“Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth”
I Can Put God First
1st Point – If God is first in our lives, do we give Him the best part of our day as well?
You can start your day with God! Spend time with Him to start out your day!
2nd Point – We are supposed to fix our attention on Jesus and we need to make
spending time with God a priority in our lives.
3rd Point – God wants to spend time with you and help you each and every day, He
wants to have a relationship with you!
After rebuilding the temple, the Israelites seemed to have given their attention to settling
down. Jerusalem was neglected. Without adequate Bible teaching, the faith of the people
languished. The temple was improperly used. It seemed worship and devotion to the LORD
Nehemiah stepped onto the scene of history. He was originally a cupbearer for King
Artaxerxes of Persia. One day his brother told him that the Israelites were neglecting
Jerusalem. They were disgraced and in trouble. God moved Nehemiah to ask Artaxerxes for
permission to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls and gates. The king granted him
permission, gave him supplies, and protection and appointed him as the new governor.
Nehemiah arrived in Jerusalem to find that there was opposition to rebuilding the wall from
powerful Gentiles and some Jews. But God helped him and the families to persevere. They
fully armed themselves with weapons as they worked on the wall. Finally, almost one
hundred years after the Israelites first returned to Judea, they rebuilt the entire Jerusalem
city wall in just fifty-two days. The wall’s completion was a miracle from God. This doesn’t
mean life became perfect. Hostile enemies continued to threaten and intimidate Nehemiah
and the people. A long, uncertain road lay ahead to restore the rest of the city. But God had
given his people this collective, monumental victory. It was a time of thanksgiving to God. It
was now time to celebrate!
At the core of their praise and worship is listening to, understanding, and receiving what God
was saying to them as revealed in God’s book. They know that the best way to celebrate the
completion of the wall is to worship God with thanksgiving and to listen to God with humble
hearts altogether. They know that more than anything, they need the word of God.