When the Lord moved Cyrus to decree the rebuilding of the House of the Lord at Jerusalem not everyone returned from captivity to participate in that restoration. Only those who were stirred up, moved in their spirits by God, took part. The fullness of joy, beauty, power, and blessings that we require to make a difference in this generation will only be found when we are stirred by the Holy Spirit. Have we become closed off by our own desires and bickering from hearing that still small voice? Where is the overwhelming passion for the Lord and for what Jesus has done for us? Is your spirit stirred up today, or have the cares of this world weighed you down? Brothers and sisters, we must be filled anew and moved in our spirits for the sake of the generation around us that is perishing without God. Now is the time to have your enthusiasm for the Kingdom of God rekindled!
Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying,
Thus says Cyrus king of Persia:
All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. Who 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 build the house of the Lord God of Israel (He is God), which is in Jerusalem. And whoever is left in any place where he dwells, let the men of his place help him with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, besides the freewill offerings for the house of God which is in Jerusalem.
Then the heads of the fathers’ houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, with all whose spirits God had moved, arose to go up and build the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem.