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Haggai 2:15
"We can't do this. This is more than what we're capable of."
"The time is now."
God, where are You?
#1. The problem of conditional obedience to God.
  • I'll obey as long as it doesn't cost me too much.
  • "Wow! Five dollars and I get all of this!"
#2. Obedience is a Life Long Journey
  • His obedience was based on conditions – conditional obedience.
  • Some people call it selective listening.
  • God does not give us options to consider, but commands to obey.
#3. Sin Defiles
  • The corruptive power of sin.
  • "Does the holiness rub off on the unholiness, and the unholiness become holy?"
  • He's showing that sin is like a disease; that sin spreads more easily than holiness.
  • "Bad company corrupts good company. Bad company corrupts good character."
#4. We follow God because we love Him, not because of what He can do.
  • Our hearts have fallen in love with Jesus.
  • It wasn't that God was trying to punish His people; He was trying to restore His people.
  • Always remember that God is not against you.
#1 – Go up the mountain.
#2 – Bring down the timber.
#3 – Build the temple.
  • "Successful people do consistently what normal people do occasionally."
  • "Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength."