Nehemiah 2:17 Rebuilding

Ruined house

Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” Nehemiah 2:17 

Years of neglect have often left many buildings falling apart and in disrepair. The paint is peeling, holes in the roof, windows broken out, doors falling off and much more. Sometimes this is while people are still living in it, while other times it has been abandoned.

Some of these buildings were great buildings in their time. They were great looking and talked about. People could see them and enjoyed seeing them as they passed by, but now talk bad about it, because it has fallen apart.

Nehemiah had traveled back to Jerusalem to see what the city looked like. The walls and gates were all broken down and left in disrepair. He encourages the people to begin to repair all the damage.

The city of Jerusalem was the heart of the Israelites. It defined them and showed the world that they had God’s favor. Without the city, they had nothing but disgrace.

God had created mankind to be perfect and grand, but because man chose to sin, the walls and gates have been broken down in their lives. Disgrace came upon Adam when he chose to sin against God. This has been passed down to every person since Adam.

Every day people all over the world are walking around, broken down and in disgrace. They have broken walls and gates in their lives. They are no longer showing the greatness of God in their lives.

Some of these people were believers, who have chosen to allow sin to overcome them again. They chose to step back into a life of sin and no longer follow God.

You may be in this position of having allowed walls of life be broken down in your life. Sin has been allowed in destroying your relationship with God and leaving it in disrepair.

Although, you, yourself cannot repair your life, you can allow God to repair the walls of life in you. Jesus can remove the sin and damage in your life and make you who you are supposed to be in Him.

The disgrace of sin can be removed by the blood of Jesus, restoring the glory of God in your life.

Allow God to begin rebuilding your life and work with Him, not against Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow Jesus to build you into a mighty servant of God; that you will allow God to clean your life up for His glory; and that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin. 

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1 Chronicles 10:4 Nothing Left Without God

Man look out

Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and abuse me.” But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. 1 Chronicles 10:4 

Life in this world can often seem empty and worthless. There is nothing but struggles and death. People hurting people, wars and crimes. Abuse and hatred abound everywhere one goes. Depression and fear. Anxiety and pain. Hunger and sickness.

This is just a small list of what is wrong in this world on a daily basis all over the world. There is not a location in the world that one of these or something else that is bad is not happening.

When one sees all these things, there appears to be no hope, no reason to go on living. It is depressing. Many people have chosen over the years to end it all, because they do not see any hope.

Saul had started out by serving God. God had chosen him to be the first king of Israel. Saul had chosen to not follow God’s instructions and God chose to remove His hand of blessing on him. God had stated that He would remove Saul as king.

Later, in a battle, Saul was severely injured. Rather than take a chance on living, he ended his life. He had no hope, because he did not have God in his life anymore. He chose to walk away from God.

The world does not have any hope in themselves. A person is born, lives, works, plays and dies. There is nothing after death for them, in their eyes. As they are trying to live life, if things do not go correctly, life becomes pointless or unbearable.

Wondering why one should go through all the pain and suffering becomes the focus. Many, as Saul, choose to end it all, because there is no hope in sight, no reason to keep going through the pain and suffering.

As a believer, you have a hope. You know that in the end you will have eternal life in heaven with no more sorrow or pain. This pain that you may be feeling today is only temporary, in light of eternity.

You can share this hope with the world. Every person in this world needs to know this hope that they can have. When a person knows the hope of Jesus, life becomes worth living.

Have and share this hope with every one you meet.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will share Jesus with everyone you meet; and that many will come to know Jesus as their Savior.

2 Samuel 24:24 Sacrifice What Costs

Ram on a hill

But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” 2 Samuel 24:24 

Around the world there are millions of people who give money or other types of donations to people who are in need. Many of these people often give out of their excess or things no longer wanted. As they give, they often make it look like they are sacrificing something for someone else.

While there is nothing wrong with giving out of excess, it cannot be portrayed as a sacrifice. There really is no cost to giving it.

David had sinned against God and realized it. He had to make a burnt offering sacrifice to God. Araunah was going to provide the oxen and the wood for the sacrifice at no cost to David. David refused it, because he did not want to offering a burnt offering that did not cost him. He knew that he had done God wrong and had to pay for it.

Sacrificing is more than just giving something up or away. It is giving up or giving something away that will cost to be given up. It may hurt some to give it up.

There are believers who give up things for God, but only those things that they really do not want. There is no real cost in giving it up.

The purpose of a sacrifice is to give up self to let God have control. It is to humble oneself before God. It is to show God that one is not worthy of anything.

God sees the heart of people when they give. He knows when they are giving a sacrifice for show, or when they are giving it from the heart.

Jesus gave the greatest sacrifice of all–His life. It cost Him everything, so that you and I may have eternal life and forgiveness of our sins. He demonstrated what it means to sacrifice something.

Although the sacrificial system is no longer used or needed, you can still sacrifice to God and for God. As with Jesus, the greatest sacrifice you can give is your life. Allow God to have complete control over your life.

Lay your life and sins on the altar for Jesus to remove them and replace everything with His life. It will be worth it all in the end.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus did for you; that you will know the value of what God has given you; that you will give God your whole life; and that you will allow God to live in you.