Thursday, November 21st, 2019
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer 29:11
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know how to reap bountiful blessing in Christ. Lack of knowledge in the righteousness of faith could cause elects to needlessly spend unnecessary time worrying, working and wrestling in order to reap God’s blessings.
In my message ‘Reap Bountifully’ I am using the book of Haggai to enlighten you on how to reap bountifully in Christ by setting our priorities straight. Haggai gave the people a word from God that reversed their demoralizing ways and motivated them to engage in God’s work to reap blessings. When God is pleased with our priorities, He promises to empower, guide and enable us to reap bountiful blessings in Christ. Let us identify some key principles based on the book of Haggai.
Bountiful blessings are not reaped because elects fail to put God’s purpose, priorities and plans first. In Haggai 1:4, the prophet spoke to the people calling them back to God’s values. “Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruin?” Many elects fail to realize that they become preoccupied with the things of the flesh more than the things of the Spirit. Whatever is not done out of faith is sin. James 4:7
Bountiful blessings are not reaped because elects fail to remember God’s will, word and ways. Haggai cautioned the people in Jerusalem that the work of God was neglected, overlooked and are being considered as a lower priority than their own concerns. Haggai 1:7-11 God has the ability to withhold His blessings to such a disobedient lifestyle.
Bountiful blessings are not reaped because elects procrastinate. The people only began building the temple 23 days after they arrived from exile. Forgetting to act promptly is a recipe for disaster in God’s plan. James 1:22 Elects who hear a message from God’s servant and does not put it into action will not benefit anything. Many elects choose to delay serving God-given ministries and settle for mediocrity bereft of God’s blessings because they fail to act on God’s will promptly.
Bountiful blessings are not reaped because elects choose to dwell in their discouragements. Haggai constantly helped the people to overcome their discouragement with a strong authoritative word from God. It often takes listening to a person of God who inspires us to act and break out of our ruts. Haggai was a task oriented leader but God used him in a complementary fashion with Zerubbabel, a religious priestly authority. Haggai’s major influence came not through a political position but through God’s giftedness. He overcame excuses that were given about building he temple as there had been a delay for 16 years.
Bountiful blessings are not reaped because elects lack spiritual perspective. Haggai gave the people divine perspective in what was happening to them accordingly. When elects are able to see their circumstances from the eyes of God, they are apt to reverse their course. Elects ought to learn on how to use God’s word to head off excuses, discouragement and detours that come their way.
Bountiful blessings are not reaped because elects disregard the importance of God’s work. Haggai fired up the people to not wax and wane in their enthusiasm. He strongly promised God’s strength, provision and enablement as they trusted and obeyed His will. Haggai did not give complicated answers but simple solutions from above. Often times, it is much better to just give God’s wisdom than intellectually complicated answers to people’s problem. This will often come from our own communion with God’s Spirit.
Bountiful blessings are not reaped because elects lack patience. Haggai taught the people that in order to see the bountiful blessings of God, they needed to wait upon the Lord and not immediately look for blessings. God will eventually come through if they remain patient. Persistence and faithfulness in prayer, devotion and obedience always yields God’s blessing.
Bountiful blessings are not reaped because elects look to other means for protection, progress and persuasion. Haggai got a special word from God and assured the people that God would provide protection, progress and persuasions against their enemies as long as they sought first His Kingdom and His Righteousness. Haggai cautioned them against getting side tracked. Elects ought to listen to their spiritual authority when the going gets tough and when they start to veer off course. Godly anointed and appointed leaders are able to pre-emptively avoid conflicts and dangers before they get blown out of proportion.