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ACTIVE DECISIONS OVERCOME CHALLENGES – Nehemiah

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Faith In God Delivers Us From Challenges

(Passage: Nehemiah 4)

You can’t completely escape challenges in this world, but be sure you will overcome if you are a child of God.

Believers must have confidence in God that we serve. We must make efforts through prayer and fasting to stop our opponents, and not allow them to keep us down. We serve God who has all the powers to take control of any situation.

Of course, a Christian should not fold hands in idleness and still expect to have victory. We have to bravely think and act.

Children of God must not hesitate to take any action as it honors God and necessary to confront our challenges. As we take the step, we must have the assurance that God is on our side to earn us victory.

Let’s learn from the Bible men who took courage to forge ahead in spite of the challenges they faced:

Two rebel leaders in the Bible, Sanballat and Tobiah challenged Nehemiah who wanted to glorify God by rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem (A ruined city once dedicated to God’s honor).

Sanballat and Tobiah did all they could to stop the rebuild efforts, but they failed.

Part of the effort from Sanballat and Tobiah includes mockery and false accusations. None of those efforts stuck, because Nehemiah and his people prayed and were determined to do the will of God.

The scripture reported how Sanballat and Tobiah attacked Nehemiah and his men on the mission to repair Jerusalem’s wall:

“But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews. And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned?” Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall” (Nehemiah 4:1-3).

No Opposition Can Derail God’s Children In Their Decisions

Nehemiah and his men summon the courage to keep working for God. They were determined not to yield to enemies’ pressure. (Of course, expect they also prayed!)

Nehemiah and his men prayed and acted against their enemies; they stood to defend themselves, and they had good success.

Nehemiah said in his prayers:

“Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their reproach on their own heads, and give them as plunder to a land of captivity! Do not cover their iniquity, and do not let their sin be blotted out from before you; for they have provoked you to anger before the builders…

Therefore I (Nehemiah) Positioned men behind the lower parts of the wall, at the openings; and I set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows. And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses” (Nehemiah 4:4-5; Nehemiah 4:13-14).

Trust In God and You Shall Conquer Every Challenge

Be prepared: Christian opposition like Sanballat and Tobiah will sometimes come around to frustrate the efforts of God’s children. We must be prepared not to let them succeed.

The enemies may mount oppositions that are not limited to physical and spiritual assault; their ultimate goal is to make God’s children compromise their stand with God. But will they win? No, they won’t win if we are prayerful and are determined in our positive decisions.

The more we prepare, the better our victory will become. The enemies don’t encourage good ventures. They are all out for evil, so we must be prayerful and sensitive.

Be sensitive not to allow your enemies to fulfill their mission. Identify the enemies’ scheme, be prayerful, and make a godly tactical decision to stop them.

Trust in God is a no brainer when it comes to being a Christian. But you must be proactive at the same time! Be prayerful and tactical. Your victory is sure in God. Say amen to that! #trust #christianity #time #victory

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Ask God for the grace to trust him and he will surely help you overcome any dire situation.

Pray For God’s Grace To Make Proactive Decisions.

Dear God, I trust in you and I pray that you will give me the grace and wisdom to appropriately relate to issues of life. Help me to have the wisdom and strength needed to overcome any challenge that enemies may want to bring my way.

Please frustrate anyone who may want to stop my efforts in serving you. Let the generation of Sanballat and Tobiah be defeated in my life!

I receive your grace to remain confident so that I can continue to serve you in Spirit and in truth, as you required.

Please keep me victorious always, and let me ever testify to your goodness. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember: Active Decisions Overcome Challenges

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GOD DOES NOT REWARD FALSE CHARITY – Matthew

Honest Charity Deserves Good Reward

It is good to be good! When we act in good faith, people are blessed, and God is glorified.

No doubt that God sees our charity efforts. He is surely keeping the record, and he will reward them in due time.

God and his angels rejoice when someone goes out of his way to bless his fellow human being, but not only are heavenly hosts celebrating the good deed, but God keeps the record; he will hands down his good reward for the effort.

Since an act of charity is honorable in the sight of the Lord, Christians are encouraged to engage in it.

Charity Worker, Check Your Motive

Not all charity works are visible to others, but some can’t really be kept secret from the public eyes. In such a situation, people may acknowledge and shower praises on the worker. However, the charity worker must take caution and not get carried away with the praises he receives.

A person who does a thing to receive human praise has gotten all he deserves. He may not necessarily receive God’s reward afterward since he’s all out seeking human’s approval and praises.

Seek God’s Endorsement, not a human endorsement! #endorse

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As children of God, our efforts must not focus on receiving human’s praises but must focus on glorifying God.

When selfishness is not the driving motive, the result of our efforts will be so praise-worthy in the presence of God.

Meanwhile, besides any human’s praises and acknowledgment, God knows how best to reward our righteous services that focus on helping humanity and glorifying the name of God.

God will reciprocate our true efforts with riches and glory in his kingdom. He will also bless us on earth.

“Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you; they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. (Matthew 6:2-4).

God’s Reward Awaits Your True Services

God is an honest deity; he also respects people who share the same attribute. True worshipers score a high mark with God, but people’s pleasers won’t go far!

As a child of God, you should evaluate your motive in any matter.

Ask yourself, “Why am I doing what I’m doing: Am I doing it to receive human’s praises, or I’m doing it to receive God’s praises?”

Self-seeking praise may go well with humans, but it doesn’t go well with God. Let your efforts be motivated by love; let your action glorify God! 

Allow God to Guide Your Actions Human flesh is in enmity with God – Flesh will encourage you to go in the way of human satisfaction, which means you will have to seek human praises to meet the demand. The flesh will motivate you to parade your charity, but the Holy Spirit of God can help you overcome that challenge. Those who are led by the Spirit are the children of God! Ask God to give you the strength and power not to be selfish nor seek

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