Sep 27, 2012

Thursday SHINE.....

Today's Reading: Haggai 1

Happy Serve Day Thursday, SHINE girls! Let's serve someone in our path today! Let's how someone Jesus today in our actions, our words, and our love walk!

Are you a little sad to be leaving 1 Corinthians? Me too. I love the way Paul preaches. Direct and to the point. My kinda guy.

Today's post comes from one of our very own SHINE sisters since day one. She is also a huge prayer partner here on SHINE. Many of you know her by "Aunt Teddi.", or "Women who Pray."

Aunt Teddi breaks down our reading today. Be blessed by her wisdom, sweet SHINE girls.

*This post was taken from Teddi's website, www.womenwhopray.net*

Is it time for You to Dwell in your Paneled Houses, and My Temple to Lie in Ruins?
by: Teddi Holt




I’m studying with SHINE girls on the Internet.  Such a blessing this has been for me this year.  Our goal is to read through the Bible, and we are doing it one chapter of one book at a time…5 days a week…catching up on the weekend if we fall behind.

What a challenge!  I love the WORD, and I have read the whole New Testament more than once.  It is easier to read than the old, as we do not like to drudge through all the begats…and the repetition of history through the Old Testament.

I completed the whole reading of the Bible…straight through from Genesis to Revelation in a college class…when I was very young…in my 20′s, in fact.

I took on this challenge because a niece of mine plugged me in…and 2 others made me aware of this group who were reading the Bible through.

We began with 1 Samuel…and have moved back and forth from the O.T. to the N.T.  We are following the outline of our leader’s church.

We just completed 1 Corinthians…what a great book…actually it is one letter to the church of Corinth from Paul.

Tomorrow and Friday’s reading is Haggai…a very short book…only 2 chapters.

Yeah!! Another book completed of the 66 total.  Woo Hoo!!

Well, as you see my title is based on Haggai 1: 4

I want you to turn to your Bible and read Haggai 1…I’m in the NKJV…

After asking the question in the title…Haggai is prophesying…and beginning with verse 5, we find:

Now, therefore, says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways!”

6) “You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but you do not have enough; Your drink, but you are not filled with drink; And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.

7) Thus says the LORD of host: “Consider your ways!”

8) “Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the LORD.

9) “You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?” says the LORD of hosts, “Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house.

10) “Therefore the heavens above withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit.

11) “For I called for a drought on the land and the mountains, on the grain and the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”

12) Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jehoazdak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him; and the people feared the presence of the LORD.

13) Then Haggai, the LORD’s messenger, spoke the LORD’s message to the people, saying, ” I am with you, says the LORD.”

14) So the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the Son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the LORD of hosts, their God.

Whooooaaaaa!!!!! I mean what about that?

You mean, our God holds back the rain from His children…His people?  He allows us to sow and not reap. To buy food and not have enough.  He allows things to happen to us.

YES!!!!!!!! a hundred times YESSS!!!!!

Why? Why would He do this?

Because just like this scripture says, ” we are running to our own house”…we are seeing about ourselves and what is ours…mine…looking after me!!

And, what about the LORD’s House!!!

Now, today we don’t live in community and attend one temple…like this story!

But we are individually and corporately the temple of the Holy Spirit!

Just how are you individually? I mean spiritually? How do you spend your time and your money?

How is your church? Bible Study? Prayer group?

Are there any sick? Are there any needs not met? Are there any needing a glass of water, food, clothing, a place to stay?

I remember when the LORD made me aware of my condition of not tithing.  I remember when everything was falling apart and I read this scripture.

I remember telling my husband…we have to start giving…or we will always have holes in our pockets.  We were very poor…I mean very!!!!!

We were working soooo hard and it was not going far enough!!! We had 3 children…we had things breaking down…we were fighting all the time…

And, Haggai spoke to me!!!

I heard and received for us!!!

I pray this ministers to you! I was not a tither…I knew to be…taught by parents…I was cheating God!

You know, He just won’t let us cheat! He will withhold blessing from us!!

How? I mean it can be abundantly raining all around the disobedient child of God and we not receive one drip.

So easy, now, that I’m old…

Now, I have walked so long with Him…my JESUS…that when things are not going right…I always make sure that I’ve written my check…or spent my time…

I can’t out give Him!!!  Malachi speaks to my heart!

Trust Me! Try Me! Prove Me saith the LORD of Hosts and see!! If a Blessing…unmeasured Blessing…I will not pour out on thee!!

Woo Hoo!!

Until the next time…

Teddi


4 comments:

  1. Anonymous9/27/2012

    Hey Teddi, Thanks for sharing this morning. As I was reading these verses this morning, it was like a ride back through my life. God showed me where I have been to where I headed now. Almost energizing to know, my husband and I are working on our budget. In the last few weeks, our pastor spoke about tithing. Gary nailed it. I don't know what or how but this time it was like God was speaking OUT LOUD to me. I too told my husband how very important it was to give to God first. Now today to read again about the importance and to see where we have been in our life. Unsatisfied, broke, chasing after something but never truly being satisfied. Whew there is hope yet. I praise God for his words. His words encourage me to continue the path of blessing his kingdom first and knowing because of that he will bless me and my family. I am truly very excited. Love you guys. Angela Miller

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  2. Malachi 3:10, as Teddi referenced, is 'Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need'. WOW - God says 'test me' and we KNOW He is faithful. The tithe is NOT for Him, He doesn't need money, it's to test our obedience and our whole willingness to follow him for all we can do. Water baptism is also an act of obedience. When we are saved, the instruction is Acts 2:38, is that Peter says, 'Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit'. The promises are (a) 'I will open the windows of heaven and pour of blessing you can not contain' and (b)'receive the gift of the Holy Spirit'. Win-Win? What I'm saying is that God never asks for something from you that, again as Teddi says, you can 'outgive' Him' and He is FAITHFUL EVERY TIME. He just wants us at a place that whatever we see that we can do to obey Him, we grab on and do it. It lifts us to place where He can trust our hearts where we can be used of service to Him. Then, here comes the blessings again. It just works. It just works EVERYTIME. Thank you Teddi for your Word this morning.

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  3. Anonymous9/27/2012

    Amen! Thank you for this.(=

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  4. Love your post here today, Aunt Teddi. This is definitely a rule to live by.

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