Guidance, Strength, Provision, and Protection…

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Nehemiah 1

 Nehemiah was a man who lived on his knees.

Whenever he needed guidance, strength, provision, or protection, his first response was prayer. Because of Nehemiah’s humble dependence, God was able to use him greatly to achieve His purposes.

 This principle is still true for believers today.

God can use us in the most awesome fashion if we’ll seek Him and make ourselves available. He has a calling for each of us and doesn’t want us wasting the opportunities He provides.

 To follow Nehemiah’s example of dependent prayer, we must first recognize God as the sovereign Ruler of the universe (v. 5).

Although He’s our loving Father and loyal Friend, we must never forget that He is also our high and exalted Creator whose holiness is beyond our comprehension.

 Never think of the Lord as “the man upstairs” or come into His presence in a frivolous manner.

Because Nehemiah respected the awesome holiness of God, he approached Him with confession, admitting not only his sin, but his father’s and Israel’s as well (vv. 6-7). We cannot hide, deny, or cherish sin and expect the Lord to hear and answer our prayers.

 Purity of heart and the power of God are linked.

We need the sensitivity to instantly recognize when we’ve strayed, and the willingness to deal with sin immediately.

The reason Nehemiah stood so tall and strong was not due to his natural abilities, but because he developed a relationship of dependency on the Lord through prayer.

The same can be true for you.

 Don’t rush into your day without taking time to enter God’s throne room to seek His guidance.

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More Than Any Treasures Of This World…

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Psalms 34:1-3 (KJV)

1 I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

Glorifying the Lord is not limited to worshiping in church.

In fact, praise ought to permeate the believer’s life.

One obvious way that we praise the Lord is with our voice. We can either speak or sing our worship.

Psalm writers put adoration into words and set their love to music.

True worship also flows from the mouths of believers who are focused upon God’s attributes. They desire to honor Him because of who He is, what He has done, and what He has promised for the future.

Genuine worship allows the Lord to fill our hearts and minds with His presence.

But praising the Lord with wrong motives is an empty act. For example, if we’re lifting our hands and singing loud only because doing so feels good, then what we’re after is an emotional high. That kind of selfish “praise” falls far short of heaven.

Our God is praised when we serve Him.

People are created for the purpose of bringing glory and honor to His name. Therefore, nothing should limit our willingness to work for the King, particularly when we have a chance to share Him with others. Christ is honored when His followers speak boldly about His grace and His work—believers’ testimonies are an amazing form of praise that magnifies God’s name.

Jesus Christ is worth more than any treasure this world offers.

Loving Him and understanding what He’s done for you should be all the motivation you need to praise Him with your life. Don’t just sing; serve His kingdom and share the gospel.

Help to make God’s throne room ring with worship.

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His Indwelling Spirit…

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Hebrews 4:14-16 (KJV)

14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Almighty God is righteous and just. Romans 3:23 tells us that all people have sinned and are inadequate to be in His presence.

As a result of His wrath against sin, we were doomed to eternal separation from Him.

But thankfully, the story doesn’t end there.

In His love and mercy, God sent His Son to walk among us.

Jesus experienced the hardship and temptation common to all people, yet He never sinned. The Savior chose to die a gruesome death in our place, paying the penalty for our wrongs.

There is no deeper love, Scripture tells us, than a man who gives up his life for a friend (John15:13).

Jesus went even farther—dying for us while we were still His enemies (Rom. 5:10). In fact, He would have sacrificed Himself even if you were the only person ever to exist.

Promising forgiveness and eternal life, Christ asks sinful man to believe and follow Him.

When we trust in Jesus, we are adopted as God’s children and receive His indwelling Spirit, who blesses abundantly with joy, peace, and guidance. Always welcome before the Throne of Grace, believers have access to converse with the Father at any time.

He promises to hear and respond to our seeking, repentant hearts. And Jesus intercedes for us, praying on our behalf.

We don’t deserve the Lord’s invitation to have an intimate relationship with Him. Yet in His grace, He is loving and compassionate toward us. What a privilege to be able to approach the King’s throne, knowing He listens, understands, and cares.

Rest in God’s love, and enjoy sweet fellowship with Him.

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His Presence Lives Inside You…

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Psalm 16:11, (KJV)

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

Do you need more joy in your life today?

God promises that joy is found in His presence. If you’ve accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then His presence lives inside of you! Joy will manifest when you focus your mind and heart on the Father and begin to praise Him for what He’s done in your life.

The Bible says that He inhabits the praises of His people. When you praise and thank Him, you are in His presence where there is fullness of joy!

It doesn’t matter where you are or what’s going on around you, you can access the joy that’s inside of you anytime, day or night. And know this: God wants you to experience His supernatural joy and peace at all times. That’s why He chose to live inside of you and give you an endless supply. Don’t waste another minute feeling overburdened and discouraged. Let the joy of the Lord be your strength and move forward in the victory He’s prepared for you!

TODAY’S PRAYER

Father in heaven, thank You for an endless supply of joy.
Today I choose to cast my cares on You and give You the praise, glory and honor You deserve.
Let joy flow through me today so that I can be a witness of Your goodness to those around me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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