Builder’s Blog – Lessons from Nehemiah

 
8/26/2017
 
Nehemiah 9
 
Walking in Truth
 
 
Outline:
 
1-4      The people confess sins & begin to worship
5-15    Acknowledgement of God’s working
16-31  Acknowledgement of the peoples’ sins & the compassion of God
32-38  Acknowledgement that God is just; allowing hardship to turn to committment
 
Meaning:
 
Truth is so important.  This chapter is so very healthy in that they embraced the truth & confessed sins to God.  Confession simply means to agree with God.  It is easy for us to focus on our hardships and feel like victims.  It is also easy to blame God for our own shortcomings.  But the people in this chapter faced the truth straight on & then went on to full repentance.  Isn’t that really what God wants from us?  He is merciful & ready to pardon, in order to work in us the good character of His Son, Jesus Christ.  
 
Application:
 
Whenever I begin to feel like a victim, I will acknowledge God’s faithfulness and turn my attitude to praise and worship.
 
Verse 3 –>  
“While they stood in their place, they read from the book of the law of the Lord their God for a fourth of the day; and for another fourth they confessed and worshiped the Lord their God.”
 
 
 
 
 


Just a Thought…

               GET UP

8/19/2017
 
In the Louis Giglio video Bible study series ” Comeback” he entitled one of his messages, ” GET UP!”  Are you stagnant?  Are you frozen?  Are you feeling unable?  Would God want you there?  There are scriptures after scriptures where God tells people to GET UP!  Interestingly, they are all different circumstances, and said for various reasons, which gives us no excuse!  The enemy of your soul wants you “frozen” in your faith so you are not transformed in who God wants you to be.  God wants you transformed!  What is preventing it in your life?  Sometimes the solution is just to get up!  Don’t be stuck!  How can we?  Well the Bible says that I (we) can do All things through Christ who strengthens us! ( Phil 4:13).  So it’s through Him.  It’s believing that He can even when you can’t! Let God work through you!  If you are preventing Him to do so, then you really need to repent and make that right with Him.  Let Him in!  Believe that He CAN do the impossible, because HE CAN!  Never give up!  Here are the verses that I found where God says to get up!:

 

 

GET UP:

Genesis 19:11

Then they blinded all the men, young and old, who were at the door of the house, so they gave

up trying to get inside.

 

Genesis 31:35

She said to her father, “Please, sir, forgive me if I don’t get up for you. I’m having my monthly period.”
So Laban continued his search, but he could not find the household idols.

 

Exodus 8:20

[A Plague of Flies ] Then the Lord told Moses, “Get up early in the morning and stand in Pharaoh’s way as
he goes down to the river. Say to him, ‘this is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so they can worship me.

 

Exodus 9:13

[A Plague of Hail ] Then the Lord said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh. Tell him,
‘this is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so they can worship me.

 

Exodus 33:8

Whenever Moses went out to the Tent of Meeting, all the people would get up and stand in the entrances of
their own tents. They would all watch Moses until he disappeared inside.

 

Numbers 22:20

That night God came to Balaam and told him, “Since these men have come for you,
get up and go with them. But do only what I tell you to do.”

 

Deuteronomy 9:12

Then the Lord said to me, ‘Get up! Go down immediately, for the people you brought out of Egypt
have corrupted themselves. How quickly they have turned away from the way I commanded them to live!
They have melted gold and made an idol for themselves!’

 

Deuteronomy 10:11

Then the Lord said to me, ‘Get up and resume the journey, and lead the people to the land
I swore to give to their ancestors, so they may take possession of it.’

 

Joshua 7:10

But the Lord said to Joshua, “Get up! Why are you lying on your face like this?

 

Joshua 7:13

Get up! Command the people to purify themselves in preparation for tomorrow. For this is what the Lord,
the God of Israel, says: Hidden among you, O Israel, are things set apart for the Lord. You will never defeat
your enemies until you remove these things from among you.

 

Judges 7:9

That night the Lord said, “Get up! Go down into the Midianite camp, for I have given you victory over them!

 

Judges 7:15

When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed in worship before the Lord.
Then he returned to the Israelite camp and shouted, “Get up! For the Lord has given you victory
over the Midianite hordes!”

 

Judges 19:9

Later, as the man and his concubine and servant were preparing to leave, his father-in-law said,
“Look, it’s almost evening. Stay the night and enjoy yourself. Tomorrow you can
get up early and be on your way.”

 

Judges 19:28

He said, “Get up! Let’s go!” But there was no answer. So he put her body on his donkey and took her home.

 

1 Samuel 9:26

At daybreak the next morning, Samuel called to Saul, “Get up! It’s time you were on your way.”
So Saul got ready, and he and Samuel left the house together.

 

2 Samuel 12:17

The elders of his household pleaded with him to get up and eat with them, but he refused.

 

2 Samuel 22:39

I consumed them; I struck them down so they did not get up; they fell beneath my feet.

 

1 Kings 19:5

Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him,
Get up and eat!”

 

1 Kings 19:7

Then the angel of the Lord came again and touched him and said,
Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.”

 

1 Kings 21:7

“Are you the king of Israel or not?” Jezebel demanded. “Get up and eat something, and don’t worry about it.
I’ll get you Naboth’s vineyard!”

 

Ezra 10:4

Get up, for it is your duty to tell us how to proceed in setting things straight.
We are behind you, so be strong and take action.”

 

Job 1:5

When these celebrations ended—sometimes after several days—Job would purify his children. He would
get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself,
“Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice.

 

Psalm 18:38

I struck them down so they could not get up; they fell beneath my feet.

 

Psalm 44:23

Wake up, O Lord! Why do you sleep? Get up! Do not reject us forever.

 

Proverbs 24:16

The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.
But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.

 

Proverbs 31:15

She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.

 

Song of Solomon 3:2

So I said to myself, “I will get up and roam the city, searching in all its streets and squares.
I will search for the one I love.” So I searched everywhere but did not find him.

 

Song of Solomon 7:12

Let us get up early and go to the vineyards to see if the grapevines have budded,
if the blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates have bloomed. There I will give you my love.

 

Isaiah 5:11

What sorrow for those who get up early in the morning looking for a drink of alcohol and spend long
evenings drinking wine to make themselves flaming drunk.

 

Jeremiah 1:17

Get up and prepare for action. Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say. Do not be afraid of them,
or I will make you look foolish in front of them.

 

Jeremiah 8:4

[Deception by False Prophets] “Jeremiah, say to the people, ‘this is what the Lord says:
“‘when people fall down, don’t they get up again? When they discover they’re on the wrong road,
don’t they turn back?

 

Jeremiah 46:19

Pack up! Get ready to leave for exile, you citizens of Egypt! The city of Memphis will be destroyed,
without a single inhabitant.

 

Ezekiel 3:22

Then the Lord took hold of me and said, “Get up and go out into the valley, and I will speak to you there.”

 

Daniel 7:5

Then I saw a second beast, and it looked like a bear. It was rearing up on one side,
and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And I heard a voice saying to it, “Get up!
Devour the flesh of many people!”

 

Jonah 1:2

Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because
I have seen how wicked its people are.”

 

Jonah 1:3

But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord.
He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish.
He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.

 

Jonah 1:6

So the captain went down after him. “How can you sleep at a time like this?” he shouted. “Get up
and pray to your god! Maybe he will pay attention to us and spare our lives.”

 

Jonah 3:2

Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you.”

 

Zephaniah 3:7

I thought, ‘Surely they will have reverence for me now! Surely they will listen to my warnings.
Then I won’t need to strike again, destroying their homes.’ But no, they
get up early to continue their evil deeds.

 

Matthew 2:13

[The Escape to Egypt ] After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.
Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return,
because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

 

Matthew 2:20

Get up!” the angel said. “Take the child and his mother back to the land of Israel,
because those who were trying to kill the child are dead.”

 

Matthew 17:7

Then Jesus came over and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”

 

Mark 5:41

Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!”

 

Luke 7:14

Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said,
“I tell you, get up

 

Luke 8:54

Then Jesus took her by the hand and said in a loud voice, “My child, get up!”

 

Luke 11:8

But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough,
he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.

 

Luke 22:46

“Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.”

 

Acts 3:6

But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of
Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”

 

Acts 9:6

Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

 

Acts 9:34

Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you!  Get up, and roll up
your sleeping mat!” And he was healed instantly.

 

Acts 9:40

But Peter asked them all to leave the room; then he knelt and prayed. Turning to the body he said, “

Get up, Tabitha.” And she opened her eyes! When she saw Peter, she sat up!

 

Acts 10:13

Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.”

 

Acts 10:20

Get up, go downstairs, and go with them without hesitation. Don’t worry, for I have sent them.”

 

Acts 11:7

And I heard a voice say, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.’

 

Acts 12:7

Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick!  Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists.

 

Acts 22:10

“I asked, ‘what should I do, Lord?’ “And the Lord told me, ‘
Get upand go into Damascus, and there you will be told everything you are to do.’

 

Acts 22:16

What are you waiting for?  
Get up and be baptized. Have your sins washed away by calling on the name of the Lord.’

 



Builder’s Blog – Lessons from Nehemiah

 

8-8-2017

 

Nehemiah 8

 

Joyful Obedience

 

Outline:

        1-8  The people are united to hear the Word of God 

      9-12  The people stop weeping & begin to celebrate before the Lord (because of the Lord)

    13-18  Joy comes when we discover & do God’s will

     

Meaning:

It is amazing that Israel had not followed Leviticus 23 (Feast of Booths or Tabernacles) since the time of Joshua.  Apparently, they entered the land & thought it was unnecessary after they had rest from war.  It seems this complacency may have been part of the reason why they were carried away to Babylon and Jerusalem was destroyed.

 

But now, after repentance, they begin to experience the good from obedience……. Unity, joy, revival!  The right steps to this change were:

  1. They asked to hear the Word of God
  2. They discovered God’s will (Feast!)
  3. They did God’s will

 

Application:

 

Decide for yourself, ahead of time, that no matter what, you will obey God’s will.



Just a thought…

 

7-25-2017

 

Just a thought…

 

It is so important to follow through!  What if God NEVER followed through?  We would not be here!   We worship a God who as it says in Hebrews is a perfect leader!  I love that!  How does He lead?  Does He forget us?  Does He forget what He said or what He promised to us? NEVER!  So how do others feel when we forget about them?  Its hard to be unselfish in this SELF driven world!  But God wants us to esteem another more than ourselves!   So follow through!  Do what you said you were going to do.  If you told someone you would call them, then call them!  If you told someone that you would pray for them, pray.  Mainly, if you say you love Jesus, then spend time with Him!  GET IN THE WORD OF GOD!  Don’t blow Him off!  Don’t say you want to learn about Him and then you never read His story, His promises, His encouragement, His guidance, His no, His yes, His wait, His love, etc…. He is waiting for you!  Spend time with Him.  There is NO excuse!



Just a thought…

 
7-9-2017
 
Just a thought…
 
God’s Word is truth!  God’s Word is sure.  God’s Word answers questions.  God’s Word is THE answer to ALL your needs!  I Corinthians 5 is a great chapter as are all the chapters in God’s Word!  It is a pointed chapter!  Paul does not skirt around in this chapter.  The part that really stood out to me is the part about pride.  In verses 6-8 is where Paul speaks so of pride…!  He uses the example of “leaven”.  Leaven is never a symbol of the gospel; it is always a principle of evil and it represents evil in this instance.  What does leaven (yeast) do to bread?  When you put it into the dough and set it in a warm place, it spreads through the bread and the bread begins to puff up or rise.  When it gets to a certain height, the bread is put into a hot oven.  Why?  To stop the leavening process.  If it didn’t go into the oven, the leavening process would go on and rise higher until the whole loaf would be corrupt.  This is what happens to evil in the church if it is not dealt with.  The whole thing will blow up and destroy the effectiveness of the church.  A little leaven (yeast) will leaven the whole lump…so it MUST be purged out.  Paul also talks about how the believer needs to be sincere (vs 8).  The world today needs to see sincerity and truth among believers.  The Word of God teaches that a little infection in the church must be dealt with or else it is going to corrupt and wreck the church.  The church will lose its power.  An impure church is not a powerful church.  This is true for an individual also.  Today, we need a great deal of courage – no compromise in the church to point out these things and say, this is sin!  I think that when this is done, the believer who is in sin, will confess like the man in Corinth.


Builder’s Blog – Lessons from Nehemiah

 
7-7-2017
 
Nehemiah 7
 
Secure Gates
 
Outline:
 
vs.    1-4    Nehemiah appoints leaders & secures the city
       5-69   God leads Nehemiah to take a census
     70-73   Record of gifts and the givers
 
Meaning:
 
I am thinking about Nehemiah’s heart.  In particular, that this book began with
weeping, mourning and fasting.  I believe that Nehemiah is now beginning to
feel a little better.  
 
The report that he heard in chapter 1 was “the remnant are in great distress and
reproach, and the wall is broken down & the gates are burned.”  But now, the 
wall is built, the gates are functioning and there is good security.  In addition,
there are gifts being given for God’s work (a very healthy sign).  
 
For myself, I am thinking of the city as a picture of my soul.  I need to be in
charge of my gates.  What or who comes in or out must be according to
God’s will.  If we personally know this measure of security in our lives,
we will prosper spiritually and be able to share our gifts.
 
Application:
 
To pray and labor to keep our gates under the control of Christ.


Builder’s Blog -Lessons from Nehemiah

6-17-17
 
Nehemiah 6
 

Stick to the Game Plan

 

Outline:

Vs  1-9         Nehemiah refuses to speak to the enemy

      10-14     Nehemiah refuses to flee and hide

      15-16     The enemy is terrified of the completed work

      17-19     The enemy has his own network

 

Meaning:

             A man or woman of God will face many trials & many enemies.  But a person of God will not get entangled with the enemy, run & hide or turn aside from God’s plans. 

            We see how the enemies tried to trick Nehemiah into meeting them with the purpose of doing harm to Nehemiah.  They wanted to meet on the plain of “Ono”, which I like to call “Oh NO!”  But see how Nehemiah exercised his faith and
stuck to God’s game plan.  In verse 3, Nehemiah sent a message to his enemies saying “I am doing a great work & I cannot come down.  Why should I leave it and come down to you?” Nehemiah valued the work that God had called him to perform.  He called it a “GREAT work”. 
            In verse 15, the wall is completed.  The enemies lost their confidence because they recognized that the work was of God.  We have a similar completion in our lives that terrifies the enemy (Satan).  Jesus completed the work that He came to accomplish for us when He died and rose again, giving us new lives and a new relationship to Almighty God.  And because
of what Jesus accomplished at the cross, we can also stick to God’s game plan for our lives.

 

Application:

            It is important to evaluate our thoughts as to whether they are lining up with God’s thoughts.  We can find this truth from the Bible.  Read, read, read, and don’t get entangled with useless contentions.  Serve the Lord with all our hearts!!



Just a thought…

6-17-17

Just a thought….

After reading 1 Cor. 4, I just said…”WOW”!  The Apostle Paul is really laying it all out.  I love that he is not one of these guys who just keeps it all in.  He is fighting for us by being honest.  He cares enough for us not to sugar coat it! He didn’t care how he was evaluated (vs.3) but he DID care if you were headed for hell.  Verse 9 is very potent.  As followers of God we are spectacles for all the world to see.  So what are they seeing in you?   From vs. 18-20, Paul is amazing and faithful to the Lord and once again laying it out and fighting for us.  Paul says that he is not so much interested in their talk, but he wants us to know whether or not there is power in their lives.  Quite something when you think about it…!  Does your testimony of God show power in the life?  Does it show non-commitment?  Does it show depth and devotion to Jesus?  Does your testimony represent the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords? Do you follow through on what you say?  From their perspective, we say we have this great God and He is our Savior and yet we don’t follow Him?  What is that?  So who do I want to be?  A Spectacle for Christ’s sake or a non-committed wishy- washy who looks like a fake to the world?  God is watching!  Choose Christ!



Just a thought….

5/19/2017

Just a thought…

In 2 Corinthians 7, you can really see Paul as a letter writer.  The Corinthians were a very corrupt people.  The first 4 verses of this chapter are the conclusions of the previous chapter, the instructions/challenges and commands of Chapter 6.  Why keep ourselves pure? It is because of holiness.  God does not want us to have any ammunition that satan can use against us.  Satan can use our sins against us, especially the unconfessed ones, to persecute us and convince us to continue in our sins because “we will never be holy”, so “might as well keep going”. 

Lies, all lies! (Rev. 21:5)

     The second part of this chapter speaks of the Corinthians repenting of their sins and wanting to walk with the Lord.  We see the introduction of a future Biblical writer who writes 3 chapters in the Bible: Titus.  Focusing on a few things in this second part of the chapter, really hits home.  Starting with verse 5b: ” We faced conflict from every direction with battles on the outside and fear on the inside.”  Then Paul goes on to say:  “BUT, God who encourages those who are discouraged.”  He is in the business of encouraging!  I love that! Also, from the rest of the verse we see how… this time through the arrival of Titus.  So, God uses His people to bring encouragement!  We need not always look for the “BIG MIRACLES” like the separating of the Red Sea, but instead, maybe….just maybe…. the smaller, more practical miracles are right before us.  God’s Word, God’s people, God’s Sermon, God’s Bible Study, etc… Many tools, but are we looking?  What are we looking for?  The big fancy miracle?  An epiphany?  Can those happen? Yes!  How are we going about looking for God’s answers?  His Word is right in front of us!  His Word has ALL the answers!  His Word has the encouragement!  Our relationship with God is just that….. a relationship!  What you put into it is what you get out of it!   If you put NO time into your relationship with God, you will get nothing out of it.  If you put time into God, you will experience: peace, contentment, answered prayers, joy, etc…!  So I ask you, how is your relationship with God going?



Just a thought…

5/2/2017
 
Just a thought…
 

How are you living?  Can the world see the difference in your life verses theirs?  Or are you living the same as the world…only saved?  What does the Bible say about that?  Should we live different?  Should we be examples?  Read 1 Corinthians 3.  This is a packed out chapter!  After reading this chapter, if you are not convicted by how you are living your life, and continue to not evaluate it like it speaks of in chapter 2, then you are not reading this chapter right!  Each of us should be convicted.  Verse 16 sums up why we should be very careful to evaluate our walks and how we are coming off to the non-Christian.  Our walks and our representation of God will be evaluated by God.

     I loved the building section of this chapter (vs. 10-17).  It is a sobering section.  What kind of a building are we building?  Will it be able to stand against the weather of life?  It will be tested!  It will fall down sometimes because we built it wrong.  So when we rebuild…are we using sturdier materials to withstand the trials of our lives?  Our strongest foundation is the Temple of the living God.  Using God’s Word is the key to building a strong temple!  We belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God!  Evaluate how you are living your life!  The Bible says to be separate from the world.  We can live in this world and be separate, an example for Christ!