You are browsing the archive for Nehemiah.

Profile photo of Nathan

by Nathan

Daily Bible Podcast Day 288 – Nehemiah 13, Malachi 1-2, Acts 4

August 15, 2013 in Podcasts

Play

Scripture:
“Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.” ~Acts 4:29

Observation:
Peter and John have just been before the Sanhedrin, where they were threatened not to speak about Jesus anymore. The threat to their lives and freedom is real, and yet the disciples do not pray for protection, they pray for boldness. A prayer for protection would have been self-focused, while the prayer for boldness is aimed at increasing Jesus’ fame.

Application:
Am I more likely to pray for protection or boldness? Am I more worried about my own safety and convenience, or in making Jesus known? Sadly, I know which is usually the case.

Prayer:
Father, help me to stop worrying about my own agenda and focus on making Jesus famous. Also, help me to encourage others to do the same. I will try to stop asking for safety and blessing and start asking for boldness and the courage to proclaim Jesus in ways that reach people.

Profile photo of Nathan

by Nathan

Daily Bible Podcast Day 287 – Nehemiah 11-12, Psalm 1, Acts 3

August 14, 2013 in Podcasts

Play

Scripture:
“Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.” ~Psalm 1:1-2

Observation:
There is a blessing for those who avoid the ways of the wicked and the mockers. The promise is that those who delight in the law of the Lord will be blessed.

Application:
Am I willing to study and meditate on God’s Word in order to receive His blessing?

Prayer:
Father, I certainly want to be blessed by You. Help me, through the Holy Spirit, to think about and mull over Your Word as I go about my daily life. Help me to be constantly thinking about what I learn in my Bible study, but most of all let my actions and attitude be changed as You write Your words on my heart.

Profile photo of Nathan

by Nathan

Daily Bible Podcast Day 286 – Nehemiah 9-10, Acts 2

August 13, 2013 in Podcasts

Play

Scripture:
“‘…Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.'” ~Nehemiah 9:5-6

Observation:
The Israelites, who have been in captivity for awhile, have just finished repairing the walls of Jerusalem and are taking a moment to turn back to God as a nation in a big ceremony. At the time, they really didn’t have any idea of the extent of the “heavens” and the “starry host”; what we would call the universe. We know the universe to be much vaster and more amazing than the Israelites of that time could possibly have imagined. We’ve also been to the bottom of the sea and charted every continent, so we understand the immensity of God’s creation even better than they. Do we praise Him for it as vigorously as they did?

Application:
When I worship God, am I mindful that He has created every speck of an unimaginably vast universe? Am I as much in awe of His creation as the scale and enormity of the whole thing demands? Am I “fearful” of the incredibly genius and power that He must possess in order to set such a universe in motion, with all it’s incredibly complex mathematics and mysterious mechanics?

Prayer:
Father, You are so far beyond my ability to even begin to imagine. Your power, genius, wisdom, and glory are truly limitless. Nothing is impossible for You. Help me to remember the genius and power that I am worshiping, so that I might never even slightly take for granted who You are and what You are capable of.

Profile photo of Nathan

by Nathan

Daily Bible Podcast Day 285 – Nehemiah 7-8, Acts 1

August 12, 2013 in Podcasts

Play

Scripture:
“So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they prayed, ‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.’ Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.”

Observation:
At first look, it seems strange that they would basically flip a coin to see who would replace Judas among the twelve. However, they chose two men who had been with Jesus from the beginning. They started with two good candidates, prayed for God to choose, and flipped a coin. I suspect either man would have been a good choice.

Application:
As long as each of my options is in accordance with God’s will and what I know to be true from the scriptures, and I pray for guidance and God’s provision, it may not matter which path I choose.

Prayer:
Father, too often I spend a lot of time over-analyzing my options. Help me to make sure that all my options are in line with Your will and then help me to let go, ask for Your provision, and simply choose. Most of all, help me to only pick options that are acceptable to You and then get to work.

Profile photo of Nathan

by Nathan

Daily Bible Podcast Day 284 – Nehemiah 5-6, Psalm 146, Luke 24

August 11, 2013 in Podcasts

Play

Scripture:
“Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.” ~Psalm 146:3-5

Observation:
The Psalmist makes a brutal observation. No matter who the person is, when they die, all their plans die with them.

Application:
What plans am I trusting in? I don’t think I’m guilty of trusting in human “princes” but I do have my own plans. This Psalm is a reminder to place my trust in God and look to Him for help.

Prayer:
Father, I have plans that I’m working on. Help me not to trust them, but to place my hope and trust in You. I’ll continue to prayerfully make plans and trust You to guide me in Your will. Help me and bless me as I put my trust in You.

Profile photo of Nathan

by Nathan

Daily Bible Podcast Day 283 – Nehemiah 3-4, Luke 23

August 10, 2013 in Podcasts

Play

Scripture:
“When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals — one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.'”

Observation:
Even as they are crucifying him, Jesus asks forgiveness for those who caused it.

Application:
If Jesus forgives those who are killing him, certainly I can try harder to forgive those who have done far less to me.

Prayer:
Father, give me a spirit of forgiveness, that no matter what wrongs I suffer, I will forgive those who wrong me. For anyone who wrongs me, I have done an equivalent wrong to You. Forgive my sins as I forgive those who sin against me.

Profile photo of Nathan

by Nathan

Daily Bible Podcast Day 282 – Nehemiah 1-2, Psalm 133, Luke 22

August 9, 2013 in Podcasts

Play

Scripture:
“‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.'” ~Luke 22:42

Observation:
Jesus knows what’s coming. He’s facing a slow, painful death on a cross, after He’s tortured for hours prior. It’s His choice. He even asks for a different way, but ultimately He submits. Jesus does God’s will no matter what.

Application:
I need to make this a regular prayer in my life as a reminder of what I’m supposed to be working toward. “Not my will, but Yours be done.”

Prayer:
Father, as long as I’m on earth, I won’t have Jesus’ faith. Even so, I want to do Your will, not mine, so help me to be obedient as Jesus was. I’ll probably never go to a cross, but I’d like to think that I’d be willing. Increase my faith and obedience.

Skip to toolbar