A New Commitment: Doing What God Wants Regardless
Our New Years resolutions or habits focus so often on what we do!
There is a cry in this world! "What can one person do?"
Thinking too little of yourself!
Being afraid to do what you know you need to do!
Not willing to pay the cost and make the commitment!
But the problem is not really what you do but what you are becoming!
This year I wan to challenge you on what you become!
It all begins by making a commitment to be the kind of person that God created you to be.
God did not waste His creative acts on you to just be a nothing!
You need to wake up to your potential!
You can make a difference!
God is expecting you to make a difference!
The difference begins with you!
We forget that the wrong kind of impact is being made by a person!
So the right kind of impact can be made also by a person!
Become a person who will make a difference this year!
The way that God intended and created you to be!
Let us learn from Nehemiah!
He is a man who was not heard of before this time even though he had been in the same empire with Daniel, Haggai, Esther. They had been at different time periods before. He is a contemporary with Ezra and Malachi, but it is not till Nehemiah is older in his life that he awakens to God's purposes for him. He woke up one day and decided to make a difference.
11 O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man." I was cupbearer to the king. NIV
Nehemiah made a new commitment to be a different person than he had ever been before!
He was just the king's cupbearer!
I. A person of spiritual perception
Nehemiah was a Jew living in Persia as a servant of Artaxerxes the king of Persia.
He was a descendant of the Israelites who had been carried into captivity by the Babylonians, who were then conquered by Medo-Persia. Nehemiah had no personal history in Israel, but his heart was there because that was where's God's people and God's heart were.
So when he heard that Jerusalem was "in great trouble and in disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and the gates have been burned with fire" he was crushed (1:3)
He was crushed for the sake of his people but he was also crushed for the sake of God. He knew that the conditions were a reproach to the name of God!
Nehemiah could have begun to push a political solution.
Get in the right office!
Get the right laws passed!
Get the right programs in place!
But the very first thing that he did was to begin with fasting and prayer!
4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. NIV
If you want to make an impact!
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