In this article, I would like to continue what was begun in the last article, that is, looking at and understanding the 7 character traits of the “Beatitudes” as found in Matthew 5:3-9. We have already covered the first 3 (poor in spirit, mourning over sin, gentleness/meekness). As previously stated, there is a clear progression of events, one thing leading to another even though the beatitudes are part of a packaged deal. It all begins with repentance, coming to God as you are and reaching out to Him in desperate need.
I am getting ready to go to a youth camp where we will study the life of Abraham, learning about how to be a faithful friend of God. We plan on having over 60 youth at this camp. One of our desires is to use this camp as a chance to motivate the youth of Moldova to have an eternal impact in their society. The first night of the camp I want to preach a sermon on service, the importance of Christians serving God by serving the people around them. In order to prepare for this sermon, I want to write an article explaining the main truth of the message. I hope that this message will be as helpful to you as it has been for me. Continue reading
As I wrote yesterday, there are several men of faith from the O.T. who loved people and did all that they could to help people who were running as fast as they could toward destruction by being disobedient to God. I would like to continue the list that we began yesterday and see what other truths we can learn from God about how to love people and serve them.
Nehemiah is the next hero of faith that I would like to look at because he loved his country and countrymen even though he was enslaved in another country. Nehemiah gets word of what life is like in Jerusalem and he is saddened. God begins to work in Nehemiah’s heart about praying for his people and going back to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall and restore the city. Nehemiah goes to the Lord in prayer to intercede on behalf of his countrymen and ask the Lord what he should do. Let’s look at the prayer to God from Nehemiah.
I said, “I beseech You, O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You now, day and night, on behalf of the sons of Israel Your servants, confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have sinned against You; I and my father’s house have sinned. “We have acted very corruptly against You and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. “Remember the word which You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are Continue reading