Sermon 2 Going Out Of Business Sale
Principle: God is more interested “BEING” as He Is in Doing.
Promise: “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, Home-owner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit-but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.
Principle Scripture: Malachi 1:10-11
(10) “Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar! I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord Almighty, “and I will accept no offering from your hands.
(11) My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord Almighty.
I believe what Malachi is saying to Israel is, That the Lord is not pleased with them, He will not accept their offerings because what they bring is less than their best. What God expects is from their first-fruits and the unblemished. Because they bring animals that are crippled, lame, and blind, that it would be better for them to shut the temple doors so that they couldn’t light useless fires on His alter. Then in verse 11 Malachi continues with this declaration. Although you are defiling Gods alter, from the rising to the setting of the sun, among the nations of the earth, incense and pure offerings are being brought to Yahweh in His name and among the nations His name is being made great. It’s important to remember that Malachi is speaking this to Israel for the Lord.
Have you ever been part of or considered what might be the motivating factor that would be the ultimate cause of the closing of a church’s doors?
Here’s what Displeased God: the priests, their performance and their piety.
Here lies Gods Dismay: the very things that bothered God. Unbelief
Idolatry- anything you put before God
Forms of godliness just going through the motions, religiousness, 2 Timothy 3:1-5
Israel’s response to Gods dismay how have we done it?
Remedy to Gods dismay True Repentance, go back to doing things Gods way, for God
Gods Disapproval: My activity does not guarantee Gods approval.
The average person today is much like the people in Malachi’s day, unaware that there is a problem with their spiritual life. What will it take to convince people that God is not ok with mediocrity? Is your house built on solid rock? Have you worked these words into your life, so that when a storm comes nothing will move your house, because it was fixed to the rock? Jesus Christ is that Rock, Gods Word is not just here to improve our standard of living, His Word is the Truth that our lives are built on. In James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
We will close with this; Proverbs 9:10-12. (10) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (11) For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. (12) If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.
Seek Christ for who He is, not for what you can get, because He is all you need.
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