“the leadership of the association is concerned about the various killings, banditry, terrorism, and other problems facing the country, Hence there is a need for important prayers to be offered to God”.
The book of Nehemiah is one of the most important chapters which contains a great deal that is relevant to Christians today. Nehemiah was a servant of God who was instrumental in the rebuilding and reestablishment of Jerusalem which had been destroyed in the Babylonian invasion.
The main lesson I would like us to take was how Nehemiah stood steadfast with God before taking action. A lot of us Christians act before praying (which I am guilty of), but in the case of Nehemiah, he knew what it meant to get the news that was not great and caused his heart to be heavy with concern
The first thing Nehemiah did was to pray to God in Nehemiah 1:4, “And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven”. He also confessed his sin and the sins of the people who had disobeyed God’s commands in verses 5-7.
This is exactly what God expects from us as believers not just to keep going ahead in doing what we feel is right for us which isn’t God’s plan for our life but to come first to his presence and seek his help in directing us to the right path. Many of us are guilty of ignoring God’s warning which leads us to suffer the consequences. But as the merciful God that he is, he still shows up for us in a difficult situation when we call upon him.
Then he acted; after seeking guidance from God he went further to the king to get his permission if he could rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, The king gave his consent and Nehemiah left for Jerusalem where the citizens agreed to help him rebuild the wall. Nehemiah 2:4-6, 16-18
In essence, Nehemiah reminded God of his promise to his people. And beseeched him to hear his prayer and help him find favor in the eyes of the King. So Nehemiah did not just pray, then sit back and do nothing. He saw a need and went forward into prayer, after which he was expecting God to act.
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 John 1:2
God desires fullness of health and freedom from any bodily affliction which is one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind. Most importantly, he also invites us to participate in the work of restoring and stewarding our bodies. The state of the body exercises a great influence on the mind and soul.
When unhealthy, our impressions of the outward will be untrue, and our influence upon the outward will be limited and feeble. Our spiritual feelings and expressions are also considerably toned and stained by our physical condition.
Proverbs 17:22 says “A joyful heart is a good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones”.
God’s plan for man was never to be unhealthy or out of shape. So many people including us believers fall into the trap of thinking that God finds no worries in seeing a sick Christian (but no, he does). That is far from the truth. As Jesus walked on this earth fully reincarnated as man, one of His most proactive ministries was the healing of sickness and affliction.
The Scripture tells us in Matthew 4:23, “And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.”
An unhealthy lifestyle can be caused by so many things, not just what we eat or drink but through sin passed on from generation to generations and most importantly ignorance of God’s laws (take a look at the Laws of Moses especially Leviticus which is regarded as a book of health laws) or sometimes simply just affliction from an enemy that doesn’t want you to experience the fullness of God’s plan in your life.
Psalm 38:3 reminds us that, “There is no soundness in my flesh because of thy anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.” This simply implies that the absence of God in our spiritual life can lead to sickness and disease. This is not to say that all the people who are sick are not right with God, but we live in an imperfect world that needs more of God’s grace to sustain us.
God’s goodness and fullness have always brought forth a flow of healing and goodness not just upon the body, but even our souls and spirits. As God heals hopelessness, uncertainty, anxiety, lack, fear and so much more, He also brings healing upon our physical bodies. And just as God gives us the enabling grace to say no to the sin that entraps our spirits, He also gives us the grace to be good stewards of our body to exercise, eat right and still live a healthy life in Christ.
As a child, we look forward to the future
Creating an image of what we want for the future
But when we become adult everything seems different
The images we created as kids begin to fade away
And new images are been captured
Some images are been deleted deliberately by us
While some are been formatted or corrupted by life experiences
Perhaps life is just full of mystery that captures images we never planned for…..
It is often said that the woman’s tongue tends to get them in trouble when not cautioned.
Our tongues can bless, cause, complain, and communicate the gospel all within a matter of seconds or minutes! And can also inspire the hardest heart or crush a tender spirit.
However, I am convinced that more people are injured by the improper use of the tongue than by any other force.
The Bible says in (Proverbs 13:3) “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction”
This simply implies that a virtuous woman should always make it her goal to use the tongue properly and only for good.
As believers, we have nothing to brag about in our Christianity, if we are not actively working to “bridle our tongues.”
Although James 3:8 states that no one (in their power) can “tame the tongue,” thankfully, God has provided all we need to discipline this unruly critter in 2 Peter 1:3-8. Ask God to help you tame your tongue.
It’s commonly said that Christians should read their bible every day but do we read and meditate on the word of God. Are we required to read the bible daily? How often do we need to study the bible to be faithful followers of Christ?
In as much as no law or commandment says, ‘Thou shall read your Bible every day’. It’s very important for us as believers to not only read but study the word of God daily in other for us to build a strong relationship with our creator. Let’s take a look at some principles in the Scriptures.
Ps 119.105 tells us, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”.
When we dwell on God’s Word daily its brightens our pathway, guards us on our journey through life, and lifts darkness before us. Our desire as believers is to be a follower of Christ and not to sin against him but to honor him. Therefore we need his daily guidance and the Bible is the first place to look for it.
So how Often should we study the Word?
As much as we can! Especially for new believers, I highly recommend studying the Bible daily to gain more overview of different messages from the Scripture. It will help us understand and see the world from another perceptive through God’s eyes.
However, studying the Bible every day is not a direct command but we can’t do away with the Bible either. Let’s try to incorporate Bible study into our daily routine in other to fuel an infectious faith that defines us as Christians.