LIT VERSE: Nehemiah Chapters 3 & 4
The clear call is for each person and family to build and repair the brokenness right in front of them. Each family builds in front of their own house. It’s the easiest way to divy up the labor.
As they are putting up the wall little by little, the opposers ridicule and attempt to discourage those who are working, but with specific focus the workers overcome the haters.
When haters come, we cannot allow them to steal our focus. We have to stay the course. They did this by picking up shields and shovels. We are called to be warriors who work, watch and worship at the same time.
We need to rally the Crew to do this too.
You are called to rally those who have a heart to rebuild and repair the walls of the city. Create rally points and clear calls to distinguish next steps for the builders. Station the workers and the warriors as watchmen who wait for the clear call of the Spirit. Move as He...
LIT VERSE: Nehemiah 2:10
When you take a look around your life, do you see brokenness that needs repair? Nehemiah did too. The sacred land was desolated. People were in great distress. Life was full of brokenness. Jerusalem was sacred territory but the walls of defence were torn down, the gates had been desecrated.
How will you respond to this brokenness? Do you think up your own plan, or will you seek the Lord to find out what He wants you to do? Nehemiah fasted, mourned, prayed, repented, and made himself available to God to do His will.
After this prayer, Nehemiah took action on what was in his heart and God began lining up the details though His power by placing His “good hand upon” Nehemiah.
Some who heard that Nehemiah sought the welfare of the city immediately began to oppose what he stood for, because it would diminish their influence and make them less politically powerful.
Nehemiah then went and took a good hard look at the status of...
LIT VERSE: Luke 11:3
Give us each day our daily bread...
You and I don’t know what we TRULY NEED. We don’t know what’s best for this day let alone the future. Come on, let’s be real here. How would you know what you need when you have no idea what’s coming next. If a snowstorm is on the way, you don’t need a new bathing suit. You need a blanket. God knows what you need. You know what you want. He knows what you need. That’s why Jesus’ teaching about prayer is so important. It gives us a template for the process of prayer that can transform our lives.
The disciples who were following Jesus asked Him a pretty important and specific question. They asked Jesus if He would teach them how to pray. He went straight to it by using the prayer template popularly termed “The Lord's Prayer.” Luke’s account of this prayer template is a little shorter than Matthew’s, but the bones are still there.
LIT VERSE: Haggai 1:10 and 2:5-9
Because of you the sky has withheld its dew, and the earth has withheld its produce.
But… that’s going to change.
The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former. In this place I shall give peace.
You have an impact on what is and is not happening in life.
Here’s the context of the chapters:
Things were broken all around. A lot of effort was being made for not a lot of reward. Basically, it was a time of drought spiritually and physically. The Lord speaks to the people through Haggai the profit and tells them, it’s because of you.
He basically says, you need to get your priorities straight. Focus on what's most important, and things will change.
I like this passage because it puts responsibility back on us as people for the circumstances of what’s happening around us.
Don’t underestimate your importance to the Masters Plan. Many things do and do...
46 “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
47 Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like:
48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.
49 But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.”
No one in their right mind would choose to build a house that will eventually be smashed to oblivion. That would be a silly waste of time and money. Why would anyone knowingly do this?
Answer: You wouldn’t.
Problem: Many people are doing this because they have no idea how to build a solid...
LIT VERSE: Daniel Chapter 6, The Lions Den, Verse 10: Daniel knew the document was signed, he entered his house, opened his winder toward heaven from his roof chamber, and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks to his God as he had previously done.
Verses 22,23 … Because he was vigilant and had trusted in God, He sent the angels to shut the mouths of the Lions.
THOUGHT BREAKDOWN: (keep the text in the context)
The book says Daniel had an extraordinary spirit. This caused people who were comparing themselves to Daniel to become jealous of his excellence. Excellence, by definition, means he was excelling. When someone is excelling around you, it’s better to celebrate them to separate and compete with them.
The accusers around Daniel decided they would try to trap him and get him killed. They did this for no other reason than jealousy. When someone is driven by jealousy, it eventually comes back to bite them just as it did Daniel's...
LIT VERSE: Ezekiel 36:26-31
26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes and you will be careful to observe my ordinances.
28 And you will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your God.
29 Moreover, I will save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and I will not bring a famine on you.
30 I will multiply the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field, that you may not receive again the disgrace of famine amongst the nations.
31 Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for your failures and shortcomings.
THOUGHT BREAKDOWN: (Keep the Text in the Context)
BUT… you will have a new heart and spirit, and His Spirit will be...
LIT VERSE: Ezekiel 34:16
I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken, and strengthen the sick; (BUT) The fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with judgement.
THOUGHT BREAKDOWN: (Don’t take the text out of context)
What was happening in this section of Ezekiel is important to note.
What He is doing is correcting people who are selfish and caring only about feeding themselves while others around them are uncared for. The shepherds of Israel were gorging themselves with all the good stuff while the people they were supposed to be caring for were lost, scattered, broken, and sick.
This shows God’s heart for the hurting. He loves the lost, scattered and broken, and He’s looking to bring healing to them.
We need to remember that apart from the Spirit’s love and care for us we are lost, scattered, and broken ourselves. When we recognize our own need...