8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Today’s Inspiration: Through Nehemiah we learn that our work must be reinforced by prayer. Without the Holy spirit’s wise counsel, we will strive. Nehemiah 4:16-18. Nehemiah was not easily distracted by the crisis or threats by His enemies. He knew it was the enemy trying to hinder the progress of building of the wall. God is with him and that matters a lot in our life. We must step down from our throne and allow Jesus to sit on the throne. In our frustration, we are prone to sit on the throne and dethrone Jesus. By so doing, we have opened the gate to the enemy of our soul and allow the devil an opportunity. Let us dwell with good thoughts, kindness and goodness. Philippians 4.8 for the Lord is near. V4. So rejoice. Tonight we shall learn the role of five gates of the Holy Spirit.
It is easy to be lured to the enemy’s den. The enemy will try their various schemes. The Bible tells us to be discerning. 2 Corinthians 2:11.
Faith is the only way to squash fear, doubt, unbelief manipulated in our life by the enemy. Childlike faith is the way to go. Childlike faith should be our lifestyle. As Jesus’ disciple, we must not just sit and learn but walk and follow. We learn to fish something more valuable than food, the hearts and lives of people. Matthew 4:19.
The sermon on the mount is addressed primarily to the disciples Matthew 5:1-2. It is for those who believe in Him, left everything to follow Him and become members of His Kingdom of grace and power. These are His true disciples. Each of the Beatitudes described both the identity of Jesus true disciples and then their destiny. When we recognise our helplessness, we are actually saying we can do nothing without Him in John 15:5 and we need to live only in total reliance of God. Single minded devotion to Him is what He requires from us as His disciple.
The disciple of Jesus Christ mourns, hungers for righteousness and is a peace maker.
The most difficult commandment to fulfil is loving one another whom we could see physically. When Cain could not stand the fact that his sacrifices were rejected whereas his brother Abel’s sacrifices were accepted, the enemy manipulated his emotions to anger then rage, bitterness and finally murder. We must be alert to the enemy’s schemes. Patience and calmness of the spirit would motivate us to love and peace. Have we ever reflected that we have failed God many times with our emotions?
The Bible reminded us many times to submit all our problems to God by resisting the enemy and his schemes. James 4:7. Rashfulness fail us all the time but obedience to His commandments drives out inferiority, shame, fear, insecurity, defilement and hopelessness. Nehemiah was not affected because he has made the Lord his confidence and the devil could not ensnare him. Proverbs 3:26. He was lured to the temple but he is aware of scripture that if you are not a priest you cannot enter the temple. So he was not ensnared.
Let us think the good of others. We are to complement the weakness of each other so speak pleasant words to each other which is like a honeycomb sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24. Receive your healing today with words of edification, exhortation and comfort.