A More Glorious Ending

Posted: December 20, 2010 in Haggai

“Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.” Thomas Jefferson

Haggai Chapter Two – This Temple Will End Up Better Than It Started Out

i am going to end up better than i started out! i am reminded that my physical being  is temporal. So my concern for my physical being comes from my desire to do the word, for the fruit of the spirit to be evident in my life.  

 1-3 On the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the Word of God came through the prophet Haggai: “Tell Governor Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and High Priest Joshua son of Jehozadak and all the people: ‘Is there anyone here who saw the Temple the way it used to be, all glorious? And what do you see now? Not much, right?

Only Ann Marie knows the former physical me. i was a whole 120 pounds when i got married 38 years ago. It wasn’t until i entered ministry that i took on my current look. All those meetings, lunches, dinners, appointments, parties, celebrations and any other excuse that could be found for eating. Add that to less physical activity due to no time for it because we were sitting at some type of meeting… eating. God is saying, “ed put the past behind you!  This is no time to stand around grieving — or reminiscing about the good old days — or thinking about all the regrets and the “what if’s” of the past years. It is time to move forward.” God said the very same thing to Joshua, “Moses my servant is dead; so get going!”

 4-5“‘So get to work, Zerubbabel!’—God is speaking. “‘Get to work, Joshua son of Jehozadak—high priest!’ “‘Get to work, ed and all you people!’—God is speaking.

 “‘Yes, ed get to work for I am with you.” The God-of-the-Angel-Armies is speaking! TO YOU!

‘Put into action the word I covenanted with you when you left Egypt (of course i did not physically leave Egypt but i did leave the old life behind). I’m living and breathing among you right now. Don’t be timid. Don’t hold back.’ (Don’t procrastinate)  6-7“This is what God-of-the-Angel-Armies said: ‘Before you know it, I will shake up sky and earth, ocean and fields. And I’ll shake down all the godless nations. They’ll bring bushels of wealth and I will fill this Temple (me) with splendor.’ God-of-the-Angel-Armies says so.  8‘I own the silver, I own the gold.’ Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.

For me the meat of these verses comes next and it’s not because of the “IN which I will hand out wholeness and holiness.” For me it’s the glorious ending. His Temple (me) will have a glorious ending. I will stay away from what i would like that to look like. What ever God sees fit to do with my obedience which He says, will be more glorious than when i started out will be fine with me.

9‘This Temple is going to end up far better than it started out, a glorious beginning but an even more glorious finish: a place IN which I will hand out wholeness and holiness.‘ Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.”

Recap… The past is the past and i must let it go. i can’t eat what i used to nor as much as i used to and expect it to have no effect like when i was in my 20’s. The idea of no exercise is gone. It is now required just like obedience. i will only be able to do this, realizing that God is with me. And when those two things come together signs and wonders will follow. Wholeness and holiness will be handed out from within me. There will not only be a spiritual change but a physical, mental and emotional change as well.

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