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Attitude adjustments!

Scripture reading for May 5th: Ezra 4-6

In today’s political climate, Christians often feel that elected officials are against them and hinder the work that they are called to do.  For example, Christians have been working to reverse the law concerning abortion and have made much progress.  The current administration has sought to reverse the progress and make abortion on demand available for everyone.  It would be easy to get an attitude and loose heart!

Ezra recorded the spiritual battle for the rebuilding of the temple.  When the Jews came to Jerusalem armed with the orders from Cyrus, they were immediately opposed by local political enemies.  These enemies offered to help with the work, but really intended to hinder it.  After they were refused, they changed tactics and wrote letters to the next king, Artazerxes.  These letter brought accusations against the builders and caused the work to cease.  (Ezra 4:18-23)  The builders stopped work and left it unfinished for a time.  Discouragement set in because of political and spiritual opposition!

God’s word cannot be hindered, however. God had spoken through Cyrus that His temple would be rebuilt!   God raised up the prophets Haggai and Zechariah to encourage the people.  (Ezra 5:1-2)  The eye of their God was upon them and another letter was sent to the next king, Darius.  Darius made a search, found the decree of Cyrus, and enforced it!  (Ezra 6:6-12)   God does know how to change attitudes in political power!   Where He guides He also provides!  Darius ordered the bills paid by the royal treasury!  (Ezra 6:8)

We must be careful to not become discouraged or let our attitude droop.  God is in charge and can change the hearts of those in authority.  God’s people must heed the prophetic word to continue the work on His house!  Our focus must not change and our attitude must be positive!  God watches over His word to bring it to pass!

“For seven days they celebrated with joy the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because the Lord had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria, so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel.” Ezra 6:22

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The trap of discouragement!

Scripture reading for May 4th: Ezra 4-6

In today’s political climate, Christians often feel that elected officials are against them and hinder the work that they are called to do.  For example, Christians in America  have been working to reverse the law concerning abortion for many years.  Our current administration seems to want to reverse the progress and make abortion on demand available to anyone and everyone.  It is easy to get an attitude and loose heart!

Ezra records the spiritual battle for the rebuilding of the temple.  When the Jews came to Jerusalem armed with the orders from Cyrus, they were immediately opposed by local political enemies.  These enemies offered to help with the work but were really intent on hindering it.  Their help was refused.  They changed tactics and wrote a letter to King, Artaxerxes.  This letter brought accusations against the builders and caused the work to cease.  (Ezra 4:18-23)   In this battle, discouragement set in because of political and spiritual opposition!

God’s word cannot be hindered, however. God had spoken through Cyrus that His temple would be rebuilt!   God raised up the prophets Haggai and Zechariah to encourage the people.  (Ezra 5:1-2)  God removed Artaxerxes from the rule of authority.   The eye of their God was upon them and another letter was sent to the new king, Darius.  Darius made a search, found the decree of Cyrus, and enforced it!  (Ezra 6:6-12)   God truly knows how to change attitudes in political power!   Where He guides He also provides;  Darius even ordered the bills paid by the royal treasury!  (Ezra 6:8)

We must be careful to not become discouraged or let our poor attitude show.  God is in charge and can change the hearts of those in authority.  God’s people must heed the prophetic word to continue the work on His house!  Our focus must not change and our attitude must be positive!  God watches over His word to bring it to pass!

“For seven days they celebrated with joy the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because the Lord had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria, so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel.” Ezra 6:22

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Woe to the Opposition!

Scripture reading for May 5th: Ezra 4-6

When God’s people set out to rebuild His temple in Jerusalem, there was opposition from those who felt threatened.  Our enemy, Satan, doesn’t like spiritual progress and restoration of true worship.  The rebuilding of God’s temple is all about true worship.  True worship must be accomplished in Spirit and Truth.  (John 4:24)  God’s people must come freely by faith and humbly by God’s prescribe way.  The Temple under the old covenant was God’s prescribed place of worship.

The builders faced opposition. (Ezra 4:1-5)  These enemies came first to offer help in building.  This was a subversive attempt to undermine the work by hindering it.  Zerubbabel saw through their plot and refused their help.  These enemies then tried to discourage and intimidate the workers.  They accused them falsely to King Cyrus and his successor, King Darius.  (Ezra 4:11-16)

God raised up prophets to help the priests and the people.  Haggai and Zechariah spoke to the people and gave them vision and encouragement to complete the work and stand against opposition.  Zerubbabel and Jeshua continued their faithfulness to the plan of God to rebuild.  Good leadership confronted the enemies of God’s people and continued to work!

God watched over the work, and through the governor, Tattenai, a letter was sent to King Darius.  The Jews requested a search of the records and a ruling by King Darius.  The order from King Cyrus was found and in response King Darius commanded Tattenai and the other officials to stay away from the work and allow it to proceed.  Funds from the royal treasury were also to be supplied to finish the project!  (Ezra 6:6-10)

The King even added a penalty to any who would hinder the work of rebuilding God’s temple.  “Furthermore, I decree that if anyone changes this edict, a beam is to be pulled from his house and he is to be lifted up and impaled on it.  And for this crime his house is to be made a pile of rubble.” (Ezra 6:11) This is amazing that a foreign king would so strongly support God’s work!  Yet the hearts of kings are in the hands of the Lord and He turns them as He wills!  (Proverbs 21:1)  God’s  people will always face opposition, yet God’s hand will guide them through each situation!

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Changing attitudes!

Scripture reading for May 5th: Ezra 4-6

In today’s political climate, Christians often feel that elected officials are against them and hinder the work that they are called to do.  For example, Christians have been working to reverse the law concerning abortion and have made much progress.  The current administration seems to want to reverse the progress and make abortion on demand available to anyone and everyone.  It is easy to get an attitude and loose heart!

Ezra records the spiritual battle for the rebuilding of the temple.  When the Jews came to Jerusalem armed with the orders from Cyrus, they were immediately opposed by local political enemies.  These enemies offered to help with the work, intending instead to hinder it, and were refused.  They then changed tactics and wrote letters to the next king, Artazerxes.  These letter brought accusations against the builders and caused the work to cease.  (Ezra 4:18-23)  The builders stopped work and left it unfinished for a time.  Discouragement set in because of political and spiritual opposition!

God’s word cannot be hindered, however. God had spoken through Cyrus that His temple would be rebuilt!   God raised up the prophets Haggai and Zechariah to encourage the people.  (Ezra 5:1-2)  The eye of their God was upon them and another letter was sent to the next king, Darius.  Darius made a search, found the decree of Cyrus, and enforced it!  (Ezra 6:6-12)   God truly knows how to change attitudes in political power!   Where He guides He also provides;  Darius even ordered the bills paid by the royal treasury!  (Ezra 6:8)

We must be careful to not become discouraged or let our attitude droop.  God is in charge and can change the hearts of those in authority.  God’s people must heed the prophetic word to continue the work on His house!  Our focus must not change and our attitude must be positive!  God watches over His word to bring it to pass!

“For seven days they celebrated with joy the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because the Lord had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria, so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel.” Ezra 6:22

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