Jan 14

Daniel Fast Devotion - Day 21

Posted on January 14, 2019 at 11:15 AM by Shiloh Baptist Church

Love That Challenges
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Day 21
 
Read: Nehemiah 13

Key Verses:
“And it grieved me bitterly; therefore I threw all the household goods of Tobiah out of the room.” “Thus I cleansed them of everything pagan. I also assigned duties to the priests and the Levites, each to his service,” –Nehemiah 13:8, 30 (NKJV)

Key Words:
vv. 8, 30 Those who would expel sin out of their hearts, the living temples, must throw out its household stuff and all the provision made of it, taking away those things which are fuel for lust. Let the blood of Christ be then applied by faith, that it be furnished anew with the grace of God’s Spirit.

Thought:
“I know they are sinning against the Lord, but I love them too much to reprimand them.” Sometimes we emphasize loving people and not endangering our relationship with them over challenging them to get right with the Lord. When we think like this, we have accepted the world’s values and not kingdom values. If relationship with God is the most important thing in the world, then to help people get back into right relationship with God is the best thing we can do for them. Galatians 6:1 instructs, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted,” (NKJV).

Prayer:
Pray that in the body of believers, we will not let people wander into sin and out of fellowship with God and with other Christians.

Questions:
1. Why does Nehemiah take such drastic action in vv. 6-7 and v. 28?

2. Why is it so hard to confront Christians who are sinning?


Jan 14

Daniel Fast Devotion - Day 20

Posted on January 14, 2019 at 11:10 AM by Shiloh Baptist Church

Service and Integrity
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Day 20

Read: Nehemiah 12:44-47

Key Verse:
“And at the same time some were appointed over the rooms of the storehouse for the offerings, the first fruits, and the tithes, to gather into them from the fields of the cities the portions specified by the Law for the priests and Levites; for Judah rejoiced over the priests and Levites who ministered. Both the singers and the gatekeepers kept the charge of their God and the charge of the purification, according to the command of David and Solomon his son.” –Nehemiah 12:44-45 (NKJV)

Key Reflection:
vv. 44-45 Imagine a company’s annual report recognizing the guard who walks around the company grounds between 11 p.m. and 7a.m. That would not be the norm, would it? Why do you think we see some jobs as menial? 

Thought:
There’s a clever young person named Somebody Else, there’s nothing this person can’t do.  He/she is busy from morning till way late at night, just substituting for you. You’re asked to do this or you’re asked to do that and what is your ready reply? Get somebody else to do that job, they’ll do it much better than I. So much to do in this weary old world- so much and workers so few, and somebody else, all weary and worn, is still substituting for you.  The next time you’re asked to do something worthwhile, just give this ready reply: If Somebody Else can give time and support, my goodness, so can I! (Green, 2000, p. 331). 

Prayer:
Pray that you will find true satisfaction in your work for the body of Christ.

Questions:
1. How do you generally appreciate the support roles of the people in Shiloh?

2. Are you fulfilling a supporting role at Shiloh or are you a pew warmer?
 
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Jan 14

Daniel Fast Devotion - Day 19

Posted on January 14, 2019 at 10:57 AM by Shiloh Baptist Church

Rejoice with Great Joy
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Day 19

Key Verse:
“Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and the children also rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off.” - Nehemiah 12:43 (NKJV) 

Key Reflection:
v.43 Great mercies call for the most solemn returns of praise in the courts of the Lord’s house.

Thought:
Do you apply the same standards of faithfulness to your Christian activities that you expect from other areas of your life? If your car starts once every three tries, is it reliable? If you don’t go to work once or twice a month are you a loyal employee? If you miss a couple of loan payments every year, does the bank say, “10 out of 12 isn’t bad”? If you fail to worship God one or two Sundays a month, would you expect to be called a faithful Christian? We expect faithfulness and reliability from things and other people. Does not God expect the same from us? The problem is that in our religious activities we see ourselves as volunteers rather than as duty bound (1 Corinth. 9). For a volunteer, almost anything seems acceptable. For a bondservant who is duty bound, faithfulness and worship are expected (Matt. 25:21). (Green, 2000, p. 144).  Which are you, volunteer of God’s or bondservant to God?  

Prayer:
Ask God to mold you to be used for His purpose, His will, and in His way; do your part and be available to Him always. Then get ready to see the power of the Lord work in you and through you.
 
Questions:
1. Having read the book of Nehemiah, what is the reason for this great rejoicing? What does “Rejoicing with Great Joy” feel like to you?