Ps Clinton Phillips 7th July 2013 (Romans 8:27-28, Haggai 1:1-5, Malachi 3:11, Ezra 1:2-4, Ezra 4:12-16, Ezra 6:1-12)Clinton Phillips, July 7, 2013
Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
"Beyond in 3D" (3xD's: Discouragement, Disinterest)
(word for us today)
Rom 8:27 - He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Jesus is praying and interceding for our lives. God initiates! That fills us with hope. Come in harmony with.
vs28 - all things work together for good. Because Jesus is intereceding for you, it will all work out for you! Take hope today, a new place of trusting God.
Haggai, prophet, pastor, encourager, messenger of God. Building the house of God. Opposition.
Haggai 1:1,2. "These people say ...". God is interested in what we say about him.
vs 3,4,5 "...give thought to your ways...".
Talking about 'disinterest'.
2 sam 7:5, God tells David to build him a house.
"To Build" = "to obtain children". Q: if history of this church is rec centres, halls, community centres, schools, homes. (Always the house of God that gets trampled)
Building this house = building people's lives. Build people, results in building ministries. Not about bricks and mortar, building people. That's why we do what we do.
Bringing the debt down. Day-to-day running of church. Building for the future. Plant a church in the next 7 years. Want to make sure that as a church we are financially viable. Plans for extending the building. Floodlights.
But then, Christmas!
Elton and Lisa testimony. Never a question of "should we give", but rather "how much should we give".
Malachi 3:11 - I will rebuke the devourer. Our offering has a supernatural power to your giving. When we give into the community, it releases the supernatural power of God to rebuke the devourer, to break the chains of the enemy over others.
Fruitfulness will not be stopped in the life of this church! There is harvest that is already happening. We're sowing seeds into this ground, so that those who come after us will reap a harvest.
What has been said against you? There is always opposition to the fruitfulness of your life.
Ezra 1:2. This is before Haggai, the setup. King Cyrus, God speaks to him and says "build me a house". There are people in this community that God is going to prosper who aren't in this house! Who will invest in God's house. Already happening.
What is going to do to us and through us - not by might, not by power, but by my spirit says The Lord!.
Ezra 4:12 - opposition. Have you ever had something said negative about you?
Don't lose interest! Hang on a second - the story's not finished yet.
Ezra 6! No matter what is said about you, no matter the opposition, God is not finished with you yet. God will take whatever he needs to do, in order to fulfil his will in your life.
vs 8. Paid for out of the king's treasury. Day by day
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27And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (KJV)
1In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, saying, 2Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD's house should be built. 3Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, 4Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste? 5Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. (KJV)
11And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. (KJV)
2Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. 3Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem. 4And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem. (KJV)
12Be it known unto the king, that the Jews which came up from thee to us are come unto Jerusalem, building the rebellious and the bad city, and have set up the walls thereof, and joined the foundations. 13Be it known now unto the king, that, if this city be builded, and the walls set up again, then will they not pay toll, tribute, and custom, and so thou shalt endamage the revenue of the kings. 14Now because we have maintenance from the king's palace, and it was not meet for us to see the king's dishonour, therefore have we sent and certified the king; 15That search may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the records, and know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the same of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed. 16We certify the king that, if this city be builded again, and the walls thereof set up, by this means thou shalt have no portion on this side the river. (KJV)
1Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon. 2And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of the Medes, a roll, and therein was a record thus written: 3In the first year of Cyrus the king the same Cyrus the king made a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be builded, the place where they offered sacrifices, and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid; the height thereof threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof threescore cubits; 4With three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber: and let the expences be given out of the king's house: 5And also let the golden and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of the temple which is at Jerusalem, and brought unto Babylon, be restored, and brought again unto the temple which is at Jerusalem, every one to his place, and place them in the house of God. 6Now therefore, Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shethar-boznai, and your companions the Apharsachites, which are beyond the river, be ye far from thence: 7Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in his place. 8Moreover I made a decree what ye shall do to the elders of these Jews for the building of this house of God: that of the king's goods, even of the tribute beyond the river, forthwith expences be given unto these men, that they be not hindered. 9And that which they have need of, both young bullocks, and rams, and lambs, for the burnt offerings of the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the appointment of the priests which are at Jerusalem, let it be given them day by day without fail: 10That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons. 11Also I have made a decree, that whosoever shall alter this word, let timber be pulled down from his house, and being set up, let him be hanged thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for this. 12And the God that hath caused his name to dwell there destroy all kings and people, that shall put to their hand to alter and to destroy this house of God which is at Jerusalem. I Darius have made a decree; let it be done with speed. (KJV)