Posts from August 2019

Posts from August 2019

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY AUGUST 31, 2019

Nehemiah 8:5-6 – (NIV)  Ezra opened the book… and all;  the people lifted their hands and responded,  “Amen!  Amen!”  Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.  Notice the people’s attitudes toward the Word of God as it was read to them.  They were attentive  (v. 3);  reverent  (v. 5);  worshipful  (v. 6);  contrite  (v. 9);  and joyful  (v. 12).  When we have the same regard for God’s Word,  our lives will be restored…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY AUGUST 30, 2019

Nehemiah 6:14-16 (NIV)  So the wall was completed… When all our enemies heard about this,  all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.  When the wall was finished,  even their enemies recognized the hand of God upon them.  Yet,  Nehemiah had not finished his task.  The second section of the book  (chapters 8-10)  focuses on the people inside those walls and how the…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2019

Nehemiah 4:6 – (NIV)  So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height,  for the people worked with all their heart.  Nehemiah’s remarkable leadership skills included:  discretion  (2:12),  for he did not make a premature disclosure of his plans;  wisdom  (2:13-17)  for he appraised the situation before taking action;  resoluteness and fearlessness  (2:19-20),  due to his faith in God’s oversight;  and leadership skills and organization ability  (3:1-32).  Notice how the people worked wholeheartedly.  It was not…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY AUGUST 28, 2019

Nehemiah 2:10b – …they were very much disturbed that someone had come to promote the welfare of the Israelites.   Resistance came immediately through Sanballat and Tobiah.  But under Nehemiah’s leadership God’s people learned to overcome the mockery  (2:20),  conspiracy  (4:9),  and threats of physical attack  (4:17).  We should not be surprised by hostility when we begin obeying God.  We have an enemy who is determined to resist us.  He will try to bait us into compromise and bring confusion. …

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY AUGUST 26, 2019

Nehemiah 1:4 (NIV) –  When I heard these things,  I sat down and wept.  For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.   Ezra had achieved the rebuilding of the temple and the restoration of Jerusalem’s worship,  but the city remained unprotected against enemy invasions.  Nehemiah’s compassion helped qualify him for his remarkable leadership roll of rebuilding the city walls and gates.  Without heart-felt compassion that drives us to our knees in intercessory prayer, …

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY AUGUST 24, 2019

Exodus 3:3 – So Moses thought,  “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” God would prepare Moses for his leadership role:  first,  by a revelation of Himself  (3:1-10),  and second,  by a revelation of His ways  (3:11-4:17).  God’s ways are usually outside the circle of our everyday thought patterns  (Isaiah 55:9)  and are discerned only as we seek for Holy Spirit insight and understanding  (I Cor. 2:14).  Moses was occupied with mundane…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY AUGUST 23, 2019

Exodus 2:15 – When Pharaoh heard of this,  he tried to kill Moses,  but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian,  where he sat down by a well.  Why did God take Moses into the desert of Midian?  It was a consequence of his rashness—to save Moses from the wrath of Pharaoh.  Also it was to  “drain him of all self-sufficiency so he would learn dependency on the sufficiency of God.  God was preparing Moses in obscurity…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY AUGUST 22, 2019

Acts 7:25 (MSG) – (Moses) thought his brothers would be glad he was on their side, & even see him as an instrument of God to deliver them.  But they didn’t see it that way. Moses failed because  “his attempt to deliver God’s people was carried out in the self-effort of the impetuosity of the flesh and not in reliance upon God.  All the knowledge and wisdom acquired in Egypt’s institutes of learning was not adequate to equip Moses for…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY AUGUST 21, 2019

Hebrews 11:24-26 – …(Moses)  regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt…(focus verse 26).    In spite of the fact that Moses was obliged to Pharaoh’s daughter by gratitude and self-interest,  he chose to identify with the Children of Israel.  He chose to share in the afflictions of his people over the pleasures of Egypt.  He chose the eternal reward of a son of Abraham to the temporary advantage of a son…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY AUGUST 20, 2019

Exodus 2:15-17 – …Moses got up and came to their rescue…(focus verse 17).  Moses did not allow preoccupation with his own problems to keep him from helping others with theirs.  In the school of divine providence as a stranger in a strange land,  God taught Moses understanding and compassion for the heart of a stranger.  He would be better qualified to lead God’s  “strangers”  (the Children of Israel)  out of a  “strange land”  (Egypt)  and into the home promised for…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY AUSGUST 19, 2019

Exodus 2:11 – One day after Moses had grown up,  he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor.  He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew,  one of his own people. Moses was a full forty years old when the afflictions of his people aroused him to action (Acts 7:23).  His attempt at bringing justice turned bloody and very quickly Moses became a fugitive in Midian.  Moses did not realize it,  but God’s…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY AUGUST 17, 2019

Ruth 4:18-22  –  Outcast  What’s particularly amazing about Ruth is that God chose a woman to play an integral role in the Davidic and Messianic line.  God uses both men and women to accomplish His purposes.  And He often uses broken people,  the outcasts,  and imperfect people (like you and me) that others overlook to bring about His promises.  God entrusts us to carry out His promises,  and Ruth foreshadows how Jesus did the same thing for us.  Ruth is…