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House On The Word (HOTW) is a Spirit-Led Word Centered Worshipping Church Family with a Global Focus located in West Houston, Texas. House On The Word also hosts and produces SHABACH - An annual life transforming worship experience in the Houston area.

First things First - A study of the life of prophet Haggai

Text: Haggai : Chap 1 , 2

Memory Verses Haggai (1:7-8; 2:7-9)

 (Ch 1:7-8) " 7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.   8 Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD."                   (Ch 2:8-9)" 8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts. 9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts."

INTRODUCTION

Haggai ministered during the reign of King Darius 1 of Persia(521-486B.c). Prophet Haggai's name first appeared in Ezra 5:1 and 6:14 in association with the rebuilding of the temple. He was part of the first return of the Jews from Babylon to their homeland under the leadership of Zerubbabel in 538B.c, and he ministered along with Zechariah to the Jewish remnant in Jerusalem. God called Haggai to encourage the people to see that God had a significant purpose for the new temple as we will see in (Chap 2:3-9). 

The man HAGGAI

  •      Spoke to a people whose spiritual lives were in decline because they had misplaced their PRIORITIES. Haggai encouraged the people to consider their ways, to take action and to take heart. 
  •      Haggai's subject of discussion is that the Jewish remnant must adjust its PRIORITIES from material to spiritual by honoring God first. He told the people that they needed to reorder their priorities by not getting overly concerned with their own comfort than with their spiritual well-being. 
  •  Haggai called them to inform them that God had actually increased their hardship to get their attention, and that they were to look to God, not to themselves, to meet their needs. He shared with them that if they sought HIM first and honored him by finishing the temple, God will bless them and provide for their material needs.

CHAPTER 1

1.      What was God's desire regarding the temple? 

2.      When did the people begin the work on the house of the Lord?

CHAPTER 2

1.      How did the people view the temple? 

2.      With what would God fill the temple? 

3.      Why was the work that the people were doing not good in God's eyes? 

4.      How did God try to turn His people back to Him? 

5.      What did God ask them to consider when the temple was being rebuilt?

Life application question

How can we accomplish the most important things in life? 

Conclusion:

God's timeless truth never changes. The fundamental issues are always understanding of and obedience to what God has revealed in scripture. We live by them and the land experiences peace, harmony and prosperity. We violate them, and the land is struck with a curse. The book of Haggai provides a strong message of redirection and refocusing on FIRST things FIRST, when we have lost sight of that which brings confidence and hope because of spiritual lethargy. It is the key to living life as a God intended. We pray for the impartation of the Holy spirit to shed light on areas of neglect that need new focus.

Let us READ ITMEDITATE on IT! and LIVE IT!!!

Bible Study Manual prepared by Pastor Steve Soyebo



PEACE IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM

One title that our God goes by is the Name Jehovah Shalom- This means The Lord our Peace. This tells us that God already knows ahead of time that we will need peace. This further implies that God knows that there will be troubles, chaos, trials and what have you but being The All-knowing that He is, He made provision for that already. The amazing thing again is that the Peace is in Him. He is our Peace. He is all sufficient. He is ALL we need.

In the words of a songwriter, "Nobody told me the road will be easy and I don't believe He brought me this far to leave me". My charge to us is that we should constantly trust in God because with Him, there will always be Peace even in the midst of the storm.

Article written by Motara.

What lies inside

What Lies Inside....

A holy terror seized him and he fell forward on his face, trembling and in awe as he listened. The words came, sure and steady…their truth imprinted on his heart forever:

Genesis 17:5 No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.

At the beginning of Genesis Chapter 17, God visited 99-year old Abram and spoke to him about covenant and about destiny. In verse 5, God said to /Abram “I have made you a father of many nations” and changed his name to reflect his destiny. At the time of this meeting, Abram had a son by his wife’s maid, even though God had previously promised Sara that she would bear her husband a son. Yet, God said this to him….not “I will make you”, or “I want to make you”…but “I have made you…to a man who was 99 years old, with one son and a wife decades past her childbearing years. God used the past tense, signifying something that was already established – something that had already been accomplished.

God sees the end from the beginning. He knew Abraham’s end, He knows yours…and mine. He has made each of us something – and regardless of the fact that our current situation may scream in stubborn defiance, we each do have a destiny.

Abraham’s situation was the complete opposite of the destiny God spoke to him about, but that did not deter God – and Abraham dared to believe what God said to him!

What is your situation today? What circumstances surround you? Are you going through situations that are in direct opposition to what you know God has spoken to you? Do not be discouraged and never lose faith in God. What God has made us lies inside of us – the seed of destiny is within us, and with God’s divine ability working with and for us, we will indeed become all that He created us to be – just like Abraham.

Article written by Onyih Odunze

INTRODUCING...THE ULTIMATE STORY CHANGER!

If you are out there and you are at the point of GIVING UP and LETING GO.....

If you have been messed up, looked down on, laughed at, summarized to amount to nothing;

If your friends, pastors, parents, siblings, colleagues and whoever have estimated you and concluded on you that you are equivalent to nothing, If you have lost soooo much that you don"t even know where to start recovering from.....

If you have cried your eyes out that there seem to be no more tears in your eyes......

If your story has been written off.....

If it has been a case of heartbreaks upon heartbreaks.....

If it has been a case of debts upon debts......

If it has been a case of sicknessess upon sicknesses.......

If it has been failures upon failures.......

If it has been a crush on your self esteem...

If it has been shame, reproach, pains, pressures.....

May I introduce to you...

My Father and Friend...

My Lord and Redeemer...

He is th e ONLY one who would still love you inspite of you......

He laughs with you when others laugh at you.....

He knows EVERYTHING and ANYTHING you are going through....

He does not just know, He is also able to TURN things AROUND.....

He is able to do ABOVE, BEYOND, MUCH MORE,EXCEDDINGLY.......

HE Does as He wills,

HE IS THE ULTIMATE STORY CHANGER!!!

He promotes slaves to Princes......

He promotes from poor to wealthy....

He promotes from REJECTED to LOVED BY ALL 

He promots from Zero to Hero.......

He turns the rejected stone to the chief cornerstone......

HE IS THE ULTIMATE STORY CHANGER!!!

He has changed my story......

He can and will change yours....

He is always there when you call.....

He is always on time.......

He is NEVER weary in loving us....

He is MERCY PERSONIFIED....

In case you never knew, this day, I introduce to you......JESUS CHRIST, THE ULTIMATE STORY CHANGER.

 

 

Article written by Motara

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