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Summary: What will you do with your disappointments? Will you allow them to stop you. Or, will you allow God to use them to strengthen, temper and intensify your life?

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Pastor Allan Kircher

Shell Point Baptist Church

November 3rd, 2013

Haggai 2:1-9


Satan/always doing/utmost/stall/work of God.

• He hindered/Jews/building/temple

• Today he endeavors/hinder/people/God/spreading/gospel.

• Only design is to hurt the cause of God.

• To do his infernal work, he has many weapons in his arsenal.

• greed/anger/Malice/false accusation/lust/Evil desires

• the temptation to revenge.

• Of all his weapons/none/sharper/one called discouragement.

• If he can get/saints/God to despair over their efforts

• His battle is already won.

Disappointment is the theme of this passage.

• People/Israel/prophet Haggai/disappointed/discouraged.

• Years earlier/586 BC/Babylonians had invaded Israel.

• Taken/people/Babylon as captives.

• Babylonians destroyed Solomon's Temple/Jerusalem.

After 50 years, some/people/allowed/return/Israel.

• They began/process/rebuilding/Temple.

• Work stopped/opposition/Samaritans.

• 16 years/Temple remained unfinished.


Then, God raised up/prophet Haggai to call the people back to their task of rebuilding the Temple.

• People responded/voice of God's man/began to build again.

• Only a month/they became discouraged/again wanted/quit.

• were disappointed/Temple/building

• Discouraged in the work they were doing.

Haggai writes to them/challenge them/encourage them/carry on.

• That is a message I think we could all use today.

• Do you ever get discouraged?

• Do you ever find yourself disappointed/your work/Lord?

• We all do!

Times when disappointment looms over us like an impossibly high, impassable mountain.

If we are not careful: Our disappointments can:

• Derail our lives and cause us to lose faith and focus.

• Even cause us to quit/Lord.

The lessons taught here can help us when we are overwhelmed by disappointment and want to quit.

I want to talk to you about Overcoming The Mountain Of Disappointment.



The reasons for their disappointment are many

• Most of them revolve around a bad memory.

• Memory can be a blessing or a curse.

• Jews were guilty/focusing/negative

• Forgetting all about/positive.

• For these Jews memory was a heavy burden that hindered their progress.


v. 3a The Things We Remember – Haggai asked the question, “Who is left among you that saw this house in her former glory?”

• Haggai prophesied in 520/Temple/destroyed/586 BC.

• 66 years since Solomon's Temple had been destroyed.

• some people among/Jews/seen/first Temple

• One built by Solomon.

• They remembered its glory, it's gold covered walls

• contained $20,000,000.00 worth of gold

• Its splendor, its size, and its breathtaking beauty.

• Recalled/glory days

• Shekinah glory/God filled/temple

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