Pashur

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.

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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The Work of our God

Nehemiah 6:16 And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.

When your friends and church members observe the work you have completed, they will quickly give glory to God before a close inspection…but not your enemies. The heathen will closely scrutinize the work to see if you did anything illegal, told a few lies…used a lot of exaggeration in marketing your ideas … they will check if you cut any corners in making due payments … if you underpay your staff or if you employed any deceptive methods … before they come to their own conclusions. When building for God, it is a great testimony when the heathen can examine the work and declare this is impossible for men to do, and must be the work of a great God. It is a great testimony, when your story is told and it defies all the methods and craftiness of men and exceeds all the virtues of mortals …and they have to come t the conclusion that it was wrought of your God.

It is difficult to deny the work of God because it is so compelling and so mindboggling to the intellect of men – beyond the comprehension of the learned. But it is also easy to know when this is not the work of God … when evil alliances propel the work …when evil sacrifices have been made …when marriage and children suffer … when bribes were given etc. There is a building that can never be said to be of God. May our lives glorify our great and holy God. We need to know God and be close to Him, dwelling in Christ to see His wonders through us. Chasing wonders can make us vulnerable and fall into deceptions.

Verses for further meditation
Numbers 23: 23; Jeremiah 18:3

Thoughts for Business and the work place
God’s Leaders know the God of the wonders and not just about the wonders of God.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, may your wonders be heard and seen by the heathen when they consider the works you have done through me. May my life cause glory to always return to 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.

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.

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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