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Work and warfare!

Scripture reading for May 8th: Nehemiah 3-4

God’s people are wired for work!  When a vision is present, focus of energy and teamwork can result in a miraculous amount of work being done.  But it takes leadership and discipline to get people to work together.  There are many hindrances that try to hold up progress and destroy the vision.  The leader must assess the situation, cast the vision, organize the team of workers, and deal with the hindrances in a timely and effective manner.  God will work with him and through him to complete the work.

Nehemiah was an effective leader.  He was chosen by God as he prayed for the city of Jerusalem, burdened for it’s broken-down walls.  Nehemiah was given favor, authority, and materials from the king to go and rebuild the broken walls of his beloved city.   His plan of action was formulated as he assessed the situation for himself after arriving there. (Nehemiah 2:11-16)   He decided on putting families in charge of rebuilding the section of wall nearest their own homes.  (Nehemiah 3)  This brought personal responsibility to bear on how the job would be done and how fast they would work.  He knew they would work harder and smarter if their own family’s lives depended on it.

Nehemiah had to deal with opposition, both external and internal.  This is spiritual warfare that is ever-present in the life of a believer seeking to do God’s will.  He prayed first (Nehemiah 4:4-5) and then posted a guard.  He armed half the men while the others worked.  He kept a trumpeter by his side to sound the alarm if any family was attacked and needed help.  (Nehemiah 4:17-20)  Everyone worked together and kept ready to meet any opposition or force that might attack them.

This is a good plan for each person in God’s family.  We are each assigned work to do by the Lord according to our gifts and talents.  There will be opposition and it must be dealt with and watched closely to avoid setback and defeat.  The Holy Spirit is the trumpeter in our lives who lets us know when trouble is coming.  As we work and fight together the work gets done quickly.  We remember that we are fighting for our own protection and that of our family.  Personal responsibility and God’s grace insure the victory!

“Don’t be afraid of them.  Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” Nehemiah 4:14

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Growing up in Christ!

Scripture reading for August 28th:  Ephesians 4

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”  (Ephesians 4:1-3)   Paul was a prisoner in jail but under the Lord’s direct commission.  As a pastor, he wanted the church at Ephesus to live out their faith in Christ’s love and character.  Patience and humility with great love would be required to produce and sustain the unity of the Holy Spirit in the congregation.

“It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, and some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”  (Ephesians 4:11-13)  God poured out gifts upon His Church.  These gift people would prepare God’s people for the works they had been assigned and assist them to grow to maturity in the fullness of Christ.  All these contributed to the unity of the faith that we must work to maintain.

“Then, we will no longer be infants, . . .Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ.  From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”  (Ephesians 4:14-16)  God wants His kids to grow up and each person must do their assigned part to see Christ reflected through His church.

 

 

 

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Work and warfare!

Scripture reading for May 9th: Nehemiah 3-4

God’s people are wired for work!  When a vision is present, focus of energy and teamwork can result in a miraculous amount of work being done and great accomplishments.  It takes leadership and discipline to get people to work together.  There are many hindrances that try to hold up progress and destroy the vision.  The leader must assess the situation, cast the vision, organize the team of workers, and deal with the hindrances in a timely and effective manner.  He can’t run a popularity contest or seek to appease those who would hinder or hold up the work.

Nehemiah was an effective leader.  He was chosen by God as he prayed for the city of Jerusalem, burdened for it’s broken-down walls.  Nehemiah was given favor, authority, and materials from the king to go and rebuild the broken walls of his beloved city.  His plan of action was formulated as he assessed the situation for himself after arriving there. (Nehemiah 2:11-16)   He decided to put families in charge of rebuilding the section of wall nearest their own homes.  (Nehemiah 3)  This brought personal responsibility to bear on how the job would be done and how fast they would work.

Nehemiah had to deal with opposition, both external and internal.  This is spiritual warfare that is ever-present in the life of a believer seeking to do God’s will.  He prayed first (Nehemiah 4:4-5) and then posted a guard.  He armed half the men while the others worked.  He kept a trumpeter by his side to sound the alarm if any family was attacked and needed help.  (Nehemiah 4:17-20)  Everyone worked together and kept ready to meet any opposition.

This is a good plan for each person in God’s family.  We are each assigned work to do by the Lord.  There will be opposition and it must be dealt with to avoid setback and defeat.  The Holy Spirit is the trumpeter in our lives who lets us know when trouble is coming.  As we work and fight together the work gets done quickly.  We remember that we are fighting for our own protection and that of our family.  Personal responsibility and God’s grace insure the victory!

“Don’t be afraid of them.  Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” Nehemiah 4:14

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