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God's Great Work Through You // Wednesday, August 13

Posted: Wednesday, August 13

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Nehemiah 5:14-7:73
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Psalm 33:1-11
Proverbs 21:8-10

 

Verse of the day: 

I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come. Why should I stop working to come and meet with you? (Nehemiah 6:3)

 

These words were spoken by Nehemiah, the key leader in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Throughout his campaign to restore the city he ran into ample opposition. It’s a good reminder to us that nothing significant is ever accomplished without some conflict and push back. But more helpful for us is the example Nehemiah sets in dealing with critics and those who don’t understand God’s calling on our lives. He simply tells his critics that he is doing a great work for God and he’s not going to stop the work to debate with them. Nehemiah could say this because he had a confidence and an anointing, knowing that God called him to the task of rebuilding Jerusalem.

 

What has God called you to do? Don’t answer ‘nothing’ or ‘I don’t know’ because God speaks to and leads all of us, guiding us into divine opportunities to build His kingdom. When you are involved in fulfilling your calling follow Nehemiah’s example and don’t let anyone or anything distract you. Your work for God is a Holy thing. Be willing to be misunderstood or criticized. Be willing to ignore those who want to debate. Be willing to turn down good opportunities so you can devote yourself to the best opportunities. Let nothing  cause you to lose your focus on God’s unique work for you!

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Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

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