Come with Joy

Nehemiah 13:19 And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the sabbath: and some of my servants set I at the gates, that there should no burden be brought in on the sabbath day.

Burdens can attack our joy and our confidence in God. Coming before God with joy is important. Joy tells God we trust Him and believe Him.

Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

Without joy we have no means of experiencing the completeness that salvation promises in Christ. Joy is important … God asks us to come before Him with thanksgiving, praise …and enter into a presence in which there is fullness of joy. Christ has already done so much, His love for us is a love that nothing can separate us from … His peace is a peace that the world cannot give or take away … I pray that whatever will not allow you to come to Christ rejoicing will be addressed. I pray that His complete work on the Cross will avail afresh in your life … reflect on what God has done for you … dwell on the great redemption that has already been wrought for you. Begin to thank God …begin to sing for joy. Watch all the burdens fall at Calvary. Do as David did … speak well to your soul.

Psalm 42:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
Psalm 42:6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.
Psalm 42:11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.


Verses for further meditation

Psalm 95:1; 2 Cor 4:9

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Leaders have many burdens, but still maintain pleasing attitudes.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, turn these tests to glorious testimonies. 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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Great Sacrifices

Nehemiah 12:43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.

Joyful giving is a rare grace. You will know when God’s work of revival is progressing well not by words or professions but by spontaneous acts of sacrificial giving with great joy. The concept of giving has been misunderstood by many and even abused by others …but true children of God are a joyful people … they are also a giving people.

Can you remember when you last offered great sacrifices rejoicing? Many would think they have lost out by their giving …especially when they do not perceive God. But spiritual walls are being erected to protect our souls … destinies are being helped. We do not bribe God with God nor are we investing in God for a return – this is the very opposite of joyful sacrificial giving. Instead we find that we are releasing our time, hopes and substance without any pushing or prodding for God to use as He pleases. Then we forget the seed …only to see that it always returns …always with a harvest.

It may take a while to sense that God rewards our seed … sometimes it takes decades …but great sacrifices joyfully given to God will provoke God’s pleasure. I am not talking about people being pushed to give beyond their means and their faith – but a giving that astounds even the receiver. The widows’s last meal or Hannah dedicating her son completely for God’s use … did we not read that these women were especially blessed with a rare fruitfulness?

Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again

Verses for further meditation
Philipp 4:18; Hebrews 11:14

Thoughts for Business and the work place
The giver is always on top – even in business.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, teach me to give joyfully.

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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