Let’s stop complaining and start praising the Lord

How do we respond to adverse circumstances? We can respond in a godly way or we can respond in a worldly fashion. “The walls of Jerusalem … had been broken down, and its gates … had been destroyed by fire” (Nehemiah 2:13). Nehemiah responded with faith in God: “Come, let us rebuild the wall of …

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“One Year Bible” notes, covering the book of Revelation and some Old Testament passages

Zechariah 9:1-11:17; Revelation 1:1-20; Psalm 140:1-5 "Rejoice greatly ... your King comes to you ... having salvation ... because of the blood of My covenant with you" (Zechariah 9:9,11). "The Ruler of the kings of the earth ... who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood" (Revelation 1:5). The King …

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Pray to the Lord, and work for him.

Again, the combination of prayer and work is seen in Nehemiah: “I devoted myself to the work on this wall” (Nehemiah 5:16), “I prayed, ‘Now, strengthen my hands.'” (Nehemiah 6:9). “So the wall was completed … this work had been done with the help of our God” (Nehemiah 6:15-16). We may contrast the rebuilding of …

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Worship the Lord with reverence – and joy …

We are called to “worship God” (Revelation 19:10). Our worship is to be with reverence and joy. “Be still: “This is the call for reverence (Nehemiah 8:11). Alongside this reverence, there is to be joy: “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). We are to “rejoice” in the Lord (Revelation 18:20). This …

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