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If God says it will happen, it happens

If God says it will happen, it happens

Habakkuk puts things into perspective for us this morning. When all around us seems to be overrun by evil, remember Who is on the throne.

Habakkuk 2:

1 I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.

The Righteous Shall Live by His Faith

2 And the LORD answered me: "Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.

3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end---it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.

4 "Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.

5 "Moreover, wine is a traitor, an arrogant man who is never at rest. His greed is as wide as Sheol; like death he has never enough. He gathers for himself all nations and collects as his own all peoples."

Woe to the Chaldeans

6 Shall not all these take up their taunt against him, with scoffing and riddles for him, and say, "Woe to him who heaps up what is not his own--- for how long?--- and loads himself with pledges!"

7 Will not your debtors suddenly arise, and those awake who will make you tremble? Then you will be spoil for them.

8 Because you have plundered many nations, all the remnant of the peoples shall plunder you, for the blood of man and violence to the earth, to cities and all who dwell in them.

9 "Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house, to set his nest on high, to be safe from the reach of harm!

10 You have devised shame for your house by cutting off many peoples; you have forfeited your life.

11 For the stone will cry out from the wall, and the beam from the woodwork respond.

12 "Woe to him who builds a town with blood and founds a city on iniquity!

13 Behold, is it not from the LORD of hosts that peoples labour merely for fire, and nations weary themselves for nothing?

14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

15 "Woe to him who makes his neighbours drink--- you pour out your wrath and make them drunk, in order to gaze at their nakedness!

16 You will have your fill of shame instead of glory. Drink, yourself, and show your uncircumcision! The cup in the LORD's right hand will come around to you, and utter shame will come upon your glory!

17 The violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, as will the destruction of the beasts that terrified them, for the blood of man and violence to the earth, to cities and all who dwell in them.

18 "What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols!

19 Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; to a silent stone, Arise! Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in it.

20 But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him."

Things to think about…

1.What should our response be if the Lord takes His time to answer? Ans – 'keep watch', Hab 2:1. Don't leave your post. You are in the right place. Habakkuk stays at his watch post and station on the tower. Where is your watch post? E.g. Your family, your job, your faith, your church. It starts of course by keeping watch over your heart and holding thoughts captive to Christ, 2Cor 10:5.

2.Look at this OT truth. "The righteous shall live by faith", Hab 2:4. This of course is pre – Luther, pre-Paul, pre- Cross. Our Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever. The blood of bulls, lambs and rams, just as our church attendance etc., will not please Him without faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God, Heb 11:6.

3.The Babylonians were being raised up to judge the Israelites, but they were also judged, Hab 2:8-13. Babylon gloried in itself. But God says His glory will fill the earth as the waters cover the sea, vs 14. It seems this same area in Iraq is still having the prophecy fulfilled that "the remnant of the peoples will plunder you", vs 8. We may despair at certain events whether local or global but the final purpose is being revealed. The Lord will receive the glory.

4.Look at Habakkuk's sarcastic wit to expose Babylon's foolish idol worship, Hab 2:15-19, especially vs 19. This is what they trusted in. Habakkuk says in vs 20 where the focus remains when we have a truth understanding of God. Another way of putting it "Be still and know that He is God". Why not do that again today.

Vision Point

CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.

Prayer Points

1.Please pray for 5 young people in their 20's who heard the gospel on Sunday morning. They were given the gospel. Please continue to pray for Harry, Bec, Joe, Mary and Anthony. They have all said they will be back.

2.Pray that the rain forecast this week will send healing and relief to the areas affected by the bushfires have so far burned more than 12 million acres, they have killed at least 27 people, 20 from NSW alone 2000 homes have been destroyed. Please consider supporting CBC's Malacoota bushfire appeal. You may give now directed in the announcements.

3.Pray for continued follow up rain across Australia – especially NSW and Vic.

4.Ministry planning and events calendar for this year.

5.Young girl (5 yo) Amelia lost her fight for life with a congenital heart disorder. Daisy is her mother. Please pray for Daisy who is hurting and does not know the Lord. Phil Weston has more details.

6.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.

7.Sunday's message on Acts 26 "Paul's testimony and ours" by Jay.

8.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.

9.Church finances to meet our expenses.

10.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.

11.Some aren't well Tessa Torrington and John Ward. Pray for relief and healing.

Praise Points.

1.Quite a few no people on Sunday – pray as they settle into CBC. Please continue to welcome them and get to know them as you can.

2.Rain falling in drought affected areas of Qld, NSW and Vic today and forecast for the rest of this week.

3.Recharge youth planning night this Friday – pray for Jay, leaders, youth and their parents/carers.

4.Safe return of those travelling from holidays.

5.Praise God for what He will do as we begin and plan for ministry this year at CBC.

6.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.

Announcements

1.Willey group - Hosting, morning tea next Sunday morning.

2.Axiom services start on 2nd of February.

3.Bushfire appeal – no target has been set but CBC will be raising money towards fireys and bush fire victims. You can donate directly through our "Give" tab on the website http://www.chuwarbaptist.com/give . Label your offering "Bushfire appeal"

4.Picnic at Kholo Gardens – 12pm at Kholo Gardens after church – 26th Jan – Australia Day. Bring a cook, cold meats, salads. There are BBQ's there but they are notoriously slow to heat up. Best to bring food ready to eat.

5.All Kids@Church and Recharge parents will be on a roster to teach their children and attend throughout the year. Rosters will be finalized this week. See Helen to get the email for when you are rostered on.

6.Recharge youth starts at 7pm, Fri 31st Jan for all High Schoolers. Planning meeting at the Beatty's house this Friday 6:30pm.

7.Kids@church – for all primary aged children starts 10am Sunday 2nd Feb.

January's catechism question...

Question. 8. What is the second petition?

Answer. "Your kingdom come."

Bible Reference – Matt.6:10; Luke 11:2.


"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3

Pastor Jay

Even when times are tough - God is in control
How long O Lord shall I cry out?