Nehemiah, King Artaxerxes’ butler, was an Israelite. One day as he worked in the palace word came to him that his people’s city, Jerusalem was lying in waste. Nehemiah’s heart broke for his people. He cried out to God, begging Him to restore to the people their land. He asked The Lord to use him for the rebuilding of the city.
King Artaxerxes granted Nehemiah permission to return to his homeland. As Nehemiah rode into view of Jerusalem he saw for himself the broken down wall, the gates on fire, the city in ruins.
He went to the people and told them that God had sent him and that it was time to rebuild. The people responded: “let us rise up and build”.
The wall that had laid in ruin was restored in only fifty-two days.
The encouraging word from a man of God had inspired the people to get out of the mess they were living in. Nehemiah’s leadership and example strengthened them as they restored the walls.
We can be that person who God calls on to be an encouragement to someone else. To help lead someone out of a hard time. To be an example. Talk to The Lord about it. Rely on Him for direction. Allow Him to use you.
Jesus told him “Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.”
Telling others about Jesus is that simple. Just tell what he has done for you.
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Building a testimony can take time. Keep at it though. Because when the time comes for you to give the reason for your actions Jesus will be glorified.
The Lord dried up the waters of the Red Sea and then the Jordan River so that His children, the Israelites could pass over on dry ground.
This gave the Israelites a great testimony of God’s goodness in their lives. The spreading of their story led to their enemies taking God and His children seriously.
Sharing what the Lord has done for you has potential to change a person’s mind about Christ.
The Israelites were in the midst of a pagan nation, worshipping false gods. They weren’t living the life that God had planned for them.
God removed the children of Israel from the wickedness. He removed them from the sin they were in. He did this “for mine holy name’s sake”.
Do you take into consideration that if you are referring to yourself as a Christian you are representing the name of Jesus? In doing so your decisions don’t just reflect you but the Almighty God.
Next time you find yourself in a situation where you are tempted to sin or are in sin itself, remember who you are representing. Remember the name you carry.
Represent Jesus well.
If you claim Jesus as your personal savior and believe on him for forgiveness of sin and for eternal life then you are an ambassador for Christ. A representation of the great I Am. You are the light shining into this dark world.
How seriously are you taking this responsibility?
And furthermore, what are you doing to fulfill your role?
Abstaining from sin?
Reading your Bible?
All excellent and needful in any walk with Christ.
But are you also helping others?
In the book of Acts we read about several different people who lived their life following after Jesus. In the introductions of these people it is almost always mentioned that they helped others.
Phillip. Tabitha. Cornelius. All of these devout Christians had the introduction of ministering to the people.
Doesn’t that speak volumes?
Yes, they abstained from sin. I’m sure they gathered with other Christians to draw strength and encouragement. And surely they studied the ways of The Lord.
But their reputation was that they ministered unto others. They helped those in need.
Living a life in which you know Christ as your own is a great blessing. But living a life for Christ in a way that leads others to Him is even greater.
You’ve been blessed. Be a blessing.
Mary, Joanna, and Susanna all ministered unto Christ while He walked this earth.
So what spurred them to serve Him?
He had healed them of their infirmities and cast out the evil spirits.
Like these women we too serve Christ because He once served us.
Mary, Joanna and Susanna are remembered for honoring The Lord.
What will you be remembered for?
“May the force be with you.”….If I’m not mistaken I think that’s a line out of a Star Wars movie.
But in Hebrews Paul talks about another force: the force of our testimony. He teaches that our testimony is of a force when we are dead to this world and alive in Jesus.
I take this to mean that our testimony isn’t just about our salvation story but it is written each day of our life that we walk with Christ.
Within the pages of the bible there are two distinct sections: the Old Testament and the New. But according to Paul in II Corinthians there is a third: your testament before men; A testament “written not with ink” but in “fleshly tables of the heart”.
So as you walk this earth alive in Jesus remember that through Christ you are powerful. You are a living testament among this dying world.
Let the power within you reach the people around you.
Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego were publicly facing the biggest trial of their lives. They stood in the midst of the fiery furnace as onlookers and King Nebuchadnezzar stared in awe.
Instead of seeing three men bound and scorched they were watching four men walk through the fire, loosened and free.
The fourth man was likened unto the Son of God.
What type of a testimony do you live as you’re going through trials in your life?
Are you viewed as a person that gets bound by the circumstances and falls apart under pressure? Or can people look at your situation and see Jesus walking right there beside you?
Jesus will gladly lead you through the fires of your life. Be willing to seek Him for guidance and support.