Rebuild Your Walls➕➕

img_0189God bless all of you on this beautiful day; as promised on the last blog post in today’s Called with a Purpose post I will be speaking in the book of Nehemiah;  about Nehemiah and his call to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem after they had been destroyed by the Babylonians. As a lot of you probably know he was the cupbearer to the King of Persia Artaxerxes son of Xerxes husband of Esther.

In the first chapter of the book of Nehemiah, it says that after he asked and heard the news about Jerusalem and the people who were sent to exile; he wept and prayed and fasted to the Lord. From verse 5 to 7 you can read and see how his prayer was to God but what calls my attention is verse 6 to 7;

let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you.We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.

What calls my attention is on the second line of verse 6; where he tells the Lord, ” I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you.” Why was Nehemiah admitting to those sins is the question I ask myself? One thing I have learned in spiritual warfare is that the sins and bondage of past ancestors are still present in our lives and if they are not broken it still has the power to keep us in chains.  One sentence that I use in my prayer is; ” Father at this hour in the name of Jesus Christ and with the authority given to me; I asked that any chain or bondage that is dragging from past generations be broken in Jesus name. ” Another thing that I ask myself is; why was he asking God to turn his ear towards his prayer and to keep his eyes open?. As we know God is a God of mercy and has always been; however the people of Israel always broke the covenant that God had made with them and they didn’t listen when he sent word of repentance through the prophets

Nehemiah was not only praying for the rebuilding of physical walls but also for the spiritual ones. The walls of the nation of Israel were destroyed because of their disobedience through the idolatry of other pagan gods; they didn’t have the ear of the Father anymore. Their relationship with God had crumbled and they needed to build those walls of prayer and communication with God also before the rebuilding of the physical walls. Remember after all; this nation has always been his chosen nation.

He has always responded to their cries and prayers when they actually come to him with a heartfelt repentance. He has always provided for them in times of need and desperation. Nehemiah brings  to mind the command that he gave to Moses to give to the children of Israel in verse 8 and 9 saying;

‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’

However in verse ten; Nehemiah says “they are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand”Almost as if asking God to have pity on them as Nehemiah would go before the King and he wanted the King to show favor and let him go to rebuild the walls with his permission but foremost God’s. Later in chapter 2 of Nehemiah, it seems as God heard his petition because the King saw in his expression when Nehemiah took to him his cup that his expression was of sadness but not of illness instead of heartbreak. And God put favor in the sight of the King for Nehemiah as the King granted Nehemiah the request to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

Rebuilding the walls did not only take Nehemiah to do it but everyone else; if you read the whole book of Nehemiah you will see that he involved the priests, families and even conflict and opposition were involved in the rebuilding of those walls. The priests were the first to volunteer to rebuild the walls; families got involved and rebuilt sections of the walls as a sign of ownership. How are we rebuilding the spiritual walls of our nation, community, family, and church? Are we involved or are we just seeing from the outside the work that other people are doing? Opposition and conflict rose up in the time of rebuilding; however, did that stop, Nehemiah, from completing the purpose of his call?

Actually, all the opposition and conflict instead made him stay more in the purpose that God had put in him. We have to learn to overcome the conflict’s and circumstances, the injustice that may appear in our way. At the end of all Nehemiah rebuilt the walls and purified the people of Israel just as God wanted, and all that he desired was for God so remember him in favor for all that he had done and for obeying his call and fulfilling it. Let’s scrutinize ourselves and see if we are obeying the call that God has put in our hearts and how are we rebuilding the walls of our community and country but foremost it should be our family; how are you rebuilding the walls of those who have theirs destroyed?

P.S. I hope that this post brings blessing to your life. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section at the bottom; would love to hear from you. Show kindness and love to someone from the time of right now in one aspect of their lives. Shalom🕊

Not Letting the Current Overwhelm Me🌊

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I’m finally back; and foremost I want to apologize because I had written on the last blog post that I would be posting my next Call with a Purpose post; however as I wrote on the post The Brook we are in a situation where at this moment most of the time to be truthful I do not even know how my days go by.

We have been on the search of a house to buy for quite some time now and many of the proposals that we have done to the owners of various house that we have liked; have not gone through. Maybe is because that is not the house that God has for us or maybe we were too late; I just know that my days are being spent on the looking for houses and work and church.

One thing that I have tried my best this two months is to not let the circumstances overwhelm me. There have been moments where I have shouted my frustrations as a release but mostly have prayed over them. In this river of life; we are thrown of balance by the things that happened around us or in us. I have tried to take my attention away from what’s going on by doing certain activities with the youth. For example; last monday the group of girls from the ministry we decided to go roller skating. I can say that I suffered that day; I fell so many times and broke a bunch of my nails plus ripped my dress on the back. I had a lot of fun that day though, so I cannot complain.Through the midst of this God has been there for my family and I seen my father and younger brother start to shake off what had them tied and unresponsive to God’s call.

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Overall this month of august has been a blessing as three members of our church got baptized two Saturdays ago. Those three members were youth that decided to take that step of faith and give their life completely to Jesus. I have seen growth within our youth ministry; we are seeing many of the youth that were asleep have started to wake up. It gives me such a joy to see all of this happening in my personal life and ministry. Glory be to God because he is the one that is working on the lives of this individuals and mine.

On the next blog post I will be speaking about Nehemiah and his call to build the walls of Jerusalem.  This will be the next Call with a Purpose post. Stay tuned, would love to hear from you. Let’s not forget to take at least a day off to reflect and appreciate the beauty that God has left us in this earth. Don’t let your circumstances overwhelm you to the point that you are absent-minded from  your own life as I have been. Go out and smell the roses or fresh air and thank God that we are still here today to give glory to him.

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P. S. Two days from today I will be guest blogging again from Ms. Callie Susanna’s Blog https://calliesusanna.com ,Shalom🕊🌸

The Brook🌾🌾💦💦

God bless,

It has been a couple of days since I posted on my blog. Since those days a lot of good and bad things have happened; maybe these days are helping me and my family be stronger and rely on God more.

On Friday night we had night watch service at our church and God spoke through my preaching and the preaching of another sister. How many of us are so arrogant that we forget that from dust we were created and to dust we will go back. Something that resonated deep within me as a few years back I was that type of person. God has molded my character a lot since then but I still need to be molded more. Arrogant people are so hypocritical of every single thing but they never see theirs own flaws. One example that we can find is Jonah; when God decide after all not to destroy Nineveh after they repented. He was filled with anger because God changed his mind  but he was not able to see his own shortcomings. But that is not what I will be speaking about this night; How can we defeat giants?

Last blog post I wrote about Jael the wife of Heber the kenite. How God used her to bring the rupture in King Jabins ruling. One thing that I can attest to with certainty is that when we preach our words compromise us. We are tested to see if what we preach we are able to live it. I told you guys that God was and still is doing wonderful things in our lives; my parents were blessed with the opportunity of buying their own home. It’s something that has been asked for; for a long time. Our faith has been tested to see in different aspects and the biggest hit that we receive was this Saturday.

The owner of the house where we have lived for 9 years; has suddenly decided to kick us out giving us a notice of only a month. Did we expect it? The answer is no we did not; however we know that God is control. He opened doors that were locked for my parents; and he allowed this to happen to test our faith in him. The Bible is pretty clear in the saying that not only from bread will man live. We christian need to rely foremost in God; everything that has happened in this couple of weeks it’s according to the will of God. My pastor in today’s preaching spoke in 1. Kings 17; where Elijah declared the word of drought for Israel given by God.

“Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.””
‭‭I Kings‬ ‭17:3-4‬ 

The word says that he was fed by ravens during day and night until the brook dried up and later on; he was sent to the widow that only had a little bit of flour and a little of oil. The situation or trials needs to get worse before getting better. There has to be pain, hopelessness and fear before the blessing is able to come. Right at this moment we are in the unknown; I do not know where to start but the first thing that I did was  ; I gave this unto the Lord. He will guide every step of the way just as he guided Elijah. My only resources at this moment are my knees, my mouth and the word. The word will sustain me and nurture my faith, my mouth will give praises for God’s blessings that are on the way and my knees will seek his voice for guidance in for every step of this situation.

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P.S. On Tuesday I will be posting the third post in the series” Called with a purpose” don’t forget to stay tuned 🗣🗣🗣🗣and remember that in the midst of everything God is there🕊 After all his is Jehovah Jireh and Jehovah Nissi⚔️🗡➕