I know I do a lot of talking about an identity in Christ and the freedom we have “in Christ” and not under the law (phil 3:7-12). However, scripture clearly discusses man sin and the abuse of Christian freedom.
Hag 1:2 Thus speaketh Jehovah of hosts, saying, This people say, It is not the time for us to come, the time for Jehovah’s house to be built.
Hag 1:3 Then came the word of Jehovah by Haggai the prophet, saying,
Hag 1:4 Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your ceiled houses, while this house lieth waste?
Hag 1:5 Now therefore thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Consider your ways.
Hag 1:6 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.
Hag 1:7 Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Consider your ways.
Hag 1:8 Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith Jehovah.
Hag 1:9 Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith Jehovah of hosts. Because of my house that lieth waste, while ye run every man to his own house.
Hag 1:10 Therefore for your sake the heavens withhold the dew, and the earth withholdeth its fruit.
Thanks be to Christ for my salvation. I can’t do it on my own.