This week we began a study of the book of Nehemiah. This book does much more than tell the story of the rebuilding of Jerusalem. It is a story of restoring hope, rebuilding relationships, and reviving faith. I invite you to join us in our study. Follow along by listening to the messages on our website and take it further by studying with the InterVarsity Press in their Daily Bible Study.
Nehemiah 1: Depending on GodAt one time or another, most of us have said, "I am too busy to pray!" If the work of God or the work that we want to do for God depended on our energy and insight, then it might be true. But of course, at least theoretically, we believe that God's work can only be done through his power (Ps 127:1, "Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain"). Yet we don't think our biggest job is to pray. If we did, it might make a big difference in what we try to accomplish for the Lord! As we go before the Lord in prayer, we gain his perspective, and we gain confidence. In this study Nehemiah models dependency on the Lord for his strength.
Warming Up to GodBefore you look into the Scriptures, sit quietly for a few moments and breathe deeply, allowing yourself to become relaxed and peaceful. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you discernment as you begin studying Nehemiah.
Read Nehemiah 1
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