Watch George Kouri's message: MAINTAINING FAITH

I call this message: MAINTAINING FAITH IN THE MIDST OF DISAPPOINTMENT.

The prophet Malachi was the last prophet God sent to Israel before John the Baptist came on the scene in the SPIRIT OF ELIJAH to prepare the way for Jesus the Messiah. This oracle was given to Malachi 700 years after the children of Israel came out of captivity in Babylon.

As they came out of 70 years of captivity, what happened to the children of Israel? As they came out of Babylon, they had wonderful dreams of what God was going to do. As they returned to the land of Israel, and rebuilt Jerusalem and the Temple, the children of Israel had great expectations that God would at last fulfill His promise to restore David's Kingdom and establish the promised Kingdom of the Messiah!

BUT IT DIDN'T HAPPEN…THAT IS IT DIDN'T HAPPEN AS THEY EXPECTED! In fact they stayed under the rule of Gentile Kings during this entire period.

As a result something happened:

  • Their dreams darkened.
  • Their hopes dulled.
  • They began to be offended with God.

They began to murmur & complain:

  • "What good does it do to serve God?"
  • "Here I am doing what God wants, and instead of good things happening to me, bad things are happening."
  • "Instead of blessing, curses are coming upon me"
  • "Instead of things getting better, they are getting worse."
  • "What good does it do to serve God?"

ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS TIMES IN YOUR LIFE IS NOT WHEN THINGS ARE GOING WONDERFULLY WELL!

It is easy to PRAISE God in those times!

What we read about in the book of Malachi took place right before the promises actually came true.

GOD KEPT ALL HIS PROMISES TO DAVID…BUT HE KEPT THEM…200 YEARS LATER THAN MALACHI!

ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS TIMES IS THE TIME RIGHT BEFORE THE PROMISED BLESSINGS COME.

THE HARDEST TIME TO HOLD ON TO FAITH IS WHEN GOD HAS PROMISED SOMETHING TO YOU, BUT THE THING HE HAS PROMISED HASN'T HAPPENED YET!


The QUESTION that we are dealing with in this message is this:

  • How do you maintain faith, when God's promises haven't happened yet?
  • How do you keep believing, when the things God has promised He would do haven't taken place yet?
  • How do you hold on to God's promises, when you haven't seen them fulfilled yet?

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