Set your heart on Heaven

Nehemiah 13:26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin.

The goodness of God in Solomon’s life should have made him careful and sensitive to upsetting God. Instead he was careless. He admired outlandish women and lusted for them … the end was that they caused him to sin. God knows sin operates through evil baits scattered along our paths …God teaches us what to do, when to flee …where not to go …what not to do. But once we feel we have achieved a level of success, we forget it was God that made us, and we go for idols. These are things that replace God in our hearts. God knows that what He does not recommend for us will eventually make us sin.

God’s rules are good … we are not made by our goodness, we are made by God, but disobedience opens the door to many other sins and in the end we are separated from God, the one we should be closest to.

Consider, the things you are doing and whether you are courting trouble or getting closer to God. Is there an attraction to the things God asks us to separate from? Do not wait until it causes sin …separate now. Look up to God’s eternal city … set your heart on God’s heaven.

Hosea 8:14 For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.

Verses for further meditation
Psalm 95:6; Hebrews 11:10

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Trouble often comes disguised in forbidden pleasures.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, help me to be separated unto you. 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. 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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Grief for Evil

Nehemiah 13:8 And it grieved me sore: therefore I cast forth all the household stuff of Tobiah out of the chamber.

Before we judge or act, we must search our hearts. Our motivations must be right. Nehemiah understood that Eliashib had been deceived …he knew also that Tobiah was also an instrument of the devil. The enemy had come in to ravage his brethren and lure them into deception. This made him sad and unhappy causing him so much grief. How we react to evil tells us more about ourselves than we think. Nehemiah was not an ambitious man trying to hold on to power. He was not a man looking for an opportunity or reason to get rid of Tobiah. He had no ill feelings against Eliashib. He was a sad man … grieving concerning the spiritual decay that had led to such a deplorable situation. Far too many are quick to judge without grieving the evil that is being judged … in many cases their actions are power play and jostling to get an upper-hand – with no thought for the spiritual deceptions at work. So many corrections are worse than the act that was corrected.

The Bible warns us to be careful when we make corrections so we are not dragged into pride and self-righteousness. When we realize that we have received grace to be understand evil from God we will not see ourselves as superior to the ignorant but will be full of grief for the shame and poor situation that has befallen our sister or brother. Nehemiah’s first reaction was not to tell the world or to take stern action …but to grieve …and the Bible adds that it grieved him sore. Has it ever occurred to you to grieve for the sins and deceptions others fall into?

Jeremiah 45:3 Thou didst say, Woe is me now! for the LORD hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest.

Verses for further meditation
Isaiah 53:3; Proverbs 17:25

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Leaders can appear tough but inside is a soft grieving heart.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, help me to see things the way you do. 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. 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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