Listening to Men

Nehemiah 13:27 Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to transgress against our God in marrying strange wives?

Men love to make excuses and can justify every act of disobedience. If you put men under trial, they will declare themselves innocent of any act – both big and small. Men will never achieve perfection, but they will still paint themselves with flawless colors. Pleasure is their god …another god is success …and another is wisdom … these gods can be justified as harmless hobbies or entertainment. Men also have great advocates, they easily make sense of all their acts of rebellion.

Therefore we must make a choice. Who will we listen to? If we listen to God, we come under pressure and are even called names, perceived as having ulterior motives …until we buckle. Nehemiah felt this pressure and he asked … who will we listen to …God or men. Listening to God can be costly …like the three Hebrew boys it can lead to fires but in which we are supernaturally preserved. Listening to men will always lead to our damnation.

Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, do not worry about what men are asking you to do …do not be careful in answering them …the only response they need to hear is a clear unrepentant “no”. In the end the Hebrew brothers were promoted.

Daniel 3:14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?

Verses for further meditation
Daniel 3:16; Daniel 3:30

Thoughts for Business and the work place
There are times when we must not listen to men — retreating to hear God.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, teach me to wait on your word. 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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Immediate Response

Nehemiah 13:3 Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.

There are things that must be quickly adjusted to. Once the word of God has shown you that something is wrong or displeases God, we do not wait for further consultations or need another advice on how to deal with it. It calls for an immediate response – an action of obedience.

James 1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was..

A looking glass lets us know what we look like, but if we do not correct while the glass is still in front, we can miss out on the accuracy of what needs adjustment. The word of God is there to let us know – what we need to do and not do. Our faith comes by hearing and our hearing is activated by the word of God. We may think we hear God, but have you not observed that when many people are told a thing, they often are discovered to hear differently.

Find a Church, where the word of God is preached – it will do you far more good than the most charismatic encouragement. There is a strength that comes from the word of God, a spiritual enablement that cuts through the thick skin of pride and the calloused heart …melting demonic resistance and encouraging a response that honors God. It is not just reading and teaching the Bible … religious knowledge teachers do that with no impact … a preacher, broken in Spirit, filled with the Holy Ghost … expounds on the word of God …and your heart hears God – not the preacher. The Bible says in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God. Go and start afresh, repent …go and hear God’s word.

Verses for further meditation
Proverbs 30:5; Mark 7:13

Thoughts for Business and the work place
When did the word of God last break the hardness in your heart?

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, may your word ever be a shield for me as I put all my trust in its directions. 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.

To subscribe to the devotional, please enter your email address (the left column) above the “subscribe” button (and enter on the green button). God bless you.

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