love him and are called to according to His purpose for them.  (Romans 8:28)

Heavenly Father, teach us to pray believing You hear and answer our prayers. Give us a boldness to stand against the enemies of our soul.  Holy Spirit help us to be strong and rest in Your peace.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Zechariah 1:1-6; Haggai 2:10-19; Ezra 5:2; Haggai 2:20-23; Zechariah 1:7 through Zechariah 5:11

Be Strong All You People Still Left in the Land– Haggai 2:3-5

Today’s Scripture Reading: Haggai 2:1-9; Zechariah 1:1-6; Haggai 2:10-19; Ezra 5:2; Haggai 2:20-23; Zechariah 1:7-5:11

Like most of you, I have been reflecting on that day eleven years ago that changed our world. As I read today’s reading I noticed something that God said through the prophet Haggai that could be said to Americans on September 11th:

Does anyone remember this house–this Temple (this country)–in its former splendor (before 9/11)?  How in comparison does it look to you now?  It seems like nothing at all! But now the Lord says:  Be strong, Zerubbabel.  Be strong, Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest.  Be strong, all you people still left in the land.  And now get to work, for I am with you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.  My Spirit remains among you, just as I promised when you came out of Egypt.  So do not be afraid. –Haggai 2:3-5 (explanation mine)

The Israelites experienced their own type of “September 11th” when their country was taken over by the Babylonians and most of their nation exiled to Babylon.  For 70 years they were waiting; waiting to go home.  One of the things they missed the most was worshiping at the temple. But for many the new temple was no comparison to the old one and they griped and complained as they saw it being built (Ezra 3:12).

They wanted life to be like it was before the day that changed everything, and when it wasn’t they chose to sow discord, pain, and negativity into the already dismal atmosphere.

Since the world began God has given us a choice to either be part of the problem or part of the solution.  That’s the message the prophet Haggai spoke to the Israelites and us for those times when going back isn’t an option.

The Lord says:

  • Be Strong Leaders
  • Be Strong People
  • Get to work, for I am with you
  • My Spirit remains among you
  • Do not be afraid

 

Heavenly Father, I know Your heart grieves for the families who lost their loved ones in the attacks on our country on September 11, 2001.  I also know Your heart grieves for every person who planned and carried out those attacks. How it must break Your heart when Your creation chooses eternal death.  Lord, help us today to choose to be strong people and strong leaders and get to work, without fear in making our corner of this world a place where You reign.  Lord, thank You for being with us.  Holy Spirit, work through us to cause others to know Jesus.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Zechariah 6:1-15; Ezra 5:3-6:14a; Zechariah 7:1-8:23

Be Strong All You People Still Left in the Land– Haggai 2:3-5

Today’s Scripture Reading: Haggai 2:1-9; Zechariah 1:1-6; Haggai 2:10-19; Ezra 5:2; Haggai 2:20-23; Zechariah 1:7-5:11

Like most of you, I have been reflecting on that day ten years ago that changed our world. As I read today’s reading I noticed something that God said through the prophet Haggai that could be said to Americans on September 11th:

Does anyone remember this house–this Temple (this country)–in its former splendor (before 9/11)?  How in comparison does it look to you now?  It seems like nothing at all! But now the Lord says:  Be strong, Zerubbabel.  Be strong, Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest.  Be strong, all you people still left in the land.  And now get to work, for I am with you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.  My Spirit remains among you, just as I promised when you came out of Egypt.  So do not be afraid. Haggai 2:3-5

The Israelites experienced their own type of “September 11th” when their country was taken over by the Babylonians and most of their nation exiled to Babylon.  For 70 years they were waiting; waiting to go home.  One of the things they missed the most was worshiping at the temple. But for many the new temple was no comparison to the old one and they griped and complained as they saw it being built (Ezra 3:12).

They wanted life to be like it was before the day that changed everything, and when it wasn’t they chose to sow discord, pain, and negativity into the already dismal atmosphere.

Since the world began God has given us a choice to either be part of the problem or part of the solution.  That’s the message the prophet Haggai spoke to the Israelites and us for those times when going back isn’t an option.

The Lord says:

  • Be Strong Leaders
  • Be Strong People
  • Get to work, for I am with you
  • My Spirit remains among you
  • Do not be afraid

Heavenly Father, I know Your heart grieves for the families who lost their loved ones in the attacks on our country on September 11, 2001.  I also know Your heart grieves for every person who planned and carried out those attacks. How it must break Your heart when Your creation chooses eternal death.  Lord, help us today to choose to be strong people and strong leaders and get to work, without fear in making our corner of this world a place where You reign.  Lord, thank You for being with us.  Holy Spirit, work through us to cause others to know Jesus.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Zechariah 6:1-15; Ezra 5:3-6:14a; Zechariah 7:1-8:23

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