A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

The World – He is out of His mind – April 5, 2020

“Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so the He and His disciples were not even able to eat. When His family heard about this, they went to take charge of Him, for they said, ‘He is out of His mind. And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem (religion) said, ‘He is possessed by Beelzebub! By the prince of demons He is driving out demons.” (Mark 3:20-22)

“For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son…” (Ro 8:29)

“Your attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus….” (Phi 2:5)

Both of these comments regarding the verses above have been made about me in these last few weeks. I’ve also been blessed to have many believers share with me that they are asking God to give them discernment about whether there concern for their health or the health of others is taken more importance than their duty to be the salt and the light.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” (James 1:5-6)

“Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in Him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.” (John 12:42-43)

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The World – Knowledge puffs up, April 4, 2020

We are born separate from God because of our sin nature. That was birthed in us when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the KNOWLEDGE of good and evil. We are driven by our desire to be the Christian guru that can convince the world that we know why everything is happening and to let them know that we are the only ones that have that KNOWLEDGE. Then we would write a book that everyone would read and ac-KNOWLEDGE us as the author. Sadly, that book has already been written and we find ourselves being called to compete and be the first to fill in all the blank spots: why it is happening and who did it (like the game of Clue) and how it will all end up.    

“I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.” (Isaiah 45: 6-7)

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

“Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.” (Ecclesiastes 7:13-14)

“We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God.” (1 Corinthians 8:1-3)

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (Jn 16:33)

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) 

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The World – Do not give the devil a foothold, April 4, 2020

“…and do not give the devil a foothold.” (Ephesians 4::27)

Charles Spurgeon says that when sin is let in as a suppliant, it remains as a tyrant. The Arabs have a fable of a man who one day was startled by a camel’s nose thrust in at the door of the tent where he was sleeping. “It is cold outside,” said the camel; “I want only to get my nose in.” The nose was let in, then the neck, and finally the whole body.

Presently the man began to be inconvenienced by the ungainly companion he had in the tent that was not large enough for both. “If you are inconvenienced, you may leave,” said the camel; “as for myself, I shall stay where I am.”

This is the story of sin; when once it gains a small entrance it finally fills the entire heart and life.

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The World – The face to see and hand to touch, April 3, 2020

Our definition and implementation of “social distancing” has eternal consequences. 

      There was a mother that found herself by the bedside of her young child in the hospital. It was evening and, even though it would be the first time the child would spend the night without her, she had to return home to take care of her other children. The nurse kindly joined with her as the mother reassured the child that she would be back first thing in the morning. The nurse shared that she would be right outside the room at the desk all night. After the nurse left, the mother kissed her child and said, “Don’t forget God is with you.” As she left the room, she turned out the light and gently closed the door. As she turned to walk away the child cried out. The mother and nurse immediately came back into the room and asked the child what was wrong and the child said: “I’m afraid. I need the face I can see and the hand I can touch.”

      “As Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” (Luke 19:41-44)

      “Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite Me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after Me.’ They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison and did not help You?’ ‘He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.’ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Matthew 25:41-46)

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Africa – Burundi testimonies, April 3, 2020

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

WOW – Even though Burundi has not escaped the global pandemic, they were out in force in the last region before the outreaches were shut down. Now, it is one on one and face to face along with the responsibility of discipling these new believers at the beginning of their journey of faith where the enemy will come with the worries of the world to stop the new seed from taking root. They are more than up to the task. The Burundi Jesus task force coordinated 6 outreaches in different areas of the country and 417 new believers went from death to their new life in Jesus Christ. Please join with us in praising God for the fruit of the harvest that our co-laborers and faithful servants helped usher into the waiting arms of our Father in heaven. This is the kind of pandemic that Satan hates. The spreading of the gospel that not even him with the help of all his demons and those that have chosen to live in darkness can stop.    

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The World – Leaving the cave, April 1, 2020

     We received this message for Pr. Patrick, who founded and is responsible for the Nalidi Grace primary school in east Uganda which also serves as a home to 60 orphans who have no families. The school is closed to the ~200 students that live with their families in nearby villages but the orphans remain at the school.  

“The situation at orphanage is not favorable, it is beyond our control. Suffering and  hunger is greatly causing a threat in the camp . No body to tell this since everyone is crying with his family. We cry to who!”
     My response. “You are in our prayers. The whole world is facing the reality that we are not guaranteed how long we will live on this earth and it is not in our control. For those of us that are born again and live in Christ we must consider it joy that God can use us to bring them into the loving arms of the Father. If our worldly circumstances overshadow that, even earthly death, they have nothing and neither do we. Do not fear the one that can take your body, but fear the one that will take your body and soul. The latter fear means that we fear (reverently respect) that Jesus was sent by the Father to live, suffer, die and be raised from the dead so we can spend the rest of eternity with Him beginning at the moment we make that decision. Only the Holy Spirit can give us the wisdom, strength and courage to trust the shepherd, who is Jesus, that works in and through our lives to show the love of the Father when we face the trials of our earthly life. We love you. Please give the assurance that what God has put together can only be separated if we stop believing.”
    
Many believers have trusted and committed themselves to be followers of Jesus but are now hiding in their cave just like Elijah did.
“The Lord asked him, ‘What are you doing here?’ He replied, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected Your covenant, broken down Your altars and put Your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me to.’ The Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then the Lord said to him, Go.” (1 Kings 19:9-15)
The Lord didn’t make Elijah leave the cave, that was his own decision. Many will continue to believe that the wind, earthquake and fire are still present even after they have passed and are not listening for the whisper. We are what we believe. Pray in the Spirit for only the Spirit knows. The price of disobedience is eternity in the cave of isolation.    

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The World – The New Testament Church, April 1, 2020

     The power of the New Testament church was released after they were scattered. The power is not diminished because we can’t all be together at the same time. Jesus fed the 5,000 by breaking them into small groups. Why do we think we are so good that we can’t do it the same way? He went house to house. The only time we need to focus on the big assembly or crusade is when He blows the trumpet. We are crippled because we “believe” God can’t see us or appreciate us or be encouraged by our love for Him unless we put on a big show. It is not by power or might, but by the Spirit that His love manifest itself. Those in leadership need to get over the idea that WE are the shepherds. He shepherds through us and He has allowed this to happen so we can see that the power and might of His Church comes from Him not from us.
“And so, we don’t rely on our love for Him, but His love for us.” (1 John 4:16)

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Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near – March 31, 2020

     “I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.” (Isa 45:7)

“For it is time for judgement to begin with the family of God.” (2 Pt 4:17)
A single thread of truth weaves itself throughout this world that is crippled by the fear and anxiety that is encouraging everyone to think only of themselves.

Who is responsible? Who is really behind the plot? The government? The liberals? Satan?

Only the truth will set us free. It is never the fault of the darkness. If darkness increases it is always caused by the absence of the light.

Sorry Church. There is someone that is behind all this and it isn’t the fault of the people we have labeled the “bad guys”. The followers of the prince of darkness only have influence when there is less light and that is when the King’s army becomes distracted by themselves.

God’s Word shows that since the birth of humankind, every time His people put their needs above the things of God there is consequence. Disobedience requires repentance – meaning His people accepted the responsibility for what was taking place and repented.

Yes….that means we have fallen short and being fallen in a fallen world doesn’t change anything.

The false shepherds that have led many to believe that everything is alright as long as we gather together and take care of ourselves and enjoy the wonderful things that God has given to us can’t tell the sheep the truth because most of them have bought the lie. That for the sake of our own self-centeredness, we are justified because we all agree and it has rendered us powerless to a broken and dark world. Our lust after the things of the world and the satisfaction it has given our flesh, has made us apathetic and insensitive to the pain that God endures because of abortion, sexual immorality, lying, cheating and all other forms of selfishness. We have lulled ourselves into believing that what we want is just to be “alone” with God when that is the last thing we are really prepared for. 

Now, we fellowship together with all kinds of regrets, but not to repent and lay down our lives and reach the lost, but to pray that God will fix everything and punish the bad guys.

There are some church families that gather and focus on God’s Word, pray and obey the Lord, except they don’t want to be guilty of exposing the false teaching of the church family that is not teaching truth. According to scripture, we do not fulfill the responsibility of the watchman that warns them and thereby we share the blood of their sin. We call it “not judging”, the world calls it “political correctness” and God calls it “disobedience”. (Ez 3:16-21)

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.” (Jn 10:11-13)

“Godly sorrow leads to repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regrets, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Cor 7:10)

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘O city that brings on herself doom by shedding blood in her midst and defiles herself by making idols, you have become guilty because of the blood you have shed and have become defiled by the idols you have made.” (Ez 22:3-4)

“Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. There were proud and did detestable things (child sacrifice & homosexuality) before Me. Therefore I did away with them as your have seen.” (Ez 16:49-50)

Even if we are faithless, God will be faithful.

We only need to “Repent, the kingdom of heaven is near!”

“Merciful Father, we come before You again as Your people knowing that we have abandoned our first love. We have become intoxicated with Your goodness to the point of clinging to the things You have given us and we have given in to the earthly satisfaction they have provided for us. Forgive us for our selfishness and only giving when other men will see it so they will draw the conclusion that we care about the brokenhearted and crushed in spirit at the same time making sure it doesn’t really require the true sacrifice of our time or possessions. We know that You have all authority on heaven and on earth, including that needed to fulfill Your command to deny ourselves, pick up our cross daily and follow You. We ask for the baptism of the Holy Spirit that would clothe us in power and take away our fear of death so that we may overcome. We know that we overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony so that we may not love our lives so much as to shrink from death. Jesus, we thank You for Your promise that He who overcomes will be dressed in white and You will never blot out our name from the book of life but will acknowledge our name before the Father and His angels. Help us to be broken from our selfishness and fear and become like You. Choosing above all things to please the Father by seeking to save those that are lost. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Amen.”

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The World – Remember our first love, March 29, 2020

Our prayers are with each of you and the entire world as we endure the trials of this time of testing. There is no escaping the shaking that God is allowing to happen. It is during this time that those of true faith appreciate the gift of eternal life and feel the pain of our Father in heaven who knows many of His Children will be extending the separation they have chosen from Him onward to eternity. Trust God and lean not on your own understanding. For those that have died to themselves and received the free gift of the resurrected Jesus Christ have had their lives sealed with the precious Holy Spirit.

Our Legacy

When the world (Egypt) was warned of upcoming destruction, they were sent someone (Joseph) to rescue them. After the rescue, Joseph and his family (Israelites), were welcomed to live in Egypt. After Joseph died, his family had multiplied and the land was filled with them. The new king (Pharaoh) said they are now to many and because they were afraid of them made them slaves. In order for them to be set free, the Lord commanded them to go into their homes with their families and take the blood of the Lamb, which they must share with their neighbor and put it over their homes. When the angel of death passed over all Egypt, He did not permit the destroyer to enter their home and strike them down.

The Israelites were set free from slavery, laden with gold and silver, bodies healed and their enemies destroyed. (Gen 41-50, Ex 1-14, Ps 105:37)

Remember that Jesus redefined “home” and “family”.

“While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, His mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to Him. Someone told Him, ‘Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to You.’ He replied to him, ‘Who is My mother and who are My brothers?’ Pointing to His disciples, He said, ‘Here are My mother and My brothers. For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” (Mt 12:46-50)

If any true believer’s physical presence is removed through the current global virus, they will continue to be with the Lord. 

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” (Isaiah 54:10)

The present circumstances are for the building of the Body of Christ.

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regrets, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Cor 7:10)

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘These people say, ‘The time has not yet come for the Lord’s house to be built.’ Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet: ‘Is it time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?’ Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.’ {Prosperity message} This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,’ says the Lord. ‘You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘Because of My house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house {denomination/ministry} . Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the oil and whatever the ground produces, on men and cattle, and the labor of your hands.’ This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘The silver is  mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”

(Haggai 1:2-11, 2:6-9)   

Jesus said, “I know your good deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles and are not and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for My name, and have not grown weary.”

We only need examine ourselves. Are our good deeds and hard work for the sake of reaching the lost, broken-hearted and crushed in spirit or these only done in a way that we can benefit ourselves? What are our idols that have more importance and influence in our lives and prevent us from denying ourselves for the sake of the gospel and righteousness?  Have we become tolerate to wickedness? Abortion? Sexual immorality? Do we follow leaders who are seeking personal fame and wealth?  

Even if your conclusion is that you can stand before the living God and say it is well with my soul in regard to these things…He would still say: “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.” (Rev 2:2-7)

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves…..lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

God’s Promise

“If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)  

 


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God versus Satan – Authority and Government, March 29, 2020

What or who we worship can be measured by how much influence it has in our lives.

Many good people in authority have totally dedicated themselves to saving the lives of as many people as possible during this present global crisis and we should all be grateful. As noble as that is – it pales in comparison to the value of saving their souls which is the mission of those that are disciples of Jesus Christ.

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1)

All of the sudden this scripture is many believers favorite and most cherished scripture.

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)

“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)

“Of the increase of His (Jesus) government and peace there will be  no end.” (Isaiah 9:6)

“Then Jesus said to them, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” (Matthew 22:21)

“Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, ‘Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God.” (Acts 4:18-19)

Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Daniel all refused to obey the commands of the king.

The Maji disobeyed King Herod and did not return to him.

John the Baptist told the king that he had broken the law and the king cut his head off.

Jesus disobeyed the synagogue rulers that said it was unlawful to heal the sick on the Sabbath.

Jesus broke the law touching the lepers and allowing prostitutes and women with issues of blood to touch him when it was against the law for them to do so in public.

Every human being will be judged by their own choice.  We won’t have the luxury of a democratic process that would suggest that if everyone else agreed it was OK, or “that is what the person in the pulpit told us”.

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do  not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” (Romans 8:26-27)

Either God will hear us say, “Not my will, but Yours be done.”

Or we will hear God say, “Not My will, but yours be done.”  

“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say.” (Luke 6:46)

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Facing the giant, March 25, 2020

We just received this testimony from our coordinator in east Uganda.

     “We had organized a 3 day conference and crusade from Marc 19-21 which we were stopped on the first day however we have encouraged ourselves in the Lord and we are now on house to house evangelism. The world is fighting against the spread of coronavirus and the devil is also fighting against the spread of the gospel but we have to preach the gospel in season and out of season using door to door evangelism, interpersonal evangelism and media. It is time to bring more souls to the kingdom now than ever before. Satan is a liar. (Pr Titus)
 
I chatted with Pr. Martin in Kampala, Uganda yesterday. He said our community is millions living in poverty with no medical, clean water or government assistance or essential business. The truth is that those of us that are saved are the only ones that can bring real, guaranteed hope to others.

     God’s Word tells us that in the last days people will be lovers of themselves, having a form of godliness but denying its power. The clarion call of religion and the flesh is simple – “Save yourself and your family”. Assuming that were possible, then Jesus died for nothing. The nature of sin is that we can distinguish good from evil and will only do what benefits us. When the sin nature is put to the death the resurrected life of Christ is within us and His mission is to bring light into the darkness and not put a basket over the light so we can stay warm and not have to “see” the least of these. We are predestined to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus Christ (Ro 8:29) who came to seek and save that which was lost (Lk 19:10). Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did (1 Jn 2:6). Our attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus, doing nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than ourselves (Phi 2:1-11).

    “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Phi 3:12-14).    


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Satan said – I will come back at a better time, March 25, 2020

    After Satan had tempted Jesus in the wilderness, angels came and attended Him, but Satan left Him to come back at a more opportune time.

    Prophetically, the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem in the days of Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1-6) represent the coming of our Savior, Lord and King, Jesus Christ. The enemy has continued to come against the Body of Christ in the same pattern as He did in those days. But after much opposition and constant threats and attacks of the enemy the wall was completed.

“When the wall was completed, all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized this work had been done with the help of our God.” (Nehemiah 6:15-16)

    The last attempt to sabotage the completion of the wall is found in Nehemiah 6:10-13.

“One day I went to the house of Shemaiah son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel, who was shut in at his home. He said, ‘Let us meet in the house of God, inside the temple, and let us close the temple doors, because men are coming to kill you.’ But I said, ‘Should a man like me run away? Or should one like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!’ I realized that God had not sent him, but that he had prophesied against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. He had been hired to intimidate me so that I would commit a sin by doing this, and then they would give me a bad name to discredit me.”   

    Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

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