Just a thought…

Mar 12, 2017
 

Going backwards, b/c last week I wrote about Jonah 3.  This week I look back at Jonah 2.  This really is an amazing book!  You see so many things in this book, especially yourself!  In Jonah 2 I saw the wrongness of his ways.  But, see what it took?  We may not be swallowed up by a whale… but we may be swallowed up by the world and it may cost us!  It may cost us dearly!  It could be that our entire future could be ruined by a wrong choice… or like Jonah… a running from God.  RUN TO HIM, not from Him!  Verse 6b and 9 begin with a “BUT”… The first, “But” is Jonah boo-whooing about all that has happened to him.  That did not get him out of the fish!  Then as you see, he starts to give credit to God… God had snatched him from death.  His attitude adjusts a little.  In verse 9, he makes the turn to say he will follow the Lord… and he states who is the boss….its God!  It was then, that the Lord had him expelled from the fish!  Jonah repented and is not free.  Are you free?  Have you given your heart, mind and soul to Jesus.  Have you asked Him to forgive you of your wrongs…it is then that you will be truly free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 


Builder’s Blog -Lessons from Nehemiah

Mar 10, 2017
 
Nehemiah 2
 
Seeking the Welfare of God’s People
 
Outline:
 
vs 1-3    Sad before the king
    4-8    A prayerful request & the king’s favor
    9-10  Enemies arise – haters of God’s people
  11-16  Secret inspection & evaluation
  17-20  Nehemiah stirs up the people & the people’s enemies
 
Meaning:
 
Nehemiah was a man of action.  But his actions never preceded prayer!  He knew exactly what to ask for and he gave an exact time.  Obviously, Nehemiah had wrestled in prayer over all of this. 
 
Nehemiah also demonstrated faith.  He went out to inspect the walls and then went to the people with a huge project.  The people could have totally rejected Nehemiah’s idea to rebuild the walls.  They could have laughed him out of town.  But Nehemiah took a risk because he had faith in the Almighty! 
 
We see in this chapter 2, what exactly inflamed the enemy.  In verse 10, it says that the enemies were angry because “someone had come to seek the welfare of the sons of Israel”.  This was another risk that Nehemiah was willing to face.  He knew that he was doing what God wanted and therefore the enemy’s opinion and threats were not worthy of his attention.
 
Application:
 
I must evaluate whether I am seeking the welfare of God’s people or not.  And I must realize that walking with Christ will require –> faith, confidence in God, taking risks, standing firm in adversity, and a whole lot of prayer!
 
 


Just a thought…

Mar 5, 2017
 

 Just a thought…..

Jonah is not just a book about a man and a fish.  It is a very deep and amazing book!  Jonah chapter 3 was a chapter that I looked at and wanted to share as I dissected it a little bit.  Here is what I got out of the chapter.  This is of course not the only meaning, but it is what God spoke to me about when I read it! I thought that I would share a little bit!  I read this chapter and my mouth just stayed open!  My first thought was: Is that all it took? I mean, the Lord knew these people and knew they were ready to hear the message.  That is why God put His foot on Jonah and would not let up.  A city so large it took 3 days to see, was Nineveh!  All of these people’s salvation was at stake.  Their eternity was at stake.  God so wanted them to get saved.  I love how Jonah did it…he hated them and I think he was so sure they were going to reject the message that he said: I’m just going to go in there and get it done.  As soon as he entered the city, vs. 4, he shouted out his message.  He wasted no time.  He wanted to get it over with.  He shouted one line and that was it.  So his rebellion, the boat, the storm, the throwing overboard, the sitting in a fish for 3 days, the spitting out of a fish… all of it and it only took 1 sentence to change the entire city…even the king.  The people were on suffering…Jonah suffered! Why, because of his hate and rebellion.  But God had to change him and work with him and get him to repent in order to use him.  So what is it going to take for God to use us?  Are we willing to be used by God?  Or are we selfish and just want what we want?  Once Jonah’s heart was right…he went in there full bore, head held up, he is a child of the kind and allowed God to use him.  He must have been “wowed” by their response.  As Christians, we have authority.  We don’t even realize it…but we do!  The enemy of our souls does not want us to realize it!  End result, God changed His mind!  That is amazing!  Thousands saved, God changed His mind, and all because the delivery of 1 sentence from a servant of the Lord.



Builder’s Blog -Lessons from Nehemiah

Mar 4, 2017
 
Nehemiah 1
 
A Leader Cares and Prepares with Prayers
 
Outline:
vs 1-3   Nehemiah’s inquiry and the bad report
    4-7   Mourning, prayer, and confessing the sins of Israel
    8-10 Asking God to remember & act upon His Word
    11    Specific prayer for favor before the king
 
Meaning:
 
This man, Nehemiah, is so very impressive to me.  Why?
 
1.  Because he cared for what God cared for.  When Nehemiah’s brother came to Persia from Judah,
Nehemiah asked
his brother how it was going in Judah. 
 
2.  There was a bad report, but Nehemiah didn’t just say “oh well, there’s nothing I can do”.  Rather, he got on his face before God and prayed.
 
3.  He was a man of action.  He was preparing, in prayer, to take action. In verse 11, we see that Nehemiah was preparing to make request to the king. He sought favor so that he could make a difference.
 
Application:
 
May we pray that we would be like this man and never give up.  It is hard to care about the things of God because there is so much adversity in this world toward God and His work. But faith overcomes this world.  Jesus said that we
should always pray and never give up (Luke 18:1).