Days of the Lord

Malachi 3.16-4.6

  1. Sign God’s Registry (3.16-18)

  2. Prepare for the Great Divorce (4.1-3)

  3. Listen to God’s Word (4.4)

  4. Watch for YOUR Day of the Lord (4.5-6)

Robbing God

Malachi 3.6-12

  1. Start with God’s Character (6)

  2. Return to Him (7)

  3. Use Giving to Lead Your Heart (7b-8)

    1. The OT System (3-Fold Tithe)

    2. The NT Teaching (1 Cor 16.2; 2 Cor 8.1-8)

    3. The Example of Jesus (2 Cor 8.9; Luke 21.1-4)

    4. The Overarching Principle (Matt 6.19-34)

      Financial Giving Heals the Heart

  4. Apply Malachi Accurately Today (8-12)

Seven Signs of Encroaching Darkness

Philippians 2.1-15

  1. Fix Your Own Attitude (1-5)

    Find What you Glory in (6a)
    Let That Glory Go (6b-7a)

  2. Enter the Current System As a Servant (7b)
    Serve Even If It Kills You (8a)

  3. Put Obedience above Understanding  (8b-11)
    This Demonstrates Humility
    Humility’s Self-Mastery Defeats Evil

  4. Discover Pure Motivation (“Fear & Trembling”) (12-15)

    1. Sorcery

    2. Adultery

    3. Perjury

    4. Unjust Work Conditions/Wages

    5. Oppressing Widows & Orphans

    6. Harshness toward “Immigrants”

    7. No Fear of the Lord

      1. Confess God’s Word (Spirit)

        This Strengthens Your Spirit

      2. Confess Your Wounds (Psyche/Self)

        This Brings Authenticity & Healing

      3. Confess Your Bad Works (Sin Beast)

        This Creates Ownership, not Blaming

Overcoming Self-Deception pt2

Revelation 3.14-19

  1. Remain Faithful to God – Don’t Abandon Him (2.10) 

    1. Stop Making Marriage About Yourself (2.11-12)

    2. Get Woke - God Is Serious About Marriage (2.13)

    3. Fool Yourself, But God Isn’t Fooled (2.13-14)

    4. Recognize the Stakes – Marriage Is the Earthly Key (2.15)

  2. Define Divorce Biblically (2.16)

  3. Fulfill the Covenant of Marriage

    It Honors God.

    It Preserves Society.

    It Sanctifies You.

    Failure Is Catastrophic.

Overcoming Self-Deception

Malachi 2.10-16

  1. Take a Step Back

    1. Examine Your Heart/Affections (Malachi 1) (Be careful – The Theory Determines the Experience!)

    2. Reset Your Thinking (Malachi 2.1-9) (This is the Priest/Mediator’s Primary Job!)

    3. Judge Your Behavior (Malachi 2.10- 3.15)

      1. Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage (2.10-16)

      2. “Tolerating”/Condoning Bad Behavior (2.17-3.6)

      3. Financial Giving (3.7-12)

      4. Your Commitment to Ministry (3.13-15)

    4. Embrace God’s Intent (3.16-4.6)

  2. Seek Wisdom Regarding Marriage

  3. Fulfill the Covenant of Marriage

???? – Adam and Eve (Gen 1-2)

1800 BC – Isaac and Rebekah (Gen 24)

1400 BC – Moses authorizes divorce “for hardness of heart” (Deut 24; Ex 21)

710 BC – Israel Hardens Heart/Divorces. God grants certificate (Isa 50.1)

625 BC – Israel Divorces God through Adultery. God grants certificate (Jer 3.8)

430 BC – Malachi rebukes the One Who Divorces (Mal 2.10-16)

5 BC – Joseph almost divorces Mary (Matt 1)

30 AD – Jesus teaches on divorce (Matt 19)

55 AD – Paul teaches on divorce (1 Cor 7)

The Wisdom of God

Malachi 2.1-9

A Heart Healed (Malachi 2.1-9)

  1. Honor God’s Character (Heart/Affections) (1-6)

  2. Preserve Clear Instruction (Mind) (7-9)

  3. Gather . . .

Malachi’s Path to Clear Thinking: Who Doesn’t Want Life, Peace, Awe, Honesty, Uprightness, and Mentoring? (2.1-6)

  1. Guard Knowledge (2.7a)

  2. Seek Instruction (2.7b)

  3. Accept the Need for a Messenger/Mediator (2.7c)

  4. Avoid Stumbling People (2.8)

  5. Reject Partiality (2.9)

The Affections of God

Romans 11:33-12:21

Acquaint Ourselves with Malachi’s Situation
Trust God’s Affections (Heart) (Malachi 1.1-5)
Own Our Empty, Cheating Heart (1.6-14)
Honor God’s Character (2.1-6)
Preserve Knowledge and Instruction (Head) (2.7-9)

Resolute

Revelation 21.1-5; 22.1-7

  1. Don’t Minimize the Curse (Gen. 3.1-6; Isa. 1.5-6; 53.4-5)

  2. Do Maximize Grace (Gal. 4.1-7, 2 Tim. 2.1)

  3. Show People Light IN the Darkness (1 John 2.1-10)

    IF we don’t minimize the curse,

    IF we do maximize grace,

    IF we show people light IN the darkness, then we can

    Span the Agonizing Gap!