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Abandonment

Do you think that sometimes God walks away from you because of the state in which you live, and I’m not talking about a state in the United States? We are sinful and because of our sins are subject to discipline by God, but that doesn’t mean He is walking away, much more it means He is showing you more attention. It is not always easy but there are truths we can remember in those times.

Ezra was commissioned by God to return from captivity to Jerusalem and build the Temple. As he was leaving Persia he knelt and confessed in a prayer recorded in Ezra 9:5-15 that the captivity was the result of the people of Israel’s sins. Then he gave divine insight into God’s actions towards His people during times of suffering. He said, “Though we are slaves,
Our God has not deserted us in our bondage.He has shown us kindness in the sight of the kings of Persia:He has granted us new life to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins,He has given us a wall of protection in Judah a…

Actions = Words

Do you find yourself often denying what you believe by your actions? One of our greatest battles is to live a life that sends a one message through our words and deeds. Paul was an example of trying to make this happen. He, along with several associates, was responsible for the establishment and perpetuation of bodies of believers across Asia Minor and southern Europe, as we call it today.

Paul sent a message to the people of Corinth (the letter of 1Corinthians) by sea. He had also sent Timothy by land to go help this church. He hoped that his message would reach them before Timothy arrived so that they would be challenged to live as they believed. He prepared them for Timothy and said his purpose would be to “remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.” (1 Corinthians 4:17)
Here Paul expresses the nature of living a life in Christ: the words of the life must match the actions of the life. Paul lived what he believed whether i…

Coincidences

Do you think that the steps you take each day, the places you go, and the decisions you make are all of your doing? Well, in one sense you are exerting physical and mental energy to accomplish those activities but consider this statement in Proverbs 20:24, “A man’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way?”
Every moment of every day God is involved, working along with your will to direct your path. Consider Rebekah coming to the well just at the moment that Abraham’s servant was ready to met her. In Genesis 24:27 he states, “the Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.” Think about Pharaoh’s daughter bathing in the river just after the infant Moses was placed in the water. (Exodus 2:1-5) Reflect on those who built the tower of Babel to unify themselves and it became the means of their dispersion. (Genesis 11:4-9)Or, Haman’s gallows a project to finish off Mordecai but finished off Haman. (Esther 6:6-13)
We think so casually …

Orchestrations

An orchestra is a group of musicians playing a variety of musical instruments together to bring to life a score of music. Everyone plays their part, at the right time with the right emphasis to accomplish a wonderful sound and convey a clear story. God is the Eternal Conductor orchestrating to accomplish His purpose on the earth. The book of Ezra gives us a great illustration of this.
Ezra begins his book by revealing two important players related to the return of the Israelites from captivity to their native homeland: one, “the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation” related to the return from captivity (Ezra 1:1); and two, the Lord moved on the hearts of his people to prepare “to go up and build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem.” (Ezra 1:5)
These two orchestrations by God were on the heart of a pagan king and on the heart of the various captive Jews, 49,897 to be exact, (Ezra 2:64-65), to accomplish the great story of His people’s return. Jeremiah was a…