What is pride? When is it unhealthy? How are self-centeredness and arrogance deceiving and unfulfilling? Pride and shame are inseparable and cruel. They are not from God, and we often have more of them than we realize. Jesus wants to set us free so that we can worship God and love our neighbors.
Here are some reflection questions designed to how you draw near to God: 1) Are you defining God’s love based on your expectations about life or refusing to take His love for granted? 2) Are you questioning or believing what God is clearly communicating? 3) Are you bringing God leftovers or joyfully offering your best?
How ready are you for Jesus to return? Why is preparation important? What changes would improve your life? Purity and repentance make room for God’s presence in our lives. Generosity changes lives and builds God’s kingdom. Humility and serving display the love and character of Jesus.
In obedience to God's call through Haggai, the Jews built & dedicated the 2nd temple. However, those who were old enough to have seen Solomon's temple were totally discouraged and wept because the second temple looked very insignificant compared to the magnitude of the first temple. Then, the prophet Haggai proclaimed God's message to these people not to lose heart and to stand strong (2:1-5). A messianic prophecy of God's glory is also proclaimed in conjunction with the building of the temple. Today's message is about how we can apply Haggai's message as such to ourselves living in 21st century America.
Why does God judge? How is judgment good? Do you trust God with the final say? God is faithful and can be trusted even when you experience injustice. He has not fallen asleep and is not passively watching with indifference. The results will reveal His wisdom, grace and sovereignty.