The message of Haggai is simple. People had placed their priorities over God’s priorities, so God had cursed their land in an effort to bring them back to Himself. But when God calls out their rebellion, they repent from their selfishness, begin serving God and God blesses them. That message is the same for us today: Confess your sins to the Lord, repent of your sins, turn from it, and enjoy the peace and the blessing of God again.
God's promise to you is Himself. His reward is Himself. It may not be immediate, but It will always work out best for you to follow Him. It will never be to your benefit to go against God and it will always be to your benefit if you follow Him. The question is, is that enough for you?
Everyone has time to serve God, and everyone has enough money to give to God. Now, do we have enough time and money to where we can serve and give to God and also live the lifestyle that we want to live? Probably not. So, there's a decision to make. In part 1 of this study of the book of Haggai, Pastor Clay lays the groundwork for who should have priority in our lives.
Jesus tells us we are to love one another as ourselves. Therefore, we live in the tension that if you show me your friends, I'll show you your future. You walk with the wise and you grow wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. You cannot live the right life when you have the wrong friends.
You might be one group of strong committed believers, ones that you do life with together in the highs and in the lows, those who lift you, pray for you, encourage you, and always have your back, from changing your future family, from changing future generations, from changing your ability to make a difference in this world.
Proverbs 13: 20 says, "Walk with the wise and become wise. For a companion of fools suffers harm." Another way to say it is, "Show me your friends, I will show you your future." You may be one friend away from waking up with divine purpose and living for a higher calling. You may be one friend away from a life that you never dreamed possible.
"Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm." Proverbs 13:20 Friends love you at your worst and can help you be your best, but many of us don't realize the importance of whom we choose to surround ourselves with. The friends you have help determine the quality and direction of your life. Jospeh McMurry shares what the Bible says about the essentials that form a firm foundation for great friendships.
Do you like who you are becoming? Are you aware of who you are coming? In reality, when it comes to self-awareness, often we have something that's distracting us that's really keeping us from looking at some really important things in our life. This message deals with those distractions so the we will quit denying the things that have kept us from becoming the person God wants us to be.
Fear has a way of establishing the limits of your life. Maybe that is why in scripture, God says, “fear not”, more than anything else. Because he knows this is a major excuse that we use for not doing the things that he asked us to do. So, when you think about the CHANGE you want in your life, you will have to face down fear.
When you think about going into a new year and you think about wanting to live a life of wisdom, scripture tells us that if you want to live a life of wisdom, the comparing aspect of what we do with other people has got to go, because as soon as you start comparing yourself to other people, you're going to live a life that lacks wisdom.
If you want to see change in your life, that change is not going to come by necessarily trying harder or by dreaming more or by working yourself to death. That change that we're all looking for has to come in changing the way that we approach making our decisions.
Our level of openness is directly proportionate to the level of newness we can experience. So what are some things that we can do to be open and stay open to changes in our life? The Bible gives 5 very clear, practical steps for making all things new.
At Christmastime, there are a lot of presents given that will not last even a couple of months. But there is a gift that God has given us that will last forever. When Jesus came, Isaiah prophesied that he would be called Everlasting Father. The author of Hebrews declared that, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." He will never change and will always be fighting for you.
Joseph McMurry teaches us that Jesus is so much more than just a name. In fact He is our Mighty God, which can be translated Valliant Warrior. And when he came, this Valliant Warrior represented change. A change in power, a change in worship, and change from Caesar to Christ. This Christmas, the gift of change is available for you as well. All that is required is for you to lay down your "caesar" and accept the Christ.
Christ’s position as our Wonderful Counselor means we can trust Him to listen to our problems and guide us in the right direction. We can be sure He is listening because He told us to pray to Him about our worries. We can be certain He has our best interests at heart because He loves us.
"God, I know You want to use me to show Your love in this world. Give me eyes to see needs of others and a heart that dares to get involved where You are working. God, my life is Yours. Whatever You want, wherever You lead—here I am, Lord, send me."
Dear God, I know You give grace to the humble. So I ask You, God, to do a deep work in my heart and break me. Break me of my pride. Break me of my selfishness. Break me of anything that keeps me from knowing You. As hard as it is to ask, God, do whatever it takes to break me.
Heavenly Father, as hard as this is for me, I’m asking You to search me. Search me, God, and know my heart. God, test my motives. Reveal to me my anxious thoughts. Show me anything in me that offends You. God, I want to see in me what You see in me so I can become more like Jesus. God, I ask You to search me.
A company’s brand represents what that company produces - Starbucks produces coffee, Apple produces computer devices, and Nike produces athletic items. In the same way, the product of your life (your fruit) indicates what brand you are. So, when people see me and my life, what brand do they say I represent? Joseph McMurry wraps us this series by looking at Galatians 5:22-23 and asking, does the product of our life show that God is working in our life?
Have you ever had an amazing experience? Maybe your team made it to the championship, you ate at a place with incredible food, or saw an amazing movie. When you have an amazing experience, you can't stop thinking about it, then you just can't stop talking about it. The same thing is true about faith.