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Weekly Daily Devotional
Week of March 18, 2018
Monday – Ezra, Chapter 3
1.Godly living is standing up for what we believe in. Let us be faithful to God in spite of what the world has to say, or does. The Lord will honor those who honor Him. (Vs. 3)
2.The people gave a great SHOUT of praise to the Lord because of what He had done. (Vs. 11) Let us think of what we are grateful for, and give a great SHOUT to Him today!
3.The older Israelites' weeping was most likely the result of seeing that the temple did not match the splendor of the temple they once know. (Vs. 12)
Tuesday - Ezra, Chapter 4
1.The world will seek to discourage and frustrate the purposes of God's people. When faced with conflicts, seek God and stay away from the advice of the ungodly. Then stand firm! (Vs. 4,5)
2.The Jews were framed by their enemies who claimed the Jews planned to rebel with major revolts in Egypt and Athens, and the king took these accusations seriously. The work was ordered to stop temporarily until he gave another order. Later he let it resume. (Vs. 21-22) Sometimes we think something is finished, there is no hope, but if God is in it, it will resume.
Wednesday - Ezra, Chapter 4
1.Work on the temple was resumed because of the prophetic ministries of Haggai and Zechariah. (Vs. 1,2) Notice how the Jews heard the prophecy, and got to work? And the prophets were right there helping them! Have you received a prophecy that you are holding on to? Pray into it, believe God for it, and get to work!
2.The eye of the Lord was upon them. This shows God's watchfulness over His people, His personal care. (Vs. 5) We serve a Personal God who loves us!
Thursday, Ezra, Chapter 6
1.We are to trust that God works through all authority to which we must respond. (Vs. 1-12) Every day, let us pray for all those in authority in our nation, for Godly wisdom and direction to prevail. For them to see the hand of God in public matters, and decree what is holy and acceptable to Him.
2.The temple was completed in 516 B.C. twenty one years after the laying of the foundation. (Vs. 15)
3.What did the people do with joy, and what did the Lord do in regard to the king? (Vs. 22)
Friday - Ezra, Chapter 7
1.This is almost 60 years later, in 458 B.C.
2.Ezra's personal devotion and discipline later qualified him to minister as a priest in Jerusalem. (Vs, 10)
3.We are to trust that God is able to work His will even beyond civil government when it may be hostile. (Vs. 11-28) Nothing is impossible to Him!
Saturday - Ezra, Chapter 8
1.This listing shows the fulfillment of Artaxerxes' decree in Chapter 7:13. It gives the return of priests (vs. 2) royalty (vs.2,3) and common Hebrews (Vs. 3-14).
2.Leaders, ask God to send people to help you in your place of ministry. Do not try to accomplish it by yourself. (Vs. 15-20)
3.Leaders, call for corporate fasting when undertaking a major project or entering a significant season in your church or ministry. (Vs. 21-23) Be assured that God sees and hears the humbling of self that accompanies prayer and fasting.
4.Leaders, pursue excellence in your stewardship. Keep all financial matters in the open, with the utmost integrity. (Vs. 28-33)