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Malachi Part #2 Fire Of God—Dichotomy of the Blessed—World 2-24-08

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Malachi Part #2

Going through the Fire—Dichotomy of the Blessed—World

2-24-08

Continue with Malachi

·                    Bird’s Eye View

·                    Story

Dichotomy/Distinctive

·                    Peek at the endgame

o       How it works out ultimately if you follow God and if you don’t

·                    The end of the story

·                    Brother—20’s watching friends as he is faithful—later he’s the hero—switch roles

·                    Mal 3 and 4 get a peek at the ENDGAME

Mal 3:18

18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not. [1]

‘Distinction’

Prelim

·                    Chapters 1-2

o       Wires crossed/wrong power

o       Deadly

·                    Honor/Dishonor

o       Didn’t bring best

o       Dishonored Name

§        Cursed Blessings

o       Dishonored Marriage

It is because the Lord is acting as the witness between you and the wife of your youth, because you have broken faith with her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. [2]

Chapter 3

·                    Begins visitation—God shows up

·                    Begins with good thing

·                    Jesus shows up

Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty. [3]

·                    Develop—one we DESIRE—long for

But as He shows up

·                    Something comes with Him

·                    The Fire of God

·                    Fire

2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire . . . . . .

We all face fires in life

·                    Not saying that all fires/challenges are from God

o       He will bring his fire in our lives—Malachi

o       Bible talks fire of afflictions/trials/testing

o       And God can work GOOD in whatever fire we face

·                    But the question is—what do you want to be like on the other side of the fire

Malachi is an amazing book

·                    Picture of how GOODNESS of God is in the midst of your fire

o       We all face fires

o       Malachi about God can use them to advance us/bless/Prosper us if we surrender to Him the midst of the fires

o       ALL things work together for good

·                    He works in the midst of the fires of life

Maybe At first glance

·                    When you read about the fire of God in Malachi

·                    Think—is God mad at us?  What’s this about?

·                    But when you look below the surface

·                    You see that God is at work for GOOD in the midst of the fires of our lives

In fact, there are certain things you can ONLY GET through the fire!

Why is that? 

·                    The Fire Purifies

o       Gold/silver

o       Dross

How many want the pure gold?

·                    Have to go through fire

Tests/Reveals

·                    Fire brings dross/impurities to the surface

·                    Glibness—I have it together

o       God knows there are issues in your heart that need to be dealt with

o       Otherwise it will bring death to you

o       Brings fire so it can be revealed

How many ever been in pressing situation

·                    Fire of challenge on you

·                    Bad attitude

·                    Words come out of your mouth towards spouse

·                    Friends/child

·                    Not pretty

·                    What’s happening—fires bringing

We get shocked

·                    God’s not

·                    But what is His goal???

·                    To set us FREE?

·                    We miss it so many times—try to hide the thing

·                    God says, I have to reveal it—so I can FREE you from it!!

How many know

·                    Fire reveals bad attitudes

·                    Weakness/needs

Develop

Fire also Changes Us

·                    Fine China

·                    Heated up beyond what it thinks it can bear

·                    Internet information—upwards of 2,000 DEGREES! ! !

·                    On the other side—the muddy dirt

·                    Becomes a priceless heirloom

·                    Pretty cool—huh?

God does that with Us in the fire

So let’s do an overview of chapters 3 and 4 and see the

·                    Dichotomy between those who serve God—those who don’t

·                    How fire works in our lives

So what does the fire do?  FIRST: 

Fire Purifies/Tests Our Worship

 

OT Means:

NT:

·                    God wants to bring greater intimacy

·                    Deeper worship

·                    When God forgives you—frees you—cleanses you

·                    Carries you THROUGH a fire time

·                    You see the yuck

o       But He transforms you into the beautiful

o       It changes you

o       He who’s forgiven much—loves much

o       God can turn your fiery trial into a PLATFORM of deeper CLOSENESS to HIM!

He will purify the Levites, refining them like gold and silver, so that they may once again offer acceptable sacrifices to the Lord. 4 Then once more the Lord will accept the offerings brought to him by the people[4]

*        God says ‘Come in—Get Closer to ME!’

Fire Purifying/Testing Our Finances

God deals with issue of finances

·                   Reveals heart

o      Luke 12:34

34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

[5]

o      What Does God care MOST about?

§       Hearts

§       Worship

§       God’s not broke!!!!

§       But the nature of LOVE requires expression of sacrifice—trust—love

§       God resource of ALL—He wants to bless

§       He wants HEART—finances reveal heart condition—

·       He wants WORSHIP—FIRST Love

·                   That’s why section starts out with ‘Return to Me’

Mal 3: 6 Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. [6]

·                   He’s not worried about money

o      He wants us to return to HIM

o      All about worship

Explain tithe—Israel unfaithful

·                   ‘Cursed their Blessings’

·                   God wanting to RESTORE them completely—understood this area was blocking their relationship

 

SAME FIRE:  For one the Curse Destroys—for the other they are ADVANCED into SUSTAINED Multiplied Blessing

Next place that the fire touches:

Fire Purifying/Testing Our Faithfulness

 

We all get tested/tempted to be frustrated

·                    Waiting for harvest to ripen

·                    Where are you God?

·                    Have you forgotten me?

·                    Tests/refines our faith

o       Waiting for harvest to ripen

Fire Purifying/Testing Our Faithfulness

Final RESULTS of Purifying/Testing Of Fire

Is 43:1-3

Blessings/Cursing

·                    Life/Death

·                    Malachi WONDERFUL—see Hand of God blessing/advancing His people

·                    Through the fires

·                    While dealing with the darkness/enemy


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[1]The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (Mal 3:17-18). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

[2]The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (Mal 2:14). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

[3]The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (Mal 3:1). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

[4]Tyndale House Publishers. (2004). Holy Bible : New Living Translation. "Text edition"--Spine. (2nd ed.) (Mal 3:3-4). Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers.

[5]The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (Lk 12:34). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

[6]The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (Mal 3:7). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

[7]Tyndale House Publishers. (2004). Holy Bible : New Living Translation. "Text edition"--Spine. (2nd ed.) (Mal 3:13-16). Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers.

a Or Almighty, “my treasured possession, in the day when I act

[8]The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (Mal 3:17-18). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

* Or the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.

* Verses 4:1-6 are numbered 3:19-24 in Hebrew text.

[9]Tyndale House Publishers. (2004). Holy Bible : New Living Translation. "Text edition"--Spine. (2nd ed.) (Mal 4:1-6). Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers.

* Hebrew Horeb, another name for Sinai.

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