NEHEMIAH 4:1-3 AND 6:3
The work of God will face opposition that is one thing that is certain.. And when one begins to do the work of God rest assure the enemy will come who will do his best to hinder or stop you from doing the work of God.. Here in the book of Nehemiah we see just that as Nehemiah begin to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem . Guess who showed to Sanballat and Tobiah .. What was the purpose to stop Nehemiah from rebuilding the walls… So what kind of attacks came Nehemiah’s way
1-They ridiculed them
2- They made threats
3- Discouragement ( Nehemiah 4:10)
4- Fear- Nehemiah 4:11-23)
No doubt the enemy will use many tactics to hinder you or try to stop you from doing the work of God… But like Nehemiah one must keep on building.. Nehemiah would encourage himself in the Lord and Nehemiah would continue to build the wall despite the opposition.. I know that we face some tough battles with the enemy but one must keep on doing the work of God… I know that we are in a pandemic in the world but despite that the work of God must keep going on…. So what am I telling you? To keep on building and keep doing the work of God.. If it was not important or a threat to the enemy then the enemy would not be trying to stop you from doing what God has called you to do…
MATTHEW 6:14-15 (14) FOR IF YOU FORGIVE MEN THEIR TRESPASSES YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER WILL ALSO FORGIVE YOU. (15) BUT IF YOU FORGIVE NOT MEN THEIR TRESPASSES NEITHER WILL YOUR FATHER FORGIVE YOUR TRESPASSES
I imagine all of us at a certain point have had someone to do us wrong in some form or fashion. Maybe they talked about you and said things that were not true, maybe they betrayed you, or maybe they did not hold to the promise or obligation they had made to you.. Well what is one to do in those situations? Well according to Jesus one should forgive men of the trespasses they made against you.. So lets see what Jesus said about forgiveness for just a few moments right here..
1-The promise of Forgiveness if you will forgive
We should forgive as God has forgiven us .. The Apostle Paul tells is in Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.. So what are we being told right here As God has forgiven us we should be forgiving others.. Some need to grab ahold of this instead of trying to hold grudges and hate against someone who has wronged you along lifes journey. But for those like that I ask how many have you done wrong in your life? Well some may say no one, but I will tell you what the scripture says in Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.. In other words we have all offended God.. But God offers forgiveness.. The bible tells us that he is faithful and just to forgive us.. But yet many who claimed to be born again do not want to forgive others of their trespasses What did Jesus say to these who refuse to forgive? Well he tells us that they will not be forgiven, because of their refusal to forgive others who have done less to them than they have done to God.. Perhaps some need to remember the words of Jesus when he said on the cross Father Forgive them for they know not what they do.. Now remember Stephens words as he was being stoned to death his last words was lay not this sin to their charge… But yet people refuse to forgive for less. And let me just put it like this unforgiveness will effect you spiritually , and it will effect you physically as well.. Unforgiveness causes the one carrying the grudge to have forgiveness blocked on their life.. But it will cause physical health issues on someone who carries grudges and refuses to forgive.. Well not a long blog, but their is one thing I must say if you are having a hard time to forgive someone who has wronged you ask God to help you to forgive that one even if the one who has wronged you has not asked you for it.. Forgiveness is for you benefit…
Text: 2 Chronicles 20:1-5
Sometimes when it rains it pours, It seems like its never going to stop.. Well that is the way life’s problems can be one thing right after another or it seems a multitude of problems all come at one time.. When that happens it can be overwhelming for sure.. Well in this passage of scripture we see a great crisis that was coming to Jehoshaphat and the land of Judah . What was the crisis it was an invasion that was coming from the Moabites, Ammonites and some of the Meunites came to make war…. It was a great multitude coming against them… Listen that can be some overwhelming news for sure… So what did this cause the King of Judah and the land of Judah to do.. Well the bible tells us..
1- Jehoshaphat feared– This was not the spirit of fear that Paul talks about but this is a fear that will drive one to seek the Lord and in this case that is what happen.. Jehoshaphat set himself to seek the Lord… And that is ones answer today if your facing crisis, a storm, a battle that is overwhelming you then you need to set your self to seek the Lord… There is going to be times where you going to face battles and situations that do overwhelm you and I ask where will you turn… There is no help in the world. There comes time when the Dr. cannot do anything else, where all your resources are gone.. Today I am writing to remind you where your help cometh from.. Remember the words of the Psalmist
PSALMS 121:1 -8 (1) I WILL LIFT UP MY EYES UNTO THE HILLS FROM WHENCE COMES MY HELP (2) MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH (3) HE WILL NOT SUFFER YOUR FOOT TO BE MOVED HE WHO KEEPS YOU WILL NOT SLUMBER (4) BEHOLD HE WHO KEEPS ISRAEL SHALL NEITHER SLUMBER OR SLEEP. (5) THE LORD IS YOUR KEEPER: THE LORD IS YOUR SHADE UPON YOUR RIGHT HAND. (6) THE SUN SHALL NOT SMITE YOU BY DAY NOR THE MOON BY NIGHT. (7) THE LORD SHALL PRESEVE YOU FROM ALL EVIL: HE SHALL PRESERVE YOUR SOUL . (8) THE LORD SHALL PRESERVE YOUR GOING OUT AND YOUR COMING IN FROM THIS TIME FORTH AND EVEN FOREVERMORE..
Jehoshaphat and Judah sought the Lord and they found the help of the Lord.. By the time they went to battle . God has sent ambushments against the invaders… By the way it happen as they were singing and praising… Here is the point they sought God and found him.. God fought the battle for them.. Listen today you may be overwhelmed by the storms and battles that you are facing, and I want to tell you to seek his face turn your problems over to God and trust him.. Listen he may not take your around them but he will take you through them.. He will give the victory… Put your problem in the hand of the master today, and commit it to him and stop worrying… Why because if God be for you then who are what can be against you…
Text: MATTHEW 10:28 AND FEAR NOT THEM WHICH KILL THE BODY BUT ARE NOT ABLE TO KILL THE SOUL BUT RATHER FEAR HIM WHICH IS ABLE TO DESTROY BOTH SOUL AND BODY IN HELL..
In todays world people are bound by fear, one can see this by the way that one lives, they are afraid to get out of the house, they are afraid of what may happen… Look at todays world and its not hard to see fear in the midst of our world… The news feeds it , everywhere one turns there something that is trying to drive fear into ones life.. Think about the fear many have today they are afraid of getting sick ( why no one wants to catch the virus).. And we see how people are protecting themselves from this virus and taking precautions in order not to catch it.. Some wear a mask, some have took the vaccination , some are taking vitamins to strengthen their immune system… If you choose to do these things that is great and your chose.. But here is the reality today people are bound by fear… What are they afraid of you may ask? It is dying… But here is the reality people are fearing the wrong thing… So what are you saying preacher? Well lets first get the one thing settled before we move on
1- Death is Certain- HEBREWS 9:27 AND AS IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MEN ONCE TO DIE BUT AFTER THIS THE JUDGEMENT……
Unless Jesus Christ comes for his church first there is one thing that is certain we all have a appointed time to die . No matter how old you are, what kind of health you have, or who you are.. The bible and life itself tells us that our days on this earth in this body are numbered.. Why one can lengthen or even shorten their days their comes a time when this body wears out and one will take their last breath…. This is what everyone seems to be fearing today and trying to avoid. But this is the thing that need to to be fearing and worrying about.. Death is Certain.. But the question is how many are worried about where they will spend eternity… Here is fact One will spend eternity either with Jesus Christ or one will spend eternity in hell… This is the one thing that many are not worrying about… They don not fear spending eternity in hell .. Jesus told us that one should not fear man who can kill the body. But Jesus said to fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.. In other words Fear God and not man… One day one will have to give an account to an holy God… What will one hear will one hear welcome home my good and faithful servant or will one hear depart from me you worker of iniquity for I never knew you… Again I say people are fearing the wrong thing today.. They are not worried about where the will spend eternity.. They are not concerned about what is the most important thing they have and that is their soul… But yet prepare for a storm or virus..
II Jesus is life
A-JOHN 3:16 FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON THAT WHOSOVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE….
B-JOHN 10:27-28 (27) MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE AND I KNOW THEM AND THEY FOLLOW ME (28) AND I GIVE UNTO THEM ETERNAL LIFE AND THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH NEITHER SHALL ANY MAN PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY HAND..
As a Child of God one has the assurance and blessed hope of eternal life that only Jesus Christ gives… Why this body here may perish as born again believer we are promised eternal life.. Jesus told us that he would go and prepare a place for us and that he would come again and receive us unto him .. Where is this place he will take us ? Well its the fathers house (heaven).. As his child we will live forever… And we have nothing to fear.. Because of the assurance of Jesus .. Today if you want life it can only be found through Jesus (Acts 4:12) But without Jesus there is only hell to gain…
III Eternity is forever..
A- This life is just a vapor but eternity is forever… Just think about it like this if you went to hell and 300 million years had passed guess what it eternity just started… This is what people need to make their main concern today.. Where will they spend eternity.. But this is far from most peoples mind…. Its strange people want to live forever but reject the way to live forever and I am speaking of Jesus… Today I am not telling you not to be cautious with things going on . But lets get what is the most important issue one must answer where will I spend eternity.. The choice is yours.. Remember one day it will be too late. Once you take that last breath its to late… So many today are truly fearing the wrong things and not concerned about eternity.. So remember if you are reading this and not prepared to meet God. Jesus is calling you and is wanting to save you….
There is a term called self inflicted , It simply means one that causes harm to their own self..And yet many today do exactly that, they cause their own problems.. And then go and blame someone else or even worse they blame God.. Listen to what Proverbs 19:3 says The foolishness of man perverts his ways and his heart frets against the Lord.. In other word man’s own foolishness causes his ruins and then they will blame God for what they brought upon themselves. Well in closing I remind you of one thing that many are missing Personal Responsibility instead they want to pass the buck for what they brought upon their own selves… Just remember today that God holds us all accountable for our own actions and does not accept the blame game tha people play.. Ask Adam and Eve …