List making

  • Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy.
  • Encourage those who are timid.
  • Take tender care of those who are weak.
  • Be patient with everyone.
  • See that no one pays back evil for evil,
  • but always try to do good to each other and to all people.
  • Always be joyful.
  • Never stop praying.
  • Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
  • Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.
  • Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said.
  • Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil.

1 Thessalonians 5:14‭-‬22 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/1th.5.14-22.NLT

I like making lists and checking things off. This list is not one that can be checked off one time. It is one that I must return to over and over.

The last line, could be one bullet, or two. It can also be interpreted in more ways than one. The first interpretation, is an action, but the previous sentence doesn’t appear to be an action. “Hold onto good things”. Hold is a verb. However, It seems that “what is good” is not really something tangible. So, my interpretation is that “what is good”, are actions, people, thoughts…which leads to “stay away from every kind of evil”, evil actions, evil (toxic) people, negative thoughts.

My thoughts tend to gravitate towards the “evil” or in this case, the negative. But, I think that is because I don’t always implement the other instructions in this list.

My struggle these last few weeks have been with three or four employees. 4 out of almost 100. 4% the bottom 4%. Instead holding onto what is good…. 96%, I have allowed these 4 people to take up residence in my head. Because they have taken up so much space, I have neglected the other 96%, I have neglected taking care of the other items in the list. Forgive me Father. Thank you for your word. Thank you for the 96% of amazing people in my life. Thank you for yesterday, where I didnt have the time to deal with the 4%, even when one was pretty much in my face, but behind my back. Confirmation that your spirit has lead me to the right decision. Please continue to lead me.

When I am easily offended by the 4%, I need to spend more time in the word.

The Heb. Translation, is they shall have no stumblingblock. I have allowed these 4 to be a stumbling block to me, and to others…. Father forgive me.

Nehemiah

#SheReadsTruth

Though this study is not as easy to read as the Psalm study, it does have some amazing truths.

In an earlier day, Nehemiah spoke of spending a quarter of the day praying, and a quarter of the day worshipping… I have a difficult time staying focused for a quarter of an hour, let alone 6 hours.

Maybe it is time to build my prayer and worship stamina?

Encouragement for doing right.

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ —for this will bring much glory and praise to God. And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.
Philippians 1:9‭-‬12‭, ‬20‭, ‬28‭-‬30 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/php.1.9-30.NLT

Transformed

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/rom.12.2.NLT

There are times I need to cut off the chatter of the world, and simply hear from God. I am going to attempt to do that this week. I need to not listen to others input to a few serious matters at hand…. Lord, I need to seek you. I need to not vent or share to others…I need to vent and share my concerns with God.

Starting south beach this week also…. so with no cooking, it could be a good time to spend more time in the word.

Remember

Although times are often hard….God is still in control…. #SheReadsTruth #Srt_nehemiah

Eph 1:18-23

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.
Ephesians 1:18‭-‬23 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/eph.1.18-23.NLT

Neh 4:1-23

1When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, 2and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?”

3Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!”

4Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. 5Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of[a] the builders.

6So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.

7But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. 8They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. 9But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.

10Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.”

11Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.”

12Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.”

13Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. 14After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”

15When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work.

16From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah 17who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, 18and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.

19Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. 20Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!”

21So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out. 22At that time I also said to the people, “Have every man and his helper stay inside Jerusalem at night, so they can serve us as guards by night and as workers by day.” 23Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water.[b]