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“May you and I live lives of integrity.” <>< Dona (06/25/20)

Please Nehemiah 7 through 9 read.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com.  The Biblegateway website should open for you to use.  Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In Nehemiah 7 Once the wall was completed, the gatekeepers, the singers and the Levites were appointed.  And Hanani and Hananiah were put in charge of Jerusalem.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Nehemiah believed integrity and the fear of You were the key character traits for the men he put in charge.

Something to think about

People of integrity can be trusted to carry out their work.  God fearing people can be expected to carry out their work in line with God’s priorities. 

Something to experience

Perhaps if you’re in a position of selecting leaders you would benefit from selecting those who demonstrate integrity and the fear of God.

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In Nehemiah 8:1-5 Ezra, the priest and scribe, read aloud the Book of the Law of Moses before all those who could understand. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the people listened attentively to Ezra as he read Your Word.

Something to think about

The Book of the Laws of Moses was probably the first five books that are in our Bible.

Something to experience

Many of us have individual Bibles and read them whenever we want to read them. But we may become dull to their worth and their necessity to living a godly life. Perhaps we should listen carefully to every verse and ask the Holy Spirit to help us answer these two questions, “What does this verse mean to me?  How can this verse be applied to my life?

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In Nehemiah 8:9 Governor Nehemiah was a layman, not a member of the religious establishment like Ezra.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Nehemiah’s motivation came from his relationship with You. 

Something to think about

Nehemiah devoted his life to doing God’s will in a secular world. Nehemiah was valuable to God’s work. 

Something to experience

No matter what our work or role in life we should view it as God’s call on our life.

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In Nehemiah 8:13-17 Ezra’s reading of God’s law encouraged the people to study and act on what they heard.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the people took what they heard to heart.

Something to think about

The reading of God’s law may have also brought to the Israelites’ minds how God could protect and guide them if they chose for Him to do so.

Something to experience

A careful reading of Scripture will cause us to think and hopefully apply what we hear to our life too.

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In Nehemiah 9:1-3 the Israelites confessed their sins.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the Israelites gathered together and openly confessed their sins.  

Something to think about

The Israelites practiced open confession, admitting their sins to one another. 

Something to experience

When we read and study the Bible we too might need to confess sins.  A sin that wasn’t apparent before, might be revealed as we read scripture.  

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we believers will demonstrate integrity (Psalm 25:21 AMP) and the fear of You (Proverbs 1:7 AMP). Lord, I pray we will read the Bible with our eyes and heart open, in search of anything that we’ve done that is sin (I Corinthians 2:10 AMP). I pray we will see scripture as applicable to our daily lives (II Timothy 3:16 AMP). Lord, I pray we will strive to live godly lives (Matthew 6:33 AMP).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I strive to live godly lives.” <>< Dona