Don't Let Static Stop You
They sent a letter unto him, wherein was written thus; Unto Darius the king, all peace. Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands. Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to make up these walls? We asked their names also, to certify thee, that we might write the names of the men that were the chief of them. And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and build the house that was builded these many years ago, which a great king of Israel builded and set up. But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven unto wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and carried the people away into Babylon. But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon the same king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God. And the vessels also of gold and silver of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that was in Jerusalem, and brought them into the temple of Babylon, those did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered unto one, whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he had made governor; And said unto him, Take these vessels, go, carry them into the temple that is in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be builded in his place. Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and laid the foundation of the house of God which is in Jerusalem: and since that time even until now hath it been in building, and yet it is not finished. Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.
When the exiles returned from Babylon, God stirred up their spirits to rebuild His temple. God was putting them on a path to rebuild the Nation of Israel in which He had handed over for destruction to King Nebuchadnezzar. When their adversaries caught wind of the rebuilding, they approached the Jews claiming that they wanted to help rebuild. The Jews told them that they had no part in rebuilding the temple of God and refused their proposal. This sparked their adversaries to write a letter to King Artaxerxes informing him of the rebuilding and of how it would be a threat to the king’s empire. The letter stated that Israel had once been a great nation with its own great king and if reestablished, would no longer want to pay tribute to, taxes to, or follow customs of the Persian Empire. So King Artaxerxes made a decree that the rebuilding was to cease immediately. In the second year of King Darius, the Jews started the rebuilding process once again. Still, there were adversaries of the Jews that did not want to see the rebuilding take place. We see in this passage of Scripture, this time the attempt to stop the rebuilding failed. In a letter that was taken to King Darius, the Jews reminded him of a decree that King Cyrus had made that instituted provision for the rebuilding of God’s temple. In Persian law, once a decree had been made by a king, it could not be revoked. Because God had called His people to rebuild, and had a hand in the matter, King Darius not only allowed the rebuilding to take place, but he also decreed that the cost be paid in full from the royal revenue.
What we see taking place in Ezra, isn't that how it still is today? When God calls a person or people to do something, immediately, hell’s army comes out in full force against it. The devil keeps his sight set on attempting to destroy God’s plans. If he can get his hand in it and discourage those called, then he thinks he can stop God from fulfilling His purposes. The devil has no more sense than to think that he can stop God. God’s will is going to be carried out regardless of whether or not we succeed. But we have to be educated enough in the Word of God that we may know how to resist the devil when he comes against us. The devil will do all he can to discourage us from doing what God has called us to do. The devil doesn't play by a set of rules; he will use anything he can, including the people closest to you, to prevent you from carrying out God’s will.
Is there any hope for us to carry out God’s calling? The answer is YES! The devil only has as much power as you allow him to have. He is a defeated foe! Our elder brother Jesus whipped him and stripped him of his power over 2,000 years ago. Jesus has imparted power to us, the Holy Spirit, to have dominance over every act of the devil. It is up to us to exercise that authority over the enemy. The devil has no business being in any part of the life of the child of God. When you and I exercise our power, by the Holy Spirit, with authority, the devil has to flee. Why? Because no devil can stand in the presence of God. When the Holy Spirit comes, the devil has to go! When we, as God’s children, realize this truth and act on it with authority, in faith, we are able to take back all that the enemy has stolen from us. The Bible says that the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. We have the power of Christ living on the inside of us and we can and will triumph over every work of the devil. We not only come out on top, but God blesses us in abundance of what we need to carry out His will just like He did in Ezra 6:8. Not only did God provide that the rebuilding would take place, He also provided the funds for it from the king’s royal revenue. Praise God!
My encouragement to you today is to urge you to carry out the work that our Lord has called you to do. If you have been discouraged, it doesn't matter how long or how many times, I encourage you to take a leap of faith with the power and authority that has been given to you by the Holy Spirit Who dwells within you. Just like God’s people in the Book of Ezra, you too can succeed, you too can overcome every obstacle, and you too can carry out the will of God for your life. Go forth knowing that Jesus has gone ahead of you and that there is no defeat for the child of God! God bless you and be with you on your journey, in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen!