Our Only Hope

Nehemiah 9:32 Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who keepest covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble seem little before thee, that hath come upon us, on our kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people, since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this day.

The only hope they have is to go to God again and appeal to God’s compassion. I have seen people try and justify themselves before God. How could they …perhaps because we have an instinct to defend ourselves, we tend to always have excuses which we rehearse before God. Nehemiah does not come to God with an analysis justifying their behavior, he simply appeals to God to look at their present troubles which they brought on themselves and have pity on them. We can do the same …go to God, knowing you are to blame, but still cry before Him… “do not let my troubles seem little before you – O Lord …A Holy God and full of compassion.”

Our only hope is the Compassion of God and His great love. When you go to God in prayer and sense troubles all around, how do you approach God? Do you read out your credentials to God, do you give excuses to Him to explain your rebellion? Why don’t you just beg Him for mercy, like blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus did… come back to Him now. Come like the lost son who went astray.
Luk 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

Verses for further meditation
Psalm 57:10 ; Matthew 10:46-52

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Leaders often have false starts and go off course. Perhaps you sense the need to rededicate your life to Christ. Do it now. Start again.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, I have sinned and my troubles are many, have mercy on me. 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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Hope for Dry Bones

Heb 11:22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

Joseph does an unusual thing. He gives a commandment to reposition his bones, centuries after his death. He believes that even when these bones are dried and apart, they can and will still live. He does not want to wake up in Egypt or to be revived in the tomb of Pharaohs surrounded by beautiful treasures.

Jacob must have passed on the truth of God’s eternity and the revival of the dead to be eternally with Christ. Dry bones can live again and become a mighty army. The dead and dried bones of the saints will be the first to rise to join Christ when the trumpet sounds. Then the living will be raptured. This is what the Bible teaches. But after a period they will return to the earth…Christ with ten thousand of His saints as predicted by Enoch to reign and rule with Christ. Ezekiel equally prophesied of dry bones one day becoming an army.

Eze 37:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. 4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. 8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. 9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

Joseph knew that God could do the impossible and that even dried bones can live again. Do you act and give commandments as though God can do the impossible? Do you know all the faded rose bushes will next summer bloom again with beautiful flowers. God uses nature to teach us that He causes beauty to replace that which we see as ashes. God is creative to bring the best out of nothing. Who told Joseph to give a commandment concerning his bones? It can only be God. Are there instructions God has given you which you consider ridiculous?

Song.

I planted a little rosebush
And tended it with care
Its bud begins to blossom
Its sweet fragrance filled the air.
And winter came and it withered
Its petals drooped and fell to the ground
My heart faints as it faded
Cos I’d forgotten who had made it.

Chorus
Roses will bloom again – just wait and see
Don’t mourn what might have been – only God knows how and when Roses will bloom again.

Prayer: Lord, cause life to return to all our dry and dead places. Revive us again. Amen

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa

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