Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Being shrewd as you build

If you're new to the Lord or you're getting your spiritual life back in order, be careful who you share your joy and excitement with, because not everyone is going to be happy for you and some will even try to hinder your growth. Building or re-building your life with God does have an aspect of privacy to it. It's vitally important that we spread the good news of Jesus and His kingdom, but until you get a solid foundation under you, it's wise to limit how much comes out of your mouth. Many new believers or those returning to a sanctified life, tend to be overly excited to the point where they draw the enemy to them, who will do all he can to stop the growth, including coming to you as an angel of light. We see this in Israel's history as the Jews prepared to rebuild the Temple of God in Jerusalem.

Ezra 3:12-13 and Ezra 4:1-2 show this truth.

But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away. 

When the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were building a temple for the Lord, the God of Israel, they came to Zerubbabel and to the heads of the families and said, “Let us help you build because, like you, we seek your God and have been sacrificing to him since the time of Esarhaddon king of Assyria, who brought us here.” - Ezra 3:12-13 - 4:1-2.

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