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Practical Lessons from the Book of Nehemiah Speaking to Us! (2 of 2)
Gerald D Branch
Proverbs 29:18; Nehemiah; Isaiah 54:2
Keywords: SIGHT; Problem; Solution; winners; losers; faith; Jesus; control
You can be a WINNER!
IF you will let Christ reign in YOUR Life!
The Bible says, in Proverbs 29:18 says, KJV 18 Where there is no vision, the people perish:
But if FBCC will ACCEPT it, such is NOT our case... Because the Lord has given us a VISION FOR OUR MINISTRY here in the Channelview area...
AS I've shared on several occasions, that vision comes right out of God's Word from NAU Isaiah 54:2 "Enlarge the place of your tent; Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not; Lengthen your cords And strengthen your pegs.
Let's now continue to look at some of the lessons from a person God used...a person who can be called God's great 'rebuilder'...Nehemiah. Last week we found out from God's Word out of Nehemiah, chapter 1, that Jerusalem was in SORRY SHAPE. Jerusalem's condition had gotten that way because God was being profaned and ignored by His people, So it came about that Judah, just like her sister, Israel, had also been HAULED OFF INTO CAPITIVITY because they had BEEN REBELLIOUS, and had not FOLLOWED THE LORD. In many ways, a church's decline comes about for exactly those same reasons. So you see, the Truth of The Word holds just as it did 2500 years ago...
When WE DO NOT FOLLOW Jesus today, then we, His people and His churches, Suffer the consequences of IGNORNING HIM and failing to FOLLOW HIM... This happens when we GET OUR EYES OFF JESUS. You see, we're supposed to be 'becoming conformed to' THE IMAGE OF JESUS CHRIST, but how can we know WHAT that image is too look like, IF we're NOT looking AT Christ all the time? The New Testament speaks of this in James 1:23-24
23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at hi ...
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