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Nehemiah 3:15-5:13

Ah! Like a bad penny, Sanballat and Tobiah keep popping up. The devil sure is persistent and never gives up, unlike us Christians. Satan knows how to talk a “good” game and is a master at verbal sparing and intimidation.

Knowing the Word of God, having it hidden in our hearts is vital to seeing through the smoke screen of the devil’s lies. Mike thank you again for providing a forum for those interested in knowing what the Word of God says as opposed to what we think it says. The next think we must learn to do is trust that what God has said He will do. Having and knowing the Word is one thing, applying it to our lives, situations and problems are another.

Betrayal by those who supposedly love you and care about you is most heart wrenching. The rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem took on an “all-hands-on-deck” approach so I’m not sure if this famine is one of lack of rain or if it is a famine of human resource to cultivate the land so food would grow. If they were not working on building the wall, they were protecting those who were. If the people were building the much needed defenses while they ignored their crops in the fields which was needed to protect everyone, what the Jewish settlers who had money to sustain them during this time did, loan money as high usury were extremely egregious. Those who were slaves and exiles know what it feels like to be subjugated to another human. Being released from that bondage should make one more sensitive to the plight of others, sadly, it does not.
I Corinthians 7:25-40
Because of the impending crisis I think it best for you to remain as you are. The one bound to a wife should not seek divorce. The one released from a wife should not seek marriage. (1Co 7:26-27 NET.)

Clearly, Paul is writing about the political climate and situation the church at Corinth was facing. Because the date of this letter is not known with certainty, we can only guess at what was going on in the Roman Empire as Paul penned this letter. However, I do believe the topic he is discussing, to be marred or single, must be tempered with the times one is living in. If the preacher wrote in the book of Ecclesiastes,
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: (Ecc 3:1 KJV), then surly there is a time to be married and a time to dwell in singleness.


Psalm 32:1-11

This is a wonderful Psalm and causes to come to my remembrance the Words of Jesus,

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Mat 11:28-30 KJV)

Sin and guilt are burdens we were never designed to bear.

5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide them.
I said to myself, "I will confess my rebellion to the LORD."
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
6 Therefore, let all the godly confess their rebellion to you while there is time,
that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
7 For you are my hiding place;
you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory.


Proverbs 21:5-7

The thoughts of the [steadily] diligent tend only to plenteousness, but everyone who is impatient and hasty hastens only to want. (Pro 21:5 AMP)

I don’t know why but I kept thinking of our desire to have everything fast food quick when I read this particular Proverb. People want everything yesterday even abusing the sales staff that is being paid to help them as best they can. It seems when you have someone who is unreasonably demanding, thinking that it is “My Right” to abuse sales staff and any other worker, the more you accommodate them the worse they behave and the needier they grow.

I find it interesting that it says they hasten to want and not hasten to need which are two separate things. If someone is in perpetual want, their wants will never be satisfied no matter how much they are given. Their deficiency is not in the lack of resources it is in their lack of spiritual substance, which causes them to be a drain of every material blessing they receive leading to abject poverty.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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