Nehemiah 8:11 Be Still, don’t grieve

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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.

2 Corinthians 3:18 Transformed Image


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And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with every-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

Whenever Moses left from being before God he had to put a veil over his face because of the great glory of God shining on his face. Paul states that now God has put His Spirit into a person and unveiled his face. Believers are now able to show their face in the transformation process.

It is common for people to put on a mask to cover up what they are really feeling or who they really are. This is not a physical mask, but one of change of character on the surface, not showing the real character of the heart. Very often a person states that he is doing fine, when in reality is falling apart. People do not see the real person.

People in the church are often known for acting the same way. They cover up their faces, not showing the real self. This usually happens with covering up sin, but can also happen in covering up the changes God is doing in their life. They are afraid of the world and what the world might think about them, if the changes were seen.

When a believer unveils his face or heart, so that others may see, it allows others to see what God is doing. It reveals God’s great glory in working in a person’s life.

No believer needs to be ashamed of what God is doing in his life. If the believer is allowing God to work in his life, he is being changed into the image of Jesus wearing His glory. God’s glory will shine through a believer.

Along with the change, a believer will shine as he thinks about what God is doing and who God is. People will see that something is different.

When you go through your days, are you veiling your real self? Or are you letting the world see Jesus through you?

Think about what God is doing in your life and all of His great glory. Think of the wonder of God’s glory. It will transform your face and life. Allow people to see that and allow it to draw others to Jesus.

Be an open book for the world to see Jesus in you.

I pray today that you will know the work God is doing in you; that you will allow others to see God in you; that you will show the real you to those around you; and that God’s glory will be seen in your life. 

1 Corinthians 6:11 What You Were

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And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11

Paul had just listed of a long list of what the Corinthians were like at one point: sexually immoral, idolaters, homo-sexual, thieves, greedy, drunkards, slanderers, and swindlers. All of these were listed as ones who would not inherit heaven. He states that they were those types of people, but were now different, washed, sanctified, and justified by Jesus Christ.

The people of this world are like they are because they don’t know any different. That is the way they were brought up. They will live lives that are cheating, lying, immoral, drunk, and many other bad ways of living.

Without God in the picture, there is no list of rules or absolutes on how to live life. It is ‘anything goes’ mentality. Everyone is out for their own good, no matter what it takes.

There are many in the church who claim to be Christian, yet never change their way of living. They continue to live as the world lives, in open, purposeful sinful lifestyles, believing that they will still get into heaven because of God’s great love and mercy. Some churches claim that is acceptable to live in sinful lifestyles and still be a believer in Jesus and can expect to get into heaven.

Believers are to be different. They are to be changed by God to a new creation. Paul said that the Corinthians were like the world, but are no longer like that. They are no longer immoral, or thieves, or any other sinful lifestyle that the bible talks against. 

Being washed, is being cleansed from sin by the blood of Jesus. Being sanctified is being made clean from past sin and made holy to God. Being justified is being made clean as though one had never sinned in the first place. This is all done by the work of Jesus on the cross and the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.

As you look at your life, are you holding onto any past sinful lifestyles? Have you allowed God to change you and make you into a new person, clean before God?

As a believer, you must be different from those of the world. You were that way, to not live or act like the world anymore.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will allow God to change you; that you will know the cleansing God has done in you; and that you will live like Jesus.