Step Out on God’s Word

Hebrews 11:6 ESV

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Daily Devotional

Ezra 5:1 Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, even unto them.

Great things will be accomplished when you step out on the word of God. That is how Peter ended up walking on water and that is also how water was turned into wine.

The temple of God that was destroyed when the people of Judah were taken captives by the Babylonian was rebuilt because men stepped out on the word of God. It started with Cyrus, King of Persia, in the first year of his reign (Ezra 1); God spoke to him and told him to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. Not only did he put it in writing, he ordered the men of Babylon to give the Israelites provisions in the form of gold, silver and animals to help with the building of the temple. In addition, he mandated that the tabernacle vessels that were taken from the house of God by Nebuchadnezzar be returned to Jerusalem and that the Israelites who had a heart for the rebuilding of the temple should return to Jerusalem to help with the work. 

After the foundation of the temple was laid and Cyrus was no longer King, the adversaries arose and frustrated the effort to rebuild the temple for years and it got so bad that work on the rebuilding of the temple was ordered to cease by King Artaxerxes of Persia in Ezra 4;24, and it stayed like that until the 2nd year of the reign of King Darius. What inspired the recommencement of the work was a word from the Lord that came through the prophet Haggai and Zechariah. At the word of the Lord, the men of Judah moved at once. When the adversaries saw that the work restarted they wrote to King Darius on the matter and he searched through the records and confirmed that indeed the rebuilding of the temple was ordered by King Cyrus and so he wrote back to the adversaries and told them not to meddle with the reconstruction, but instead should give the Jews whatever provision they needed to complete the work.

Given the context of the circumstance that the men of Jerusalem were working with, it was easy for them to be overcome with fear and do nothing, but they stepped out on what the word of God said and completed the rebuilding of the temple. What is the great thing that you are looking to build? Don’t allow yourself to be paralyzed by your immediate circumstances, position yourself to hear what God is saying and then step out on whatever his word says.

Life Application: Hear what God is saying now concerning your dream, ministry, promise and step out on that word.

Dear Lord, help me to step out by faith and accomplish that which you have purposed for me from the beginning of time. I declare that I will walk in faith and obey all the words you have spoken over my life.In Jesus name, amen.

Published by Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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