August 2, 2018 Nehemiah 3,4; Psalm 134; Hebrews 2:1-13

“There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 (NLT) The heart of this ministry is to inspire a love for God’s Word and encourage the discipline of daily Bible reading and SOAP journaling. These are a few of our SOAP notes from today’s reading. We encourage you to read and journal on your own first, then join us in conversation about what God revealed to YOU today. Click HERE to go directly to the daily reading if you wish.

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Repair and rebuild | guest post

S~ The Dung Gate was repaired by Malkijah son of Recab, ruler of the district of Beth Hakkerem.  He rebuilt it and put its doors and bolts and bars in place. Nehemiah 3:14 (NIV)

O~ A bunch of families are repairing and rebuilding the wall and gates that surrounded Jerusalem.  Every family repairs, rebuilds.

A~ The city of Jerusalem is in a season of repairing and rebuilding.  It’s repeated over and over in this chapter.  Years before Jerusalem was in a season of being uprooted, destroyed, and destruction.  And before that, Jerusalem had seasons of growth and much goodness coming out of it.

I think I go through spiritual seasons, much like the seasons Jerusalem went through.  It’s easy for me to look back and identify a season vs. knowing what season I am in at that moment.  It’s probably why Jesus tells us to just keep our eyes focused on Him no matter what’s going on around us.

If I’m honest, I like the seasons of growth in my life.  Where my life is bearing fruit and peace reigns in my soul.  Those are wonderful seasons!  Although, I’ve noticed that the seasons before the growth is typically a season of destruction or uprooting.  The season where the Lord starts addressing sin in my life and He starts to remove it and destroy it.

There are also seasons of rebuilding and repairing in my soul.  From the outside, those don’t look like much is happening, but for me to be the woman that God has called me to be, they are critical.  God is always at work, no matter what season of life I’m in.

P~ Father, thank You for never leaving me or forsaking me!  Thank You for this visual example of repairing and rebuilding and how You are still in that business today!

How Will I Respond? | Kim Chipman

S~ When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?” Nehemiah 4:1-2 (NIV)

O~ Nehemiah was called by God to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. There were people who were threatened by this, and they tried to discourage them and get the rebuilding to stop. Nehemiah prayed, posted guards, reminded them how awesome God is and why they were rebuilding, then continued on.

A~ What stood out to me the most today is that the criticism, insults and discouragement that Sanballat launched at Nehemiah sounds an awful lot like my own inner critic. I don’t need someone else to do it for me, I have the voice inside my head! I’m really good at criticizing myself and disabling my best intentions – even assignments I know are from You.

What if I could respond to that voice inside my head the way Nehemiah did? Pray, guard my heart, remind myself who You are and why I’m doing what I am, then just continue on.

P~ Lord, this is what I need to do, but I need Your power to do it. Thank You for Nehemiah’s example. Thank You for Your Word. I love You.

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