Nehemiah 7:41 The children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred forty and seven.

Pashur, from the Hebrew name means “freedom” or “released”. God’s word and truth sets free, but this is not liberty to do as we wish. To understand the freedom we have is to appreciate that we are delivered, like the children of Israel, to worship God … to please God. Society has defined several constitutional freedoms which are impressive and perhaps just, but any freedom that incurs the wrath of God is only disguised bondage.

There are burdens of obedience to the word of God and leadings of the Holy Spirit that are indeed light … we are yoked to Christ, and this can be inconvenient to what our flesh desires. As we lead, we must remember that the freedoms that we encourage align with scripture. We can never forget that God is the potter and we are mere clay in the hands of a master craftsman. It is pride to seek freedom from God’s destiny or claim over our lives, when He created us for His pleasure.

Nehemiah continued to count and note the people, registering their names carefully. People matter as we lead. People must be led in a way that frees them to be what God has ordained them to be but we cannot be partners to rebellion.

Verses for further meditation
John 8:32 ; Exodus 8:1

Thoughts for Business and the work place
People are important to getting God’s work done. They will work better in an atmosphere of freedom not compulsion.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, help me to manage the people around me with more sensitivity to your pleasure.

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Bode Ososami

Bode Ososami

Bode Ososami retired from a management consulting firm and pastored at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Nigeria for over ten years. In the past, he has published 5 books. His third book " The Majesty of God " was published in December 2010. His fourth work "Perfect Fall Wedding: The Coming of Christ" was released in October 2011. His fifth book , Songs of Joseph, a Bible Devotional, was published in November 2012. He is also the author of "Wealth out of Ashes", a book describing God's plan for our prosperity.

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