November 27th, 2017 — DEVOTE


I don’t know if I’ve ever told you this… but I love God’s Word. I love reading my Bible. I love it when I see something I’ve never seen before, though I’ve read it multiple times. I love it when it speaks directly to me about something only I am dealing with. I love it when it gives me a word of correction or a word of direction.

That’s what happened again today as I started reading the book of Nehemiah. This guy finds out how his hometown was demolished. He cried when he heard the devastating news. His first reaction was to pray. He asked for God’s favor in rebuilding the entire city. I love it when he says…
“Please remember the promise you made to Moses.” Nehemiah 1:8 CEV

God loves it when we remember His promises and bring them back up to Him. He hasn’t forgotten them, but when we bring them back up, just know, something’s about to happen, because He is a promise-keeping God.

Nehemiah not only asked the king he served if he would allow him to go back to rebuild the city, but he had the audacity to ask the king for all the materials he needed to do the job. And though Nehemiah wasn’t exactly sure how the king would respond, he got everything he asked for. 

Even when opposition rose up from a couple of naysayers, trying to prevent him from going forward with the work, Nehemiah was even more determined, because he knew he had God’s favor and calling. He didn’t like what they were saying, but he wasn’t going to be dissuaded from fulfilling the calling God had on his life. He knew he was going to succeed, because God was in it. God opened the king’s heart to release Nehemiah from this ministry. God had the king supply all the materials needed. God gave Nehemiah a unshakeable, unstoppable faith to step up, step out, and step forward in his calling. Was it going to be easy? All depends on how you look at it?

It was hard physical labor. There were enough detriments to overcome. It didn’t happen through the blink of an eye or a snap of one’s fingers. But… since God was in it and all over it, it happened.

I don’t know what God has called you to, but I do know what He’s called me to. If you’re anything like me, sometimes you might wonder if you made the right decision. Did you really hear Holy Spirit speak to you or was it just a vivid imagination? When you reach a glitch in your road, do you think of ways to make up for your loss, or do you trust God?  

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Show up… Stand up… and Speak up! The call God has on your life, is His call, not yours. He will accomplish in you what He called you to do.

Father,
You called, I answered. Help me walk out in Your calling. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen