Rebuilding the Foundations of Canada
Big Idea: The spiritual foundations of Canada are relatively healthy, but they have been weathered and worn by time and poor management. The generations who rule with Jesus in these days have a serious assignment to rebuild the ancient foundations, beginning with ourselves.
Scriptures: The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon Me, for the Lord has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent Me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent Me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for His own glory. They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago. They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generation. Isaiah 61:1-4 NLT
Then the Lord sent this message through the prophet Haggai: “Why are you living in luxurious houses while My house lies in ruins? Haggai 1:3-4 NLT
“Look, I am sending My messenger ahead of You, and he will prepare Your way. He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for Him!’” This messenger was John the Baptist. He was in the wilderness and preached that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven.
Mark 1:2c-4 NLT
Key Word: To “repent”. To regret. A change of the will which results in a change of actions. To think differently.
Repentance has three steps:
- New knowledge
- Regret for the previous course
- Change of action
It was 520 BC. King Darius of Persia had released from captivity 50,000 Jews, 15 years previously, to return to Jerusalem. He’d even financed their trip and helped with the costs of restoring their nation. The Temple of Solomon had been destroyed down to the foundation by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. God’s mandate was to restore the foundations and rebuild the Temple. The Temple, which housed the presence of God, is a picture of the Church, where God now lives.
There had been, upon their return 15 years earlier, enthusiasm and spiritual zeal to rebuild the Temple, but they’d become distracted and discouraged, so they filled up their lacking self-esteem by building nice houses for themselves.
Application to us today. We tend to do the same when we’re disheartened in our jobs, finances, marriages or spiritual lives. We try to fill the void with other things. We look at repairing the foundations as an overwhelming and maybe impossible assignment.
The answer is found in the Word of God.
- Consider your ways!
- I’ll be with you!
- I’ll energize you with my Holy Spirit.
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’”
… Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. Matthew 3:2-8 ESV
“Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may be glorified, says the Lord. Haggai 1:7-8 AKJV
Then Haggai, the messenger of the Lord, spoke to the people with the Lord’s message, “I am with you, declares the Lord.” And the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people. And they came and worked
on the house of the Lord of hosts, their God, on the twenty-fourth day of the month, in the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king. Haggai 1:13-15 ESV
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