“Humility”

(1Peter 5:5) In the same way, you younger men, be subject to the elders.nAnd all if you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble HCSB

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“Pride” The destructive trait: Of all character flaws, pride is the most damaging.Our inability to admit error and fault, and seek pardon is such a rarity, we perceive it as a sign of defeat. We couldn’t be further from God!
The arrogance of the Pharisees caused them to enforce laws counter-intuitive to Jesus’s entire ministry-We too have the proclivity for defending our virtues regardless of the outcome, and who might be affected.

Pride doesn’t know grace, therefore, there can be no healing (Jeremiah 14:19) Have You completely rejected Judah? Or have You loathed Zion?
Why have You stricken us so that we are beyond healing? We waited for peace, but nothing good came; And for a time of healing, but behold, terror! Pride cuts both ways!

Instead,

We must desire healing and restoration-To let our pride give way to humility which is in the love of Christ (Romans 15:5-7) Now may the God who gives you perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God. Desire healing and restoration-God’s blessings.

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Nehemiah Restorer of the wall

Faith through Trials

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The prophet Nehemiah shows up at the time of Israel’s third invasion, and exile to Babylonia 444BC. Where he served as cup-bearer to Artaxerexes king of Persia.

The Assignment;

One day, he receives a message from his brother Hanani regarding the state of Jerusalem-How the walls were in ruin, and the remnant had no protection from attacks and there was nowhere to pray because the synagogue have also been destroyed. (Nehemiah 1:3) They said to me, The remnant in the province, who survived the exile are in great trouble and disgrace.

In his grief, he turns to God with a repentant heart and pleads for forgiveness, and he asked for favor for his people 1:6 let Your eyes be open and Your ears be attentive to hear Your servant’s prayer that I now pray to You day and night for Your servants the Israelites. He is also conflicted and filled with anxiety because of what his assignment entails-To find favor with the king and convince him to allow him go rebuild the wall they were responsible for bringing down. And yet, 6 months had lapsed before was made aware of his plight. Chislev was observed during the Winter”(Nov/Dec), While the month of Nisan was celebrated in April/May.

The king sensed something was wrong, But Nehemiah did not know how to respond.
2:1 During the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was set before him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had never been sad in his presence,2 so the king said to me, “Why are you sad when you aren’t sick? This is nothing but depression”

What was Nehemiah to do? *He Invited God to accompany him on his journey:

1:11 Please Lord, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and that of Your servants who delight to revere Your name. Give Your servant success today and have compassion on him in the presence of this man *When God gives us an assignment, He has pre-ordained the outcome-He wouldn’t use you if He didn’t think you were capable.

2:4 So I prayed to the God of heaven and answered the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor with you, send me to Judah and to the city where my ancestors are buried so that I may rebuild it.

The “Cup-bearer”-Trustworthy, and faithful. Not only did they serve wine to the king, but they were required to first sip it to ensure the king would not be poisoned.

To his account, The king, and his queen found much favor in Nehemiah, Not only did they allow him to leave, but they made provisions for him to complete his task (2:6-8)
6The king, and the queen seated beside him me, “How long will your journey take, and when will you return?” So I gave him a definite time, and it pleased the king to send me. By the time Nehemiah finally departed, he had more than enough to complete his assignment-He had all the building materials he would ever need, he was guaranteed safe passage, And he was given a military escort.
We serve a Big God who only knows how to do things in a Big way. Nehemiah’s determination and faith was rewarded in abundance:

2:8 And let me have a letter written to Asaph, keeper of the king’s forest. so that he will give me timber to rebuild the gates of the temple fortress, the city wall, and home where I will live. the king granted my request, for I was graciously strengthened by the Lord.

This was not the end, but the beginning of a series of events that will cause Nehemiah to rely heavily on God’s sovereignty and become a champion of his faith. God’s blessings

Temptation and Sin death

A big reason we wrestle with our faith, is the lack of understanding of God’s character, and Why certain events unfold as they do in our lives. We know that God is outside all space and time, So, getting to know and understand Him is a lifelong endeavor. A great place to start is right here where we are, and Seeking Him through the lens of the Scriptures

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(James 1:13) No one undergoing a trial should say, “I am being tempted by God.” For God is not tempted by evil and He Himself does not tempt anyone HCSB

So, Why do we say, “Why me Lord?”.. For God is not tempted by evil and He Himself does not tempt anyone.

What is Temptation? “Depravity” carnal cravings, lust-Bondage. Because of our human condition, our pneuma Gk. “Flesh” will forever be at war with our sarx “Spirit” [1:15] the Desire conceives and breeds Sin, while Sin matures and gives birth to Death. (Genesis 3:6)Adam and Eve’s fall to temptation will forever plague humanity-Samson the Nazarite gave in to every carnal craving and committed the most vile acts, And he was set apart by God for Himself (Judges 14:7-9) 7 Then he went and spoke to the woman, because Samson wanted her.8 After some time, when he returned to get her, he left the road to see the lion’s carcass, and there was a swarm of bees with honey in the carcass. 9 He scooped sone honey into his hands and ate it as he went along.

Temptation cannot possibly come from God, But, God sees it as useful:(1 Corinthians 10:13) There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above what ye are able; but with temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to escape it. And He did,(John 3:16).

(James 1:21) WE MUST WANT TO CHANGE “Die to ourselves”: Therefore ridding yourselves of any moral filth and evil, humbly receive the implanted word, which is able to save you.

HOW? Submit, and surrender to God’s faithfulness, and sovereignty; Ascribe to the purification process. We cannot break the cords of bondage on our own-(Ephesians 6:12) For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.
YOU NEVER OVERCOME ADDICTIONS, You Replace them with others: (Romans 6:19) For I am using a human analogy because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you offered the parts of yourself as slaves to moral impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification.