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Nehemiah 1-3:14
Nehemiah shows us that we must always be on guard because the enemies of God, thus our enemies, doggedly follow our footsteps when we are on assignment from God. Since we are always to be busy accomplishing our purpose, the enemy never ever gives up.

So, I find the law that when I want to do good, evil is present with me. (Rom 7:21 NET.)

Building up defenses to keep out the enemy takes team work, The example of cooperation is clearly seen in the way each family takes responsibility and works on the wall that is front of their place of residence.

I Corinthians 7:1-24
Ridiculed, laughed at, called a freak or crazy, those are a few of the things done to and names people call you when they find out you are celibate. And that comes from the ranks of “so called” Believers in the church. I have been celibate since 1985 and have experienced it all. When asked why I’m not having sex I reply, “Because I’m not married.” And I’m not going to run around looking for a mate so that I can legally have sex. The pressure one finds in the church to marry is unrelenting. But I have found that the people usually pushing marriage are the ones whose marriages are shipped wreck and they are living in chaos and confusion at home. The people whose marriages are founded on mutual respect and submission are not the ones pushing the single folks to marry. I wonder why? (Rhetorical Question). Could it be that those with stable marriages understand the work necessary for a godly marriage and know that no one should enter it before their time.

Living in singleness has taught me a lot about myself. I’m not quick to turn to friends when problems arise in my life, I tend to have interesting conversations with God when troubles come. Living in singleness allows me to focus on reading and studying the Word of God. I don’t have to check my schedule with anyone else but God.

Someone once told me, “Until you learn how to submit completely to God, you will never learn how to submit to a husband or wife.” Mike, I believe singleness, without sex, truly trains us to be a godly spouse. Well I guess I can say that because I’m single, as the married folks bristle. Singleness has taught me how to alone without being lonely. Singleness has also taught me that my value is not based on the number of places I can get myself invited to or asked out but my value is found in God who created me.


And you know what. If you have a self-control problem in the area of sex when you are single, you will still have it when you are married. The problem is NOT THE NEED for a legal sexual outlet, the problem is in the driving force propelling one to fulfill a God given need unlawfully. Rapist and predators, male and female, are not out for sexual gratification, though society likes to label it as such, they are out for power and control. It’s been a problem ever sense that garden thing with Adam and Eve.
Psalm31:19-24

Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear, revere, and worship You, goodness which You have wrought for those who trust and take refuge in You before the sons of men! In the secret place of Your presence You hide them from the plots of men; You keep them secretly in Your pavilion from the strife of tongues. (Psa 31:19-20 AMP)

These two verses certainly are confirmed in our reading of the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah. If only I could and would take no thought of the words and slander whispered by others, then my life would be free of unnecessary stress. The enemies of God and Judah tried unsuccessfully to stop the rebuilding of the Temple and the protective wall around Jerusalem. Our enemies may delay the work, and delay is not permanent and it does not mean the work has stopped for they can never stop God from carrying out His will.

The work and will of God cannot even be stopped by those God calls His own and who become mired in their own sin. God always has a remnant (I Kings 19:18) even when we don’t see them and think we are the only one loyal to God.
Proverbs 21:4
The Jewish Publication Society and the New English Bible (JPS & NET) translate this passage much clearer, I believe.

Haughty eyes and a proud heart the agricultural product of the wicked is sin. (NET.)

A haughty look, and a proud heart - the tillage of the wicked is sin. (JPS)

These two translations give me a deeper understanding of this verse. The fruit of wickedness are haughty eyes, pride and evil actions, which are all sin. The translations point to the core or seed of the fruit so we are not just content to mow the weeds and forget to remove the root.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

P.S. Love the monkey

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