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  1. The restoration of the temple is a heart matter: Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. 2Thes 2:3,4
    The “temple” has been run down, corrupted, contaminated. The temple object lesson in Haggai is about our hearts and minds needing a correct picture of Christ to replace the lies and distortions of the Evil one.

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    • Amen Suzanne Bars, The main emphasis of God's love message by Haggai is to restore and refocus the minds of His people to the presence of God as their first and foremost priority. God is secondary in their plannings and for this, the presence of the Lord is absence from the temple and their hearts. When Christ is not first in our lives we will experience defeat and destruction that will lead to deeper perplexities and doubts of the pure uncomprehensionable love of God. From the beginning, the temple was initially instructed to Moses by God with His choice of every details according to His standard. There must not be any additions or subractions by man. This is required for the holy presence of God to dwell in the sanctuary and with His people. Any addition or subtraction from God's standard will hinder the presence of God in the temple. The same standard apply to the church and us as individuals. Are we keeping our sanctuaries pure in accordance to God's standard or are we neglecting and lower God's standard? This will determine the presence of God with us or the absence of God in our midst. As an individual, am i living according to God's standard in the music i listen to, the food that i intake, what i watch and the kind of entertainment i engage myself to? All these will reflect the attributes and confirm the presence and the indwelling of Christ in self and in the Church. Is my daily prayer for the help of the Holy Spirit that i may constantly discerning the highest standards of God in my mind so that the indwelling of Christ is abiding in me. We can do all things with Christ who strengthens us. This song comes to mind; Without Him i would be dying, without Him i'd be afraid, without Him i would be drifting, like a Ship without a Sail. Thank you Jesus for your forever presence with us that we now can have hope for Eternal Life.

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