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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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Romans 8:27-28

27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (ESV)

Haggai 1:1-5

1:1 In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest: “Thus says the Lord of hosts: These people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the Lord.” Then the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins? Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. (ESV)

Malachi 3:11

11 I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts. (ESV)

Ezra 1:2-4

“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and rebuild the house of the Lord, the God of Israel—he is the God who is in Jerusalem. And let each survivor, in whatever place he sojourns, be assisted by the men of his place with silver and gold, with goods and with beasts, besides freewill offerings for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.” (ESV)

Ezra 4:12-16

12 be it known to the king that the Jews who came up from you to us have gone to Jerusalem. They are rebuilding that rebellious and wicked city. They are finishing the walls and repairing the foundations. 13 Now be it known to the king that if this city is rebuilt and the walls finished, they will not pay tribute, custom, or toll, and the royal revenue will be impaired. 14 Now because we eat the salt of the palace and it is not fitting for us to witness the king's dishonor, therefore we send and inform the king, 15 in order that search may be made in the book of the records of your fathers. You will find in the book of the records and learn that this city is a rebellious city, hurtful to kings and provinces, and that sedition was stirred up in it from of old. That was why this city was laid waste. 16 We make known to the king that if this city is rebuilt and its walls finished, you will then have no possession in the province Beyond the River.” (ESV)

Ezra 6:1-12

6:1 Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in Babylonia, in the house of the archives where the documents were stored. And in Ecbatana, the capital that is in the province of Media, a scroll was found on which this was written: “A record. In the first year of Cyrus the king, Cyrus the king issued a decree: Concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, let the house be rebuilt, the place where sacrifices were offered, and let its foundations be retained. Its height shall be sixty cubits and its breadth sixty cubits, with three layers of great stones and one layer of timber. Let the cost be paid from the royal treasury. And also let the gold and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that is in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, be restored and brought back to the temple that is in Jerusalem, each to its place. You shall put them in the house of God.”

“Now therefore, Tattenai, governor of the province Beyond the River, Shethar-bozenai, and your associates the governors who are in the province Beyond the River, keep away. Let the work on this house of God alone. Let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews rebuild this house of God on its site. Moreover, I make a decree regarding what you shall do for these elders of the Jews for the rebuilding of this house of God. The cost is to be paid to these men in full and without delay from the royal revenue, the tribute of the province from Beyond the River. And whatever is needed—bulls, rams, or sheep for burnt offerings to the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, or oil, as the priests at Jerusalem require—let that be given to them day by day without fail, 10 that they may offer pleasing sacrifices to the God of heaven and pray for the life of the king and his sons. 11 Also I make a decree that if anyone alters this edict, a beam shall be pulled out of his house, and he shall be impaled on it, and his house shall be made a dunghill. 12 May the God who has caused his name to dwell there overthrow any king or people who shall put out a hand to alter this, or to destroy this house of God that is in Jerusalem. I Darius make a decree; let it be done with all diligence.” (ESV)

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