Well we’ve finally come to the end of our Nehemiah series and I hope you have all enjoyed it as much as I have. Here’s what we learned:
- Prayer - when the world seems to be running in the opposite way to God purposes and promises our temptation can be to leap into action but the story of Nehemiah teaches us instead to leap into prayer, holding God to his promises and asking him to fulfill his purposes (not our desires) and listening for his direction. (Nehemiah 1)
- Trust - when plans are in line with God’s purposes, God makes a way for them to happen. We join in with him fully trusting that what he promises he will fulfill. (Nehemiah 2:1-10)
- Action & Unity - As God makes the way for his purposes to be fulfilled we all join in together with him and each other to do our part in the place where we are. We are not called to carry the burden alone. (Nehemiah 2:27 - 6:19)
- Celebration - We celebrate and give glory to God for all the ways big and small that we see his purposes and his promises being fulfilled. We put God right where he belongs - in the centre of all that we do. (Nehemiah 12:27-43)
There’s a couple of ways that we can apply this:
- Our Refurb project: why not join with us on 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month to prayer together and to ask for God’s wisdom in our plans. Come to church from 7pm - 8pm or join with us in spirit at home at the same time if you can . Trust God, that he will make a way and ask him how you can play a part - What can you contribute financially? What skills can you offer?
- The places where we work and socialise: why not pray for your workplace or other places where you spend time and ask God to show you what his purposes might be for those places. Trust Him to bring about his purposes and commit to joining in with him. Why not share with us when we have an opportunity during our All Together Services or Morning Praise Services the good things that have been happening so that we can celebrate too.
Whatever you are doing, have a great week, enjoy the sunshine, stay cool and why not take the opportunity to have an ice cream or a cool drink and read through the book of Nehemiah for yourself (and Ezra too if your enjoying the story).