The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.” Nehemiah 8:11
Looking back and seeing that one has made a major mistake is disheartening. It can cause the person to grieve or regret the mistake he has made. At that point many people stay there and continue to regret it.
People often fall into depression and cannot get past the mistake that they had made. They do not know how to move on from the mistake. Some will turn to drugs, alcohol, violence or something else to help them forget the mistake. To many people there is no longer any hope or restoration.
Ezra had the people gather to hear the book of the Law being read. They were striving to focus their lives back on God. As he read the Law to the people, they realized how much they had sinned against God. They began to weep and grieve over what they had done wrong.
The Levites told them to be still and not grieve, because it was a holy day. God had restored them. They had just finished building the walls of Jerusalem, so God was no longer upset with them. What was past, was past.
It is common for believers to look back on their past and see the sins that they have done. Many end up staying there and grieve. They go into depression because they realize how badly they had let God down.
As this happens, they are forgetting one thing…that Jesus has forgiven them of all past sins. They are a new person in Jesus. They are now a righteous, holy child of God because of what Jesus has done. They no longer need to be in fear or regret, but need to celebrate what Jesus has done.
There will be days when you begin to remember the things you have done wrong. It may be triggered as you read the bible, hear a sermon, or someone says something. If you have already repented of it, then it is gone.
Instead of living in anxiety and fear of what you did in the past, be calm, be at peace and know that Jesus has forgiven you. Rejoice in what He has done in you. Then pass that on to others. Let others know that they can enjoy the same peace and forgiveness of sins.
Don’t live in the past, but in what Jesus has done for you and in you.
I pray today that you will know the forgiveness of Jesus; that you will know the peace Jesus offers; that you will rejoice in what God has done in and for you; and that you will share with others what God can do for them.
I have been working on writing this blog for several years now and am very pleased with the number of followers. I started off with just writing the daily devotional blog, going through the entire Bible, book by book, chapter by chapter.
Later I added in the Promise of God verses, Give Thanks verses and Memory verses to the blog. On and off throughout the time of doing this blog I have written about some personal experiences, books I have read, and movies I have seen.
The Lord has laid it upon my heart to expand it again in a new direction. I would like to do a specific study on some subject or topic and see what the Bible has to say.
I would like to ask all of my readers what topic they would like to have studied. Are there any questions you may have about the bible, the Christian faith, or just about anything else?
Talking about a topic may be a one time post or one over a series of posts, depending on what the topic is and how much it would take to cover it. I want to keep all of my posts about the same length, around 400-700 words or so. My daily devotional is usually about 400 words in length, to give you an idea of how long that would be. I do not want one post so long it takes forever to read it. If you are anything like me, you don’t have 20 minutes to read one blog.
Doing these topics would only occur as one blog per week and will not replace anything already done on a regular basis. I would probably release them on Monday mornings.
If you have anything you would like to hear about, please like this post and leave a comment below or click on the contact me button and send me a message. I will consider everything and may or may not do it, however, this can give me some inspiration as to what you, my readers, want to hear.
Thank you for your time, your reading, following, and any responses. Have blessed and wonderful day in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I and my brothers and my men are also lending the people money and grain. But let us stop charging interest! Nehemiah 5:10
Going to a bank and getting a loan is way that many people get the needed money for something they desire. With getting the loan, it must be paid back. The bank is giving the loan in interest to make more money back, so they charge an interest.
This same principle is found in credit cards also. The world wants to make money and will find any way to do it that they can. The amount of interest required to pay varies from place to place. Some places the interest is very low, while others are extremely high. Either way it is charging a person extra for the service of getting something he needs or wants.
As the people were working hard to build the wall, their finances were not very good. They had to borrow money and grain in order to survive. Each person planned to pay it back, but were also charged an interest on what they had borrowed. Nehemiah was angry with this and demanded that they stop charging interest. He pointed out that they had been brought back from being sold into slavery and were now selling the people again.
Years later Jesus came and gave of Himself freely. He told the disciples that as they had freely received, they should also freely give.
Believers are to be generous with what they have, just as God is generous with what He has. God has freely given believers life. Although people cannot give life, they can freely give of their time, talents and material possessions.
Freely giving, is giving without charging interest. This shows true love for others, rather than a selfishness to get more for one’s own self. Charging interest is greed and being selfish.
There will be times when you have what someone else needs. Be willing to freely give it or loan it to the person. Do not charge him extra for the use. Do not place a heavy burden on the other person. Just as you do not want to be charged extra, do not charge anyone else anything extra.
As you bless the other person, God will be able to, in turn, bless you richly.
Seek ways you can bless others with what they need and then trust God to meet all of your own needs.
I pray today that you will see God’s provision for your life; that you will share what God has blessed you with; that you will not charge others for what God has given you; and that you will be generous as God is generous.
When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, Nehemiah 4:1
When attempting to do something great, most people will have some enemies. There will be opposition to what is being done.
There will be two main types of enemies that a person can have. One is the type that thinks what is being done is crazy and strives to discourage it. They reject the idea of doing something great. This type of enemy is very common.
The other type of enemy is those who physically strive to stop the work. Stopping can be done by physically harming the person or by sabotaging the work in some manner. Blocks are put up as fast as possible to stop the work from being accomplished.
Nehemiah and the Israelites were working on rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Sanballat and several others saw this and were very angry about it. They did not want the city rebuilt, so they set out to stop the people.
Opposition to the things of God has not changed over the years. Jesus was opposed by many people when He walked on the earth, and ultimately gave His life because of opposition, though God used that death. The disciples were often imprisoned and tortured for the doing the work of God.
Believers today are often opposed. As believers stand for life, some oppose them saying they are being insensitive to the desires of people. As believers work to build God’s kingdom, the enemy tries to stop them in many ways. Rules are put in place against believers, false reports are given, and in many places their lives are threatened.
Sometimes this opposition even occurs inside the church. People do not like to change and want to stay in their old ways.
Know that as soon as you begin to do God’s work, the enemy will rise up to attempt to stop you. You will be ridiculed and held back at times. Hold fast to God and continue to do His work. Even Jesus was opposed, so you are in good company.
God can give you the wisdom and strength to keep going forward in the face of the opposition. Working for God and doing His mission is an eternal perspective, not the temporal view the world has. Don’t give in to the opposition, but do God’s work.
I pray today that you will know the work God has for you to do; that God will give you favor and strength to do His work; that God will remove fear of the enemy; and that God will protect you from the strikes of the enemy.