counterfeits have one purpose. to get as close as they can to the real thing with as little cost as possible.
some counterfeits are so good you can’t even tell that they’re FAKE. they have so many qualities of the “real thing” that you get tricked. and the price? bargain. you can’t beat it. so…
Preaching to myself…
A compass will always point to magnetic North - even in a storm. even if you’re disorientated. even if it’s not where you thought it was.
the Bible is a compass as well. it always points to the truth. even in a storm. even if you’re disorientated. even if it’s not where you thought it was.
align yourself with the TRUTH even if you have to change direction.
let’s face it, Haggai is not the book of the Bible that i turn to when i really need to hear God’s voice or be lifted in my spirit, but… i learned yesterday that i love this little book! here are a few reasons why:
(but first let me give some background in case you’re not super brushed up on Haggai. Haggai is a prophet. God has given the Jews the assignment of rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem but after 15 years, they still haven’t completed it.)
1. God says "Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill… You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little." WHOA! If that doesn’t describe our generation (and pretty much every generation i’m assuming) then i don’t know what does. i feel like more than just describing an entire group of people who never seem to have enough, it also describes me personally sometimes. when i carefully think of my ways, sometimes i realize that i am in this situation. i do a lot of hard work and it feels like i’m not reaping the harvest… do you ever feel that way?
2. “‘Why?’ declares the LORD Almighty. ’Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house.’” WHOA (again)! Why did the people work really hard but never find satisfaction? because they were neglecting the house of the LORD but concerning themselves with their own things only. how often is this true with us? our priorities get really confused. and God is not down with that. it’s not possible to have the richest blessings without putting Him first.
3. “‘Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you… and my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’” So what does God want us to do if we find that we are expecting much but getting little? if we realize that our priorities are out of whack? He is so merciful because He gives another chance to make it right! He said to be strong and to WORK (for HIM!) and that His Spirit will be with us so we don’t need to fear :D
4. So the Jews get to work and start to rebuild the temple (how awesome it is in the Bible when the people whom the prophet goes to actually listen!). Then after they have worked for a while, God speaks and says, “From this day on… give careful thought to the day when the foundation of the LORD’s temple was laid… From this day on I will bless you!” Notice that they weren’t done yet!! They had LAID THE FOUNDATION and God said He would bless them from that day on! That’s all it took for the blessings of the LORD to return to them… for them to get started on the right path. God is so compassionate and He actually LONGS to bless us :)
SO! Are you planting a lot but harvesting little? Are you expecting much but getting little? Have you been so concerned with your own business that you’ve been ignoring the business of the Lord? Get started WORKING for Him (& through His power) and He will surely bless you!
& through it all, through it all, my eyes are on You
& through it all, through it all, it is well
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"The kingdom of heaven suffers violence and violent men take it by force." Matthew 11:12
Last night at our team meeting to get ready for an upcoming mission trip, the pastor was talking about the call of Jeremiah and how he was called to uproot, tear down, destroy and overthrow. He said that what we are about to do is a VIOLENT ACT. We are engaging in warfare.
I don’t like violence, at least not violence of a physical kind. But there’s no denying that something inside us, especially it seems inside men, enjoys violence. Look at movies and video games. But the kind of violence that is usually done or watched is not good violence - maybe it’s a perversion of a holy violence.
I was thinking last night: why is it that men like violence but so many of them are unwilling to be brave and to FIGHT for God and in spiritual battles? Why are so many men missing in the church? Why are the ones who are there so afraid and so unwilling to be violent for the things of God?
Maybe it’s like at the Fall of Man, in the garden, when Adam just stood by. Maybe a lack of fight or standing up and being brave has been around since the beginning.
I don’t know, but I’m sick of it. I hope God gives some bravery back to men in the church. I hope they stop standing idly by and not understanding that they were made to fight.
no more chains holding me.
i’ve BEEN SET FREE