Good Intentions do not Equal Obedience

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Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today’s you’re not going to get a slice; but instead…. a whole loaf. That is – one whole book…. the book of Haggai. In other words you’ll be hearing a lot more from God today with only some observations and commentaries from me.

Let me begin, since this is still the launching stage of this new year I might contemplate that you have not y et finalized you New Year’s Resolutions. Or, maybe, even, it’s the same old recycled list.

Now we’ll begin with a prayer that God furnishes you a wake-up call as he did Israel through his prophet Haggai. You see Haggai was God’s prophet who lived when the nation of Israel had completely given up on God’s dream of rebuilding the temple. Suddenly they realized their disobedience to God’s plan which cancelled out His blessings on their lives. They, as we are also prone to do, had spent all of their time, money and energy on themselves and their own desires without thinking about God’s plans for their lives.
They soon were to be awakened to the fact that they were so concentrating on their own houses upon their return from captivity they were ignoring God’s house, their temple. His unhappiness soon brought their begotten unhappiness.

Let me remind you, however, that I am not promoting building church edifices as temples. Remember that it is we that are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We are to build the church alright. That is us; we are the church. In as much then we are the disciples that the Lord is calling upon to assemble as a larger contingency of followers of Christ; not just some building or denomination.
When pastoring I had times where I had the opportunity to introduce what I called a pre-Christian to the Lord Jesus Christ. However once they had given their life to Christ they remembered that their family all belonged to some other denomination. I went so far as to bring them to the pastor of that church personally. Now let’s get to the whole loaf I promised you.

Later we will discuss: FEAR NOT.  You see, once you commit to do what God tells you to do, He will be with you every step of the way, stirring up your spirit and equipping you to fulfill His plan. We learn this from  Deuteronomy 28:8 where we’re told: “The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and He shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”  If you want to accomplish great things for God, then get determined to do what God tells you to do. The key word here is, determined. Or perhaps I should say, committed. Remember this, God’s covenant promise to His obedient child is always the same… “I am always with You.” Jesus also said the same to us in Matthew 28:20 “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” I’ve got to believe the Holy Spirit says the same. Because: 1 John tells us in verse 44, Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world’! And the Holy Spirit is in all born again Christian.

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