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DAILY RENEWAL – THE WORD OF GOD SHOULD BE CENTRAL

DAILY RENEWAL – THE WORD OF GOD SHOULD BE CENTRAL

October 13th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

When the seventh month came and the Israelites had settled in their towns, all the people came as one in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded for Israel.

So on the first day of the seventh month, Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly which was made up of men and women and all who could understand. He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law.

Ezra the teacher of the Law stood on a high wooden platform built for the occasion…

Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up. Ezra praised the LORD, the great God; 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.

The Levites – Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah… instructed the people in the Law while the people were standing there. They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read.

Nehemiah 8:1-8

For years, the children of Israel had rejected the word of God in contravention of their covenant obligation to the God who redeemed them out of slavery in Egypt. They turned to all kinds of detestable idol worship. They even sacrificed their children in the fire to those gods. Some of their kings also set up images of foreign gods in the magnificent temple built for God by Solomon. As a result, God allowed their enemies to decimate them and carry them off as captives into exile. There was divine retribution.

Graciously, however, God allowed them to regain favor and return to the land of Judah. Nehemiah, together with some priests and outstanding teachers such as Ezra, was among those touched by God to help the returnees rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and the temple; along with ensuring that the people were properly resettled in the land of Judah.

But how was life going to be from that point on? What was going to be the foundation or point of reference for the “new nation”? That is the significance of the above scene. The leaders realized that the people had to be instructed in the Law of God. They had to be made aware that the Word of the Living God had to be given a foundational and central place in their lives if they were to prosper. So Ezra read the “Bible” to them from morning till noon and the other priests took time to explain the meaning of God’s word to the people as it was read.The people responded with shouts of “Amen!” “Amen!” – we agree, so be it. And they bowed in worship of God. They embraced the Word of God back into their lives.

When the Word of God is left out of a society’s life, it is only a matter of time before that society is reduced to confusion and shambles because there is simply no authoritative moral point of reference to guide that society. The word of God must be central to man’s existence.

So, question: Is the word of God central to your life?

Prayer: Father, I thank you for your Word. May your Word never depart from my mouth. Please  help me to meditate on it day and night and observe to do according to all that is written in it so that I can make my way prosperous and have good success. Amen.


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DAILY RENEWAL – TO GOD BE THE GLORY

DAILY RENEWAL – TO GOD BE THE GLORY

October 12th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days.

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…

After the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers, the musicians and the Levites were appointed. I put in charge of Jerusalem my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah the commander of the citadel, because he was a man of integrity and feared God more than most people do.     

Nehemiah 6:15-7:2

The Bible makes it clear that: “God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does this not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us. (Ephesians 3:20 Message Bible). That is the nature and the power of our awesome God! Our God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ever ask or imagine according to His power that is at work in us. We can do incredible things as we yield to the Spirit of God living in us!

The vision for rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem and repairing the burnt gates was placed in the heart of Nehemiah by the Almighty God. Nehemiah embraced the vision. God supplied the favor and resources needed by Nehemiah to accomplish the task. God protected the vision from numerous enemy attacks. God gave strength to the people when they got weary with the work.

God galvanized and united the people to work as one. God enabled Nehemiah to identify false prophets who had come as supporters of the vision but were secretly working for the enemies of the Jews. God kept Nehemiah from sinning and undercutting his moral authority to lead. God helped them accomplish the task of rebuilding in the rather incredible short span of fifty-two days. It was all God working through man! Nehemiah was merely a yielded vessel for God.

This incredible feat could only conclude on one fitting note: “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…” Even the enemies and detractors of the Jews recognized that all the glory belonged to God! Nehemiah also ensured that a God-fearing leader, Hananiah along with Hanani had been put in charge of Jerusalem “because he was a man of integrity and feared God more than most people do.” The vision had to be protected by God-fearing people for generations yet unborn to benefit from it as well. It was started by God, finished by God and had to be protected by godly people.

When it’s all said and done, may the vision you have in your heart be completed successfully; and may even your enemies recognize that the hand of God has accomplished this. May God bring you godly people of integrity to help protect and sustain the vision. To God be the glory!

Prayer: Father, to you and Jesus and the Holy Spirit be the glory for the great things you have done through my life. Amen.


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DAILY RENEWAL – WATCH WHO YOU ALLOW INTO YOUR CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE

DAILY RENEWAL – WATCH WHO YOU ALLOW INTO YOUR CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE

October 11th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

One day I went to the house of Shemaiah son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel, who was shut in at his home. He said, “Let us meet in the house of God, inside the temple, and let us close the temple doors, because men are coming to kill you – by night they are coming to kill you.”

But I said, “Should a man like me run away? Or should someone like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!”

I realized that God had not sent him, but that he had prophesied against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. He had been hired to intimidate me so that I would commit a sin by doing this, and then they would give me a bad name to discredit me.

Remember Tobiah and Sanballat, my God, because of what they have done; remember also the prophet Noadiah and how she and the rest of the prophets have been trying to intimidate me. So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days.

Nehemiah 6:10-15

One of the most difficult of the enemy’s strategies to detect, is when he comes as “an angel of light” speaking the same “spiritual” language and purporting to be aligned with the same vision and interests we have. This is usually difficult to detect because those individuals come across as being in our camp and wanting nothing short of the protection of our God-given vision. Unless we exercise great discernment, we can fall prey to this deception.

Shemaiah had been bribed by Tobiah and Sanballat to use his office as a priest to trap Nehemiah into sinning by enticing him to enter the temple. This was against the religious laws because Nehemiah, as a lay person, was forbidden to do that.

Such an action would have discredited Nehemiah among the Jews and severely undercut his moral authority to lead the Jews and complete the rebuilding project. It is interesting to note that there were other prophets who aligned themselves with the enemies of the Jews to impede the vision God had given to Nehemiah and the people of God. They used their religious offices to stand in the way of a God-given vision. The good news is that Nehemiah saw through the motives of all those false prophets and prayerfully kept them out of his circle of influence.

As you pursue your God-given goals, it is critical to exercise great caution and judgment concerning those you allow into your circle of influence. Don’t be deceived by people who might come to you claiming that God has given them a word and a direction for you; when they have heard absolutely nothing from God on your behalf and are actually promoting the interests of the enemy.

There are people who would want to come into your circle solely to promote their own agenda and that of other outside interests opposite your vision. Nehemiah, the astute leader, was careful to detect this trap because he continually prayed to God and exercised great wisdom.

May the Lord grant you such a spirit of discernment to do the same.

Prayer: Father, as I pursue your vision for my life, I realize that there are many voices that seek to attract my attention. Not all those voices and people are in alignment with your Spirit. Please help me to distinguish those you send my way from those who are not of your Spirit. Amen.


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DAILY RENEWAL – BE RESOLUTE AND FOCUSED

DAILY RENEWAL – BE RESOLUTE AND FOCUSED

October 10th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

Then, the fifth time, Sanballat sent his aide to me with the same message, and in his hand was an unsealed letter in which was written:

“It is reported among the nations – and Geshem says it is true – that you and the Jews are plotting to revolt, and therefore you are building the wall. Moreover, according to these reports you are about to become their king and have even appointed prophets to make this proclamation about you in Jerusalem.  “There is a king in Judah! Now this report will get back to the king: So come, let us meet together.”

I sent him this reply: “Nothing like what you are saying is happening; you are just making it up out of your head.”

They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.”

But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”   

Nehemiah 6:5-9

This passage is replete with some valuable lessons that are very applicable to our lives:

First: It is important to remember again and again that the enemies and detractors of your goals, dreams and vision will not give up attacking and distracting you from your objectives. The only solution is to remain focused and resolute, no matter how many times he attacks or how many different approaches he employs against you and the vision.

Second: The enemy will always speak in generalized abstractions and hardly in concrete and evidence-based terms. Listen carefully to how Sanballat couched his words: “It is reported among the nations – and Geshem says it is true that you and the Jews are plotting to revolt…” Notice that Sanballat was fermenting rumors. He had no verifiable facts to back his claims other than to tow the proverbial line, “People are saying everywhere that…” It is also rather interesting that the so-called verifier of the accusation, Geshem, was himself an avowed enemy of the Jews.

If you want to attain your goals, don’t believe the false reports of your detractors. Believe the better report that God gives you. Believe the truth from God’s word and the Holy Spirit and only look up unto Jesus who alone is the author and finisher of your faith.

Third: Be prepared to be falsely accused by the enemy. Sanballat brought false accusations: “It is reported that…you and the Jews are plotting to revolt, and therefore you are building the wall…you are about to become their king and have even appointed prophets to make this proclamation about you in Jerusalem.” Being the focused leader he was, Nehemiah simply responded: “Nothing like what you are saying is happening; you are just making it up out of your head.”  When the enemy tries to distract you with lies and false accusations, don’t get into long arguments and quarrels to waste your time. Don’t fall for his tricks. Just respond wisely and get on with the vision.

Finally: Remember that right when you are very busily closing in on victory is when you would face the most vicious, discouraging and distracting attacks of the enemy. But Nehemiah saw through the enemy’s move: They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work and it will not be completed.”  Nehemiah remained resolute. He prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”  Then he focused on the vision.

May the Lord strengthen your hands and may you remain resolute and focused as you press on with your God-given vision.

Prayer: Unto you, O Lord, do I lift up my eyes. Let me not be ashamed. Let not my enemies triumph over me. Amen.  

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DAILY RENEWAL – DON’T ALLOW THE ENEMY TO DISTRACT AND HARM YOU.

DAILY RENEWAL – DON’T ALLOW THE ENEMY TO DISTRACT AND HARM YOU.

October 9th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

When word came to Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left in it – though up to that time I had not set the doors in the gates – Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono.”

But they were scheming to harm me. So I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer.”   

Nehemiah 6:1-4

The goal of every adversary is to distract and harm his opponent. The enemy would stop at nothing until he succeeds in stealing, killing and destroying the vision God has entrusted to you. That is his avowed goal; and that has always been a winning strategy for him. He attacks relentlessly with all kinds of distractions to take our minds off our God-given mission. This attack usually becomes even more intensified, the closer we get to accomplishing our goal. Once we give in to a single distraction, we become easy prey for him and he can completely destroy our vision.

Nehemiah was no exception to the enemy’s tactics. Four times, Sanballat and Geshem tried to get him away from the project under the pretext of an amicable meeting; but Nehemiah saw through their scheming and simply replied: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot come down.” Nehemiah saw through their evil plans of trying to distract and harm him and he used godly wisdom to handle the situation. He did not walk into the plot of the enemy. He did not argue with them. He respectfully gave them the same response: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down.” Jesus handled the devil with the same divine strategy when He responded during His temptation: “It is written; It is written; It is written!”

As you pursue your dreams and vision, be mindful of the distracting tactics of the enemy. Don’t be ignorant of his devices. His ultimate goal is to distract you from your divine agenda and harm you. The enemy has nothing good to offer you. Don’t listen to him; don’t go into meetings with him no matter how attractive the agenda he presents might look. Simply respond relentlessly: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down.” That is a tested winning response. Don’t allow the enemy to distract and harm you and your God-given vision.

Prayer: Lord, please help me to discern every move and tactic of the enemy so that I will not fall prey to his schemes. Amen.

 

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DAILY RENEWAL – ARE YOU WALKING THE TALK?

DAILY RENEWAL – ARE YOU WALKING THE TALK?

October 8th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

Then I summoned the priests and made the nobles and officials take an oath to do what they had promised. I also shook out the folds of my robe and said, “In this way may God shake out of their house and possessions anyone who does not keep this promise. So may such a person be shaken out and emptied!”

At this, the whole assembly said, “Amen,” and praised the LORD. And the people did as they had promised.

Moreover, from the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, until his thirty-second year – twelve – years neither I nor my brothers ate the food allotted to the governor. But the earlier governors – those preceding me – placed a heavy burden on the people and took forty shekels of silver from them in addition to food and wine. Their assistants also lorded it over the people. But out of reverence for God I did not act like that. Instead, I devoted myself to the work on this wall. All my men were assembled there for the work; we did not acquire any land.

Furthermore, a hundred and fifty Jews and officials ate at my table, as well as those who came to us from the surrounding nations…

In spite of all this, I never demanded the food allotted to the governor, because the demands were heavy on these people.

Remember me with favor, my God, for all I have done for these people.  

Nehemiah. 5:12-19

The best way to lead is by example. Nehemiah was an excellent leader not just for his dependence on God, his passion for prayer, his genuine care for the plight of the people, his strategic mind and planning abilities; but also, very notably, the way he led by example. Nehemiah walked the talk. He was a servant leader. He worked hard alongside the people. He got his hands dirty. He refused to live in luxury at the expense of the people by refusing to take even what rightly belonged to him as governor. Nehemiah was thoughtful and very considerate. That is the mark of an effective leader. He was an exemplary leader.

Listen carefully to his words: “:.. (for) twelve years – neither I nor my brothers ate the food allotted to the governor. But the earlier governors – those preceding me – placed a heavy burden on the people. Their assistants also lorded it over the people. But out of reverence for God I did not act like that. Instead, I devoted myself to the work on this wall. All my men were assembled there for the work;  we did not acquire any land.”

Our Lord Jesus, the utmost model of leadership, summarize godly leadership as follows: “You know that the rulers of this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be leader among you must be your servant…for even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Jesus is making the point to us that godly leadership means we must serve and give selflessly of ourselves to others and not to lord it over those we lead. Jesus walked the talk.

Question: How would others describe you as a leader on the job? In your ministry? At home? In the classroom where you teach? Would they describe you as one who leads by example? Do you walk the talk by doing what you ask others to do? Would you be described as modest or greedy? Are you serving like Jesus? Do you realize that you have an enormous responsibility wherever and in whatever capacity you serve? Are you walking the talk so Christ would be honored by your testimony?

Prayer: Father, I thank you for the opportunity to lead in the area of responsibility you have given me. Please help me to walk the talk so that my life will bring honor to your name and not disrepute. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – CONFRONT EVIL AND RECTIFY WHAT IS WRONG

DAILY RENEWAL – CONFRONT EVIL AND RECTIFY WHAT IS WRONG

October 7th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

Now the men and their wives raised a great outcry against their fellow Jews. Some were saying, “We and our sons and daughters are numerous; in order for us to eat and stay alive, we must get grain.”

Others were saying, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our homes to get grain during the famine.”

Still others were saying, “We have had to borrow money to pay the king’s tax on our fields and vineyards. Although we are of the same flesh and blood as our fellow Jews and though our children are as good as theirs, yet we have to subject our sons and daughters to slavery. Some of our daughters have already been enslaved, but we are powerless, because our fields and our vineyards belong to others.”

When I heard their outcry and these charges, I was very angry. I pondered them in my mind and then accused the nobles and officials…

So I called together a large meeting to deal with them…they kept quiet because they could find nothing to say.

So I continued, “What you are doing is not right. Shouldn’t you walk in the fear of our God to avoid the reproach of our gentile enemies?…Give back to them immediately their fields, olive groves, and houses and also the interest you are charging them – one percent of the money, grain, new wine and olive oil.”
“We will give it back,” they said, “And we will not demand anything more from them. We will do as you say.”

    Nehemiah 5:1-12

The Bible declares that the heart of man is desperately wicked and beyond cure (Jeremiah 17:9). It is rather perplexing to think that in a time of national crisis when everyone was sacrificing to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem to protect the nation, there were some whose sole concern was to enrich themselves by taking advantage of the poor. This was in spite of the fact that there was also a famine in the land. The rich were getting richer by charging exorbitant interest and taking the fields, vineyards homes and the sons and daughters of their fellow Jews as collateral for the money and grains they lent to them.

Being the good, forthright and godly leader he was, Nehemiah publicly confronted the perpetrators with their evil deeds. It is noteworthy that Nehemiah called this meeting right in the middle of the task of rebuilding the wall. The plight of the underprivileged was of paramount importance to him. What was the point in building a beautiful wall that would only encircle social discontent, pain, injustice and poverty? He stopped everything and placed a premium on securing the wellbeing of the poor.

Nehemiah did not close his eyes and turn a deaf ear to evil. He confronted the evil doers and rectified what was wrong! You and I have an obligation to do whatever we can to confront evil in our communities and help rectify injustice in every way possible. It is a godly thing to do.

Prayer: Lord, please help me to do whatever I can to confront evil and rectify injustice. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – HAVE A CLEAR PLAN OF ACTION

DAILY RENEWAL – HAVE A CLEAR PLAN OF ACTION

October 6th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!”

So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out. At that time, I also said to the people, “Have every man and his helper stay inside Jerusalem at night, so they can serve us as guards by night and as workers by day.” Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off their clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water.  

Nehemiah 4:19-23

Nehemiah had a winning strategy to accomplish his vision: God and man; Prayer and Hard Work. The vision of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem was from God. It was God who stirred his heart with the assignment; and it was God who gave him favor before the king to release him for the task along with the necessary resources and political favor.

Nehemiah depended on God for favor and protection, but it is also evident that he planned carefully and worked very hard. As the saying goes, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” God expects us to plan and prepare knowing that, ultimately, He is the source of our victory. The Bible declares in Proverbs 19:21. “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’S purpose that prevails.” This tells us that God expects us to make plans but we must seek His counsel as to which of the plans we make, are in line with His purposes because only those kinds of plans will prevail or be successful.

Nehemiah was a very effective planner, organizer and executor. He prayed; but he also planned and executed well.

First: Upon arrival in Jerusalem, he discretely inspected the condition of the walls and gates to assess the nature and volume of the task ahead. This enabled him to speak intelligently with the leaders and the people about what they needed to do in order to rebuild.

Second: When the Jews were faced with threats, Nehemiah put a strategy in place: “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall.. Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!” This strategic plan ensured that a fighting force could quickly be assembled to resist any surprise attack from the enemy. You must always have a plan and strategy in place to protect any attacks that would seek to derail you from accomplishing your goals. Nehemiah was ever ready to fight even as he and the Jews worked tirelessly at rebuilding from early morning to late at night: “Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off their clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water.”

The Scripture makes it clear that God knows the plans He has for you; plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future (Jer. 29:11). Question: If God has a plan to prosper you; do you have a plan to carry out that divine plan in your life? Are you just praying without planning effectively and working hard to accomplish those plans? Remember: Jesus was slain before the foundation of the earth but the Bible also makes it clear that in the fullness of time, God sent Jesus to be born as a man to work out that plan of salvation in a tangible way.

So, what’s your plan for the business you have been dreaming about for years?; What’s your plan to move ahead on your job and in your career?; What’s your plan for your ministry in the Church to flourish?; What’s your plan for your marriage to succeed?; What’s your plan to get out of debt?; What’s your plan to get married? Are you prepared for that blessing? What’s your plan for your children to reach their full potential? Are you involved in their lives in a tangible way to guide and encourage them or are you leaving it all to “chance”? God has plans for you. God has ordained good works for you to do (Eph. 2:10). But, do you have a plan to carry them out?

Prayer: Father, It is clear that you have good works that you have written in your book for me to carry out. Please help me to plan with wisdom and work hard to carry them out in the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen

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DAILY RENEWAL – FIGHT FOR YOUR CAUSE

DAILY RENEWAL – FIGHT FOR YOUR CAUSE

October 5th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the people is giving out and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.”

Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and kill them and put an end to the work.”

Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over “Wherever you turn, they will attack us”

Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the LORD, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”

When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work.

From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor…Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and carried a weapon in the other, and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked…    

Nehemiah 4:10-18

Nehemiah motivated the people to continue building the wall; but the opposition from their enemies grew fiercer and fiercer along with other types of discouragement.

First: The people were discouraged by the extensive nature of the work! They were overwhelmed by the task, saying: “…there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.” Second: Their enemies were threatening to kill them, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.” So, the Jews were tired from the volume of work; they faced death threats and they lived in fear of being attacked. In the midst of it all, however, Nehemiah showed incredible leadership and motivated the people to press on to victory.

The words of Nehemiah to the people are worth noting: “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the LORD, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and daughters and your homes.” Nehemiah was simply reminding them to remember that the battle belonged to God and not to them. He spurred them on to fight for their cause. The awesome God to whom they belonged was the ultimate source of their protection. Accordingly, everyone was armed and ready to fight even whilst they worked. Some worked with one hand and carried weapons in the other. They worked hard and fought for their cause.

As you face challenges and difficulties in the pursuit of your dreams and vision, remember that the great and awesome God is with you. Let that fact motivate you to fight for your cause. Victory is already won. You fight from a position of victory, not defeat. Fight for your cause!

Prayer: Father, I thank you that I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – SPEAK GOD’S WORD WITH BOLDNESS

DAILY RENEWAL – SPEAK GOD’S WORD WITH BOLDNESS

October 4th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices to God in prayer… “Why do the nations rage and the people plot in vain?”…Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

Acts 4:23-31

The Early Church functioned under great threats, resistance and opposition. Their only crime was that they preached the Good News that Jesus had risen from the grave and was reconciling humanity to God. This angered the religious leaders, but the disciples did not back down. They depended upon prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Gospel.Their primary focus was the proclamation of the Gospel.

It is interesting that when the disciples gathered in prayer after Peter and John had been threatened and released, their first prayer point was: “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness…”

The Bible records that after they prayed, “they were  all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”

The disciples did not even ask God for protection from their their enemies. Their first request was enablement to  boldly declare the word of God followed by signs and wonders. The word was their first priority. People need the word of God. There is power in the word of God. Faith and transformation come from hearing the word of God. When we focus on boldly declaring the word of God, God will vindicate us with signs and wonders.

Would you enmesh yourself in the word of God? Would you boldly share the word with a hungry world. Watch God accompany your life with signs and wonders as you declare His word with boldness.

Prayer: Father, I thank you for your word. I ask that you give me the grace and boldness to declare your word with power and authority wherever I go. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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