Haggai 1:5 Now, therefore says the Lord of hosts, “Consider your ways!”
Consider your ways! No effort you’ve made to improve or strengthen yourselves has worked. You continue to be a laughingstock (and it is not a joy to say that about those I love). You continue to be powerless. Why has God not answered you? Why have you not been able to rebuild the church to its former glory? Why have you experienced a famine for the Word of God, and why have you not seen the latter rain of the Spirit for which you pray? Consider your ways!
Are you expecting to be made holy by “feeling the presence” or “having an anointing” of the Lord in a church service? Do you think that being externally touched by the presence of Him is sufficient to make you holy? Can a holy God even descend into a congregation full of those who lie to God and each other about their spiritual condition? Know that, as the Lord says through Haggai, touching something holy does not make you holy. The LORD of hosts asks the leaders of the church these questions (Haggai 2:11ff), just as He did Israel when He brought them back from exile:
(Verse 12) “If a man carries holy meat in the fold of his garment and touches bread with this fold, or cooked food, wine, oil or any food, will it become holy?” The leaders of the church say, “No.” They think, “That’s obvious. We know that something unholy is not made holy by that which touches it.” Really? Then why do you cry out, “God is here, His presence is here, His anointing is here, He is blessing us,” when there is much unholy activity, not only in your own private life but in the lives of your worship team and your congregation members? You allow unconsecrated people to be on the platform with you because they are good musicians or singers, and think nothing of it. You yourself spend virtually no time in the Word and prayer, too busy babysitting your congregation. In your own life, you do things you should not do, look at things you should not see and say things you should not say. You tell your congregation it’s sufficient to be “somewhat holy.” We either are, or we aren’t, my friend. If the presence of God is truly evident in your services, great repentance and weeping will break out. Waves of emotion do not indicate God’s kabod has come into your service. When God’s holiness enters the scene, the evil in men’s hearts is exposed and weeping, wailing and cries for mercy result.
(Verse 13) Then Haggai said, “If one who is unclean from a corpse touches any of these, will the latter become unclean?”
Our church leaders say, “It will become unclean.” If we are unclean, unholy, profane, whatever we touch will become tainted with uncleanness. So it is with the people of the church and this nation, in the presence of the LORD. “and so is every work of their hands; and what they offer there (in the sanctuary) is unclean.”
Look at Ezekiel 22:26, my brothers and sisters, my fellow leaders of the people, “Her priests have done violence to My law and have profaned My holy things; they have made no distinction between the holy and the profane, and they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they hide their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.”
You profane the Lord. Repent now. Clean up your life. Be filled with God’s holiness by the Holy Spirit. Surrender to Him now. Then hold high the standard of God’s holiness and do not compromise. Teach your people that they cannot become holy by feeling “the presence,” but must be made holy by the fullness of the Holy Spirit indwelling them. It’s not an option but a necessity. Stop pretending. The hour is late and we don’t have much time to do God’s work. Darkness is coming. A great shaking is coming. Forget about popularity contests. Put your self-interest on the Cross and die so you may live. Let Him fill your temple, and the temples of your people, with glory.