The NEWSLETTER of Grace Point Baptist Church
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This past Sunday was our final message in the series on Nehemiah. We saw how the Jews experienced revival after the reading of the books of the Law by Ezra, but sadly they were not diligent in their obedience the law. In chapter 13 we read how Nehemiah came back to Jerusalem after a few of years serving King Artaxerxes, and to his dismay the people had turned away from the Law of Moses. They were not following the Sabbath day; they were trading and working on the Sabbath. They had also intermarried with the foreign tribes in the region.
Nehemiah took drastic action. He quickly went about restoring order and bringing the city into alignment with the laws of God. In fact his example of church discipline is one that probably would have him thrown in jail in our society (13:25). Nehemiah was angry because he knew the consequences of the sins of the people would lead to further punishment from God. Nehemiah saw things from a heavenly perspective.
So applying this to our lives, how we keep the faith? How do we continue to grow and experience more of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives? Our lives should be a constant growing experience, becoming more like Jesus. If you are not more like Jesus today, than you were a year ago, something is wrong and you need to re-evaluate your walk with the Lord. You see, revivals come and revivals go, but it is up to you to appropriate that to your personal life, you are responsible for how you respond to Jesus’ call (Revelation 3:20).
I want to give you 4 things we need to do to ensure that we encounter God on a daily basis and live in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.