Summary: Today seems there are so many distractions and hindrances to cause us to loose focus. We must consider our ways and dismiss frustrations and plod on...
COME DOWN OFF THE WALL --- LET'S TALK!!! DISTRACTED AND FRUSTRATED?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
Nehemiah 6:3 And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?
Nehemiah 6:3 (MSG) so I sent messengers back with this: "I'm doing a great work; I can't come down. Why should the work come to a standstill just so I can come down to see you?"
HINDER: To make slow or difficult progress, to hold back, hamper, to delay or impede action,
FRUSTRATE: to cause one to feel discouraged, annoyed, angry because they can't do something, to keep from succeeding.
YOU CAN TELL SOMETHING ABOUT A PERSON BY THE UNIFORM THAT THEY WEAR?
If a person is dressed in leather, black leather vest, boots, tattoos we might assume motor cycle?
If a person has on scrubs, a cap with no bill and a stethoscope --- we assume the person is a nurse or a doctor?
If a person has on a green uniform with stripes on the arms, and decked with metals --- we assume soldier?
If a person has shoulder pads, thigh pads, a helmet and a jersey with numbers --- we will assume that is a football player?
If a person is wearing a bullet proof vest, handcuffs, a pistol, a badge and uniform --- we assume this is a law officer?
See we recognize EXTERNALS ABOUT INDIVIDUALS ---
WHAT MARKS OF IDENTIFICATION MIGHT WE EXPECT A CHRISTIAN TO WEAR?
What kind of attitude would we expect?
WHAT SIGNS WOULD WE SEE: Love? Kindness? Understanding? Not judgmental?
CONSIDER? CONSIDER: to think about, to carefully make a choice or decision, to have understanding regarding the consequences of your choices, to be accountable,
Haggai 1:5 Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
Haggai 1:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
WE DIE WITHOUT A SPIRITUAL RENEWAL... GOD IS LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO ARISE TO BRING ABOUT REVIVAL AND RESTORATION... WHAT DO WE DO WHEN THE ODDS ARE AGAINST US? DOES LIFE EVER LOOK IMPOSSIBLE?
LIFE CAN BE VERY HARD AND DIFFICULT AND FULL OF DISAPPOINTMENTS...
GOD IS LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO SEE BEYOND THE PROBLEMS TO HEAR HIS VOICE...
GOD NEEDS PEOPLE WITH GODLY TRAITS:
*1. COMPASSION FOR GOD, HIS WORD AND PEOPLE... Do we look for the needs of others? Do we feel the need and desire to help?
*2. COOPERATION, Will we work with others and be helpful?
*3. CONFIDENCE AND COMPLETE TRUST: FAITH, A belief it can be accomplished, A charge of duty, Believe for the good, hope, reliance,
*4. COURAGE TO STAND: To do something that you know is difficult and not easy, mental and moral strength,
*5. COMMITMENT TO FINISH: a promise to do and give, and attitude of support, pledge to help,
We must understand the difference between DEDICATION and COMMITMENT.
Early one morning the rooster crowed and woke up the farm animals. All the animals were hungry. There was a discussion between the hen and the pig. The hen suggested BACON and EGGS.
That was giving and dedication for the hen, BUT THAT WAS TOTAL COMMITMENT FOR THE PIG.
Are you dedicated or ARE YOU WILLING TO BE TOTALLY COMMITTED?
GOD NEEDS YOU! GOD IS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD PEOPLE TO VOLUNTEER AND LOVE PEOPLE THE WAY THEY ARE AND TRUST GOD TO BRING ABOUT THE IMPOSSIBLE CHANGE.
WILL WE CONSIDER OUR WAYS? AND TAKE CORRECTION AND CORRECTIVE ACTION...
God is looking for someone to stand in the gap...
Ezekiel 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
Ezekiel 22:30 (MSG) "I looked for someone to stand up for me against all this, to repair the defenses of the city, to take a stand for me and stand in the gap to protect this land so I wouldn't have to destroy it. I couldn't find anyone. Not one.
Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
THERE IS BAD NEWS FROM THE HOME FRONT--- THIS IS SO HEAVY IN GLOOM /DESPAIR.
Nehemiah 1:2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them
concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. 3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. 4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,