Devotional 03.04.2014

Verse of the Day

You did not abandon them in the wilderness because of Your great compassion. During the day the pillar of cloud never turned away from them, guiding them on their journey. And during the night the pillar of fire illuminated the way they should go. [HCSB] Nehemiah 9:19

You see, and there you were thinking you’ve been abandoned and left for dead all along. #God, creator of the heavens and the earth gave you life (vs 6) that was why you were able to wake up in the morning. He found you worthy and not worthless because of the finished work of #Christ, and for that reason kept His covenant and promise of never leaving you or forsaking you, but I guess you were too dejected to notice that. He saw your suffering and heard your cry that was why He came and gave you the miraculous sign of the gift of health, and sound mind. By day as you walked albeit mechanically doing your daily chores, it was He who gave you the day’s light to guide you throughout your journeys, and by night, when it became dark, He helped you find your way to safety, amidst the chaos and the dangers that lurked in the night. Your tummy rumbled and immediately signalled you were hungry, but He made sure that you never went a day without food, and water to quench your thirsty life. He was to you that unwanted help that gave you the 101 on how to survive and live the good life through Him, through His WORD. But I guess, because it wasn’t like physically winning the Euro-millions lottery and driving the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster, things you felt that would show for definite that He was with you, you couldn’t quite see that indeed through it all, only He was right by your side. Today He has given you another chance to see your life through His eyes. He has given you the gift of life, health and of sound mine, again for a purpose. See to it that this time around you don’t squander it; that you see Him for Who He is! Your God who is always there for you, Who will never abandon you regardless of the fiercest of storms! #NehemiahChallenge #Verseoftheday

Devotional 02.04.2014

Verse of the Day

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?” [NIV] Nehemiah 6:3

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When distractions come, and believe me they will come, you don’t need to give in to them. Nehemiah understood the importance of the task the Lord had given to him, and was quick to identify that the interferences that he faced was not for the good of the project, but rather for its disadvantage. And because he understood very early on how monumental the work He was doing was going to be in the lives of the people around him, it was easy for him to notice contrary plans as distractions. Has anyone tried to trick you out of the great work you’re about to /currently undertaking? Are you currently facing distractions and detractors, trying to move you away from the life changing plans you’ve got all worked out? I’m sure by now ya’ll know what to say to them. O no! #NehemiahChallenge #Verseoftheday

Devotional 01.04.2014

Verse of the Day

I had not told anyone about the plans God had put in my heart for Jerusalem. [NLT] Nehemiah 2:12b

After Nehemiah had considered the matter, thought it through thoroughly by doing his homework (we are told when no one was looking he surveyed the magnitude of the work that needed to be done), and the decision on the action to be taken made, he then revealed to the people around him what he planned to do. He thought it prudent to conceal the plans He felt God had given to him from the people until all the necessary procedures for a successful execution was in place. And of course when he finally told the people, in vs 19, we are told that there were a group of people who on hearing his plans opposed him. The opposition Nehemiah faced isn’t an uncommon one. Has anyone ever told you that what you planned/wanted/desired to do was a rather difficult task? Isn’t that a form of opposition? When opposition came, because of how well Nehemiah had guarded his plans, it was too late for them to stand in the way. Not only that, your response in the face of opposition is just as important. When faced with opposition how do you respond? Nehemiah responded to those opposing his plans from God in vs. 20 by saying “The God of heaven will help us succeed”. And indeed with the help of God, succeed they did.

 

Have you ever wondered what could have happened to Nehemiah’s plans, had he not concealed it to begin with? Your plans stand a better chance of success when guarded well and enabled by the help of Jesus. #NehemiahChallenge #Verseoftheday

Devotional 31.03.2014

Verse of the Day

“The remnant in the province, who survived the exile, are in great trouble and disgrace. [HCSB] Nehemiah 1:3a

The expression of compassion is an action. To have compassion on a neighbour in need of help is not just in words, but requires one to do something; anything which you feel will enliven their burden. We are told here that when Nehemiah asked about home, even though he received some bad news, it didn’t just end there. He did something (vs. 4). Sometimes, you may feel that the little you could do will be of no use to the person in need, but you will never know the length or the depth of that help / how far it could go until you’ve tried it. You never know, you just may be the Nehemiah that someone near you needs to encourage their faith in #Jesus in their hour of need. What say you? #NehemiahChallenge #Tryhelpingsomeonetoday #Verseoftheday