God’s children have to do what’s right even when it’s not easy. We must support our leaders. We must push for action while emotions are strong. We can’t stop our efforts at the planning stage. And we must not prejudge who will be responsive to the Gospel.
We each have personal responsibilities we must attend to on our own but we must also help one another bear the burdens that are too great for one person to carry. Sin is a burden that constantly weighs upon our souls until we receive God’s forgiveness and forgive ourselves for it. And we have to be careful not to become …
God can use our writing skills for His glory. No matter what our abilities He can use us to accomplish great things. Everything we do needs to be done for the purpose of glorifying Him. And we always need to take time to teach His word to other people.
The only proper way to approach God is with humility. We must be careful not to sin by violating our conscience. Similarly we must not allow our conscience to become hardened. And we have to live in a manner that will lead others to glorify God.
Ezra was given the opportunity to return home out of captivity and rebuild Jerusalem. King Artaxerxes gave him both his blessing and a substantial financial gift. The temple was meant to be the primary focus of this rebuilding effort.
Wise people think ahead before the difficult times come. The Lord can make great use of those who have understanding. And we should not be shy about asking people to help with God’s work.
When we face a difficult decision we need to think about them and prepare for them in advance. Bad things happen in our lives but we also experience a wealth of happy times. And God can make even His enemies do His work.
Ezra led the second group of Jews out of captivity. His purpose was to restore children of Israel’s obedience to God’s law. We all have a responsibility to spread the word of God like Ezra but not all of us will have an opportunity to go into other parts of the world to preach it. If we do not have …
We have to be careful not to be a stumbling block to our brethren. We should strengthen one another’s faith and service instead. It would be better for us to die than to cause someone to turn away from God. We need to avoid offending others as much as possible. We are responsible for providing a good example to others. …
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