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?


Jan 14

Daniel Fast Devotion - Day 18

Posted on January 14, 2019 at 10:45 AM by Shiloh Baptist Church

Making Big Decisions
Monday, January 21, 2019
Day 18

Key Verses: 
“Now the leaders of the people dwelt at Jerusalem; the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to dwell in Jerusalem, the holy city, and nine-tenths were to dwell in other cities. And the people blessed all the men who willingly offered themselves to dwell at Jerusalem.” –Nehemiah 11:1-2 (NKJV)

Key Reflection:
vv. 1-2 Those who take care of the outward concerns of the church, common service in connection with it, are as necessary in their place as those who take care of the inward concerns, giving themselves entirely to the ministry of the Word and prayer. So, we are to appreciate all work of the Church and the sacrifice each makes to work from where they live and service rendered.

Thought:
Some people when deciding where to live and work, they base the decision on where they believe God wants them to develop or serve ministry and be of help in building up the body of Christ.  As a Christian, the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. Not just my money belongs to the Lord but also my profession and gifts, so that they can be used in the body of Christ. God surely knows better than me where I should live and work so that I will fit His plans for the building of His kingdom! Only God can balance all the variables in a way that works best for His purposes.

Prayer:
Pray to God about decisions you may be making about where to live, and pray for guidance about all future decisions that you will to make. 

Questions:
1. Does it seem strange to you that God is even interested in where you live?

2. What factors do you consider in determining where you live? (Consider occupation, salary, school, church, ministry, family, and so on.)