Tuesday, May 26, 2015

May 27 "Celebrate" Nehemiah 8-9

All the people came together 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. Nehemiah 8:1. 

Ezra read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he sat in 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.

"The joy of the Lord is your strength."  Don't grieve your sin. Celebrate your God's Love. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

May 26 "God Put This in my Heart" Ezra 7

"So my God put it into my heart..."
Nehemiah 7:5.

What has God put into my heart?

May 25 "Fight for your Families" Nehemiah 4-6

Sanballat heard that they were rebuilding the wall.
"What are those feeble Jews doing?"
"Can they bring the stones back to life?"
And Nehemiah responded by praying to God:
"Hear us, our God, for we are despised."
And that's how I feel tonight from those I trusted.

In the face of opposition ...
The people kept on working
with all their heart.  Nehemiah 4:6

And the opposition grew even worse.
Even though the people prayed and 
posted guards day & night to meet the threats.
Don't be afraid.  Remember your God.  Fight for your families. Neh 4:14
Half of Judah worked; half of them stood guard with spears.
Some worked with a spear in their left hand and a tool in their right.
They didn't even take their clothes off.
From the first light of dawn til the stars came out each night.
They didn't lose heart.  They trusted their God to fight for them.

DEAR GOD:  PLEASE CHANGE ME AND ALL OF US IN THESE 10,000 MOMENTS that we keep on working; that we keep on praying; that we keep on trusting; that we keep on loving.  With all of our heart!  Fight for us, O God!  For those we confront do not respond like we hope.  Change me.  That's all I can say!


Saturday, May 23, 2015

May 24 "Covenant of Love" Nehemiah 1-3

Those who survived the exile were in dire trouble.
And Nehemiah heard.
A cupbearer, he was.
So, he prayed to his God to help them rebuild all!

"When I heard these things, I sat down and wept" ...
he mourned; he fasted; he prayed:

Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. Nehemiah 1:5-6.

And he confessed the sins of the Israelites, including himself and his father’s family.
And he returned to the Lord, his God.
And he re-built a wall for Jerusalem.

DEAR COVENANT OF LOVE, OUR GOD: PLEASE CHANGE US ALL IN OUR 10,000 MOMENTS SO THAT WE COME TO OUR BEST SENSE AND RETURN TO YOU, no matter what this world is offering; no matter what this world holds; no matter what this world does.  May we return, this day, always. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

May 23 "Gracious Hand of God on Those Who Look to Him" Ezra 7-10

Ezra knelt and spread his hands
Spread full out:  before his God.
Ashamed and, even, humiliated.
Yet, he had done nothing wrong.
It was the people who married...
wives from neighboring borders.
Yet, Ezra pulls his very own hair
out of his head, out of his beard.
What vigilance & what passion!
For the sake of the Lord his God.

 “The gracious hand of our God
is on everyone who looks to him. 

                                    Ezra 7:22

Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 22 "Devoted to the Word" Ezra 4-7

Talk about opposition!
Someone really didn't want this house of God built.
And they connived and manipulated and cheated as they stood in the way.

And there were men who stood tall.
Ezra was one.
Devoting himself to the study of the Word.
Devoting himself to the observance of the Word.
And devoting himself to teaching the Word.
Ezra 7:10

King Artaxerxes noticed this man out of many.
And Ezra took notice of the king:
"Praise be to the Lord who has put it into the King's heart
to bring honor to the house of the Lord in Jerusalem.
And the king extended good favor to Ezra.

"Because the hand of the Lord, my God, was on me.
I took courage."  Ezra 7:28

DEAR GOD:  PLEASE CHANGE ME IN MY 10,000 MOMENTS and may I find this kind of courage.  Courage that starts in being pressed to the pages of your Word to study, to observe, and to teach.  Oh God!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May 21"Enduring Love" Ezra 1-3

God is good. His Love endures. 
And some believe and trust. 

Ezra 3:13 - No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping because the people made so much noise.  
And it was the older priests and Levites who wept. They understood. 

God is good. His love endures to May 2015.