by Jerry Branch

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God's Work Is Always Worthwhile (3 of 4)
Jerry Branch
Haggai 2:1-5
April 21, 2002

What to do when you want to say, "it's no use."

In v. 3 God knows what the people are thinking and He calls His people to the fact the temple currently under construction does not appear to compare in glory with the previous temple built by Solomon.

In v. 4 God says to the Israelites "be strong and work," and He reminds them that His presence is reason enough for them to do so.

Then in v. 4 and 5, the Lord encourages His people, and He assures them that He is with them by His Spirit.

And because He is with them, He reminds them too that He is still keeping the covenant that He enacted when He delivered them from Egypt. v. 5

And then in verse 5, God commands the Israelites not to fear. A Key thought for the church today... for you and me right here at FBC Channelview... for the very reason that God is present in His Church, the work of God, therefore, is always worthwhile.

QUESTION: Have there been times when you were like the Israelites and said, 'what's the use?'

Once again, please remember that all throughout this series on Haggai, we're seeing that God's Old Testament people who were working on the rebuilding of God's house are compared to God's New Testament people allowing Him to work through each one of us in His work of building up of the Body of Christ... that being the Church.

Now... I want you to do something right now...

Step into a time machine for just a minute and PUT yourself there at the temple... Imagine the contrast between the memories of those who remembered Solomon's temple at its dedication ceremony and the look of the temple you're now standing in front of that you've been told to rebuild.

These people have only been at the work for about three or four weeks. And NOW God speaks to those who are old enough to remember what Solomon's temple used to look like. As we're all standing there, looking around, what do we see... pi ...

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