MONDAY January 2, 2017
The Book of Nehemiah
The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah… - Nehemiah 1:1
Nehemiah is an autobiography and history of God’s people. It is one of my favorite books; it is essential for leadership and we will discover what God intends to do with our lives. First, we will see how God looks for a man to do His will. Second, when He finds that person He anoints them by His Holy Spirit and gives to them a ministry to fulfill.
Third, it is important to understand that God will also give to that person the ability, gifts and talents to accomplish that call of ministry. We learn from 1 Corinthians 12, that Christ is the head of the body––believers in Christ. Each part of the body is sustained and moved by our Head. The Lord sees the needs in the body of Christ and He will speak to a specific person and place them accordingly.
Then fourth, a Christian has to be pleased where the Lord has placed them within the body of Christ. The reason the Church is so weak, is that people want to do something else other than what God had intended for them. God has not called us to compete with each other. Christians, not content with their own gifts will resist submitting to the Lord. These types of people will create division in the body of Christ and we will never accomplish anything for the kingdom of God.
Finally, a believer needs to step out by faith in obedience to do God’s will. Then the Lord will give to them the wisdom, knowledge, ability and strength to accomplish that work. Are you the kind of man or woman God can use to accomplish His will? If you want to be used by the Lord, you must set yourself apart from the world, to be fully consecrated to Him.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
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