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Consider Your Ways (1 of 8)
Series: For Your Consideration
Haggai 1: 5- 7
E.M. Gray spent his life searching for the one trait all successful people share. His essay entitled ''The Common Denominator of Success'' revealed successful people's common characteristic was not hard work, good luck, or astute human relations, although these traits were important.
The one factor that seemed to transcend all the rest was the habit of putting first things first. He observed, ''The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don't like to do. They don't like doing them either, necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.''
Haggai, the 2nd shortest in the Old Testament, communicates this same message: put first things first!
Haggai said ''Don't HAGGLE with God!''
Put Priorities in their Proper Place
Have you ever considered the many things that Bible encourages us to consider?
Webster's Dictionary defines it as: ''to view attentively; to view or examine with attention; to fix the mind on, with a view to careful examination; to think on with care.''
Word ''consider'' 5 x in 38 verses
Literally means ''to put your heart on your roads.''
When God tells us to ''consider,'' He is telling us to consider the direction of our lives; to consider the road we are on.
1) WHY Their Neglect was CAUSED!
If you neglect a automobile, it will cause him serious problems. -this is also true in regards to spiritual matters.
?This was a neglect that was caused by a problem of slothfulness and selfishness.
Haggai was a prophet during the time of Ezra the scribe. During this time, the 1st remnant of Jews had gone back home for the purpose of rebuilding the temple.
16 years passed - overgrown with weeds. then Haggai appeared with the message that the people had neglected what was important. It was due to:
A. A LACK OF OBSERVATION
(4) ''Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your ...
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