14 Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and do not wipe out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for its services!
22 And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should go and guard the gates, to sanctify the Sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of Your mercy!
30 Thus I cleansed them of everything pagan. I also assigned duties to the priests and the Levites, each to his service,
31 and to bringing the wood offering and the firstfruits at appointed times. Remember me, O my God, for good!
When Nehemiah came back to Jerusalem the broken down walls were only a symbol of a broken down nation. After the walls were built Nehemiah began to see the spiritual failure of the people. They did not respect the Sabbath, they did not respect the laws of God to not intermarry with pagans, they did not respect the priesthood, they rented a room in the temple to their pagan leader, and more.
Nehemiah had come from captivity, from the place of God’s judgment and did not want to go back because of the sin of his people. So he rebuked the people over and over again, he even got physical in his rebuke. He locked the gates on the Sabbath so the sellers could not get in and threatened them when they showed up. Nehemiah took God’s judgments seriously for he had lived in them.
I think that if we lived under the heavy hand of God’s judgment for awhile we would live differently too. We would see things that we have come to allow and put them aside for God’s holiness. We would see alliances we have made that do not honor God and separate from them. We might see God’s laws as good and right and seek to keep them for His glory and for our good.
The book of Nehemiah has caused me to look inward and to ask God these same questions. He has shown me what He wants in me and what He wants me to remove. I do not want God’s judgments in this life, Jesus paid for my sin so heaven is secure, but sin brings loss in this life and I really don’t want the losses that sin can bring. Ask God to show you what He would like in you what He would like removed from you. Do so in the spirit of Nehemiah who desired to be remembered for good.
Last night was another night of God’s blessing at VBS. Through the moving of His Spirit, twelve children came asking Jesus into their lives as Savior and Lord! Pray for us tonight as we follow up with these and seek the hearts of others.
God has given each of us here a spirit of working together that is just wonderful to be a part of. No one, and I mean no one, sticks out with negativity or a critical spirit. Every worker is here to serve the Lord and brings His Spirit with them. It is just a glorious time for our church as a whole. Thank God for what He can do through people who depend upon Him and seek His face in the work they do for Him. The sun even shone on our registration and game time. Hallelujah!
Continue to pray with us for open hearts to children and to parents many of whom have never been in our church before.
Pray also today for a previous pastor of this church. Dave Huff’s wife has been ill for some time and went to be with the Lord this week. The wake is this evening. Remember the Huff family in this difficult time.
Remember our sister Bev Scott in your prayer. It was a year ago today that her husband George went to be with the Lord.
Grace for Life Bible Church
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Have a great day in the Lord,