THEME: JERUSALEM TEMPLE
Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
-Jesus is coming soon. We are called to always be ready and hold fast our faith in Him so that we may obtain eternal life. We who will overcome by faith will stand like pillars in the new Jerusalem and His new name will be written on our foreheads so that no one will snatch us away from Him (Rev 22:4-5). Like apostle Paul, we are called to fight the good fight of faith and perseverance with the aim of winning the race and the crown of glory will be placed on us; on the Day of the Lord (1 Tim 4:7-8).
-The first Jerusalem temple was constructed by king Solomon after his father David gave him the designs which originated from God. David had shed blood and the Lord could not permit him to build His house. In 586 B.C.E, king Nebuchadnezzar led the Babylonian troops to Jerusalem and they destroyed the temple. They took away all the articles of gold and silver, burnt down the temple and destroyed the wall around it (2 Kin 25:8-10). Half a century later king Cyrus II, the king of Persia overthrew Babylonia and made a decree that the temple should be rebuilt. These instructions came from the Lord; that the prophecy of Jeremiah may be fulfilled (Ezra 1:1-3). The king also ordered for the return of the captives to Judah and Jerusalem along them was Nehemiah. He also instructed that the articles of gold and silver be returned to the temple. The construction of the second temple was spearheaded by Zerubbabel and it was completed in 515 B.C.E. Prophet Ezra then re-instituted temple worship in Jerusalem leading the people to spiritual restoration. The temple served as a place of worship, sacrifice, sanctification and prayer even during the time of Jesus. During the great revolt of Jews against Rome in 70 C.E, the temple was destroyed as Jesus prophesied in Mark 13:1-2. We have since become the temples of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. In Him there is no Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free but are all one in Christ through faith. We are reminded to maintain a life of holiness as God is holy so that we may not grief the Holy Spirit. In this quest the Holy Spirit helps us and strengthens us for His grace is sufficient for us all. We therefore look to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; Who will bring forth the new Jerusalem so that we may dwell with Him forever. To lay our treasures in heaven where is neither moth nor rust, weeping nor crying, death nor darkness for Christ will be it’s Light. To follow the will of the Father with submission and we will receive our reward.
Jesus You are the Light of the world; thank You for giving us the gift of salvation. Fill our lives, families, societies, work places, churches, nation and entire world with You light so that Your Kingdom may be made known and upheld by all men. Thank You Holy Spirit for loving us. Increase our faith and wisdom so that we may not loose our crowns but enjoy abundant life with You. Grant us the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control; so that we may always do Your will. Cover us with Your precious blood Jesus and deliver us from all evil. Renew our minds and cleanse our hearts so that we may always submit to Your holy will. Help us Jesus to store up our treasures in heaven and always focus our eyes on You; the Author and Finisher of our faith. Guide us Father as we give our tithes, offerings and increase of our first fruit to Your temple that we may follow Your will. Expand our territories Lord and grant us Your eternal grace by Your merciful love. You are the King of grace Jesus, thank You for granting us abundant life now and forever. Amen
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