09 October 2013

Planted in This Place for His Glory

Scripture: Nehemiah 1:5, 6, 11 NKJV

And I said: “I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments, please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned. O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” For I was the king’s cupbearer. 

Observation: This man, this servant of God, knew His heart, and trusted Him. He knew what to do, and that he stood in a unique position to gain help from the king to accomplish what he knew would please the Lord.

Application: What place has my Lord planted me? What unique situations and influences do I have that would glorify His name, and accomplish His work?

Prayer: Lord of Hosts, I praise Your holy Name, and thank You endlessly for Your goodness and grace and faithfulness. The importance of the rock-solid trust I have in You is so far beyond expression. The empowering and propelling force of it changes everything. :o) So, Lord, now that You've made me something of a superwoman, shown me Your love and grace that saves and empowers, show me the next step to take. Show me how to call down heaven into earth, how to walk in Your kingdom every moment, how to spread it abroad into the hearts of those around me, and how to rock. this. place. for our good, and Your name's glory! In Jesus' name, amen!!!

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I welcome questions and concerns--they are most often what spur us closer to the truth. I only ask that we all give everyone the most generous benefit of the doubt, assigning the best motives possible. A soft answer truly does turn away wrath, and an atmosphere of Jesus's love is the best for learning, no matter which side of a discussion you're on.

Thanks so much, and God bless you!