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Haggai - Whose House Are You Building?

H                       Haggai's prophecy came at the time when the people of Judah were extremely vulnerable.

                          They had been humbled by their exile to Babylon (609 B.C.) and had just recently returned

                          to Judah under the decree from Cyrus in 538 B.C. They had been hopeful in their return to 

                    their Promised Land, and then so discouraged by opposition in their rebuilding of the Temple

                          that they quit (Ezra 4:24). Now 18 years later (520 B.C.), with Haggai blaming their lack of food,

                         clothing, and shelter on their failure to rebuild the Temple, the Jews were receptive to his 

                         message of putting their priorities in the right place and completing the building of the Temple.

                        The people had forgotten their God and had chosen to take the path of least resistance

                        and focus on their own interests. Haggai wanted the people to stop long enough in their 

                        busy schedules to evaluate their life in light of God's word to them. He called for them to stop

                        and "consider their ways". What was really important to them?                                                                                                                             It is just as easy for us today to drift away from God's agenda to our own. It easy to pursue

                        selfish desires while ignoring God's. In fact, it is the default mode of our lives. If we give no 

                        thought to how we are living, we will naturally live for ourselves. The bent of our hearts is

                        always towards selfishness.

                          Each day we need to evaluate what we're doing and how we're using the good gifts that God

                        has given us. We should examine who we choose as friends, what we set as goals, and where

                       we are going. If God is not our priority, we've missed it.

                         When we take time to evaluate, we can hear God speak in powerful ways. This is what happens

                       when God is the priority of our hearts. How do we know if He is?   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           This week's sermon by: Pastor Ray

                                          

                                                               Words of Encouragement - Words of Hope            

             Haggai 2:1-19;Gal.6:9-10; Matt. 28:18-20;Eph. 4:17-32