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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Ezra 10:1 True Confession

Alone outdoors

While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites–men, women and children–gathered around him. They too wept bitterly. Ezra 10:1 

Every day people are being caught for doing something wrong. Some things are small things, such as speeding, while others are major things, such as murder. Often there is some type of sorrow being showed when the person is caught.

There are two different types of sorrow that get shown. The most common is the sorrow at being caught. People do not always see what they did as being really that bad or something wrong. It is common for people to go down the highway speeding, even though they know the speed limit. When caught, they are sorry they got caught, and then go speeding again.

Others have a true sorrow being shown. They are sorry from the heart at what they had done wrong.

Ezra was showing the second sorrow, sorrow for what they had done wrong as a nation. The people followed him in this sorrow with bitter weeping. They were not just saying that they were sorry, they acted upon their being sorry and made the needed changes.

There are people today who have been confronted by God directly or through others about a sin in their lives. Some are sorry that they got caught, while others are truly sorry for the sin.

Just saying ‘I’m sorry’ does not mean that one is truly sorry for what was done. It may or may not be true. A breaking of the heart shows true sorry. It is realizing that one has broken God’s heart by sinning and how bad that really is. It tears the person up and causes them to weep bitterly and strive to change their ways. It causes them to seek God’s mercy and forgiveness, because they know what they deserve.

As with everyone, you have made some mistakes and sinned against God. You may be confronted with that sin through reading His word, God speaking to you, or someone saying something that reveals it to you.

In that sin being exposed, you have a choice to make. You can regret getting caught, or you can weep and confess the sin. Allow God to break your heart and cause a change in your life. It will bring about true relief and a removal of the sin. Don’t keep hiding the sin, but allow God to forgive you.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will truly repent of all sins against God; that you will weep when you have sinned against God; and that you will know God’s mercy and forgiveness of your sins. 

2 Chronicles 28:23 Offerings To False gods

On a cliff

He offered sacrifices to the gods of Damascus, who had defeated him; for he thought, “Since the gods of the kings of Aram have helped them, I will sacrifice to them so they will help me.” But they were his downfall and the downfall of all Israel. 2 Chronicles 28:23 

Seeking help when in need is commonly done all around the world. When someone is seeking help, they will look to where other people are getting their help. It often does not matter where the help comes from, they will accept it.

Often in the process of searching for help, they accept help that is not real or is false help. It is the enemy seeking to find a way to infiltrate and get control.

Ahaz and all of Israel were living in rebellion against God following false gods. When the king of Aram had defeated him, he chose to offer sacrifice to their gods thinking that they may help him also. These became a snare to the nation and brought about their downfall.

Many believers have seen others who have nothing to do with God become very successful. When they see this they choose to follow their ways, rather than God’s ways.

They begin to compromise God’s standards in their lives. They begin to cheat and lie in small ways to get ahead, thinking this is the best way to succeed. They begin to promote ways that do not follow God and accept sin in their lives.

Physical sacrifice to false gods does not happen a lot in many nations, but sacrifice to worldly ways occurs all the time. Allowing sin to reign and using sin to get promoted occurs everywhere. Belief that just because someone is successful it must be good takes over the thinking, rather than looking at the bigger picture of what is really happening. Sinful lifestyles are being ignored and accepted inside the church.

You are called to be in this world, but not of it. You are to be separate from this world, yet a light in this world.

If you are living your life and trusting in the ways of this world as the world does, you are no different. The help that the world often receives is false help and false hope. You have a living God who has made a way for you. Trust in Him alone and sacrifice your life to Him alone.

Don’t allow a downfall come to your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust in God alone for your provision and help; that you will not follow the ways of this world; and that you will be a light in this world for Jesus. 

1 Chronicles 21:8 Admission Of Doing Wrong

Hands in prayer

Then David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by doing this. Now, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.” 1 Chronicles 21:8 

Doing something wrong or foolish does happen. People make bad choices at times in their lives. Leaders make mistakes and make bad choices. It is a common thing to occur among all people, everywhere.

When a bad choice is made, most people attempt to ignore the mistake, hoping it will just go away. They do not want to it be made known. If it is found out, often people will attempt to cover it up, excuse it or blame someone else. Very few people want to take the blame for anything they have done wrong.

However, excuses, blame or covering something up does not remove what has occurred. The action is still there and often there are consequences to the action that was done.

David had chosen to count the number of men able to fight in the nation of Israel. This was a census that God had told them to not ever take. It went against God’s commands. Immediately upon his taking that census, God sent a prophet to deal with David. David immediately admitted that he was wrong to God and begged for forgiveness and removal of the sin.

Admitting one was wrong can be difficult. No one likes to be wrong or told they are wrong. Yet, people do make wrong decisions and wrong actions. The first step in clearing up the wrong is admitting what was done. Then making amends to fix the wrong done.

While men may be fooled with excuses and blaming, God sees everything that was done. He cannot be fooled. God is not standing there ready to just strike when one makes a mistake, but is there to help bring change and forgiveness.

There will be times that you will make a choice to sin against God. You will do things that will make God angry. Instead of trying to excuse it away or blame it on someone or something else, admit the wrong. Go before God and seek His mercy and forgiveness.

Jesus came to take away your guilt and sin. His goal is to cleanse you and make you right before God, not to punish you and strike you down. Don’t hide your sin, but admit it and fall into the hands of a merciful, loving God. He is there for you.

I pray today that you will know the mercy of God; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers you; that God will help you to make the right choices in life; and that you will live your life serving God. 

1 Chronicles 13:10 Respecting God’s Place

Moraine lake

The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God. 1 Chronicles 13:10 

Respect for people or things is something that is not very common to see. People often take others lightly and treat them just like a buddy, who they can take or leave. Some will joke around all the time, even in times to be serious.

Things and places are often just looked at as just another place, like their own home. Trash is allowed to build up, things are allowed to break down and be left, or things are damaged. This especially happens when it does not belong to the person directly. He does not care about it or have respect for the item or person.

As David was bringing the ark of the covenant back to Jerusalem, the cart started to tip, bringing the ark with it. Uzzah quickly reached out a hand to steady it. Immediately God killed him on the spot for his disrespect for the ark.

The ark was the holy place of God’s dwelling among the Jews. It was not to be touched by human hands at all. Human hands were full of sin and would defile it. Yet, Uzzah touched it.

God has made the heart of man His new dwelling place. It is a place that by the blood of Jesus He has made most holy. It has been cleansed of all sin.

People allow the heart to be touched by unclean hands and become defiled. They begin to look at things they shouldn’t, speak things that shouldn’t be said, say things that shouldn’t be said, and turn to sin. All sin must be put to death.

When a temptation to sin arises to steady the heart on a rocky, uneven ground, it must be put to death. The only one that should touch the heart is God.

Your heart belongs to God. It is where He lives, once you accept what Jesus did for you. It is now a holy dwelling place for God.

Do not allow anything to defile your heart. Bring into captivity every thought and action. Destroy anything that defiles your heart and leads you into sin.

Jesus died to cleanse your heart. Do not disrespect what He has done. He has cleansed you and made you holy unto Him for a dwelling place for eternity. Keep it holy and clean.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will keep your heart clean from all sin; that you will live for God everyday; and that you will know God’s presence in your life.