When the storms come, and they will, our faith is put to the test. As the floodwaters rise, so do our prayers. “Help us God. Deliver us God. Save us from these horrible circumstances.” But the reality of our faith is displayed not so much in what we do during the flood but what we do after it. Everyone cries out to God in their distress. It is a lot less common to hear people cry out to God when crisis is over.
First Things First
September 3, 2017 • Gary Brandenburg
Haggai 2: 1-9 • September 10, 2017 • Gary Brandenburg
When the foundation is shaking, one thing we can do is remember the lessons learned by previous generations - get to work…with HEARTITUDE. Heartitude is a mindset demonstrated by those who have an unshakeable commitment to the Kingdom of God and do everything for the glory of God. Heartitude is described in 2 Chron. 16:9, “The eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth so that He can strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”
Haggai 2:5-23 • September 17, 2017 • Gary Brandenburg
The book of Haggai serves as a warning about our indifference to the glory of God. As surely as the night follows the day, there will be consequences for seeking our own glory and neglecting the glory of God. We are not under the Old Covenant so we will not experience the curses God warned Israel about if they were disobedient. However, the NT is clear that God does discipline His people. He will be very creative in getting our attention. Haggai repeats a word we have seen before, “consider.” 2:18-19. God’s people should make a habit of getting alone before God and taking a fierce inventory of our lives.