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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (7 of 9)
Series: God's Last Word to a Lost Generation
Pastor Jeff Schreve
If you have your Bible, turn to Malachi chapter 3. I want to share with you a message I've entitled, “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.” How many people have ever heard that phrase, “Put your money where your mouth is?” All right, I did a little research today to try and figure out where that phrase originated and it kind of came up blank. Nobody knows for sure where that phrase originated. One of the guys that I read said he thinks it probably came from people playing poker. And it's similar to the phrase, “Put up or shut up.” And he said, “Hey, you think you're a good poker player? You think you really have a hand there? Then, put your money where your mouth is. And it just means that you follow up your talk with actions and, specifically, that you're willing to put your money down and finance that which you say you believe in.
Now, in our series on Malachi, we've entitled this, “God's Last Word to a Lost Generation.” And God's people, it wasn't that they were unbelievers; it's that they had strayed so far away from God that they were acting like unbelievers. And they were going through the motions of their relationship with God, but it wasn't real, it wasn't vibrant, it wasn't passionate. As God says in the Book of Isaiah, “This people, honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me.” And one of the key phrases in the Book of Malachi is Malachi chapter 3, verse 7 where the Scripture says this: “From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them. Return to Me and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts, says Yahweh Sabaoth, LORD of hosts.” And that's God's call to people today – “Return to Me!” So many in the church, God says, “Return to Me and I will return to you.” Now, God's people in Malachi's day, they were surly in their attitude toward the LORD. And so, every tim ...
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