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Kendra’s Bible Study…Nehemiah 4:11-12

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Nehemiah 4:11-12 

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage.  DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts.  Do not paraphrase.  Use the actual words of the passage.  This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts.  If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it. 

11a: Our enemies said…..

11b: They will not know or see until we come, kill them, and stop the work.

12: The Jews who live near them came and told us 10 times.  They will come against us from every place.  

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact.  What are the people doing that they should be doing?  What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow?  A promise to claim?  A warning to heed? An example to follow? 

11a: The enemies of God will always have a voice it seems…. and a loud voice at that.  Notice that it has only been “voices” though.  Until this point there has only been mockery trying to get God’s people to stop…. often that is all it takes. 

11b:  The enemy…. “A roaring lion?”….. a lion only roars after it catches it’s prey, to signal to others, the kill is his, and to signal to the prey, there is no escape now.  A lion seeking for prey; however, is very stealth, quiet and patient, waiting for just the right moment to pounce and capture.  The lion does not announce how or when it is coming in, it just does, in a moment.  The prey must always be on guard, watching.  Here in 11b, those seeking to destroy God’s people are making a plan, a “sneak attack”, but as so often with the enemy, they cannot keep their plans to themselves, and in their pride it gets out just what they are planning.  The plans are daunting though…. just the plans without proof of implementation again are often enough to stop the work of God’s people.  The people of God do not know if it is rhetoric or real, but judging from the past, they believe it to be real.  If work continues on the wall, the people could possibly be killed for it.  Is the wall something they are willing to lay their lives, and their families’ lives down for?  The enemy’s plan is always to stop the work of God’s people no matter what they have to say or do.  Again… the enemy has no problem being single-minded vs. all things God’s people.  BE ON GUARD!!!! 

12:  I read this verse and one word comes to mind: FEAR.  The positive thing here: hey, they found out the plans of the enemy!  God revealed this information to them!  Great, now, the lion in wait will not be quite so invisible, they can formulate a plan and make a stand!  Often formulating a plan to combat the enemy is not what we do.  If you are me, I totally freak out and want to hide.  10 separate times the Jews who overheard the plans of the enemy told Nehemiah…. this shows me that there was some panic brewing in their hearts and minds.  If the enemy cannot mock us enough to stop the work, maybe the enemy can scare us to stay in bed and not continue… BUT “If God be for us, who then can be against us?” Romans 8:31

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush.  Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next.  Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to? 

11a:  Do I give more credence to the voice of the enemy than the voice of God in my life?

11b:   Do I listen more intently to the plans of the enemy for me instead of the plans God has for me?  How has the enemy been able to distract/stop me from the work God has called me to?  Am I on guard for similar attacks from the enemy?  (Mockery and threats.) 

12:  Do I believe God and take Him at His Word?  Do I believe God will be faithful to me? Is it easier to believe God will be faithful to everyone else but me?  Can my life be described as a life of faith or fear?  Am I quick to panic or pray?  Do I know what God has called me to and believe that He will complete it until the Day of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:6)? 

LIVE IT OUT!
LORD, help me to see the plans of the enemy and then not to panic, but to pray, leaving them at Your feet as I continue that which You have set before me to do.  Help me to give more credence to Your Word than the word of the world.

Homework: Nehemiah 4:13-15 

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Nehemiah 4:10

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Nehemiah 4:10  

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage.  DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts.  Do not paraphrase.  Use the actual words of the passage.  This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts.  If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it. 

Verse 10a:  In Judah it was said, “The strength of the burden bearers is failing. 

Verse 10b: Yet there is much rubbish. 

Verse 10c: We ourselves are unable to rebuild the wall. 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact.  What are the people doing that they should be doing?  What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow?  A promise to claim?  A warning to heed? An example to follow? 

10a:  God’s people are being challenged from the inside here.  The people are exhausted.  Haven’t we all been there?  I am there right now.  Just when you think you are making real headway, and your excitement is high and energy is focused, in one second it can all be gone.  From the highest point in chapter 4:6, when everyone was on board and cruising with passion and anticipation, to just four verses down the page when we hit total discouragement.  The halfway point is a dangerous place… an easy place to stop.  It is not how you start, but how you finish. It’s exciting to start a bold new adventure; it is difficult to persevere when overwhelmed to the point of utter discouragement.  Press on.  “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial, because having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the LORD has promised to those who love Him.”-I Peter 5:4 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for what God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Phil 3:14.  PRESS ON in the face of discouragement in the strength of the LORD.  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” – Phil 4:13 

10b:  There is so much to do…. it seems like the little bit I can contribute is not even worth it.  It is easy to feel insignificant in the face of so much work.  You have a million reasons to quit and one reason to continue…. you have been called by God to keep on keeping on.  God does not call us to tasks to finish halfway.  Isaiah 40:31  But those who wait on the LORD will renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, we will run and not grow weary and walk and not faint. I love that verse.  But those who wait on the LORD.  A decision to go to the LORD and rest in His Word and His promises needs to be made. 

10c:  God calls us to things that only He can do.  There is always a gap when God calls His people between what they can do and what He must do…. this gap involves faith and obedience.  We were designed to need God.  God calls us to places where faith is a necessity for completion.  It never seems to be easy.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush.  Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next.  Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to? 

10a: Will I persevere with what God has called me to do? 

10b: How easy is it for me to sink into the hole of insignificance and believe the lie that what I am doing doesn’t matter and won’t make a difference?  How many reasons can I find to quit?  What is the one reason I have to continue?  What promises do I need to claim? 

10c:  Did I think it was a design flaw that I couldn’t do it myself?  Why is dependence on God such a hard thing to do?  Where has God called me to faith and obedience in my life today?  

LIVE IT OUT!
Show me where you have called me today and strengthen me to do work in the power of Your might.  Open my eyes today to see Your mighty hand in my life, whether it is clearing rubbish at the work site, cleaning hands and feet of wee ones in my home, or working in a place where I feel invisible day in and day out.  Give me that tenacity and perseverance today for You. 

Homework: Nehemiah 4:11-12

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Nehemiah 4:7-9

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Nehemiah 4:7-9  

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage.  DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts.  Do not paraphrase.  Use the actual words of the passage.  This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts.  If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it. 

Verse 7: When Sanballet, Tobiah, Arabs, Ammonites, Ashdodites, heard the repair went on, breaches closed, they were VERY ANGRY. 

Verse 8: ALL OF THEM conspired together to come and fight against Jerusalem to cause disturbance. 

Verse 9a: We prayed to our God.  

Verse 9b: We set a guard against them day and night. 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact.  What are the people doing that they should be doing?  What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow?  A promise to claim?  A warning to heed? An example to follow? 

Verse 7-8:  The world gets ANGRY and unites when God’s people come together.  When we put down our own pride, selfishness, desire to see things done our way in our time and let God work, the world notices and tries everything within its power to destroy the people of God.  When the power and grip of the oppressors becomes less and less in the lives of God’s people, the world and it’s oppressors will fight tooth and nail to get it back.  There is such freedom in dependance upon God.  This is a difficult thing to sink into our hearts, even the hearts of God’s own people.  John 15:18-19 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world it would love you as its own.  As it is, you do not belong to the world but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”   

Verse 9a:  We are NOT defenseless in the midst of persecution.  We have the God of the universe, Creator of Heaven and Earth, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End that we can go to who cares and loves us more than anything!  “Cast your cares upon Him for HE CARES FOR YOU!” I Peter 5:7.  We have a direct line to the throne room of God Almighty.  It is not what we can do that matters, but where we go to LEAVE our matters.  There were no complaints, no committees, no “self-defense for dummies” course.  They went to God first not last. 

Verse 9b:  It is easy to compromise, hard to stand.  God’s people didn’t shirk or shrink back from the threat.  The people were not warriors or Army Rangers by any means, they were just people unwilling to allow the culture of the time to dictate who they would be and what they could do.  They were the people of God and they would stand, together…. day and night.  I love how they were not ignorant of the problem, they were not living in denial (if I ignore it, it will go away), they peacefully with self-defense ready, stood guard.  Prepared for the worst, hoping for the best.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush.  Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next.  Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to? 

Verse 7-8:  Am I surprised when the world, the media, culture of the day, popular thought, want to destroy all things having to do with Jesus?  How have my beliefs been challenged by those around me?  

Verse 9a: Am I quick to go to prayer or is prayer my last resort?  Do I spend more time complaining and worrying about a situation or praying about a situation? 

Verse 9b: Do I have the courage to be bold for Christ and stand unashamed for what God has called me to do?  Do I have a pattern of fear, shrinking back when confronted or a pattern of standing firm even when my knees are shaking? 

LIVE IT OUT!
It is always easier to just fade into the woodwork, to go along with popular thought and just stand down instead of standing up, to be silent instead of speaking.  Today, LORD, give me the boldness I need to stand. 

“Silence in the face of evil is evil itself.  Not to speak, is to speak.  Not to act is to act.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Homework: Nehemiah 4:10

Get stuck?  www.annegrahamlotz.com  and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

Kendra’s Bible Study…Nehemiah 4:6

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Nehemiah 4:6  

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage.  DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts.  Do not paraphrase.  Use the actual words of the passage.  This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts.  If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

Verse 6a: We built the wall, the whole wall was joined together to half its height,  
Verse 6b: the people had a mind to work. 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact.  What are the people doing that they should be doing?  What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow?  A promise to claim?  A warning to heed? An example to follow?

Verse 6a:  The greatest verse in the chapter!  The people chose not to be swayed, distracted or discouraged, they decided to be determined in this verse.  The impossible was happening…. 1/2 the wall was brought up in no time!!! Sometimes it is easy to miss what God is doing because the opposition takes up so much of the view in our eyes and thoughts in our heads.  Don’t miss what God IS doing because it is so easy to get caught focusing on what He is not.
Verse 6b: God did answer the prayer of Nehemiah from verses 4-5, just not in the way Nehemiah asked.  Nehemiah asked that his enemies be shut down, defeated, demoralized and silenced….. instead, God raised up His people to be unified and brought together in the face of the opposition.  The opposition continued, yet so did God’s people.  The power is not in the hand of the opposition, but all power in and over the situation belongs to God!

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush.  Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next.  Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to? 

Verse 6a: Am I so focused on what God is not doing, that I am missing what God is doing?  What has God called me to today?  Will I become distracted and demoralized because God has not allowed things to be easy?  When have I kept my eyes on God in such a way that I didn’t realize all God was doing in such a short time?
Verse 6b: Do I get upset that God doesn’t answer my prayer when and how I have asked? DO I miss how God is strengthening me right in the middle of my trial? How much do I stress and freak out and worry over people and circumstances that I have no power over?  Why is it so hard to leave things in the hand of God for whom nothing is impossible and wait for His deliverance, His way? 

LIVE IT OUT!
Look over all your facts, lessons and applications for a given passage.  

Is there a main theme to them?  Does one verse stand out over the rest for some reason?? 

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart.  Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life. 

LORD, strengthen me today to focus on what you have put in front of me to do, and not to become distracted or defeated by what is out of my power but to leave it all at the foot of Your throne.  #nothingisimpossible #Godofwonders 

Homework:
Nehemiah 4:7-9

Get stuck?  www.annegrahamlotz.com  and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

Kendra’s Bible Study…Nehemiah 4:3-5

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Nehemiah 4:3-5 

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage.  DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts.  Do not paraphrase.  Use the actual words of the passage.  This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts.  If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

Verse 3:  Tobiah was near and said: “What they are building-  if a fox should jump on it, he would break their wall down.” 

Verse 4:  “Hear, O our God, how we are despised! Return their reproach on their own heads, give them up for plunder in a land of captivity.”

Verse 5: “Do not forgive and let not their sin be blotted out before You, they have demoralized the builders.” 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact.  What are the people doing that they should be doing?  What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow?  A promise to claim?  A warning to heed? An example to follow?

Verse 3:  We like to say things like, “Sticks and stones break my bones, but words can never hurt me!” That is so far from the truth.  There are times I wished my bones were broken instead of my heart that ached from sour words.  Constant mockery and insults will wear us down.  Here, the people are being told that all their hard work is just a total waste of time.  They are not contractors, they have shoddy  materials, all this wall is going to do is incite anger from the surrounding people and then they will see how weak their wall is.  The enemy tells them they will fail…. just like they always fail…How the enemy loves to feed us lies, and how we love to feed on those lies for some reason.  What we do, when we are doing that which God has called us to, does indeed matter.  I love the verse I Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, BE STEADFAST, IMMOVABLE, ALWAYS abounding in the work of the LORD, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the LORD.  What God calls you to do, matters.  Even if you “feel” like what you are doing does not matter and is not putting a dent in the problem… and since you started doing that which God has called you to, the matter often seems to have gotten a lot worse…. don’t believe it.  Stay strong.  Immoveable.  Stop believing the lie that it doesn’t matter if you do or don’t do what God has laid on your heart. Rise up and be brave. 

Verses 4-5:  Nehemiah’s response?  Go to the source of the lies, and chew them out?  Put a status on FaceBook explaining his side of the story and get a “he said/ he said” battle raging in the community?  Speak out against the bullies to the workers?  The lies of the enemy want to divide God’s people into different camps, because if the enemy can accomplish that, then with that division among the people,  no work will get accomplished.  The enemy always seems to be able to unite on one premise: Destroy lovers of God.  The enemy will unify to divide families (husbands and wives who love the Lord).  The enemy loves to divide churches, committees, Christian schools,  Christians on a sport team, members on a mission trip that started out with one singular purpose, but shortly after arriving on site…. everything falls apart and there is no unity.  Nehemiah wisely sees this, so he goes to prayer.  The same M.O. that Nehemiah has had since the beginning.  Nehemiah knows that he knows that God has called him and the people to build the wall, so God must take care of the enemy for them.  This is God’s glory at stake, not Nehemiah’s.  Nehemiah asks God to do to the enemy what the enemy wants to do to God’s people.  Nehemiah brings the problem to God in prayer, and then leaves it at the throne of God to deal with.  God called Nehemiah and His people to this impossible task, God was not unaware of the opposition.  The enemies were against God, God’s people, and God’s plan, so Nehemiah left them in God’s hands, refusing to be distracted, demoralized or divided.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush.  Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next.  Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to? 

Verse 3:  When have I wanted to quit because I believed the lies of the enemy that what I was doing didn’t matter and would fall apart even though God had clearly called me to do it?  Am I “immovable and steadfast” when it comes to obedience to God or am I quick to give up and run the other way when adversity strikes and my motives and work are challenged? 

Verse 4-5:  When have I spoken out of turn when I should have been silent and brought the issue to the LORD and LEFT it there?  God has so many more resources, so much more wisdom and the power to correctly deal with the opposition, so why do I think it is my responsibility?  When should I have let God defend Himself, me and His people instead of getting in the middle of things and making a bigger mess? 

LIVE IT OUT!
Look over all your facts, lessons and applications for a given passage.  

Is there a main theme to them?
  Does one verse stand out over the rest for some reason?? 

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart.  Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

LORD, help me to trust in you today: to stand where You say stand and to stay when You say stay (even when I want to RUN), and to bring the opposition to You on my knees before I say or do anything rash.  Help me to trust You.

Homework: Nehemiah 4:6

Get stuck?  www.annegrahamlotz.com  and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

Kendra’s Bible Study…Nehemiah 4:2

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Nehemiah 4:2  

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE. 
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage.  DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts.  Do not paraphrase.  Use the actual words of the passage.  This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts.  If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

2a: He spoke in the presence of his brothers & the wealthy men of Samaria. 

2b: What are these “feeble” Jews doing? 

2c: Are they going to restore it for themselves?

2d:  Can they finish in a day?

2e: Can they revive the stones from the dusty rubble even the burned ones?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact.  What are the people doing that they should be doing?  What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow?  A promise to claim?  A warning to heed? An example to follow? 

2a: Discouragement also is trying to be heaped upon God’s people here, by Sanballat going to the “powerful and influential.”  It’s all about power and money, right?  Sanballat is missing THE one HUGE key ingredient here…. God is NOT dependent upon power, money and influence found in our communities and world at large; WE are overly concerned with that for sure…. but not God.  I believe the wall was bought and paid for in its entirety in Ezra when God’s people confessed then repented of their sin….  if we as God’s people cared more about “Ezra projects” (the repentance of God’s people)  instead of “Nehemiah” (the “works” of God’s people) projects…. We would be amazed at the power of our God!  This wall (the wall Jesus would walk through personally) was too important to be built upon anything less than the repentance of God’s people.  This project in Nehemiah can’t be stopped because a few influential people who hold the money and political power in the region want it stopped…. it is so much bigger than that!  If only we as God’s people would believe that today!!!

2b: When we are weak, He is strong. 2 Corinthians 12 :9 “… My strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I BOAST in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest on me”.  There is always an element of Truth in mockery; however, weakness is not a bad trait to have, it sounds like it is God’s specialty.  That is good news for me!

2c: It is not about me at all… or about the Jews here at all…. they are not going against the king, they have letters to prove that…(the enemy knows that, but they don’t care, it is what they can get others to believe about you that matters to them).  The enemy will discourage through the twisting of motives, and announce to the “world” your evil and selfish intentions.  Hold tight to the Word of God and what He has called you to.  Nehemiah 1:9 “… but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though those of you who have been scattered were in the most remote part of the heavens, I will gather them from there and will bring them to the place where I have chosen to cause My name to dwell.’

2d:  The enemy loves to oppose by stating the obvious: It is too much for you, it is an impossible assignment.  God calls us to impossible assignments, they are His specialty.  This shows our need and dependance for Him.  This is where we need to have those promises of God in our hearts, knowing that we know God has called us to it.  John Wesley told William Wilberforce, as Wilberforce was preparing to take on the world super power (England) to rid the country of the slave trade, that, “Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men.”  

2e: How the enemy LOVES to remind us of our past failures.  Remember the past??? The stones you have are not only rubble, that has been sitting around for years just disintegrating, but the ones that arent already falling to pieces, well, they are burned with fire…. and THAT is the material you are building this “wall” with???  THAT decision you made years ago… doesnt THAT disqualify you for being anything of substance for God? God cant use THAT! Once people see THAT they wont give you the time of day…. what a mockery to your God….  Oh how the lies the enemy tells… an element of truth wrapped in a lie… we tend to believe the lie, instead of the Truth.  The lie: My mistake and ruin is too much for God to redeem, fix and use…. (I dont want Him to use it anyway)  Our extreme and limited view of who God is mixed in with our own personal pride of what we have told God He can and cannot use, is a sadder commentary than that of Sanballet shoving it in their faces.  The RUIN IS THE REASON Jesus came!!! If there was no ruin, why would we need Him.  We need to be honest with God here.  The truth of the matter really comes down to this: We dont want Him to use the ruin in our lives.  We dont want to show the dusty rubble or the bricks that were burned by fire… then people will know….  I argue…. then people will be able to relate and the Hope which has evaded them for so long will be within grasp!  We are all in desperate need for a Savior, and maybe our dusty rubble will be the thing that brings others to Jesus!  In order to do that; however, we need to get over ourselves.  That is the challenge.  God rebuilds, redeems and restores the rubble for His glory.  LET HIM!


WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush.  Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next.  Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to? 

2a: Do I tend to believe that all the cards are held by influential and powerful people, or by the “LORD God of heaven, the Great and Awesome God” (Neh 1:5)??  Do I believe God needs all those in power to be on His side to accomplish that which He needs? Have I forgotten Isaiah 55:8-11 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than you ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.  For as the rain comes down and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth.. so shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”?  Why do I think I always need everyone on my side to accomplish that which God has set out to do?  

2b: Do I tend to think my weakness disqualifies me for being involved in the impossible things God is doing?  Will I allow God to use my GREATEST weakness for His glory, or is that off limits?  Would I rather God work from my list of strengths? 

2c: When have my motives been twisted by others?  Am I more worried about what others perceive about me, and their words, or what God says about me in His Word? Do I know that I know what I have been called to according to the unchanging Word and promises of God?  Will I hold fast in the day of adversity? 

2d: What has God called me to do that only He can do?  Do I believe He can and will see it through to completion?

2e: What shattered, dusty, broken down ruin in my life does God want to redeem for His glory?  Do I think it is even possible?  OR Do I know it is possible and I just don’t want God to use some of that stuff?  Is my pride keeping God’s glory at bay in my life? 

LIVE IT OUT!
Look over all your facts, lessons and applications for a given passage. 

Is there a main theme to them?  Does one verse stand out over the rest for some reason??

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart.  Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

LORD, help me to see the discouragement of the enemy today.  I pray You bring Your Word to mind and heart that I may combat that discouragement with the power of Your never changing Word and promises.

Homework: Nehemiah 4:3-5

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Nehemiah 4:1

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Nehemiah 4:1
(NOTE: We will post notes from 4:2 on Tuesday April 15 due to length.)

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage.  DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts.  Do not paraphrase.  Use the actual words of the passage.  This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts.  If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it. 

1a: When Sanballet heard we were rebuilding he became FURIOUS and ANGRY.

1b:  He mocked the Jews.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact.  What are the people doing that they should be doing?  What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow?  A promise to claim?  A warning to heed? An example to follow?

1a:  People get angry when our priorities change from the things of this world controlling us, (people, circumstances, job or position) to being controlled by Jesus, our God and Savior who loves us. When we choose to follow Christ, there will be kickback.  Jesus said in John 15:18-19, “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this, the world hates you.”

1b: Often the chosen and effective form of opposition from the enemy to get God’s people to cease living lives of obedience, is found in simple, yet powerful mockery.  Mockery discourages us “people pleasers” for sure! The enemy would love to laugh me out of the work God has called me to.  Jesus was constantly mocked by the very people He loved enough to redeem through His death on the cross.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush.  Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next.  Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

1a: Am I afraid to be “all in” to follow Jesus with complete abandon because of the kickback I will have to endure from family, friends, co-workers etc?  When have I made others angry because I chose to be defined by Jesus and not a person, job or title?

1b:  When and how did mockery keep me from that which God has called me to?  Do I give to much weight to what others think and say?  When I take a moment to observe, how much time does much of the media spend on the mockery of Christians and Jesus followers?  Is the mockery in the media bias enough to keep Jesus and obedience in my life at bay?  Simple words and opinion from people who don’t have any idea who God is? 

LIVE IT OUT!
Look over all your facts, lessons and applications for a given passage. 
Is there a main theme to them?  Does one verse stand out over the rest for some reason??

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart.  Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

LORD, today, help me to remember that You withstood mockery in the midst of redeeming mankind on the cross.  Give me the strength to cling to You in spite of “popular” opinion.

Homework: Nehemiah 4:2

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Nehemiah 3:1-5

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Nehemiah 3:1-5 

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage.  DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts.  Do not paraphrase.  Use the actual words of the passage.  This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts.  If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

1a:  Eliashib the high priest arose with his brothers and built the Sheep Gate. 

1b: They consecrated it and hung it, they consecrated the wall to the Tower.

2: The men of Jericho built, and next to them Zaccur built.

3-4: The sons of Hassenaah built the Fish Gate, next to him Meremoth made repairs, next to him Meshullam made repairs, next to him Zadok made repairs.

5: Moreover, the Tekoites made repairs, but their nobles did not support the work. 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact.  What are the people doing that they should be doing?  What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow?  A promise to claim?  A warning to heed? An example to follow?

1a: Leadership looks like this.  The High Priest gets to work.  Hard work should not be beneath the leaders.  I LOVE that there is no delegation here, it is leading by example not by mere words.  I love how first it is the “Sheep Gate” mentioned here.  These walls that Nehemiah rebuilds are the walls that Jesus will enter.  The sheep gate, the gate of sacrifice, how fitting, that the Lamb of God will walk through these gates of this city and be that sacrifice for our sin.  God is always focused on the redemption of His creation that He loves. 

1b: By example, the leader consecrates the task to God.  We need to set the work apart that we do for God; then, when the work is finished remember who made it possible. The glory is going to God, not the leaders.

 2. Others who were not part of the city, but wanted to be a part of what God was doing were allowed to work.  No snobbishness here or exclusivity. 

3-4.  I see unity of God’s people here.  When my focus is on God and the task He has called me to, there is no time to worry if others are “doing it right”, nor the pettiness of who is beside me. 

5. Still others from surrounding cities, coming to help! I love it!  Their nobles did not love it.  When we do things for God, there will likely be pushback from those who don’t agree.  Kind of a sad commentary that these nobles have written down on their behalf forever.  The only thing I know about them, is they didn’t support the work God was doing in their zip code.  Often times those people who will not support what God is doing in your life will be those closest to you, that you know.  It is hard to persevere and continue on when your heart is hurting in the process.  Know what God has called you to and do it, even through the hurt. 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush.  Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next.  Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to? 

1a:  Am I quick to delegate out everything, or am I quick to roll up my sleeves with all the rest?  Do I need credit, do I NEED people to know where I fall in the chain of command or will I be ok getting dirty for God with all the rest?  Do I prefer to lead by directions and words or by action?  How thankful am I that Jesus led by action as He walked through that “Sheep Gate” on the Via Dolorosa and paid the penalty for my sin? 

1b: When have I consecrated the task up front to the LORD?  Is it easy to want to take partial credit for the work instead of all the credit and glory to God? 

2: When have I excluded people from the work?  Have I felt threatened, like someone was “edging” in on my “territory” so I quickly shun them back from wherever they came from, or do I welcome new comers to the work that God has laid out before US?   

3-4:  Am I adding to the unity of the body of Christ or disunity?  Am I focused on the task God has laid before me to do or am I consumed with how everyone else is not doing it right, and if I was in charge then things would be different?  DO I trust God with the assignments He has given others?  Do I trust God with the assignment that He has given me?  Am I more focused with who is working beside me than Who is working in me? 

5: Am I quick to scurry back when opposition rises?  Will I work for God anyway in spite of the personal opposition that is before me?  Am I the one constantly trying to put a wrench in everything God is doing, refusing to be a part and trying to discourage others in the process?  What would God write my description to be regarding His work among His people in His church?  Am I indifferent to the work God is doing in my community or an active part, whether on my knees or hammer in hand? 

LIVE IT OUT!
Look over all your facts, lessons and applications for a given passage.  Is there a main theme to them?  Does one verse stand out over the rest for some reason??

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart.  Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Lord, change my heart to focus on those things You want me focus on.  Where are You working in my life and what is it that You have called me to do today?  Open my eyes to see, my heart to receive and my feet to move.  Calm the spirit of complaint that always seems to rise when others work differently than I would.  May my eyes stay focused on You not others.

Homework: Nehemiah 4: 1-2

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Kendra’s Bible Study… Nehemiah 2:9-20

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

NehemiahKendra Graham NOTES from Nehemiah 2:9-20

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage.  DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts.  Do not paraphrase.  Use the actual words of the passage.  This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts.  If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

9: Then I came beyond the River.

10:  When Sanballet and Tobiah heard it was very displeasing that someone had come to seek the welfare of Israel.

11: I came to Jerusalem and stayed 3 days.

12-15: I arose at night, a few men w me, inspecting the walls, at night and returned.

16: The officials, Jews, priests, nobles, or the rest who did the work did not know where I had gone or done.

17a: Then I said, “You see the bad situation.  Jerusalem desolate, gates burned.”

17b: Come rebuild the wall so we may no longer be a reproach.

18:  I told them how my God had been favorable to me and about the king’s words. 

19:  Sanballet, Tobiah and Gesham mocked and despised us, “Are you rebelling against the king?” 

20: “The God of heaven will grant us success.  We, His servants will arise and build, but you have no portion, right or memorial in Jerusalem. 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact.  What are the people doing that they should be doing?  What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow?  A promise to claim?  A warning to heed? An example to follow? 

9:  It is one thing to plan and whiteboard things out and it is an entirely other thing to follow through.  We can’t stay where we are and go where God calls us.  Faith always demands movement.

10: There will always be opposition in your life to what God has called you to do.  The opposition will come from friends, enemies, and even family.  We should not be surprised, we should expect it.

11:  Don’t jump ahead of God.  Wait and pray.  When God says move, move. When God says wait, wait.  If you are not sure, wait and pray until you have that clarity.  God has not called you to do without equipping you.  

12-15: Take time to truly survey the situation with your own eyes and pray over it in your own heart before you begin to speak.  We may not know everything we think we do about a situation.  

16: I read this and I immediately thought of Matthew 10:16 Jesus said, “Be shrewd as  serpents and innocent as doves.”  Nehemiah is keeping what God has said in his heart until God says to speak.  No need to justify your actions to everyone watching… this is tough.

17a: The truth of the situation is stated, there is no sugar coating the truth by Nehemiah,  there is no ignoring the truth they don’t want to face under the carpet…. but neither is there any condemning or blame pointing coming from Nehemiah. Just the facts.  Facts are indisputable.

17b:  Not only is the problem broached, but the solution is laid out. We love to point out people’s failures, but to get in the trench with them and work out the solution is really something.

18: The testimony of what Nehemiah believed about God in chapter one, was essential to give Nehemiah the strength to walk and move on that in chapter two when he put his entire life on the FACTS of who God IS… God came through, did it ALL from start to finish and now that testimony is what will be needed not only for Nehemiah, but for the people of Jerusalem to see this project through.  My testimony of God’s faithfulness may be the strength someone else needs to proceed.  Don’t underestimate the importance of YOUR testimony!

19:  You will have opposition that wrongly interprets your motivations, actions and character.  Even people who are close to you and the situation. 

20:  Have confidence in who God is…. (chapter 1… again!) No need to appease the opposition, they will never be appeased.  

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush.  Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next.  Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to? 

9: Where is God working in my life?  Do I believe God really is who He says He is enough for ME to follow where He leads? 

10:  Have I made a quick “about face” where God has called me because I have come across opposition?  Do I think because God called me, there will be no opposition and the enemy will just let me do what God wants with ease?  

11:  Am I quick to speak and take charge and do things the way I think they should be done, or am I quick to pray and wait for God’s guidance since it is He who lead me here?

12-15:  Will I allow God to show me what He wants done and where or will I hold tight to my own agenda?

16:  Do I constantly apologize for what God has called me to and feel like I have to convince everyone of what God has laid on my heart to do?  Do I realize not every inquiry needs to be answered?

17a:  Am I giving the Truth in love or do I condemn with my tone?  Do I prefer not to tackle situations that seem impossible?

17b:  Am I willing to get in there, love God’s people and be part of the solution, or do I prefer to point out how others constantly don’t meet my standards? Do I care more about my own PR or hurting people? 

18:  What testimony has God placed on my heart to share?  What in my present or past does God want to redeem and give me a testimony of His power and glory yet I refuse or I am just afraid to face?

19: Do I freak out when people wrongly interpret my actions?  YES I do.  Will I let God take care of that in His time, and just hold to what He has called me to in the mean time?

20:  Am I confident that God will do what He has said He will do?  How much time do I waste trying to convince the opposition of my pure motives?   

LIVE IT OUT!
Look over all your facts, lessons and applications for a given passage. 

Is there a main theme to them?  Does one verse stand out over the rest for some reason??

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart.  Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Lord, help me to hold to what You have called me to.  Help me to follow where you lead, be quiet until You say speak…. help me to speak the Truth in love as I see through to the end that which You have called me to.  Hebrews 10:14 “For you have need of endurance so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what was promised.”

Homework: Nehemiah 3

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Kendra’s Bible Study… Nehemiah 2:1-5

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Nehemiah 2:1-5 

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage.  DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts.  Do not paraphrase.  Use the actual words of the passage.  This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts.  If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it. 

Verse 1a: In the month of Nisan 

Verse 1b: I took up the wine and gave it to the king. 

Verse 2a: The king said, “Why is your face sad?” 

Verse 2b: I was very much afraid 

Verse 3: Why should my face not be sad when the place of my fathers’ tombs lies desolate, consumed by fire? 

Verse 4a: The kings said, “What would you request?” 

Verse 4b:  So I prayed 

Verse 5: I said to the king…. 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS. 
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact.  What are the people doing that they should be doing?  What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow?  A promise to claim?  A warning to heed? An example to follow? 

Verse 1a: God brings things about in God’s timing.  It is God’s impossible assignment and calling for Nehemiah from the start, so GOD must do it all and I must wait upon the LORD to move.  NO need to manipulate the situation or try to push things through on my own wisdom, power and timing.  Faith is continuing to pray and expect in spite of the time lapse. 

Verse 1b: Here Nehemiah was just doing the job that God had placed before him to do.  No more, no less.  God knows where He has placed me, God knows where to find me, so instead of complaining where I am and that I am not “doing” what I want for God, trust that He has a plan and will bing it about in His time.  In the meantime, work hard where I am for the glory of God.   

Verse 2a:  God opens eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts to listen in His time.  GOD OPENS the doors!!!!  Don’t waste a bunch of time and energy trying to pry them open!!  Faith waits with expectation!! 

Verse 2b:  Even GREAT men of faith are very afraid!!!  Just the word “faith” indicated there will be opposition and courage needed. 

Verse 3: Nehemiah laid down the Truth of the matter.  He did not try to paint a softer picture of the Truth or a more “palatable” one.   Faith speaks the Truth even where very afraid. 

Verse 4a:  HERE IT IS! The defining moment.  A small hinge that opens a big door! The king speaks four words because it is God who moves the heart of the king.  Nehemiah’s prayer of faith is becoming sight right before his eyes!  What will he do?  When God opens the door, it is open wide, the way is clear. 

Verse 4b:  Nehemiah STILL NEEDS God.  I love that he doesn’t say, “Great God! I got it from here! Much thanks!”  Even the fact that God is opening the door, still Nehemiah needs the strength to walk through it.  Faith is required the whole way! There is always a GAP between what I can do and what God must do when God calls us to His impossible assignments.  To realize our need is such a gift from God.  Nehemiah knows, “Lord I need You, oh I need You! Every hour I need You!” 

Verse 5:  Faith walks.  Faith is a verb.  Faith is what I DO (chapter 2) because it rests upon what I believe (Chapter 1). 


WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush.  Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next.  Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to? 

Verse 1a: What causes me to lose faith that God can and will do something?  What has God placed in my heart to believe (A calling? A person who will come to the LORD? A certain situation to be resolved?) Has the time lapse made me question God, or will I continue to pray, believing, because God put it in my heart to believe? 

Verse 1b:  Is it easier to complain and question God in where He has placed me day after day?  Or will I choose to seek and honor Him, where He has trusted me to be, as He molds me for His plan and not my own? 

Verse 2a: Am I looking to see how God is going to open doors in my life or am I busy complaining about the fact that He is not opening the ones I want when I want? 

Verse 2b:  It is ok to be afraid, but in the end will I give the power in my life over to the fear I have of men or God?  Will I allow God to stretch my faith in spite of my fear? 

Verse 3: When do I hold back with the Truth because I don’t want it to hurt anyone?  Will I trust God for the timing, tone and words lovingly giving the Truth when it is demanded of me without pride or fear of consequence? 

Verse 4a: When God opens the door and the way IS clear, will I step-to or step-away?  John 6:66 “As a result, many withdrew.” Will I press in? Have I pressed in? When? What was the result?  Have I shrunk in fear?   

Verse 4b:  Am I quick to pray?  Do I realize how desperately dependent I am on Jesus? 

Verse 5:  If my beliefs are evidenced by what I do then how do I prove my beliefs through my actions?  What do I really believe? (If I REALLY believe cereal is the BEST breakfast food, then in my life there will be evidence of eating cereal at breakfast a lot…. does that make sense?)

LIVE IT OUT!
Look over all your facts, lessons and applications for a given passage. 

Is there a main theme to them?  Does one verse stand out over the rest for some reason?? 

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart.  Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

LORD, help my unbelief!  Give me the strength to wait when You say wait, to speak when You say speak and to walk when You say walk.  Open my ears to hear, and my heart to listen and my set my feet to Your path today as I go out.

Homework:  Do the three questions onNehemiah 2:10-20. 
Bonus Challenge:Three questions on any or all of Nehemiah 3.

Get stuck?  www.annegrahamlotz.com  and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!