2. The Uncommon ministry of the uncompromising prophets
3. The Time after the exile
4. The Building of the post Exilic Temple
5. The First advent of Christ, where the lepers were cleansed, the dead raised and the sick healed.
6. The Time of the outpouring of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost
7. The Calling and Conversion of Paul the Apostle for the salvation of the Gentile world
Now the temple has been built, and He says that His house shall be called a house of prayer. But what kind of prayer? There is the understanding and the covenant of the Lord that His ears will be opened unto your prayers in this place (2 Chronicles 6:20). “Then hear thou from the heavens, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest to them and to their fathers” (2 Chronicles 6:25). There will be forgiveness, mercies and recovery of all blessings that we have lost in this place as we pray. If there is famine, unemployment and sickness, and as you come to this place they will stop as we pray in Jesus Name. “Then what prayer or what supplication soever shall be made of any man, or of all thy people Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house” (2 Chronicles 6:29). He will give us grace not to backslide, and you will not backslide, you will continue till the very end in Jesus Name (2 Chronicles 6:31).All our invitees, and unbelievers as they come in here to pray in this place, will be blessed with spiritual, physical and all kinds of blessings in Jesus Name (2 Chronicles 6:32). “Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness” (2 Chronicles 6:41).You will rejoice today.
POINT 3. THE POWER OF THE RENEWED DEVOTION
Haggai 2:4; Joshua 14:11
As Haggai calls us to a new dispensation, he reveals the power and possibilities we have in Christ. Having come to this new Temple, Tabernacle and House of God, the Lord wants to begin a new thing with His church, He wants us to have a renewed devotion and dedication as believers as well.
Our renewed devotion entails:
1. Be strong, the power of the Lord abides in you – Haggai 2:4; Joshua 14:11
“Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord ; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord , and work: for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts” (Haggai 2:4). The time of weakness, trembling, and that you cannot do this is over in your life. You can do all things through Christ which strengthens you. You’ve come here and you will carry power home, to the field and the workplace. Let the weak say, I am strong. Be strong, you are strong from now on, no weakness in your life anymore; your heart, mind and life is strong.
Language of weakness, fearfulness, cannot, and tiredness, cut it off your mouth. Now I can. “Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said” (Joshua 14:12). You will face new challenges with new courage and power. There is no mountain that confronts you that you will not be able to conquer. My God is able.
2. And work – Haggai 2:4; Mark 13:34
He has given us work to do, we are not going to hold back, you have the liberty, you will work for the Lord. “For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch” (Mark 13:34). There is no redundant member in the house of the Lord, He has given to every man his work, and the power to do and succeed; you will not fail nor falter.
3. Fear ye not – Haggai 2:5; Isaiah 8:12,18; 35:4-6,8-10; 41:10-15; 54:4,14,17; 43:1-2,18-19
You are now on top of every situation in your life. In the dark, in the day, whatever the enemies say or do, whatever medical reports or x-ray reveal, fear ye not: you are going to overcome everything and the Lord will deliver you from every fear in Jesus Name. Talk, walk, and live confidently when others around you are afraid (Isaiah 8:12,18). “Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more” (Isaiah 54:4). Whatever comes and happens, the Lord is assuring you that you will not be ashamed. Fear not!
“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:19). The new day has started for you as a Church, forget the past, don’t talk, cry and mourn like in the past; a new day has come for you.
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