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The Best Is yet to Come (2 of 4)
Series: A Call to Action - Haggai
Tonight, we continue our series through the OT book of Haggai entitled, A Call to Action. Through the prophet Haggai, God is calling people out, the time for talk is over. It's time for action.
*The last few years motivational posters have gotten popular. You know what I mean: those posters with a photograph followed by an inspirational saying underneath the picture. Here's a picture of one. Ambition: ''aspire to climb as high as you can dream.'' Wow, don't you feel motivated now? Well a company decided to put out some demotivational posters. I'd like to share a few of those demotivational posters with you as we start today. Mistakes: ''It could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others.'' Defeat: For every winner, there are dozens of losers. Odds are you're one of them. Despair: ''It's always darkest just before it goes pitch dark.'' Adversity: ''That which does not kill me postpones the inevitable.'' Government: ''If you think the problems we create are bad, just wait until you see our solutions.'' Do It Later: ''The early worm is for the birds.''*
We laugh at those because all of us know what discouragement feels like. Honestly, we probably spend more time discouraged in life than we do encouraged. So these posters remind us that you can't be optimistic all the time.
Well, the people in Haggai's day weren't quite motivated (apparently, they didn't have any motivational posters). They were discouraged. After hearing a stirring sermon from Haggai and rising to the occasion on August 29th, 520 BC, by October 17th of that same year they are depressed and disillusioned. READ 2:1-9
Haggai preaches his second sermon to this faithful remnant reminding them not to grow weary in the work. He tells them that The Best Is Yet To Come. And in so doing, he issues a challenge: Don't ever allow discouragement to deter ...
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