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Build God’s House First

“Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I will return to Jerusalem with mercy, and there my house will be rebuilt. And the measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” Zechariah 1:16”

– Zechariah 1:16

Once the Israelites left Babylon and arrived back in Jerusalem, they discovered a bit of a mess. After seventy years away, they hardly knew where to begin when it came to rebuilding. Thankfully, the Lord spoke vividly through a young prophet named Zechariah, and he received a vision from the Holy Spirit whose message was clear — “Return to me and I will return to you.” 

Though His people had once turned their back on God and endured years of suffering as a result, their Heavenly Father was now offering them a second chance. While there was much work to be done in the long-forsaken city, the Lord made it apparent that the first priority was to rebuild His temple. While this seems a bit impractical considering that there were more “pressing” needs and projects, it cast a vision and symbolized a return to their one true source of blessing. 

My friend, as you heal and move away from whatever has held you captive to any less than abundant life, it’s imperative to rely on your relationship with Jesus. Your heart is the home of His temple, and when you build the rhythms of your daily routine around His presence, you will experience the deepest and richest of spiritual blessings. By letting His priorities define yours, you invite peace, protection, healing, joy, and strength to fill your soul. Even better, you partner with the Holy Spirit in bringing His Kingdom to earth so others can witness His power and ask Him to mend their brokenness, too!

Prayer


Jesus, I want you to be first in my life. Have your way in my spirit and use me to bear witness to your glory and goodness.

Reflection


Do you seek to build the Lord’s temple within your heart? How?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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