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Do You Need God's Strength For What You're Doing? (2 of 4)
Throughout this series on Haggai, the primary comparison for us today is seeing that in the OLD TESTAMENT, God's people working on His house, the Temple, is comparable to New Testament Christians letting the Lord work through them to be about His Kingdom work of building the body of Christ, the Church.
In this message today, the promise of God's presence in Haggai 1:13 is continued and it is deepened by the presence of Jesus of Nazareth (Immanuel, God with us) and also Jesus' promised presence through the Holy Spirit with His disciples, His followers while He was here on earth, and YOU and ME today, who are still commissioned to make disciples as we find in Matthew 28:18-20.
If we see NOTHING else, I'd hope we allow this passage to show us that IF we commit to allow God to work through us, He promises to be with us.
In other words, when we commit ourselves to being His followers, and to being about the task of 'making disciples,' the Lord has promises that He will be with us! ...And we simply MUST HAVE God's presence, because it is ONLY as He stirs our hearts in response to his Word that we will fully obey Him.
We must have the presence of Jesus Christ as we attempt ANYTHING of the supernatural in this world. So, I'd really hope that this message will challenge all of us to be followers of the Lord who are totally dependent upon Him!
I also would hope that each of us will be encouraged by the fact that God is ready, able, and more than willing to help us, to equip us, and to stir up our hearts to be about HIS work as we allow Him to work through us. And I would hope that anyone here today who does not have the sense of God's presence in your life, either because you've never given your life to Him, or as a Christian who is struggling-in-sin, that in either case that you'd turn from whatever sin may be in your life, and obey the gospel.
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