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Take It to Heart

I want to get serious this morning. Before you read any farther I want you to say out loud, “This commandment is for me”. This message is not for your husband or your wife, or your children. This message is not for your pastor, your brother or sister, or your neighbor. This message is for you.

My scripture this morning comes out of the book of Malachi. We will start reading in verse one.

 

1. And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.

2. If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.

3.Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.

4.And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

5.My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.

6.The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.

7.For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.

Malachi 2:1-7

The Lord has laid this message upon my heart this past week. The message was for me. The more I read, the more the Word pierced my heart. A line in the second verse grabbed my attention. First off, God made sure that the priests knew this commandment was for them. Funny how that sounds like a lot of Christians today. The pastor of the church will spend hours in the Word of God and in prayer to get a message for absolutely no body. We all are guilty of that – the sermon never is for us; it’s always for the person behind us, or our neighbor. However in this case, God singles out the priests directly.  If you are a born again Christian, this message applies to you.

In verse two, God gives the priests a grave warning: if they would not take it to heart to give glory to the Lord, they would suffer a curse. I already had a feeling on what “Lay it to Heart” meant, but I looked it up anyways.

The expression, “take it to heart” means;

1. To consider that some comment is significant to oneself.

2. To think very seriously about something.

The message this morning is titled, “Take it to heart”. What do you take seriously? Do you take God seriously? Do you take hell seriously? Do you take chastisement seriously? Do you take the Word of God  seriously? You do? Well, prove it. How do you prove it? You prove it by your life. Your life will reflect what you take seriously. If you take your family seriously, you will spend time with them. If you take that TV show seriously, you will not miss an episode. If you take safety seriously, you will be careful. If  you take severe weather seriously, you will heed to warnings. This is a warning for you. Take God seriously, He is real and all powerful. Take hell seriously, it is real, it is eternal and it is horrible. Take the Word of God seriously, it is true and is forever in Heaven. If you take God and His Word seriously, you will live like it. If you do not, consequences are real. In verse two and three, God promises the tribe of Levi consequences if they do not take His word seriously.

Firstly, He will curse their blessings. We are all blessed by God in so many ways. God gives us those blessings for happiness on  the earth. However, as God promised the tribe of Levi, He will curse those blessings if we fail to give Him glory. How do we glorify God? By obeying what He has said in His word. However, the truth of the matter is we don’t take His word serious. As I said earlier, this message is for me as much as anyone else reading it. If I take the Bible seriously, I would be reading it much more. Really think about it, what do you take seriously? Get out a pen and piece of paper and write down what you really take seriously. News, job, family, hobbies, TV? Funny how quickly we know who that person in that movie is, and how easily we forget the difference between Elijah and Elisha? Or we could quickly tell you our favorite teams quarterback and his stats for the year, yet we don’t know the dimensions of the Ark.  We need to get our priorities in order.

Secondly, God promised He would corrupt their seed and spread dung upon their faces. Now while “seed” can reference children, it can also represent what you sow. If you are not taking God seriously, if you are just allocating the spare time to Him, He will bring all that you do to nothing. Not only will He corrupt what you do, He will spread the putrid, rotten result on your face for all to see. God will humiliate you with the harvest. If  you play the game of being a good Christian on Sunday, yet on every other day put God on the shelf, you might as well prepare yourself for what is coming!

Thirdly, God says, “and one shall take you out with it.” If you do not take God seriously, you will be taken out with the filth and trash of this world. I think of all the people in church  who were caught in adultery or laundering money, or worse. Now they are cast out from that fellowship and their testimony is as good as dirt. Now God does offer forgiveness, this we all know. However, once this point is reached, that good reputation and testimony may be gone for good and if not, it will always have a dark shadow over it no matter how good you may live afterwards.

Not taking the Lord seriously has consequences, however taking God and His word seriously has it’s great rewards. Read Hebrews chapter eleven – see the rewards of the people who took the Lord at His word. Noah took God seriously when He said He would kill all flesh and Noah was saved. Abraham took God seriously on making his seed a great nation. Moses took the Lord seriously when He told him to go back to Egypt and cry unto Pharaoh. The Bible has page upon page of people who took God seriously. The Bible also has page upon page about people who did not take the Lord seriously and it also has the incredible price they paid for not doing so.

Do you really take God seriously? If you do your life will reflect it. Take some time and think on what you take seriously and be truthful to yourself about it. We as Christians today do not take God seriously. If we do not, the promise made in Malachi chapter two is just as real today as it was in the time it was written. In verses 5-7, God tells us what we should be; Do you take it to heart?

Prayer: Lord, I pray that you would convict our hearts if we are not taking you seriously. Make your presence real to us today and stir our hearts that we may better serve you. Amen

 

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"Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." Psalms 42:11

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6 Responses to "Take It to Heart"

  1. catherine niedermeyer says:

    Thank you for a message that we all do need to hear and heed what it is telling us. I pray for all of you and your individual families.
    May the Lord continue to keep the Shepherd’s Hill ministry alive.
    With love, Cathy

  2. Shellie says:

    An absolutely powerful message! Thank you so much! I plan on sharing this one with church friends. Andy, I really appreciate the time and thought you put into this. Your willingness to hear from the Lord for direction in giving a message is a blessing. :)

  3. Charlene Makofsky says:

    I have no doubt you were inspired by this Word, Paul. Very true and a very necessary message. I will surely have Ray read it too. Have a blessed week. My love to you all. Charlene

    1. Angelia Angelia says:

      This message was written by Andy – He did do an excellent message, didn’t he!!

      1. Miss Charlene (Makofsky) says:

        Yes, Andy did a wonderful job – listening to the Lord and acting upon it. He is a special guy! I know the Lord has much in store for him!

  4. Cath says:

    That was a fabulous message, Andy!!!
    Well done!
    Cath

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