Gifts not received

Nehemiah 5:18Nehemiah 5:18
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18 Now that which was prepared for me daily was one ox and six choice sheep; also fowls were prepared for me, and once in ten days store of all sorts of wine: yet for all this required not I the bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy upon this people.  

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Now that which was prepared for me daily was one ox and six choice sheep; also fowls were prepared for me, and once in ten days store of all sorts of wine: yet for all this required not I the bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy upon this people.

Nehemiah knows that the people are in much bondage of lack, and they bring him gifts even out of their limitation. Nehemiah refuses to touch these offerings because he sees the bondage. Leaders must be sensitive to much that is neither spoken or obviously visible. Eschewing generous gifts from the people is one of such areas requiring sensitivity. Many organisations mandate a compulsory accounting for gifts given to their management during festive seasons.

Most of the gifts to the leader must be returned until the people get the message. There is no need to encourage the leader with gifts ….the leader has a destiny to lead …he was created for this. Nothing else will satisfy his spirit until he/she finds the opportunity to be what he/she was ordained to be. In fact, the leader should be the one giving gifts to the led for permitting destiny to be realized through a leadership opportunity given to him/her.

The call to refuse to be corrupted cannot be overemphasized.

 

Verses for further meditation
Prov. 19:6Prov. 19:6
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6 Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts. him...: Heb. a man of gifts  

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; Ezekiel 22:12Ezekiel 22:12
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12 In thee have they taken gifts to shed blood; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord GOD.  

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Thoughts for Business and the work place
Be willing to be different

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, show me clearly the gifts I must refuse and give me strength to obey you. Help my unbelief Lord. Amen

 

As Nehemiah’s wall was built,  so will we see a reconstruction in all that may appear in distress and in waste.  Nehemiah trusted and feared God, putting his faith in the Almighty whose strength is limitless to exceed all our expectations. Look out daily for Nehemiah’s Wall in 2015 and do invite friends to subscribe to the free email or social media posts.

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A Heavy Burden

Nehemiah 5:17Nehemiah 5:17
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17 Moreover there were at my table an hundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers, beside those that came unto us from among the heathen that are about us.  

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Moreover there were at my table an hundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers, beside those that came unto us from among the heathen that are about us.

The burden of the leader is not a light one. So many come to be part of the work, many come just to be carried and many come to benefit. Many are ghost workers, this is a term referring to work that does not exist, for whom there is no worker – but wages are still paid. The bill of the leader is a heavy bill. There is also a personal toll. So many come for personal favors, most assume that the leader is already financially blessed and controls vast wealth and they come (especially relatives) expecting to be favored and to be helped. The leader would give, not just time but also self and the little bread he has will often have to be given out. Nehemiah explains that there are many mouths to be fed … many who expect that Nehemiah has received bread and wine in large quantities and they have come to help in its distribution and consumption.

They will not believe that the leader does not enjoy access to largesse that must be shared. The leader must often quietly bear many burdens … most will be unfair.

The leader is generous but not with official or government assets. He acts as a steward accountable to the owners … to all the people, not just those who voted them in. But there remains a higher stewardship and accountability to God. Many will wish they never went near public assets on that coming day of accounting (judgment) that all will attend. Do not take your election lightly..

Verses for further meditation
Luke 18:22Luke 18:22
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22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.  

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; 1 Ti 6:181 Ti 6:18
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18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; willing...: or, sociable  

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Thoughts for Business and the work place
Leaders are generous yet still always above board …givers, but unstained by receiving filthy lucre.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, teach me to understand generosity …and to be a giver, yet unstained by corruption.

 

As Nehemiah’s wall was built,  so will we see a reconstruction in all that may appear in distress and in waste.  Nehemiah trusted and feared God, putting his faith in the Almighty whose strength is limitless to exceed all our expectations. Look out daily for Nehemiah’s Wall in 2015 and do invite friends to subscribe to the free email or social media posts.

I am praying someone with a burden to be used by God in building will receive a fresh vision and get the job done.

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Recessionproofchristianlife.com is a privately owned blog/media site started in 2009 as the internet ministry of the author. It promotes the absolute authority and divine inspiration of the Holy Bible as the Word of God – Infallible and Sufficient.

 

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