Consider Your Ways America

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CONSIDER YOUR WAYS AMERICA
HAGGAI 1:1-7
CBC 5/3/09 Sunday Morning


Hag 1:1 In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of Jehovah by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying,

Hag 1:2 Thus speaketh Jehovah of hosts, saying, This people say, It is not the time for us to come, the time for Jehovah's house to be built.

Hag 1:3 Then came the word of Jehovah by Haggai the prophet, saying,

Hag 1:4 Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your ceiled houses, while this house lieth waste?

Hag 1:5 Now therefore thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Consider your ways.

Hag 1:6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.

Hag 1:7 Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Consider your ways.

THOT:
Addressed to leaders of Church & State, but blames the “people” themselves, lest they rebel against their leadership!
Continued negligence of God results in diminished returns on our investments
  • Plant much/little harvest
  • Eat much/still hungry
  • Drink much/still thirsty
  • More Clothes/still not warm
  • Wages/into bag w/ holes
GOD’S ADVICE:
“consider your ways”

WHERE HAVE WE NEGLECTED GOD?
  • Public education:
  • Prayer out of school…
  • Bible out of school…
Legal System:
10 Commandments removed from court room…

Tithes & offerings:
Is it harder or easier to give 10% of your earning to God in this economic downturn?
Continued neglect of trusting God with your finances will only lead to worse economic times!
Right to a God-given life
Aborting Living Human Beings before birth…
Thou shalt not kill the innocent
Building His Temple

1Co 6:19 Or know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have from God? and ye are not your own;

1Co 6:20 for ye were bought with a price: glorify God therefore in your body.

We are to build His temple (improve ourselves by obedience, surrender & experience)
Using our hands for His work & glory
God uses the “hands” of people to do almost everything He does for people in need…
  • Healing…doctors & nurses
  • Loving…hugs & kisses
  • Feeding…cooking
  • Funding…giving
Deliver His Word…
We “hear” preaching (message from God)…
Refuse to change our mind
Refuse to obey His instruction
Refuse to change our ways

Psa 36:8, “they shall be inebriated with the richness of Thy house,”

WHAT SHALL WE DO?
Mat 6:33 But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Seek first His kingdom;
We have made “our kingdom” higher on the priority list…
seek first to be righteous,
we seek first to be “self-gratified”
what’s in it for me?...
and to become interested in His favor,
we’re more interested in what our friends will say about us,
or gaining the “favor” of the group we want to be accepted in for our self esteem boost
and all necessary things will be added to you.
We don’t want just the necessary…
We want it all!
And we want it now!
He has control over all things,
Humans easily forget this part
We’re not in control…
Weather, aging, death…
and He can give you what you need.
He will give you what he deems best for you.
Even if it means w/holding to get our attention!

CONCLUSION:
What is God after? (3 things)
  1. for us to be ashamed of our disobedience…
  2. for us to repent…turn from our disobedient ways of living…
  3. for us to obey and live prosperous lifestyles
INVITATION:
Consider your ways and do something about it…in & beyond this altar!

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