Opening our eyes to see God in a fresh way by reminding ourselves of who He is, what He desires and How He communicates with His creation. The Israelites had returned to Jerusalem from exile in Babylon but they had not returned to God. Though they started the journey with much hope and happiness they were now struggling with hunger, few people and very little economy. But they were learning that God doesn't commend what He didn't command and their lack of faith and faithfulness was the cause of their own problems.
Trust or Bust - Fresh Faith 3
Hav you every wondered why God wasn't blessing your life like you though He should?
The Israelites blamed their choice to sin on their current situation, have you ever done that?
The Israelites practiced Situational Theology - meaning, they determined right and wrong based on their feelings, the situation, their felt needs or the cultural climate.
Have you ever changed or hidden what you thought was right or wrong because of the situation you were in?
Your SITUATION doesn't limit God's DOMINION it limits your VISION
God is still all powerful even if you can see a way for Him to accomplish something powerful in your situation.
10 Do we not all have one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our ancestors by being unfaithful to one another?
11 Judah has been unfaithful. A detestable thing has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem: Judah has desecrated the sanctuary the Lord loves by marrying women who worship a foreign god. 12 As for the man who does this, whoever he may be, may the Lord remove him from the tents of Jacob—even though he brings an offering to the Lord Almighty.
Marriage isn't just about husband and wife - it's a picture of God's unconditional love for and covenant with His people/Church
When it comes to worshiping God, the heart is more important than the how.
Can you explain how that might look in your own life?
6 “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.
“But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’
8 “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.
“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’
“In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. 12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.
God is faithful even when we're sinful
God won't COMMEND what He didn't COMMAND
If you're not CONFRONTED (from outside) or CONVICTED (by Holy Spirit/inside) of your sin - you'll never CHANGE
Ask yourself these questions if you feel like God hasn't been blessing you like He should:
- Am I giving God what He asked for or what I'm willing to let go of?
- Am I giving to God from what's best or what's left?
- Am I withholding what He's asked for, or
- Am I bringing what He's banned?
If you want to experience Fresh Faith in your life you're going to have to trust God with your life.
We want you to know that you matter to God and us.
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