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singapore-243669_640Ezra 1:3: Whoever is among you of all his people, may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and rebuild the house of the LORD, the God of Israel—he is the God who is in Jerusalem.

There are at least seven things that need to be built in our lives.

1. Relationship with God

2. The people of God

3. A reputation

4. Trust in God

5. Wall of protection

6. Finances

7. Hope

1.            Relationship with God

Relationship with God needs to be built. Not everyone is at the same of level of relationship with God. When we become Christ in a way God knows us as his, but the process of knowing him just began, that knowledge and understanding of him is meant to be a lifelong pursuit. When the relationship is God is not built, nothing else is worth building, when you don’t know God, nothing else is worth knowing. It will be like a waste of time in the ultimate scheme of things.

2.            The people of God

The people of God should be built up spiritually, not fed with empty activities but fed on the word of God, which is the spiritual food; the word is the building block of our lives. We should take in the engrafted word of God which is able to save our souls (James 1:21-23). The quality of our life on earth will be determined by the transformation we have experienced through the word, the change the word has caused to the form of our soul, because it is our soul that forms our earthly life. The task of the spiritual leaders is to build the children in faith and in the word, and both are related. It is written that faith comes by hearing the word of God on a continuous basis. The people of God should be built up in truth of their inheritance in Christ Jesus (Acts 20:32).

What the people of God needs is to be built up. The leaders will not be built up by wishful thinking. They will not build them up by complaining against how things are, or shaming, threats and harassment; they will be changed by the ministration of the word, and nothing else, to which they should be exposed to on a constant basis.

3.            Reputation

The bible says that a good name is to be prized more than rubies (Proverbs 22:1). In this world reputation is a currency. That is why you have your resume. There in a summary of your reputation as you want people to view them, to help them form a favourable judgement of you, giving them a summary of the reputation you have built over the years.

You reputation is the basis of the confidence that people will have in you. They may not have met you but they will relate with you, have expectations of you, based on the reputation you have build determine (which will in turn determine your value).

Paul said that he does not what people to have a higher expectation of him based on hearsay but based on their experience of him (2Corinthians 12:6-9). He doesn’t go about blowing his own trumpet (2Corinthians 3:1, 10:12-18), trying to get people to see him in a good light. He does not want to create a myth, a false air around himself. He doesn’t want to create a bubble, because eventually the bubble will burst and the false claims made or exaggerations expressed will be disclosed as untrue. The bible says: let another man praise you and not your own mouth (Proverbs 27:2).

4.            Trust in God

This has to do with God, the need to have built in us, a solid base of trust-in-God. At salvation, we got to trust God for our eternal salvation, but afterwards we need to learn to trust him every step of the way along our lives’ path, developing a lifestyle of faith.

Even at Jesus’ point of death, He trusted God with his life. He said: into your hands I commit my Spirit. It was at a time he had just said: “my God why have you forsaken me (Mark 15:32, Luke 23:46)?” in a tone of loss, but afterwards he still trusted him with his spirit, just like Job still trusted God even after all he went through. He said: “even if he slays me I will still trust him (Job 13:15),” in an expression of unshakable attachment/trust to God.

Paul said: I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that he is able to keep what I have put in his charge till the end (2Timothy 1:12).  He said this after many years of dealing with God, relating to him, he can say: I know him, and because of that I trust him.

Abraham needed to have a good amount of trust in God to immediately obey God when he asked him to sacrifice his son (Genesis 22). He trusted God that he (God) would not do anything but the best things for him. The bible says that as far as he was concerned, Abraham was firm in his belief that for God to ask for the sacrifice of Isaac and Isaac being the promised miraculous child through whom God will make Abraham a father of nations, he was absolutely sure that God will raise up his son from the dead (Hebrews 11:17-19), since God was incorrigible faithful. That was the only logical thought that aligned with his understanding of the goodness of God he has learn to truth overtime. He trusted God to the hilt. That is why God decided to bless him in like measure.

5.            Wall of protection

When the wall of Jerusalem was broken down in the time of Nehemiah, it was a shame on the people (Nehemiah 1:1-3). The wall represent the identity for the city, it gives it shape, defines its space.

The building of a wall around a possession is to guide and tend it, just as God gave Adam the Garden of Eden to create wall of protection and possession around it, preserving it, as his (Genesis 2:8-15). Similarly, you are supposed to give a cover to whatever God gives you in prayer. Jesus said: watch and pray so that we don’t fall prey and lose our standing (Matthew 26:41). We read: he that breaks the hedge, the serpent will bite (Ecclesiastes 10:8). The wall is to protect against harmful intruders into what we have been given rule over.

6.            Finances

You should build up your financial base. It is not the best to live from hand to mouth. That may be the case now, but the will of God is that you make progress from there, to not be a borrower but a giver (Proverbs 22:7, Deuteronomy 28:12). And that does to happen if you are a spendthrift, if you are a compulsive buyer. If you do not build up your finances, you will not be a blessing as you should.

7.            Hope

One thing that should be built in you is hope. Hope is one of the three qualities which Paul says abides forever, having eternal relevance (1Corinthians 13:13). Not only that, it is also associated with faith (Hebrews 11:1), so you need it.

Hope is the picture of the future and without that picture (that template) we would not be able to operate according to God’s preferences for us (we would not be able to cooperate with God), in that ever progressive sense.

Hope is the assuredness that God will come through for you, and it should stay with you throughout your lifetime and into eternity. Paul describes hope as the anchor for the soul which goes into the very presence of God (Hebrews 6:17-20), meaning it ensures our stability in the turbulent waters of this world, helping us to stay focused on the agenda of God.

Our life is guided by our expectation which is based on the inner template we are working with. The bible says that to him that is joined to the living there is hope (Ecclesiastes 9:4), there is something better ahead; there is a possibility of greater things. You always need to have in you the conviction that there is something better ahead, that there is something to stretch towards, it gives pep to living. That is what will make life exciting. So always build up you hope, or allow God to build up hope in you. Fixate on the picture God has and is showing you, and don’t get distracted by the devil’s pictures of fear, hopelessness, aimlessness and futility. Let hope in God guide your interpretation of events, it will guide how you react to it, determining your outcome.

 

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