Where are they? (Nehemiah 13F; Acts 23)

“Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and do not wipe out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God and for his service,” Nehemiah 13:14

Question, “How long has it been since you met a person with strong conviction?”  If you had been living in the vicinity of Jerusalem in 445 B.C. you would have met a person of strong conviction.  This person was Nehemiah.

Nehemiah 13 tells us the story of his strong conviction to live for the glory of God.  Here are the details:

  • He removes the evil presence from the house of the Lord, Vs: 1-10
    • Foreigners are removed
    • Tobiah is removed
  • He restores offerings for the work of the Lord, Vs: 11-14
  • He reinstated Sabbath rest, Vs: 15-23
  • He restores separation from unholy relationships, Vs: 24-27
  • He removes corrupt leaders from the house of the Lord, Vs: 28-30

Think it through:

Any one of these 5 works of conviction seem overwhelming to us.  As I consider each of these reforms I discover one overriding truth:  “Nehemiah was living his life for the glory of God.”  His convictions were firmly planted in the belief that he and his people were to obey everything God had said.

Question:  “Do we believe we need to obey everything God has said or do we settle for 2 out of every 3?”

One greater than Nehemiah believed we must do everything God said to do. This one is Jesus.  We see Him in Mark 11:15-18 instituting reform in the temple of the Lord.  Jesus convictions moved him to stand up even when the odds were against him.  Our New Testament reading teaches us of how Paul stood us with conviction, Acts 24:24-26.

This very day we see a world that has completely lost its moral compass.  The question that dominates my mind is this, “Where are the people of conviction?”

Our response:

Hopefully our response is this, “We in the family of God are standing up for the convictions God has placed deep within our soul and spirit.”

Without a doubt some who read this are wanting to stand up, but the pressure to conform is intense.  Here is our great encouragement:  “The Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.”  Acts 23:11

The God who stood with Paul will stand with you and I if we are standing up for Him.  

You may respond, “It does not seem that anyone else is standing with me.”  Be assured there is one who stands beside you, “But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the Lion’s mouth.” II Timothy 4:17

Those who stand up experience this same truth!!!

Be assured you are being prayed for as you stand up!!!

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