Sunday 12/31/13 New Yearís Eve Pastor Michael sermon: Greater is Coming! Believing is Seeing! Haggai 2:1-9
Tonight we are sitting on the edge of something greater in life. Receive it in 2014. Fourteen is the number of double. God will give us double for our trouble! Greater is coming. The olive has to go through 3 stages: shaking, beating and pressing before it will flow as olive oil. We are like the olive and go through these three stages when God prepares us for the greater. God is preparing us for the greater and many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers us out of them all! God is taking us places we have never been, we will be doing things we never done before. God has greater things for us!
In our text, God is reminding the children of Israel who He is and what He can do. They had been thru so much that it was hard for them to believe things would get better. God reminded them of why they got in their mess with their disobedience and idol worship. God was instilling hope in them. He told them and is telling us now that He has greater for our future. God is taking us to a place we never been. We go thru mess so we can testify and know the greater things He will do for us. God is getting ready to do greater for us! The message of Haggai was given as a Faith Promise. God told them to rebuild the Holy Temple first, before rebuilding the walls or any other building. Godís house, the Temple was a symbol of His presence. When we take care of Godís stuff, when we put God first, He will put us first and take care of us first. Donít take God for granted! Go to church, read the Word of God and make God a priority!! When nothing else is working, place God first and He will supply all our needs.
1) Take Courage :
Verse 4 Stand strong with the Lord. Our future is brighter than our past. Take courage and say you believe it when you donít see it. The greater is not based on what you see but is based on what God said! My God shall supply all my needs, no weapon formed against me shall prosper! Believing is actually seeing! God is with us and He has not abandoned us. Greater works in 2014!
Go back and rebuild no matter if you have no resources or help. Faith without works is dead when standing alone. You got faith then start doing the plan, the vision even if there is no money yet. Put away Slick Willie and wait on Holy Henry! Donít matter how good looking Slick Willie is because if Holy Henry can pay the bills, he will start looking fine too! Put away Slick Willie and wait on Holy Henry! Cut off the dead weight in your life. Get rid of people who donít want to go the way of greater things. Dead weight! You start working and do something: writing, drawing, making plans for your own business. All of this is to go to the next level. Start working and do some work. Work in Faith!
3) Take Cover:
Verse 6 God is going to shake things up so take cover in the Lord. He will shake up and shake out some things that donít need to be around us anymore. Donít be surprised if some folk around us disappear. God will shake them out of our lives. The best thing is to take cover in the Lord. God will shake away some enemies so He can do some shifting and our enemies will finance us. God will shake the wealth from them to us so we will bring it to Godís house! The wealth of he wicked is laid up for the just! After the shifting and settling, we will come out wiser, richer and healthier! We will say ďto God be the GloryĒ! Shifting!
4) Take Command:
Verse 9 God will make things more better in our future than they were in our past. Take command by walking and acting like we have it already! Call those things that be not, like they already were! The greater is coming! Act like it is already here. Call it out and speak out the promises of God. Take Command! We need to thank God for the shifting for the Greater!