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The renewed church

On that day, the LORD’s branch will become beautiful and glorious. The earth’s fruit will be the pride and splendor of Israel’s survivors. Whoever remains in Zion and is left in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who is on the list of those living in Jerusalem. When the Lord washes the filth from Zion’s daughters, and cleanses Jerusalem’s bloodguilt from within it by means of a wind of judgment and a searing wind, then the LORD will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over its assembly a cloud by day and smoke and the light of a blazing fire by night. Over all the glory there will be a canopy, which will be a booth by day for shade from the heat and a hiding place and shelter from a stormy downpour. -Isaiah 4:2-7 (CEB)

This passage was an encouragement to ancient Israel, for those who survived the calamities described in the previous chapter. Today, we have changes coming, shaking and quaking and rearranging. There will be great confusion in the world, but …

The coming quaking

This is what the LORD of heavenly forces says: In just a little while, I will make the heavens, the earth, the sea, and the dry land quake. I will make all the nations quake. The wealth of all the nations will come. I will fill this house with glory, says the LORD of heavenly forces.
-Haggai 2:6-7

I believe that a shaking is coming. I believe God is going to shake the nations. I believe that it will change things. Some things and people will be shaken loose and other things and people will be shaken from their high places.

I believe that the wealth of the nations will come to the house of the Lord (the church), and I believe that God is going return His glory to His house (the church).

Originally, Haggai wrote this word about 500 years before Christ; that Messiah would come, he would physically enter the temple, his coming would quake and shake all the world, he would redeem the nations, and fill the temple with glory. It came to pass in Jesus.

But in the past 2000 years, it has…

Be in the shelter of God's presence for protection

Living in the Most High’s shelter, camping in the Almighty’s shade, I say to the LORD, “You are my refuge, my stronghold! You are my God—the one I trust!”
You who sit down in the High God's presence, spend the night in Shaddai's shadow, Say this: "God, you're my refuge. I trust in you and I'm safe!"
Live under the protection of God Most High and stay in the shadow of God All-Powerful.

Because you’ve made the LORD my refuge, the Most High, your place of residence.
Yes, because God's your refuge, the High God your very own home.
The LORD Most High is your fortress. Run to him for safety.

God says, “Because you are devoted to me, I’ll rescue you. I’ll protect you because you know my name.
"If you'll hold on to me for dear life," says God, "I'll get you out of any trouble. I'll give you the best of care if you'll only get to know and trust me.
The Lord says, "If you love me and truly know who I am, I will rescue you and keep…

Fading glory

On that day, Jacob’s glory will dwindle; his sleek body will waste away. -Isaiah 17:4

There is a fading of glory that is occurring. Things that are not built on the rock are going to have problems when the flood comes. Old ways of success that involved cheating, unethical dealings, and fraud won't work any more for certain people. Alliances that believers have made that are ungodly will come to light; be exposed, cancelled; and rendered null and void. Those who continue in them will fade and become irrelevant to the kingdom of God, like the men who sewed up the curtains in the temple that were ripped when Christ rose from the grave.

Jacob's glory will dwindle, Jacob's glory will fade. I believe that the reason that the people in question are called Jacob, rather than Israel or Ephraim is that God is saying, "you have gone back to your old self, before I changed you, and are building upon that old self, instead of the new person who encountered Me and began to learn…

In Christ, for Christ, and to Christ in 2012

Two little lines I heard one day, Traveling along life's busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.
-CT Studd (1860-1931)

I got the idea that many of us, Christian people of faith, have built things or grown things or even birthed things in our lives that are not from God or were not conceived with God. We might be under an illusion or delusion that everything is from God, like things we were born with, or everything that comes our way. We might think any opportunity knocking is God. We might think that any choice we make to get into something or allow something into our lives has God in it. After all, God loves me and God is with me; so what I have and what I am into, God automatically approves of because God is full of love. No, this is not true, but is a delusion.

The truth is that we Christian people can be involved in all sorts of things that are…

Ask for the Ancient Paths in 2012

The LORD proclaims:
Stop at the crossroads and look around;
ask for the ancient paths.
Where is the good way?
Then walk in it and find a resting place for yourselves.
But you said, “We won’t go!”
-Jeremiah 6:16 (CEB)

The beginning of a new year is a good time make a course correction. If you knew that hard times were coming, wouldn't you want to get closer to God now? If you knew that calamity was coming, wouldn't you want to get closer to God today? When the day of disaster comes, personal disaster or national disaster, people will cry out to God and some might curse God. Wouldn't it be better to be connected to God as deeply as possible before the hard times come?

There's no time like now to choose to walk closer to God. A crossroads is an opportunity and a challenge. You have to go one way or the other. You are forced to choose and each choice has consequences. You are blessed to have a choice, but you have to take responsibility for choosing. We can't be passi…