Appeal *Job 5:8-9

Do you need a miracle in your life? Do you need something done, a change, help that isn’t humanly possible? Bring your appeal to God. Only He can do great things, and unsearchable, marvelous things without number. However, do not become discouraged if your answer does not come right away. Sometimes it does and sometimes it does not. God’s timing is perfect. Waiting is hard, but God is merciful and gracious and will respond to your appeal. Job had to wait a very long time for his answer; however it was worth the wait. God blessed Job beyond what he could have ever thought, dreamt or imagined.
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8“But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before Him. 9 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.
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These are great verses to meditate on. Fill your mind with these thoughts.
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https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+5%3A8-9&version=NKJV;NIV

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Once More *Job 2-3

This is a great example of strong faith mixed with fear. Job has already lost a great amount of material wealth and all 10 of his children, and now his body is covered with painful sores. Yet, Job holds fast to the truth that God is good even though he has once again been greatly afflicted. What is Job’s response to his wife and the excruciating pain he was experiencing?
9 His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. (2:9- 10)
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Job was an upright, honest man who loved God with all of his heart, however there was an open door for Satan to walk into Job’s life. There were actually two sins. The first is fear: Job said, “What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.” (3:25) This one little verse is usually overlooked, but needs to be acknowledged. Job was not full of trust; he had lots of fear. Fear opens the door for the evil one to walk right in and rake havoc – not only in the person’s life, but that of the family as well. God truly is good and allowed all this to happen to Job for a very good reason. God loved Job so much that He wanted to heal Job completely by removing all fear and replace it with peace and total trust. God did not want Job to live his whole life in fear, worry, or anxiety. NO, God wanted to set Job free from all this.
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Further on we will see that pride is the second sin that needs to be dealt with as well.
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We only see in part, and our feelings rule a good portion of who we are and how we deal with our experience in life. Since God is God and we are not, His ways are far above our ways and His thoughts above ours.
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Now we can see God’s ways are far above what we could ever think, believe, or imagine. All we have to do is hold onto “God is good, and faithful. and His love for us endures forever.”
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https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+1-2&version=NKJV;NIV

No Warning *Job 1

Devastation was so great that it is hard to comprehend. This righteous man, Job, was living his life “as usual” when out of nowhere he gets report after report of disaster happening to him. If that’s not bad enough, the last report was that his 10 children, whom he dearly loved, all died at once – no warning, just perished. How much pain and trauma can one person take all at the same time!?
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What was the first thing Job did when he heard all this?
20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the Name of the LORD be praised.” 22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.
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This is a great example for us. Our lives cannot compare to this massive invasion of trauma and intense grief. Losing material things is one thing, but Job lost all of his 10 children at once; not just one, or some, or most, but all 10. How devastation is that!!! But the first thing Job did and the first thing out of his mouth is worth repeating: 20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the Name of the LORD be praised.” 22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.
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Lord, give us the strength, hope, and faith that Job had in You. Like Job, may we hold fast to trust You and praise Your Name no matter what takes place in our lives. In Jesus Name.
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https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+1&version=NKJV;NIV

Sabbath *Neh.10

The Sabbath day is the 7th day of the week. Six days you shall labor and do your work, but the 7th day is a Sabbath day. On it you shall not do any kind of work or make other work. It is a day of rest to spend with the Lord your God and family. When you honor God’s Word, God honors you.
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*no buying or selling on the Sabbath
*no buying or selling on Biblical Holy Days
*give to support church/temple – 10% tithe of income and a yearly offering
*do not neglect the house of the God.
*support by observing the ordinances God gave to His people
*pray for: leaders, workers, people, children, ministries, and programs
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8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (Ex. 20:8-11)
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https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Nehemiah+10&version=NKJV;NIV
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+20%3A8-11&version=NKJV;NIV

Love & Compassion *Neh. 9:26-27, 33

How awesome is God!!! Only YHWH, the one true God is God. He is full of love and compassion for His people. He has a holy standard that must be adhered too. When it is not kept, He is very patient and merciful. Year after year, He gives His people warnings after warnings to change and turn back to Him.
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Finally, God says enough and withholds His hand of blessing and protection. The people then suffer grave consequences. Then after a time they repent. God hears their desperate cries for help and rescues them even when they deserved it not.
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In all that has happened to us, You (God) have remained righteous; You have acted faithfully, while we acted wickedly. (vs. 33)
What a gracious, kind, loving, compassionate, faithful God. Why not thank Him now for this.
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https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Nehemiah+9%3A26-27%2C+33&version=NKJV;NIV

Community *Neh. 9:1-38

It was a great day of community repentance. One fourth of the day is about 3 hours, so for 3 hours the people stood and listened to God’s Word. The next 3 hours were spent confessing their sins and worshiping God.
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When the public prayer was spoken all the people stood in the presence of the Lord their God as a form of showing respect. (I suggest you read the prayer) The prayer begins with praise and adoration acknowledging His Name, who YHWH is then moves to remembering what He has done in the past – His promises and His faithfulness to His Word even though His people were not faithful, rebelled, and were disobedient. God blessed His people with provision and protection. What a gracious, forgiving and loving God He is.
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https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Nehemiah+9%3A1-38&version=NKJV;NIV

Satisfaction *Neh. 8:13-18

On the first day of the seventh month, all the people spent all morning from daybreak to noon listening to God’s Word. That afternoon they celebrated with great joy because now they understood God’s Word, which was made known to them. (Neh. 8:1-7) Now, on the second day, the heads of each family met with Ezra, the Scribe, to put into action what they heard the day before. When they began to follow God’s Word, the whole community celebrated and there was great joy amongst them.
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Many people think it’s a burden to follow God’s Word. All they see is what they can’t do. They see God’s Word as “obey”, or no fun; can’t do anything good. This kind of thinking is a plain and simple lie straight from the devil.
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Doing what God requires brings satisfaction, purpose in life, peace of mind, peace in heart, and joy. “Obeying” God’s Word brings us into His Presence where blessings flow. There will always be struggles and hardships because we live in a sinful world, however Jesus said, “It’s how you go through life.” His peace and joy we can have no matter what we go through in life. You can have His peace and joy if Jesus is Lord of your life. Very simple. Repent of your sins and ask Jesus for forgiveness and to make Himself known to you. Jesus will and then you will have purpose and direction, healing, peace, joy, etc. as you follow Him. With Jesus all things are possible.
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https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Nehemiah+8%3A13-18&version=NKJV;NIV