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1 What Are You Building & Seeking?

2 Introduction What have we learned? God speaks…

3 Introduction What have we learned? God speaks… – To David – Through people – To Elijah – Through a quiet whisper – To Elisha – Through opening our eyes to the Upper Story What have we learned? God speaks… – To David – Through people – To Elijah – Through a quiet whisper – To Elisha – Through opening our eyes to the Upper Story

4 Introduction What have we learned? God speaks… – To Ezekiel & Jeremiah – through His Revealed Word – Through the Return – through Circumstances What have we learned? God speaks… – To Ezekiel & Jeremiah – through His Revealed Word – Through the Return – through Circumstances

5 Introduction What will God do to bring His people back to Himself?

6 Lower Story – What will God do to bring His people back to Him? Review – Tale of two exiles – Northern Kingdom – 722 BC to Assyria – scattered beyond repair Review – Tale of two exiles – Northern Kingdom – 722 BC to Assyria – scattered beyond repair

7 Lower Story – What will God do to bring His people back to Him? Review – Tale of two exiles – Northern Kingdom – 722 BC to Assyria – scattered beyond repair – Southern Kingdom – BC to Babylon – preserved intact & purified of idolatry Review – Tale of two exiles – Northern Kingdom – 722 BC to Assyria – scattered beyond repair – Southern Kingdom – BC to Babylon – preserved intact & purified of idolatry

8 Lower Story – What will God do to bring His people back to Him? Review – Tale of two exiles – Jeremiah – In captivity in Babylon 70 yrs. (Jeremiah 25:12, 29:10) – Isaiah – My servant CYRUS will bring you out! (Isaiah 44:28, 45:13) Review – Tale of two exiles – Jeremiah – In captivity in Babylon 70 yrs. (Jeremiah 25:12, 29:10) – Isaiah – My servant CYRUS will bring you out! (Isaiah 44:28, 45:13)

9 Lower Story – What will God do to bring His people back to Him? EXCITED to Rebuild Temple! (Ezra 3)

10 Lower Story – What will God do to bring His people back to Him? EXCITED to Rebuild Temple! (Ezra 3) – The Shelf of Forgotten Dreams EXCITED to Rebuild Temple! (Ezra 3) – The Shelf of Forgotten Dreams

11 Lower Story – What will God do to bring His people back to Him? Opposed & Then Distracted (Ezra 4:4-5; Haggai 1:1-3) Not time YET, after 16 years! Opposed & Then Distracted (Ezra 4:4-5; Haggai 1:1-3) Not time YET, after 16 years!

12 Spiritual Reality #1 DISCOURAGEMENT is to be expected in life; but the MORE God is going to be glorified, honored or proclaimed in something, the more SPIRITUAL OPPOSITION and resistance there will be.

13 Lower Story – What will God do to bring His people back to Him? Matthew 6:33 & 22:36-38

14 Lower Story – What will God do to bring His people back to Him? Where Is Gods PLACE Right Now in YOUR LIFE?

15 Lower Story – What will God do to bring His people back to Him? Exhortation, DISCIPLINE & Action (Haggai 1:4-12)

16 Lower Story – What will God do to bring His people back to Him? Exhortation, DISCIPLINE & Action (Haggai 1:4-12) – EXAMINE Your Ways Exhortation, DISCIPLINE & Action (Haggai 1:4-12) – EXAMINE Your Ways

17 Lower Story – What will God do to bring His people back to Him? Exhortation, DISCIPLINE & Action (Haggai 1:4-12) – EXAMINE Your Ways Empty & Fruitless Exhortation, DISCIPLINE & Action (Haggai 1:4-12) – EXAMINE Your Ways Empty & Fruitless

18 Lower Story – What will God do to bring His people back to Him? Exhortation, DISCIPLINE & Action (Haggai 1:4-12) – EXAMINE Your Ways – Gods WAKE UP Call! I blew it all away Exhortation, DISCIPLINE & Action (Haggai 1:4-12) – EXAMINE Your Ways – Gods WAKE UP Call! I blew it all away

19 Lower Story – What will God do to bring His people back to Him? Exhortation, DISCIPLINE & Action (Haggai 1:4-12) – EXAMINE Your Ways – Gods WAKE UP Call! Why? Neglecting My House Exhortation, DISCIPLINE & Action (Haggai 1:4-12) – EXAMINE Your Ways – Gods WAKE UP Call! Why? Neglecting My House

20 Lower Story – What will God do to bring His people back to Him? Exhortation, DISCIPLINE & Action (Haggai 1:4-12) – EXAMINE Your Ways Empty & Fruitless – Gods WAKE UP Call! –Gods People RESPOND Exhortation, DISCIPLINE & Action (Haggai 1:4-12) – EXAMINE Your Ways Empty & Fruitless – Gods WAKE UP Call! –Gods People RESPOND

21 My Story – Takeaways Spiritual Reality #2 Gods Greatest PRIORITY Should Be OUR Greatest PRIORITY

22 My Story – Takeaways COURAGEOUS PRAYER: God, do whatever it takes to get You back in the center of my life.

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