A Strong Conviction…

Haggai 1:5-6
Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.
Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.

This passage of scripture could have been written in 2014.  As we ease further and further away from the truth of God’s Word,  the Lord is saying to us “Consider your ways.”  We need to consider our ways.  I am not even referring to the people who do not know the Lord, I am talking specifically about the church of Jesus Christ.  I am referring to men and women who claim the Name of Christ Jesus.  Consider your ways, people of God!  The church of Jesus Christ looks just like the world.  The divorce rate in the church is about the same as in the world.  As many women in the church are having abortions as there are outside of the church.  We do not cry out against homosexuality and lesbianism to the point where it is creeping, or should I say, storming into the church.  We need to consider our ways.
A local church, that claims to be an evangelical church, recently hired a lesbian to be the assistant pastor of the church.  Well, that situation is wrong on a few levels.  First of all, a woman has no business being in pulpit ministry (1 Timothy 2:11, 1 Corinthians 14:34, Revelation 2:20).  Second of all, God’s Word calls lesbianism “vile” according to Romans 1:26, which says “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature…”  The church has got to cry out against this stuff.  The Bible believers who are a part of that church (if there are any) have got to say enough is enough.  They need to find churches where the Bible is being taught, and the central focus is on the Lord Jesus Christ.  We really need to consider our ways.
A local church stood by their pastor as he dated another woman in plain view of his wife.  He not only deserted her, but divorced her for no just cause.  He continues to stand in the pulpit of that church every Sunday claiming that he knows the Lord, and claiming to speak for God, while flaunting his vile lifestyle.  Another local pastor remained in his pulpit after his wife accused him of an inappropriate relationship with a man.  She divorced him, and all the while the church was calling for his resignation.  Still another local church had their pastor investigated after accusations were made by female members who were under his counsel that he made suggestive remarks to them.  He, too remains in the pulpit.  The congregations in these churches remain loyal to the church and continue to sit under the teaching of these men who are so obviously disqualified from pastoral leadership.  We need to seriously consider our ways.  
We wonder why this country is in the mess that it is in.  We wonder why our children are shooting up school buildings, why the prisons are filled with young men and young women, why our children are committing suicide at an alarming rate, why there is so much teenage pregnancy and abortion and drug abuse…if we really wonder, we can find the answer right there in God’s Word.  “Ye have sown much, but bring in little…”  Parents are bringing home two paychecks nowadays.  Used to be, the man of the house was the breadwinner.  Now, the woman has to work too.  Why?  Because we have sown a lot, but we don’t have much to show for it.  “…Ye eat, but ye have not enough…”  Enough is not enough for us anymore.  We are chasing the American dream to the tune of a national debt that I cannot even write out numerically.  We have to have more and bigger and better and more expensive, and on and on and on…
“….Ye drink, but are not filled with drink;  ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it in a bag with holes.”  When I read this passage, I was convicted myself.  I think of all the times when I did not have enough because I had misused what God had given me.  I am sure that if it is true of me, I am not alone.  There is so much fleshly desire amongst the people of God until God is not the priority anymore.  We need to get back to putting first things first.  If God is God, then He needs to be first on our agenda.  If He is not first, then we need to stop calling ourselves Christians.  I am not just calling out others in the body of Christ, I am turning the mirror on myself too.  
This is serious.  Time is winding up.  Jesus is going to return, and even though we are saved and filled with the Spirit of God, there is someone out there with whom we have not shared the gospel.  We have avoided a neighbor because they get on our nerves, but they are destined for hell and we do not even care.  We have not shared the gospel with a family member because we do not want to deal with their response, or we are afraid they are going to make an argument for not surrendering to Christ, and we will not have an answer for it.  The answer is to do what Jesus said:  go out and make disciples.  He told Moses not to worry about what he would say, because the LORD would put the words in his mouth.  We need to ask the Lord to put the words in our mouths to share the gospel with someone who does not know Jesus as their Lord and Master.
People of God: wake up!!!  Pray and ask the Lord to send strong conviction into your heart if you have not earnestly considered your ways….


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