Lessons in Building From Nehemiah

As one studies God’s Word’s, it sharpens the spiritual senses of discernment to single out men and women who had the ability to break and destroy the enemy and who could build a stronghold for the people to be secure. Although there were many, I have chosen Nehemiah, Ezra, Jesus, Paul as focal points. Other reformers have also been mentioned in the chapters dealing with God’s principles.

God’s Chosen Fast

The main difference between personal fasting and God’s chosen fast is that when you fast it changes your personal wineskin to receive new wine. When you apply God’s chosen fast it is for others to benefit as the passage in Isaiah 58 reveals: “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke?”

How to Remain in Him

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

God is a God of Generations

Abraham was the first person who believed that God could raise someone from the dead. He believed that God would raise his son from the ashes of the offering. In doing so, he paved the way for us to believe that God could raise Jesus from the dead. Abraham came from a land of idols, where people sacrificed their children to false gods. God stopped him from harming Isaac, and told him that He Himself will provide: a prophetic statement that God would provide an offering for the reconciliation of mankind.