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 Peter 1:3 Praise God

 

Man praising God

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3

In the world there are a lot of troubles and problems. People everywhere are walking around depressed or angry. Millions of dollars are spent every year on medicines and counseling to help people with depression, because they cannot find a reason to be happy or find joy in life.

Many people blame God for what is going on. They do not want to look at what God has done for them and how great that is. All they see is trouble and pain.

With all of the problems, people turn to things of this world for help…drugs, sex, violence, or more. They refuse to see what God has done and can do for them.

Those who have learned what God has done for them find a reason to rejoice and praise God. The greatest thing that God has done for any person is not provide health or wealth or peace, but a new life and a living hope. This new life is found in Jesus Christ.

God loved people so much that He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to save them. With the death and resurrection of Jesus, God is able to provide new life for every person. He did not have to do it, but did it out of His great love and mercy for all people.

When a person realizes how great this life is, he has nothing else to do but to praise God. He wants to give God glory and praise for what He has done. He has a hope that cannot be taken away and will last for all eternity, despite the troubles going on in this world, in his own life and around him.

As a believer, think about what God has done for you. Think about the price Jesus paid for your sins. Think about what Jesus has given you–eternal life, a new hope. God as saved you for all eternity.

Take time to praise God for the salvation that He has given you. Praise God for the new life He has given you. Praise God for the hope He has given you.

Praise God today!

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to remove all of your sins; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will know the new life God provides you; and that you will praise God for He great mercy in your life.

1 Thessalonians 3:4 Walking Into Trouble

 

Dark path in woods

In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. 1 Thessalonians 3:4

Trouble is something that most people attempt to avoid as much as possible. Very few people like to walk into trouble.

When a person is driving down the road and they see a notice that there is a major accident ahead, he will often try to take a different route to keep from being slowed down or stopped. When a person is walking down a  street and see two other people arguing loudly, he will usually, quickly walk by or take a different route to stay away from the trouble.

The change of route will occur even more, if a person knows that there is someone upset with him. People will avoid those who are upset with them. Very few people like confrontation with a person who does not like them.

Paul did not change his route or back down from a negative confrontation. He was not looking at just someone being upset with him, but that there would be persecution ahead. There would be people ahead in his path that would physically strive to harm him. They would beat him and put him in jail.

Most people would turn and run the other direction, yet, Paul did not. He followed what God wanted him to do, be a witness to the people at all costs.

True believers will have to go through some persecution, sooner or later. The world hates believers and will do whatever it takes to remove them. Yet, the believer must move forward, knowing that trouble and persecution is coming. He must not back down from the path God has him on.

The value of walking into trouble and persecution is that God’s word will move forward and touch lives. The person who stands strong and true for God will be a living example of the light and love of Jesus to this dark world.

Are you avoiding talking about Jesus because you do not want to be persecuted? Are you avoiding trouble at all costs?

Or are you willing to be a witness of Jesus to those around you, regardless of what happens?

Jesus was persecuted and He promised His followers will be persecuted. Do not run from it, but keep walking forward, knowing God is in control. God can use that persecution to spread His word.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be His witness to this world; that you will not fear the trouble the world will give; and that God will strengthen you in times of trouble and persecution to be His witness.