Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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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.

'O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.' (Psalms 119:97-99) -- 'Meditation implies more than careful thought about God’s Word; it implies an objective for such thought – the intentional application of the conclusions of biblical meditation to one’s life and practice.' (Dr. Sam Horn)

'For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.' (Psalms 84:10) -- "Society's emphasis these days seems to center on prestige and power with little or no concern over the moral, ethical, or spiritual damages that pursuit could cause. The Bible explains fame, power, and prestige differently." (Jim Kraus)

'And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?' --I Corinthians 3:1-4


"During a meeting in California, I preached a message entitled 'How Saved People Can Become Christians.' The title upset a Christian school principal, and he accused me of preaching heresy while asserting that saved people were already Christians. Unfortunately, he missed the whole point of my message." (Dr. Les Ollila)

“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”–Romans 13:11
"It is well past the time that Christians and churches should have begun to seek the Lord in earnest for the revival we need. In response to the breakdown all around us and to the call of our God, let Christians around the world confess that it is high time that we come back to victorious living and triumphant evangelism.
1] It Is High Time We Surrendered Absolutely (Rom 12:1–2); 2] It Is High Time We Lived the Life of Love (Rom 13:8); 3] It Is High Time We Put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Gal 2:20; Rom 13:12)." (Dr. Rick Flanders)
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. --Philippians 4:4
'The joy of salvation —what is it? 1]It is the joyous sense of deliverance, or of escape from impending doom (Ps 7:11-13). 2] It is the joyous sense of pardon, or conscious freedom from condemnation (Rom 8:1). 3] It is the joyous sense of hope, impelling, victorious, and assuring hope, with full and perfect anchorage (Heb. 6:19). 4] It is the joyous sense of peace, that peace which passeth all understanding, even the peace of standing in the grace of God (Rom 5:1-2). 5] It is the joyous sense of assurance, assurance which comes because believers know that they are God’s sheep and that they are held in the hands of the Father and of the Son (Jn 10:27-29).' (The Baptist Challenge)