Perseverance – “When the trial comes, press on.”
Scripture: Nehemiah 5:16-19
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After a long period of perseverance, the time comes where we reflect and remember the past. Nehemiah reflects on his long arduous task. He doesn’t reflect in a complaining and reluctant way, but gives a written account and asks God to bless his sacrifice for the vision. Integrity and passion are marks of a life well spent on a vision worth pursuing. Many of us have been a part of the church since the beginning. You have sacrificed much and you have served well. Our time is not over, and your reward and financial sacrifice is building up a treasure in heaven! Keep on rebuilding. May you reap the reward of the sacrifice in your life.
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Nehemiah records his great sacrifice for the people and the vision to rebuild the wall. His eyes were not on the present gain but on the future well being of the people. Our sacrifice now means significance in eternity. In Luke 12 Jesus tells the story of someone who thinks he is well prepared for his future and his secure in his finances, but he neglects the most important thing, the health of his own soul. To have a healthy soul we must be intentional givers. We all find ourselves at one of five stages: We have never made a gift, are an occasional giver, a proportionate giver, a tither, or an extravagant giver.
Our Journal Process:
- S – Scripture – Follow Through the book of Nehemiah with our Relaunch Field Guide. You can Download it here Choose a specific scripture passage then write a phrase or verse that jumps out at you. Youversion.com has incredible resources and reading plans.
- O – Observation – Write your thoughts. What do you think God is saying to you in this Scripture? What do you think it means?
- A – Application – This is where you make personalized action steps to what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life.
- P – Prayer – This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this Scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Who comes to mind that you need to pray for? Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say first.
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