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Saturday, September 27, 2014

September 27 "A Great Work" Nehemiah 6, 7

52 Days.  A daunting task.  But they did it.  We can do what we are called to do when we set our faces like a flint.

And they faced opposition just like we do every day---whether it be the world, the enemy of our souls, or even ourselves.  The people in the town.  Yes.  They wanted to harm and halt. But No. They did not not give in to the stronger, the greater. Follow the called. 

Nehemiah says: “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?”  Nehemiah 6:3. Oh to have a holy work ethic. One brick at a time.

And here.  Again.  Nehemiah's 1st application of the day is to his God.  Nehemiah lifted up his heart. Here is a prayer to wrestle well in conflict.  

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Father, Nehemiah falls face forward to your first.  First application of the day.  May it be for us as well.  Not social media.  Not music.  Not friends.  May we spread the sheets and invite you to sit a while with us.  For You are here.  And we have such "duties" to do; such scandals to face; such temptations to conquer.  This day.  And many more to come.  "Therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.  Every temptation to draw us from duty should quicken us the more to duty."  M. Henry

PHOTO:  52 days of wall building.  May we build our own walls this day.  Walls of strength not to keep others out but to protect and provide for the loved in the city.  

1 comment:

  1. He kept his eyes on what was important - the things of God. I love the last verse: And when the seventh month had come, the people of Israel were in their towns. One day we will be in our heavenly home - the holy city - Jerusalem the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.