by Ernest Easley

The A-B-C's of Generosity
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Nehemiah 5:14-19

We're back in our study of the book of Nehemiah today. So take you Bible .. God's gift to us, and turn with me to Nehemiah 5. I reminded you a couple of weeks ago how when God began directing the writers of scripture, that He made sure that everything we needed to live the best life on earth and to live eternally with Him in heaven was included.

It's all in here!! His word directly impacts our walk! There's no substitute for scripture! The more time we spend in here, the closer our walk with Him. Time in here always results in more love for Him. And we're going to see that again today in this 5th chapter of Nehemiah.

The children of God had a God-size project: repairing and rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem. They soon learned that with God, nothing is impossible! What seemed impossible to man was possible to God and with God. That is still true today! Your circumstances today may look impossible to you .. but cheer up! With God, NOTHING .. NO THING is impossible with Him!

So far, if we have learned anything from Nehemiah it is this: the work of God never goes forward without opposition. Not then! Not now! Not ever! Every time the work of God got a little further down the road, the Devil was there creating a road block! In chapters 3-4 he used the roadblock of Discouragement. It's easy to get your focus off the task, isn't it? When we do, we have moved toward discouragement.

Then there is chapter 5! We saw last time together how Satan used the roadblock of division to stop the work of God. He divided them over money! You can put it down: Division will bring a stop to God's work! Strife and division stifles and slows down the work of God in our lives and therefore in our church.

In fact, knowing that, when Jesus prayed for us in John 17 ''to be one,''… He explains why: ''that the world may believe that You sent Me.'' When those without Christ see us getting along and loving on ...

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