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3. Priorities

4. Contentment

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Haggai 1:5-7
 Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.

6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.

7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.

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When the people of Israel returned from captivity, they busied themselves with building their houses etc. and neglected to rebuild the temple. God said to them by the prophet Haggai that  this was the reason that they were not prosperous. He said that the money that they earned did them no good, it was like putting it into a bag with holes.

Upon reading this I realized that people have holes in their bags. Not long ago I heard of several lottery winners who won several million dollars. With the exception of one, they all were bankrupt, within a few years. People think that more money will solve their problems but if they never discover why they have money problems, it usually does them no good and often it will increase their problem.

Who hasn't heard of the cliché of the government trying to fix a problem by throwing more money at it.  It's like throwing money into a bag with a big hole in the bottom. Try this: Get a paper bag, cut a hole in the bottom and begin to drop cash into the top. I used this as an illustration in a Bible study to show the absurdity  of it.

Some of us need to fix the holes in our bags, before we can truly prosper.

In the rest of this study course, let's examine some of the holes in our bags.