Nehemiah 3:1 Rebuilding

Eliashib the high priest and his fellow priests went to work and rebuilt the Sheep Gate. They dedicated it and set its doors in place, building as far as the Tower of the Hundred, which they dedicated, and as far as the Tower of Hananel. Nehemiah 3:1

Nehemiah had received word that the city of Jerusalem and the temple was not being built. He was working for the king of Persia at the time. After being given permission to go and inspect what was going on, he went to Jerusalem and inspected the walls of the city. He then gathered all the priests and the men from all of the tribes together to begin the work of rebuilding the walls.

As captives of the Persian government, the Israelites were given supernatural favor to rebuild their city. It was by God’s grace on them that the Persian king allowed them to rebuild.

People today have allowed themselves to be taken captive by the enemy of sin. Many have allowed themselves to be carried away by the enemy to a foreign land of sin. This includes people who were believers in Jesus at some point in their life.

Jesus has conquered the enemy of sin and death. When you choose to follow Jesus, you are now under His control. In His great love and mercy, He has given you permission to rebuild a house and a temple for Him. This is not something that can be done alone, but as a group of people with the power of the Holy Spirit.

This house and temple is not something physical as the Israelites were building. It is the house of God and the temple of God. Every person who is a believer in Jesus makes up a part of the house of God. Every individual believer is a the temple of God. The believers are called stones in God’s house.

You have a part in rebuilding His house and temple. As you witness and make disciples, you are building His house larger. As you give your life over to Jesus and live more like Him, you are rebuilding His temple.

Take time today to begin rebuilding God’s house and His temple. Be His witness and make some disciples. Live your life more like Jesus.

I pray today that you will be God’s holy temple; that you will make disciples for Jesus; that you will do the work needed to build God’s kingdom; and that God will guide you and give you the needed strength for the work.

Nehemiah 1:7 Confession: Corporate and Private

We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses. Nehemiah 1:7

Nehemiah, who was a cup-bearer for the king, had received word that those who had returned from exile were in trouble. The walls of the city were still broken down and the temple was not rebuilt. He goes before God about the situation, but not with the request for help first. He calls for God’s mercy and ear to His people, confessing the sins of everyone. Nehemiah includes himself and his family in the sins of not following God’s commands and laws that had been given.

It is easy for people to find fault with other people. When looking at another person’s life, it is easy to see what is wrong with them. Every person wants to blame other people for what is wrong, because they see what they have done wrong.

In seasons of elections, it is very common to see various politicians that are running for a position to point out faults in the opponent. As they are pointing out the faults, they forget to look at what they have done wrong themselves and all their own personal faults.

Each person is responsible for his own sins. Each person has to answer to God for what he has done wrong.

As a believer, you are not alone in this world. The world and yourself have been guilty of sinning. The problems that are faced in this world because of sins, are the results of everyone together. There is no one single person who is guilty of incorporating a major sin across the nation.

Major sins of a nation are the results of everyone. Some who accept the sin and promote. Others, who do not say anything about it and allow it to continue. A believer is one who admits his guilt in the sins being committed and confesses it to God, repenting.

Which person will you be when it comes to confession?

Blaming others?

Or taking on your own responsibility?

As you see sins being committed in your nation, seek God’s forgiveness for those doing it, and for yourself in allowing it or keeping quiet about not being His witness as needed. Seek to do your part in showing everyone Jesus and the life He can bring them. Do not be guilty of sin.

I pray today that you will see ways to be a witness for Jesus; that you will confess and turn from all sin; that you will pray for God’s mercy on those lost in sin; and that God will show His mercy on the world and your life.

Ezra 10:6 Weeping For Others

Then Ezra withdrew from before the house of God and went to the room of Jehohanan son of Eliashib. While he was there, he ate no food and drank no water, because he continued to mourn over the unfaithfulness of the exiles. Ezra 10:6

The Israelites who had gone back to rebuild the temple, had turned away from God’s laws and began to marry those of the foreign nations. Ezra was disturbed by their actions and wept before God for their unfaithfulness. He, himself, had not done anything wrong, but was weeping over the fact that the people had been unfaithful to God and did what was forbidden.

It is easy for a person to see the sins of other people. Christians are always talking about the sins of the nation they live in or the other people in their church. They, then, want to enact laws to change the ability to sin. Or they complain about what other people are doing or are allowed to do.

Ezra did not complain about the sins of the people, but wept and fasted over them before God. He admitted the guilt of himself and the people to God. Ezra was not guilty of the things that the other people were guilty of, yet he was willing to mourn before God about the sins being committed.

Jesus wept over Jerusalem as He looked at their sins that the followers of God were committing against God. He did not just condemn them and point out sins. He allowed God to work in their lives by His Holy Spirit, while doing everything that He could do.

As a believer, you can point out God’s word to other people and strive to point them in the right direction, but you cannot change their hearts. Only God can change a person’s heart and draw them back to Himself.

When you see the sins that other believers are committing, how are you reacting?

Do you condemn them and gossip to others about their sins?

Or do you go before God with weeping and fasting for those who have walked away from God into sin?

I pray that God will soften your heart for those who have walked away from God; that you will seek God to touch the lives of fallen believers; that you will remain faithful to God; and that God will use you to draw others back to Him.


Ezra 9:12 Do Not Marry The World

Therefore, do not give your daughters in marriage to their sons or take their daughters for your sons. Do not seek a treaty of friendship with them at any time, that you may be strong and eat the good things of the land and leave it to your children as an everlasting inheritance. Ezra 9:12

As the Israelites were rebuilding the temple and Jerusalem, some of them started marrying the people of the land. The Law of Moses had stated that they were not to marry any of the foreign people. Ezra bowed before God in repentance for the people and then told them not to marry or seek any treaty with the foreign people. They were to serve God alone.

Until about the 1990’s, interracial marriage was frowned upon as a whole in America. Although it did happen prior to that time, many did not agree with it. Today, as a whole it is acceptable by most people.

Even though there is nothing wrong with interracial marriage, there is a type of marriage that many people have that goes against God. It is the marrying oneself to the world and its ways.

There are believers who have chosen to live in sin while claiming to love Jesus. They choose to act and speak the way that the world acts and speaks. They have given in to the ways that the world does things and not followed the ways of God.

Every believer in Jesus is to be married to Jesus and Jesus alone. As a believer you are the bride of Jesus. Some day in heaven there will be a marriage supper for you and Jesus.

Since you are married to Jesus, you must not go and marry the world also. Do not seek to have a treaty with the world. You are separate from the world. This world is not your home or your heritage.

Consecrate your marriage to Jesus. Allow Jesus to remove the sin in your life. Seek God and His ways and have an abundant life, rather than seeking the world and finding death. Remain married to Jesus alone.

I pray today that you will dedicate your life to Jesus; that you will turn away from the ways of this world; that you will not seek friendship with the world; that you will find all of your value in Jesus alone; and that you will be a witness for Jesus.

Ezra 8:22 Acting In Trust

I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.” Ezra 8:22

The king of Persia gave Ezra money and permission to take some people with him to go and build the temple of God. The journey home would take them on long deserted roads, where many bandits would be found. He chose not to ask the king for protection on the road, because he had already told him that God would protect them. Ezra stepped out in faith trusting God.

It is very easy for people to believe something, but it is more difficult to actually act out in that belief. There was a story told about a tightrope walker who walked across a rope high off the ground with a wheel barrow several times. All the people loved seeing it and saw that he was good. Then he asked if anyone would be willing to ride in the wheel barrow with him going across the rope. No one would do it.

Many believers say that they trust God and believe all of His words. However, very few will actually step out and act in faith upon those words. Most will have some type of back-up plan available, or a ‘just in case’ plan set up.

As you are going through life, there will come times when your faith in God will be challenged. You will have to choose to either follow God by stepping out in faith, or you will have to back down and do things your own way or the way of the world.

Ezra could have easily asked the king for protection, and would have been seen as wise in doing so. He did not, because he already made a statement of trusting God for protection.

Who are you trusting today? God? Or this world?

Now are you willing to step out in faith, trusting God and His word to you?

I pray today that you will know God’s words to you; that you will trust God’s word to you; that you will act upon what you believe in God; and that you will seek God and His protection for your life.