Sunday, May 28, 2017

May 29 Nehemiah 12-13

Remember me with favor, my God. Neh 13:31

May 28 "Spiritual Amnesia" Nehemiah 10-11

“We will not neglect the house of our God.” Neh 10:39 No hidden agendas in this crowd.  All about advancing the Kingdom of God.  Not about advancing own agendas.  What stirs in me most deeply?  Is it advancing God's Kingdom or my own?  Is it about putting closure on these financial problems I have or revealing the character of God in the midst of them?  Is it about getting people to recognize you, understand you, accept you in the "in" crowd or is it about revealing the Beautiful God for whom we live?

May 27 "Read The Word Aloud" Nehemiah 8-9

Nehemiah 8:3 - He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square and it touched them deeply.  And they repented of the wrong ways in which they stood.  Redemption draws near.  It's not about improvement.  It's all about redemption that makes us new people.  All because they heard the Word of God and took it to heart.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

May 26 "I Am Doing A Great Work" Nehemiah 7

Nehemiah 7:5 - God put this in Nehemiah's heart to assemble the people.  So, Nehemiah rebuilt the wall and set the doors in place, then he assembled priests, and gatekeepers, and musicians.  He took this ministry to the utmost place.  A common wall around an unimpressive city around a tiny town population around blue collar people.  Surrounded by mocking laughs and words to which Nehemiah replied:  "I am doing a great work."  Neh 6:3. Fast Forward:  Just like Stephen serving tables in the NT.   

"Whatever anyone does out of a sincere desire to know Me and draw others to Me is a great work.  And as you engage in that work, sometimes you will be energized as you catch a glimpse of My plan unfolding.  More often you won't.  Either way, you are doing a great work."

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May 25 "Work with All Your Heart" Nehemiah 4-6

Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water. Neh 4:23

These people rebuilt this wall with all their heart. Meh 4:6. What a beautiful testimony! It wasn't impressive.  It wasn't noteworthy.  It wasn't a great work.  It wasn't for kings and queens.  It wasn't for a massive population.  Here's another beautiful example of someone working for the Lord, not for men.  Just like Stephen in the New Testament served tables for the glory of God, Nehemiah built this wall with all of his heart and a great desire to know God and draw others to God.

May 24 "Pray for God's People" Nehemiah 1-3

“Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of lovewith those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel." Neh 1:5-6. What a beautiful passion that he was more concerned with God's people than his own story, his own comfort!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May 23 "Too Ashamed" Nehemiah 4-6

6:6-8 - “I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens. From the days of our ancestors until now, our guilt has been great. ... “But now, for a brief moment, the Lord our God has been gracious in leaving us a remnant and giving us a firm place in his sanctuary, and so our God gives light to our eyes and a little relief in our bondage."