Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CONTENTMENT

Where would we be if everybody, believer or non-believer, was content with their life? There would be no advancement, no promotion, no growth and/or maturity.

For the Believer in Christ, my belief is that Contentment in Scripture does not mean thinking you have arrived where you need to be for the rest of eternity once you accept Christ as your Savior. It does not call for the believer to sit on his/her butt or be inactive. I believe The Bema Seat Judgment will prove this out when believers will be rewarded for their deeds by a purifying, Holy fire - some escaping the flames with just their salvation (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). So, if Contentment is not idleness what is it?

Contentment is not being anxious about anything, but trusting God in everything. The song "Don't Worry, Be Happy" applies here. But more than just being happy and waiting on God to move, many times he calls for believers to be proactive. Psalm 46:10 states "Be still and know that I am God." However, "Be still" in the original Hebrew (raphah) does not mean a compete halt to activity. The word means to slacken or continue your activity while waiting. Allow me to add - continue your PROACTIVE activity while you are waiting. Not that you would be guilty of jumping the gun like Abraham did with Hagar. Abraham flat out distrusted and disobeyed God about the promised child - Issac. If you keep obeying God and are proactive in seeking out His will for your life, while you are still and watching for God's move, then I believe you are in line with contentment.

If you lift Philippians 4:12 out of the Bible by itself and do not interpret it in context - Contentment will be misunderstood. Here is that verse alone - I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 

Contentment or the lack thereof is often found alongside money and it's trappings throughout Scripture.Taken in context or looking at the surrounding verses and what Paul was saying and doing - we find that Paul was thanking the church at Philippi for their monetary gift of support. In his letter of thanks he mentions how he has seen rough times and great times of life, but he has learned The Secret of Contentment or non-anxious living - I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (v.13) The next word of the next verse - "Yet" - signifies that even though God had Paul's back, the church in Philippi did the right thing - they "shared in" Paul's "troubles". - Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.

It is not enough to be idle and it is not worth it to be anxious about anything. In fact, the rest of the Philippians 4:6 verse many of you are thinking of right now says, "but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." With a hotline to Heaven available to you at any second, anxiety should be a thing of the past. In the meantime, Christ uses His parable of The Ten Servants to communicate that Christians should Occupy until He comes back. Luke 19:13 - And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy tillI come. (KJV) Or in the New International version it is stated like this - So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. 'Put this money to work,' he said, 'until I come back.' No halting of ministry in that picture.

Knowing who you are and what you have in Christ Jesus at all times while continuing to fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12) is how I view Biblical Contentment.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

SALT OR FRESH WATER SPRING?


What kind of water spring do you have flowing from your speech, flowing from your life? Are your words like salt to wounds and contain a sting or sarcasm that is hurtful? Is your life full of bitterness or a judgmental spirit that nobody enjoys keeping company with? Or when you speak do your words resemble fresh water, the kind that is encouraging, uplifting and supportive in it's nature? Is your life pouring out and drenching others with "pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, good, impartial and sincere" (James 3:17) actions? James 3:7-12 explains it like this.......

James 3:7-12

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and saltwater flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Yes, Christians are called to be the Salt of the earth. However, these two phrases or conditions have their differences - salt of the earth and salt spring. The phrase salt of the earth refers to something Christians should be or apply themselves to be toward "earth" or humanity in order to improve the world. I believe the phrase salt spring refers to words and actions that should not reside within the believer because fresh water is made to appear in the verse above as comparable to the praise and goodness that should come out of our mouths.

I have known people and even dated a person whose every other comment had a critical, sarcastic, negative bite to it. I confess. I am not perfect either. At times, not often, I have done the same. My spring is a fresh water spring, but sometimes my salt water filter fails because I don't start the day off meeting the Man At The Well. In Other Words.......I have the potential to say and do the right things because of the Holy Spirit living within me, but I choose my words or actions because I did not start off the day proper by thanking Jesus (The Man At The Well) for the day and asking His guidance and blessing over my thoughts, words, and actions. So, which are you - a Salt Or Fresh Water Spring?


Thursday, October 23, 2014

THANKFULNESS...A LIFESTYLE TO DEVELOP

"Don't you want more? More horsepower. More gigabytes. More legroom. More testosterone. Nothing silences grumps [like me] like gratitude. To say thanks is to cross the tracks from have-not to have much,....
Gratitude is a dialysis of sorts. It flushes the self-pity out of our systems.

In Scripture the idea of giving thanks is not a suggestion or recommendation; it is a command.

  • 'Give thanks in everything.' (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Satan focused on the single fruit they [Adam and Eve] could not touch. 'Eat it, he hissed, and you will be like God.' (Genesis 3:5 NLT)  What if gratitude had won the day? Suppose an unbedazzled Adam and Eve had scoffed at the snake's suggestion. 'Are you kidding? Begrudge what we cannot eat? Have you seen this place? Strawberry patches. Melon field. Orange groves. Blueberry bushes. Let us take you on a tour, snake. We will show you what God has given to us.'

Had they chosen gratitude, would the world be different?

If you choose gratitude, will your world be different?

God's solution to any challenge is simply this: a grateful spirit. No mist is so thick that the sunlight of appreciation cannot burn it away.

How do we die with gratitude? We live with it. We thank God for the. . . ."

The next time Satan tempts me with not enough I plan to show him the altars, the banners, the miracles, the wonders, the thankfulness of my life. The next time I am in prayer to The Lord I plan to remember to enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart. (Psalm 100:4). Thanksgiving sets the proper perspective, tone, and attitude for God who is deserving of my gratitude through Christ Jesus my Lord. Thank you Lord!

(within quotes arranged by me from pp. 81-92, Chapter - Thank You, Before Amen, Max Lucado)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

THE POINT OF IT ALL


The point in God establishing The Law was for humanity to realize it can only be kept by a perfect person.
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. - James 2:10 

God is love. The only way to break the cycle of the Jewish annual sacrifices and include the rest of the world in the plan of salvation was for (1) God's Word to become human, (2) live a perfect, sinless life, fulfilling The Law and (3) then die for everyone's broken, sinful condition upon a cross. Jesus said, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." - Matthew 5:17

Our relationship with God from physical birth until acceptance of Jesus as Savior is damned. whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. (John 3:18) Praise God - "Mercy triumphs over judgment!" (James 2:13) First there is a changing of one's mind or thinking called repentance. "Peter replied, 'Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'" (Acts 2:38) Then there is believing, where one's thoughts about what Christ did for you sink deep into your heart. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." Next the changed individual declares it aloud as a joyous proclamation - "if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (Romans 10:9-10) A last thing to consider is to be baptized. and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also--not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, (1 Peter 3:21)

"...now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. (Romans 7:6) ...because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death." (Romans 8:2)

However, do not let your faith stand alone. "You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone." (James 2:24) "In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do." (James 2:17-18) Allow the amazing grace that founded your faith to now work through you and display it so that others will be attracted to it, The Faith, Jesus - The Point of It All.

Monday, October 13, 2014

AMERICA AND THE CHURCH


An individual, or in the case of this writing - a government/nation that operates with envy and selfish ambition, like America, will soon see the end of it's days. "if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice." (James 3:14-16)

Do we not find "disorder and every evil practice" even at the very top of the American government? Yes, we unfortunately do. Our nation's source of wisdom has shifted drastically over the years to ourselves. Now that God is dramatically fading from the national picture, the times where God is called upon is even with the wrong intentions. "What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God." (James 4:1-4) The "weeds" of American government are choking the "good plants" of the American people growing next to them (Matthew 13:22-30). All the while our leaders source of wisdom is their own.  "Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God." (Romans 8:5-8) It is a condition called - the blind leading the blind.

However, Christians have The Answer for those who desire the other source of wisdom. "But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness." (James 3:17-18) I encourage every Christian to share in this heavenly wisdom. Be pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive to God, full of mercy, full of good fruit, impartial with The Gospel, sincere and a peacemaker. In addition, be their "salt" or "saltiness" that is so greatly needed. "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men." (Matthew 5:13)


In the time of Jesus, salt was used as -  (1) a preservative, (2) for flavor, (3) as an antiseptic, (4) for protection from evil spirits, and (5) as fertilizer.

  1. Where there is death there is decay. Christians bring a preserving force of God's presence here on earth. 
  2. The world is going to have it's take on things and Christians should always be ready, willing and able to present God's Word as flavor to a stale world view. 
  3. Jesus is the Great Physician and we are His Healing Salts. We need to be open to how He wants to apply us to a world of moral decay. Be available to be used as a disinfectant, cleansing agent or a tool to stop the bleeding, the spread of infection or speed up the healing process. 
  4. Salt does not need to be placed around windows or doors anymore to ward off evil spirits. God has empowered the Believer with the Holy Spirit for effective living. We have the salt and the salty life that provides protection, safety, deliverance and freedom to an imprisioned world. 
  5. And Just as natural fertilizer helps plants grow, Christians should impact those around them to improve every area simply by spreading the salt - God's Spirit and Word - found within.
In which camp do you reside? Are you contributing to America's disorder and evil practices due to selfish ambition? Or are you influencing America and the world around you as the Salt that is desperately needed?


Friday, October 10, 2014

TRY REMEMBERING


There is a gripe I have that I wondered if God shared with me. I feel strongly and practice to the best of my ability - Remembering. What did you say? Exactly my point! Sarcasm included. There are important dates, times, and events that I share with family and friends who turn around and forget what I have shared with them. The forgetfulness can be on the scale of covering several weeks with me reminding them within those weeks to just forgetting five minutes ago. I forget things too. However, there seems to be a lot of forgetting with me and what I have been sharing with others lately.

I allow for people who have a busy schedule and know that the world does not revolve around me - I get that! However, when this happens repeatedly with the same people, I begin to wonder if they sincerely care. Doesn't it mean the world to you when you have shared personal information with someone you trust and they check up on that subject with you later on, especially when you least expect it? It shows they have paid attention to you in the first place and cared enough to commit it to memory FOR REGURGITATION later on.

In Scripture, the word remember is found throughout the Old and New Testaments. However, my study just drew from the New Testament. Here are some of my findings.
  • In Matthew 16:9, Jesus seems aggravated about forgetfulness. Do you still not understand? Don't you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 
  • In 2 Thessalonians 2:5, Paul also exemplifies this air of aggravation. Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?
So, praise God I am not alone! Now that I know I am not Biblically alone, I know that with Jesus and Paul disturbed about followers remembering - this matters! So, what are some things we need to remember about remembering?
  • Use remembering as a future source of gaining direction. John records in his Gospel, 16:4, Jesus telling us that remembering is key for His Plan later on in our life. I have told you this, so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you. I did not tell you this at first because I was with you.
  • Utilize your recall ability to retrieve the memories of people who have helped and supported you. This brings a great appreciation for the relationships God has blessed you with. Paul describes remembering as a pleasant enough experience to thank God for someone (Philippians 1:3). I thank my God every time I remember you.
  • Practice remembering as a mechanism to enter into prayer for someone. Paul describes remembering as a tool for prayer in Colossians 4:18I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.
  • There are even certain people to remember. Paul emphasizes remembering your Christian leaders and imitating their faith in Hebrews 13:7Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
  • Then John touches on remembering in Revelation. He views remembering as a retro-spective measure to appreciate how much you have lost and gained. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. (Revelation 2:5)
  • John also uses remember as a first step that then spurs one on to action. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. (Revelation 3:3)
Wow! So, I encourage you - when engaged in dialogue with friends, Romans, Counrtymen (a little sidetracked there).....ANYBODY - do your best every time to make eye contact, pay attention, soak up what they are saying and Remember. Why? Because Remembering confirms to somebody they make a difference or influence in your life and in this world. It ministers to the heart deeply. In the effort of "Loving God, By Loving Others and Serving God, By Serving Others" (my church's mission statement).... Try Remembering.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

AN EFFECTIVE AMBASSADOR


Let me be honest with you, sometimes my words and actions are not very Christ-like. I am definitely a work in progress. However, there are times when I have wished for my words and/or actions back, realizing it did not represent who I want to be in Christ.

The Holy Spirit has given no leeway, no wiggle-room in living as an Ambassador for Him. God should not give the Believer any variance to the left or right because of the tremendous price He paid for our redemption - His own Son, Jesus Christ. But, praise God His mercies are new every morning. 

Indeed, He died for me, I'll live for Him should be our life's mission statement. Such a vow is strongly supported in 1 Peter and Colossians. 
  • Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. - 1 Peter 4:10-11
  • And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. - Colossians 3:17
  • Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, - Colossians 3:23
With phrases like "in all things" and "whatever you do", the ambiguity is non-existent. I need to be holding everything I do and say accountable to the very real presence of The Lord in my life. It is a different mentality to think of doing everything as if Christ was physically standing right there beside me. I know He said He would never leave me or forsake me and I am thankful for His faithfulness. He is by my side and has ever been by my side wanting to give me more of the best - Himself. But I am not inclined on a daily basis to think in this manner. As an Ambassador for Christ we carry a message from Him to the world every day AND should live a lifestyle that is so attractive, people pause to consider it for their own.

"The gospel is not habit, but history. The gospel is the declaration of something that actually happened. And since the gospel is the saving work of Jesus, it isn't something we can do, but it is something we must announce. We do live out its implications, but if we are to make the gospel known, we will do so through words." (Ed Stetzer) 

There are things I do and say that are in line with living solely for Christ, but whatever I do and in all things is still a daily challenge. One of the best quotes I have heard recently is again by Mr. Ed Stetzer. He says, "A Godly life should serve as a witness for the message we proclaim." In this vein, I repent or change my thinking and ask the Holy Spirit to help me be a Full-Time, Effective Ambassador for Christ.

Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. - Ephesians 6:19-20

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

OZ MEETS SCRIPTURE


In "The Wizard of Oz" the Tin Man's journey led him to finding a heart. The Lion's journey found him courage. The Scarecrow's journey granted him smarts. Dorothy's adventure resulted in observing all these and that Love binds them all which for her was found at home.

In a similar way, the Christian's journey must take a path that develops one's integrity. The heart, courage (especially to witness), knowledge, and love that a Believer in Christ matures in is crucial for personal growth and a healthy appreciation of our true Home - New Jerusalem and New Earth.

Scripture deals with each one of these areas. Proverbs 4:23 mentions the importance of the heart - Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Wellspring in the original Hebrew, tôtsâ'âh  tôtsâ'âh
(to-tsaw-aw', to-tsaw-aw') means the outgoing issues. So, whatever issues you hold dear in your heart, guard those because they will find their way out to aid you in life.

Courage, especially in witnessing, can be silent, but with time running out fast speaking up and out by the Christian is desperately needed. The tongue or words we choose to say should be extremely pre-considered and screened through the Holy Spirit. I am so guilty of Not following through on both accounts in many of my daily interactions. Here is just a taste of what the Holy Spirit says through James - The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:6-8) When the moments to say what YOU really want to say come - STOP, ask the Holy Spirit what would make Him proud of you to say and for the words, then speak.

"Knowledge is power" (attributed to Sir Francis Bacon) is a true statement. Do you want to be able to test and approve what God's good, pleasing and perfect will is? Then shed or metamorphize from your highly world-influenced self into a Christ-minded/centered person by performing some serious mental and spiritual renovation. That was my paraphrase of Romans 12:2. Here is the actual verse - Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. The key here is to renovate your mind. Do some spring cleaning with the Holy Spirit about your thought life, identify what should not be there any more and replace it with what should.

Knowledge is power, but it is not everything. Courage to speak and act is extremely helpful, but it is not the all-in-all of a Christian's development. You could make a case for the Heart, especially with the words "Above all else" in front of it being everything. However, wherever you place Love, in the mind or heart or wherever - Love is everything. "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. ...13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13:1-3; 13) I believe we see everything, including Love, very poorly right now because of our fallen state. "Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror;then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." (1 Corinthians 13:12) This makes me look forward to what Love will be like in the New Heaven and New Earth but makes me want to meet the need for Love more now than ever before.

So, your heart should be guarded and set apart for Christ. Your speech should be guarded and set apart for Christ. Your mind should be guarded, transformed, renovated and set apart for Christ. And your Love for God and others should be active with the excitement that your efforts will see you mature into a man or woman in Christ who is filled with integrity.

Monday, October 6, 2014

GOD SPEAK


Mom used to say, "If you don't have anything good to say, then don't say anything." Well, if you don't warn or notice the bad things then others may succumb to a deception or "pothole". However, there is some wisdom in that statement. Ephesians 4:29 admonishes the Christian - Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Paul continues a chapter later by stating - Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. (Ephesians 5:4) That is where I believe my mother was operating from - a clean speech policy - God Speak in the house and anywhere.

Isn't this "help" the sole reason Christians open up their mouths and share anyway? We have the best encouragement, hope, and answer for anyone. In his second letter to the church in Corinth Paul says, It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken." With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, (2 Corinthians 4:13) And to the Romans Paul gets a little more specific - I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done-- (Romans 15:18) Paul magnifies the point that his words and actions have been nothing but Christ focused. In fact, this Christ centered speech and activity have God's seal of approval. Paul says to the church in Thessalonica - we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. (1 Thessalonians 2:4)

It makes ALL the difference who you are speaking for and about. They [false prophets] are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. (1 John 4:5) With God's approval and entrusting of The Gospel, the perfect testing grounds for witnessing is simply talking about what God has done for you. Nobody can take that away. "We [Christians] have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment: 'For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?' But we have the mind of Christ." (1 Corinthians 2:12-16)

"Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. (Ephesians 4:25) Keep a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. (1 Peter 3:16) Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord," (Ephesians 5:19

As long as Christ is reigning through Christians who have surrendered their tongue to be tamed by the Holy Spirit (James 3:1-12) then the world has the opportunity to hear God Speak.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ONE DAY.......


A day of the LORD is coming when your plunder will be divided among you. I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. 

On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him. 

On that day there will be no light, no cold or frost. It will be a unique day, without daytime or nighttime--a day known to the LORD. When evening comes, there will be light. 

On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter. The LORD will be king over the whole earth. 

On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name. The whole land, from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, will become like the Arabah. But Jerusalem will be raised up and remain in its place, from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the First Gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses. It will be inhabited; never again will it be destroyed. Jerusalem will be secure. 

This is the plague with which the LORD will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. On that day men will be stricken by the LORD with great panic. Each man will seize the hand of another, and they will attack each other. Judah too will fight at Jerusalem. The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected--great quantities of gold and silver and clothing. A similar plague will strike the horses and mules, the camels and donkeys, and all the animals in those camps. 

Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, they will have no rain. If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The LORD will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. 

On that day HOLY TO THE LORD will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, and the cooking pots in the LORD's house will be like the sacred bowls in front of the altar. Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the LORD Almighty, and all who come to sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them. And on that day there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the LORD Almighty. (Zechariah 14)

This is what the LORD says: "I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth, and the mountain of the LORD Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain." (Zechariah 8:3)

"Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with cane in hand because of his age. The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there." (Zechariah 8: 4-5)

"I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God." (Zechariah 8: 7-8)

"The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people. (Zechariah 8: 12)

As you have been an object of cursing among the nations, O Judah and Israel, so will I save you, and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong." (Zechariah 8: 13)

"Many peoples and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come, and the inhabitants of one city will go to another and say, 'Let us go at once to entreat the LORD and seek the LORD Almighty. I myself am going.' And many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the LORD Almighty and to entreat him. In those days ten men from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, 'Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.' " (Zechariah 8:20-23)