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In my daily Bible reading, I am in the book of Nehemiah. Knowing that CEN’s call is reflective of this book, I am reading through that lens. Here are some scriptures that jumped out at me in regards to where we are currently…

Nehemiah 4:19, 20 – “Then I said to the important people, the leaders, and everyone else, ‘This is a very big job. We are spreading out along the wall so that we are far apart. Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, assemble there. Our God will fight for us.’”

Raising a call for preparedness in the church is a very big job! There are many areas that need to be addressed along the wall and at times, we feel spread very thin. As Christians, and as leaders, we need to be listening for the sound of the trumpet. The sound of the trumpet is what will alert us to where the battle is, where God wants us to assemble. The promise is that as we listen and assemble at these places, God will fight for us.

Nehemiah 6:9 – “Our enemies were trying to scare us, thinking, ‘They will get too weak to work. Then the wall will not be finished.’ But I prayed, ‘God, make me strong.’”

One of the strategies of the enemy is to get us “too weak to work.” We need to take precautionary measures to make sure that we allow opportunity for “God to make us strong.” Remembering that we do what God has purposed for us to do in His strength and not our own is a starting place. Creating and protecting focused times to seek God is key in times of busyness to keep our strength.

Nehemiah 6:16 – “When all our enemies heard about it and all the nations around us saw it, they were shamed. They then understood that the work had been done with the help of our God.”

The encouragement in this scripture is that the job gets completed! Others will recognize that the job is completed and that it was done with the help of our God.

In the prayer of Israel’s people that follows the rebuilding of the wall in Chapter 9, they recognize the faithfulness of the character of God in their lives and in the lives of those who had gone before. Here are some of those remembrances..

“Blessed be your wonderful name. It is more wonderful than all blessing and praise. You are the only Lord, You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, with all the stars. You made the earth and everything on it, the seas and everything in them; you give life to everything. The heavenly army worships you.

You have kept your promise, because you do what is right.

But you are a forgiving God. You are kind and full of mercy. You do not become angry quickly, and you have great love.

If someone obeys your laws, he will live, but they sinned against your love.

But because your mercy is great, you did not kill them all or leave them. You are a kind and merciful God.”


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