Nehemiah 2:13 Seeing What Was Torn Down

By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire. Nehemiah 2:13

When a disaster strikes an area, there are workers who go into examine what occurred and how much damage was done. The entire purpose of doing this examination is to determine what it will take to restore everything back to its original state. Sometimes people will throw up their hands and give up without ever doing an examination.

Nehemiah went during the night to examine the walls and gate of Jerusalem to see how much damage had occurred.

Every year millions of people around the world go through the experience of a natural disaster in their lives. Homes and vehicles are destroyed and need to be rebuilt.

While there are lots of natural disasters going on there is a greater disaster that has occurred but is often ignored. This is the disaster of the souls of men and women around the world.

In every nation there is a problem with the acceptance and promotion of sin which causes the death of the soul. Walls of protection against sinful activity has been torn down. The gates are opened wide to sin and its promotion.

It has become so commonplace of a thing that many believers do not even see the disaster occurring right before their eyes. This causes many to not be a witness of who Jesus is and making disciples of all peoples.

Instead of ignoring what is going on around them, believers must open their eyes to see how ripe the field is for harvest. They need to see how many are heading to hell and do not even know it. Then they must take action to spread the gospel message and make disciples of Jesus, repairing the walls and gates.

Take time to take a look around you and see how many walls of morality and holiness have been torn down. Look at how the gates have been opened up to allowing sin more easily into the lives of people.

Let it break your heart at seeing the disaster of so many lives. Then allow it to stir your heart to go out and tell people about Jesus. Do as Jesus had said and make disciples of all people, rebuilding the walls and gates of Holiness and Righteousness in your life and the lives of others.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will open your eyes to the disaster that is right around you; that God will give you boldness to be His witness; that God will reveal broken walls in your own life; and that God will draw you and others closer to Him in holiness and righteousness.

Ezra 4:4 Attempts To Discourage And Stop Work

Then all the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building. Ezra 4:4

Discouragement is something that can easily set in and cause a person to back down on getting something done. Often it is when things go badly that a person gets discouraged and chooses to quit. At other times, there are people who will do or say things to discourage a person in the process of striving to get them to stop doing something. Many people do not like to see others succeed for many different reasons.

The enemies around the people of Judah made it their focus to discourage the people of Judah and get them to stop building the temple of God.

Believers are commissioned by God to build His kingdom on the earth. This is going out and making disciples of Jesus, each of whom will be a part of the temple of God individually and corporately.

As they are striving to do this, the world will have their focus set upon discouraging believers from doing the building and get them to stop. Words and threats are set out against believers to do whatever it will take to stop them.

Many believers will often stop the work out of discouragement because it does not appear to be working. There appears to be little to no change occurring. Others stop out of fear of those in the world. They do not want to be offensive, or they fear the attacks of the world.

Instead of being discouraged or afraid, believers should have their focus upon God and what He has called them to do. God is working in light of eternity, not a few days in time. Things may look bad at the moment, but in the end God and all who are with Him will win.

As a believer, you have a mission from God to build His kingdom. It will not always be an easy or fun task, but one that is necessary. The world will often do what it can to discourage you and get you to stop the building.

Do not listen to the lies and threats of the world but listen to what God is saying and doing. People need to hear the gospel message about Jesus whether they want to or not or whether others want them to or not. Keep building His temple and don’t get discouraged and quit.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be a witness to the world about Jesus; that you will make disciples of Jesus wherever you go; that you will be focused on what God wants you to do; and that God will remove all discouragement and fear.

Ezra 1:2 Building God’s Temple

This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: “The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.” Ezra 1:2

All throughout the world buildings of various sorts are constantly being built by someone. Most of those buildings being built have been commissioned by someone else to get them built. A group of construction workers work together to build what is desired by the owner, whether it is a house, storage building, commercial building or any other type of building.

While the Israelites were in exile in Persia, Cyrus, king of Persia, said that God had appointed him to build a temple in Jerusalem.

The majority of people throughout the world will never have their hands on building a physical building, despite the hundreds of thousands of buildings being built on a daily basis all over the world. Neither will most people be one of the people commissioning someone else to build a building.

Even though most cannot build a physical building, every person can have the opportunity to be a part of building a temple for God. This temple being built for God is not a physical one, such as a church building, but a spiritual one in their own hearts and lives and in the lives of other people.

Every believer is a temple of God that is a building block in the larger church of God worldwide. Individually each believer is growing and maturing in Christ Jesus, being built up into the temple of God. At the same time, every believer is to be a witness to others and are to disciple others, training them in holiness and righteousness, to be a temple of God for all the world to see.

God has called you to believe and be a part of His holy temple here on the earth. Jesus commissioned you to go out and make disciples wherever you go and to all that you meet.

Begin by allowing your life to be a temple where God can dwell by being holy and righteous as Christ enables you. Regardless of where you live, there are thousands of people around you who need to know Jesus as Lord and Savior. They need become a temple of God. Go out and make disciples so that others can be a temple where God can dwell.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as Lord and Savior; that you will know you are temple of God; that you will be a witness of Jesus to the world; that you will make disciples for Jesus of those around you; that the Holy Spirit will guide you in building His temple on the earth; and that others will become a temple of God because of your testimony and work for God.

2 Kings 9:5 You Have A Message To Deliver

When he arrived, he found the army officers sitting together. “I have a message for you, commander,” he said. “For which of us?” asked Jehu. “For you, commander,” he replied. 2 Kings 9:5

Prior to the days of cellphones, if a person had a message for someone else, he had to go to him to present it or else send someone to pass the message on. In large corporations, many of the top leaders will have others working under them to pass on information to others. The expectation is that the person will pass the message on correctly and timely.

Elisha had one of the young prophets go to Jehu, an army commander, to give him a message. This young prophet brings the message to Jehu immediately.

When someone has some very important or exciting message to pass on, he will try to get it passed on as quickly as possible. The person wants whoever needs to hear it, to hear it right away.

In order to get the message to the person clearly, one may have to pull that person aside to remove all distractions. This is so that the message may be heard clearly and completely.

Believers have a message that Jesus has told them to pass on to others. It is the gospel message that God loves people, Jesus died and rose again, and God wants to forgive the people and for them to live with Him forever.

This message is a timely one that needs to be delivered as quickly as possible. Every day people are dying without hearing that message. They are not given the opportunity to believe in Jesus and be saved and are heading to hell.

Many believers are sitting on that message and not passing it on. Each one needs to go out and deliver that message to everyone they meet.

Someone at some point brought the gospel message to you. Now it is your turn to pass that message on to others. As long as you have breath, God has a mission for you to tell others about Jesus. He does not want anyone to perish but have everlasting life.

Do not wait or hold back on giving that message. It may be their last day on this planet. Go and give this life-giving message to every person you can as quickly as you can. It is a matter of life and death.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the message God has for you to pass on to others; that God will give you boldness to tell others about Jesus; and that many will believe in Jesus because of your message.

Joshua 23:7 No Association

Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the names of their gods or swear by them. You must not serve them or bow down to them. Joshua 23:7

Successful business leaders are very careful as to who they hang around with. They do not want to be around people who do not work or cannot bring them success to their business. All that occur in being around such people is bring them down or get them on the wrong track, harming their business and success.

Focus is on what is needed to be successful.

Joshua reminds the people to not associate with the nations around them. They are to not seek, serve, worship or talk about their false gods.

Many believers, in theory, seek to be friends with the world in order to be a witness to the world. However, in reality, many believers that become friends with the world end up becoming more like the world. The characteristics and beliefs of the world are allowed to rub off on the believer.

It is common for some believers to talk about the gods of the world so much that they end up serving those gods. Too many in the church look more like the world than they look like Jesus. And many do not care.

Every believer is called to be separate, different from the world. None are to believe in the gods of this world, gods of pride, alcohol, greed, wealth, jealousy, porn, illegitimate sex, gossip and any other sins.

Jesus was among the world, but He did not become like the world. Though the temptation was there, Jesus never bowed down to the false gods of this world. He called people out of their lives of sin and death unto an eternal life. Believers are to live in the same way.

Ask yourself who has the greatest influence on you in your life. This can be seen in who you choose to hang around with on a regular basis. Surround yourself with people who serve God so that you can be built up to be a witness of who Jesus is.

Go into the world to be a witness, but do not allow yourself to be like the world. Being like the world is not being a witness, but is walking away from God and disobeying God.

Who are you associating with on a regular basis?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be a true witness for Jesus to the world; that God will help you not be influenced by the fallen world; that God will give you strength to flee all sin; and that you will serve God alone.