OUR WEEKLY QUIZ/QUESTIONS

Week # 1

  1. Who was David’s father?

    Jesse

  2. Which prophet anointed David as king?

    Samuel

  3. Which of these was not a wife of David?

    Rebekah

    4. Where was David anointed as king of Israel?
    Bethlehem

    5. How old was David when he first began to reign over Judah?

    30

    6. Who was David’s first wife?
    Michal

    7. Which of David’s sons tried to overthrow and kill him? Adonijah

Week # 1 Questions:

1). What can we learn from the life of David?

Oh, so much! I love it because of what God says about him, “a man after mine own heart!” That should encourage everyone! I learn to trust God, David did. He trusted God so much he taught his son Solomon, and Solomon wrote this; “Trust the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5

2). How many daughters did David have?

(1) Tamar

3). What do the key verse tell you about David?

David had a good heart.

4). Concerning Saul and David, what was against the will of God?

God was against having kings over His people, because he knew man’s heart.

5). When David became king he conquered Jerusalem, how was this done?

David conquered Jerusalem with the help of God; God was with him.

6). When David and Bathsheba committed adultery, when God took their son, how did David handle it?

David set before God and thanked Him for all the blessings He had received in his life (2 Samuel 7:18-29).

7). Which son did David loved the most?

David loved his son Absalom.

8). David’s story is in what book in the Bible?

I and II Samuel; I Kings and I Chronicles.

9). Which story is the beginning of David’s life?

David kills Goliath

10). Why is it so important to follow Gods’ plan?

Following God’s plan is so important because obedient to Him is a very good thing, obey is better than sacrifice, and because our life will be fulfilled and more peaceful. And, it brings glory to Him.

PRAYERS OF DAVID

David’s Prayer for Deliverance (Psalm 3)

This one was a tough choice because the Psalms are stuffed full of cries and petitions. If you ever want a primer for prayer, you can’t go wrong with this wisdom book. But we chose Psalm 3 because it provides a concise portrait of crying out to God in the midst of great stress. David’s words are no less relevant to our modern workplace and lifestyle as they were to his battles:

Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.” But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. Arise, Lord! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.

BIBLE STUAY: “The Life of David” Week # 1

The Heart of a Warrior “the Life of David”

The Beginning of David’s life:

HOMETOWN

Bethlehem: City of David in Jerusalem.

REFERENCED IN THE BIBLE:

King David’s story runs from 1 Samuel 16 through 1 Kings 2. David wrote much of the book of Psalms and is also mentioned in Matthew 1:1, 6, 22, 43-45; Luke 1:32; Acts13:22; Romans 1:3; and Hebrews 11:32.

OCCUPATION

Shepherd, Warrior, and King of Israel:

FAMILY TREE:

Father – Jesse
Brothers
– Eliab, Abinadab, Shammah, four unnamed others.
Wives – Michal, Ahinoam, Abigail, Maacah, Haggith, Abital, Eglah, Bathsheba.


Sons – Amnon, Daniel, Absalom, Adonijah, Shephatiah, Ithream, Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, Ibhar, Elishua, Eliphelet, Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Eliada, Eliphelet.
Daughter – Tamar

KEY VERSES

1 Samuel 16:7
"The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (
NIV)

1 Samuel 17:50
So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. (NIV)

1 Samuel 30:6
David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God. (NIV)

2 Samuel 12:12-13
Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." Nathan replied, "The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the LORD, the son born to you will die." (NIV)

Psalm 23:6
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (NIV)

We can learn a lot from the life of David. He was a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:13-14; Acts 13:22)! We are first introduced to David after Saul, at the insistence of the people, was made king (1 Samuel 8:5, 10:1). This choice of king, or even having an earthly king at all, was against the will of God, and although Saul was anointed by God through Samuel, he did not measure up as God’s king. While King Saul was making one mistake on top of another, God sent Samuel to find His chosen shepherd, David, the son of Jesse (1 Samuel 16:10, 13). David was believed to be 12-16 years of age when he was called in from tending his father’s sheep to be anointed as the true king of Israel. As soon as the anointing oil flowed down David’s head the Spirit of the Lord departed from King Saul (1 Samuel 16:14). The fact that evil spirits were tormenting Saul brought David into the king’s service (1 Samuel 16:21). Saul was pleased with young David, but this feeling vanished quickly as David rose in strength to slay the Philistine giant, Goliath, and win the overwhelming favor of the people (1 Samuel 17:45-51). The chant in the camp of Saul was taunting as the people sang out the praises of David and demeaned their king, causing a raging jealousy in Saul that never subsided (1 Samuel 18:7-8).

If you or someone you know has eked his way through life amid strife, conflict and continuous battles, then you might understand how David lived and felt throughout his lifetime. Although Saul never stopped pursuing him with the intent to kill him, David never raised a hand against his king and God’s anointed (1 Samuel 19:12, 24:5-7). He did, however, raise up a mighty army and with power from God defeated everyone in his path, always asking God first for permission and instructions before going into battle (2 Samuel 5:22-23, 23:8-17). Throughout the life of David, God honored and rewarded this unconditional obedience of His servant and gave him success in everything he did (2 Samuel 8:6).

David mourned King Saul’s death and put to death the one claiming responsibility for Saul’s death (2 Samuel 1:12-16). Only after Saul’s death was David anointed king over the house of Judah (2 Samuel 2:4), and even then he had to fight against the house of Saul before being anointed king over Israel at the age of thirty (2 Samuel 5:3-4). Now king, David conquered Jerusalem and became more and more powerful because the Lord Almighty was with him (2 Samuel 5:7). David was so enthralled with bringing the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem that he omitted some of God’s instructions on how to transport the Ark and who was to carry it. This resulted in the death of Uzzah who, amid all the celebrations, reached out to steady the Ark, and God struck him down and he died there beside it (2 Samuel 6:1-7). In fear of the Lord, David abandoned the moving of the Ark for three months and let it rest in the house of Obed-Edom (2 Samuel 6:11).

After the Ark was in its rightful place, David decided to build a temple of the Lord around it (2 Samuel 6:17). Because of David’s bloody, battle-scarred record as well as his adulterous relationship with Bathsheba and the slaying of her husband, God denied his otherwise faithful servant the honor of building the temple, the house of the Lord (2 Samuel 6:5-14). This was surely a blow to David, but God assured him He would continue to make his name the greatest on the earth and forever establish the throne of David through David’s son, Solomon. Instead of being angry with God and having a pity party, David sat before the Lord, praising Him and thanking Him for all the many blessings he had received in his life (2 Samuel 7:18-29).

David’s battles did not end with his kingship but continued with the surrounding nations and within his own household. Throughout the life of David, His sons connived and conspired to take control of the kingdom and they, as did Saul, threatened their own father’s life. And as with the death of Saul, David mourned the death of his beloved son Absalom, showing a passionate and forgiving heart (2 Samuel chapters 15-18). David’s broken heart and contrite spirit are what brought him the forgiveness of God and are what will bring him back to be the prince of Christ during Christ’s millennial reign.

EVENTS

SCRIPTURE PASSAGES

RELATED PSALM

The Lord choses David to be king

1 Sam 16.1-13

Ps 78

David plays the harp for king Saul

1 Sam 16.14-23

David kills Goliath

1 Sam 17.1-54

Saul becomes jealous of David

1 Sam 18.6-30

David’s marriage to Michal

1 Sam 18.20-28; 19.9-17; 2 Sam 6.20-23

Ps 59

David’s friendship with Jonathan

1 Sam 18.1-4; 20.1-42; 23.14-18; 2 Sam 1.1-27

Ps 54;63

David meets and marries Abigail

1 Sam 25.1-44

David becomes king of Judah

2 Sam 2.1-7

David becomes king of Israel

2 Sam 5.1-5; 1 Chronicles 11.1-3

David captures Jerusalem

2 Sam 5.6-12; 1 Chronicles 11.4-9; 14.1-2

David brings the sacred chest to Jerusalem

2 Sam 6.1-19; 1 Chronicles 13.1-14; 15.1—16.43

David and Bathsheba

2 Sam 11.1–12.25

Ps 51

Solomon is born

2 Sam 12.24,25

Absalom rebels against his father David

2 Sam 15.1-12

Ps 3

Absalom dies and David mourns

2 Sam 18.7–19.8

David counts the people

2 Sam 24.1-25

David gives instructions to his son Solomon

1 Kings 2.1-9

David dies

1 Kings 2.10-12

Week # 1 PART 2: The Beginning of David’s life:

In 1 Chronicles 17:1, David’s thoughts turn to building a temple for the Lord. The king sent for the prophet Nathan and said, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.” The discrepancy bothered David. Why should the king’s house be a palace, while the house of God was just a tent?

At first, Nathan encouraged David to follow through on his desire to build a temple for the Lord (1 Chronicles 17:2). Yet that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, changing their plans: “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: You are not the one to build me a house to dwell in’” (verse 4). God then points out that, in all the long history of the tabernacle, He never once rebuked Israel’s leaders for not building a permanent temple (verses 5–6). Rather than David building a temple, God decided to allow David’s son to oversee this work (verses 11–12).

In response, David offered a prayer of praise: “You, Lord, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant. Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Lord, have blessed it, and it will be blessed forever” (1 Chronicles 17:26–27). David considered God’s word as a tremendous blessing that affirmed his son would also serve as king.

First Chronicles 22:8 sheds some light on God’s decision not to allow David to build the temple: “You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight.” David’s background of shedding blood in times of war was God’s reason for choosing David’s son instead (see also 1 Chronicles 28:3). God wanted a man of peace to construct the temple, not a man of war. His house was to be “a house of prayer for all nations” (Isaiah 56:7).

Since David was forbidden from building the temple himself, he helped to gather materials and prepare the plans for the temple’s construction. He said to Solomon, “I have taken great pains to provide for the temple of the Lord a hundred thousand talents of gold, a million talents of silver, quantities of bronze and iron too great to be weighed, and wood and stone. And you may add to them. You have many workers: stonecutters, masons and carpenters, as well as those skilled in every kind of work in gold and silver, bronze and iron—craftsmen beyond number. Now begin the work, and the Lord be with you” (1 Chronicles 22:14–16).

Solomon faithfully fulfilled this command during his reign, leading Israel to the height of world power. David’s desire to build a house for the Lord was noble, but God had other plans. David’s reaction to God’s nixing his plan is a model for us. When things do not go as we planned—when God closes a door—we should continue to praise the Lord and then move on in a new direction. Rather than complain about what we can’t do, we should do what we can, giving God the glory.

The story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17) is a factual account from biblical history that demonstrates how the Lord intercedes for His people. David was a shepherd, the youngest of the eight sons of Jesse of Bethlehem. King Saul and his men were battling the Philistines, one of which was a 9-foot giant named Goliath. The men of Saul’s army were afraid of Goliath, and there was no one to stand up to him. But David, filled with faith and a passion for God’s name which was being blasphemed by Goliath, slew Goliath with a stone and a sling. Then he cut off Goliath’s head with the giant’s own sword. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled before the Israelites, who had a great victory over them.

An important point in this story is that Goliath was taunting the sovereign Lord of the universe. He was challenging God’s people to stand up to him and demonstrate that their God was more powerful than he was. Until David came into the Israelite camp, there was no one who was willing to step out in faith and face the giant. However, David’s faith was so strong that he was willing to believe that the Lord would go with him and enable him to defeat Goliath (1 Samuel 17:36-37). David’s faith was born out of his experience of God’s grace and mercy in his life up to that point. The Lord had delivered him out of dangerous situations in the past, proving His power and trustworthiness, and David relied on Him to deliver him from the Philistine.

From the story of David and Goliath, we can learn that the God we serve is capable of defeating any of the giants in our lives—fear, depression, financial issues, doubts of faith—if we know Him and His nature well enough to step out in faith. When we do not know what the future holds, we have to trust Him. But we can’t trust someone we don’t know, so knowing God through His Word will build our faith in Him.

As Christians who have trusted Christ as the only way to heaven (John 14:6), our battle with the giants in our lives will result in victory if we cling by faith to God and His power. The illustration of David and Goliath is only one of many examples of the supernatural power of our Lord. He cares deeply for His children and wants only our best. Sometimes that involves trials and battles, but these are ultimately for our good and His glory. James tells us to consider it pure joy when we encounter trials because they test our faith and develop patience and perseverance (James 1:2-4). When we are tested by these trials, we can, in the power of the Lord, stand up against any giant, trusting our Savior to win the victory.

Some presume that David took five smooth stones instead of just one because he had some doubt. However, there is no indication in the story of David and Goliath that by picking up five smooth stones instead of one that David was doubting God. Rather, David was simply being prepared. What if the Philistines attacked him after he killed Goliath? How would he have defended himself? David was simply being prepared when he took the four additional stones. Also, he couldn’t have known that one stone would be enough to kill the giant. God had not promised that David would kill Goliath with the first stone.

David had experience in defending the sheep he guarded with his sling and stones. It would seem that the animals David had faced were far braver than the men with Goliath, because they all turned and ran away (1 Samuel 17:51). David told Goliath that he (Goliath) came with spear and sword, but his weapon was God the Father (1 Samuel 17:37). He trusted God with all his heart, believing that God would tell him exactly what to do and how. And so He did.9

Others speculate that David chose five smooth stones because Goliath had four brothers, and David was readying himself to dispatch all five giants. This theory is based on 2 Samuel 21:15–22. That passage lists four very large Philistines who were related to Goliath in some way: Ishbi-benob, Saph, Goliath, and an unnamed giant with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. “These four were born to the giant in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants” (2 Samuel 21:22). The account of 1 Samuel 17 does not suggest that David knew about Goliath’s brothers or that he believed he would have to fight the whole family. What we know for sure is that David and his men faced four other giants, somehow related to Goliath, in later battles.

David’s faith was in the Lord, and he knew from experience God’s faithfulness. David’s faith was born out of his experience of God’s grace and mercy in his life up to that point. The Lord had delivered him out of dangerous situations in the past, proving His power and trustworthiness, and David relied on Him to deliver him from the Philistine. Whether it took one stone or five, David recognized that the power was not in his sling but in the Lord of hosts. As David wrote later in Psalm 21:13, “Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength; we will sing and praise Your might.”

Prayer:

Father God, we ask for strength to stay the course in our lives through all our trials and tribulations. Stay faithful to You, Lord. Always abiding in faith in You. Teach us this day our daily bread, (Word). Let this study bring us closer to You for Your glory in our hearts, so we can have a heart like Yours. AMEN.

QUIZ Week # 1

1. Who was David’s father?

Abraham

Jesse

Noah

Moses

2. Which prophet anointed David as king?

Elijah

Isaiah

Amos

Samuel

3. Which of these was not a wife of David?

Abigail

Michal

Rebekah

Bathsheba

4. Where was David anointed as king of Israel?
Bethel
Bethlehem
Jerusalem
Ramah

5. How old was David when he first began to reign over Judah?
25
30
35
40

6. Who was David’s first wife?
Merab
Delilah
Bathsheba
Michal

7. Which of David’s sons tried to overthrow and kill him?
Solomon
Adrendam
Absalom
Abimelech

Week # 1 Questions:

1). What can we learn from the life of David?

2). How many daughters did David have?

3). What do the key verse tell you about David?

4). Concerning Saul and David, what was against the will of God?

5). When David became king he conquered Jerusalem, how was this done?

6). When David and Bathsheba committed adultery, when God took their son, how did David handle it?

7). Which son did David loved the most?

8). David’s story is in what book in the Bible?

9). Which story is the beginning of David’s life?

10). Why is it so important to follow Gods’ plan?

Weekly Psalm of King David: Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

In this study we will also read the book of Proverbs to self-examine ourselves for God’s work in our life, and as a prayer warrior to be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. David did!

Weekly Reading Assignment: Proverbs 1-4

Self-Examination Time:

Bible Study: Introduction

The Heart of a Warrior “the Life of David”

On any measure of Old Testament saints, David is in the first-tier, along with Abraham and Moses. The name "David" appears to be connected with the Hebrew verbal root "to love," so his name probably means "beloved." He is an amazing, multi-faceted, multi-gifted person.

First, he was a musician, "the sweet psalmist of Israel" (2 Samuel 23:1). As a youth, he practiced the harp on the sheep fields of Bethlehem. As a young man he became a court musician for Israel’s first King — Saul. But as he grew, he began to write down the inspired songs or psalms that he wrote, so that his own compositions fill nearly half of the Book of Psalms.

But more than just a prolific lyricist and musician, David was a worshipper. His music wasn’t just popular love songs. It was worship. It comprised the intense emotions of struggle and the high freedom of praise and everything in between. Music gave voice to David’s faith and his soul-felt prayers.

Most musicians I know are gentle, artsy people. But David was the opposite. He was a renowned warrior, the most famous warrior in the history of Israel. His courage to stand up to and defeat Goliath is legendary. Saul made him an officer in his army where he began to win battles — not by standing back and giving orders, but by leading his men into battle himself, defeating his foes by the strength of his arm — and his faith in God! When Saul became jealous and began pursuing David, he gathered a band of 400 men, then 600, whom he forged into the fearsome army of a fugitive warlord. Because of his own courage and prowess as a warrior, he attracted the best warriors in the land to join him. David was a warrior. But there’s more to him. David was a nation-builder. Before him, Saul functioned as a local monarch over a loosely organized group of tribes. Through his own diplomatic efforts, David was able to unite these tribes into one nation. He conquered Jerusalem and made it capital of his growing empire. He built a palace, then brought the ark to reside in his new capital. Once he had consolidated power, David began to subdue the neighboring kingdoms that had pressured Israel’s borders. He turned them into his vassals — the Philistines, the Edomites, Moabites, and Ammorites. When he conquered Hadadezer king of Zobah, an Aramean overlord of kingdoms all the way east to the Euphrates River, David became king over an empire that extended from the Brook of Egypt in the Negev Desert east to the great river. David was a nation-builder. There is more on this man who had a heart after God.

First, I would like to share this personal testimony with you. I am blessed, healed, and highly favored by God! That statement is my faith in God today. My job is a very demanding job concerning my time. I don’t get to attend church services as I desire, BUT GOD has blessed me to connect online; I must say this, I do go to church when I can. God has blessed me to connect online with other Christians, pastors, and prayer warriors. It is such a blessing! I said that to say this, these Bible studies has been a tremendous blessing for me as to studying God’s Word, researching for God-given knowledge on His Word, reading the Bible daily, meditating on each study, and many other blessings. So, now, we come to our new Bible study.

In this study we will be looking at the life of David. We will have prayers, psalms of David, questions, quizzes, prayers of David, and a look at our own character, obedient, and fellowship with God. Some material is (by Nathan L. Meyers).

Table of Contents:

Week # 1. The Beginning of David’s Life

Week # 2. The heart of David

Week # 3. Knowing God means to understand His character

Week # 4. Knowing God means to obey Him

Week # 5. Knowing God means to have fellowship with Him

Week # 6. The Psalms of David

Week # 7. The Prayers of David

Week # 8 The Conclusion

See you in week # 1 soon

CONCLUSION OF THIS BIBLE STUDY:

EZRA and NEHEMIAH (Re-Building the Temple)

This has been a very interesting study, both historical knowledge and spiritual knowledge concerning the return of this nation. Question has arrived. To my surprise, I didn’t know that Ezra was a priest, and Nehemiah was a governor.

Ezra is the one person who is prominent in the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Both books end with prayers of confession (Ezra 9; Nehemiah 9) and a subsequent separation of the people from the sinful practices into which they had fallen. There’s a good concept of the nature of the encouraging messages of Haggai and Zechariah, who are introduced in this narrative (Ezra 5:1), may be seen in the prophetic books that bear their names. Very interesting!

The Book of Ezra covers the return from captivity to rebuild the Temple up to the decree of Artaxerxes, the event covered at the beginning of the Book of Nehemiah. Haggai was the main prophet in the day of Ezra, and Zechariah was the prophet in the day of Nehemiah.

We see in the Book of Ezra a continuation of the biblical theme of the remnant. Whenever disaster or judgment falls, God always saves a tiny remnant for Himself—Noah and his family from the destruction of the flood; Lot’s family from Sodom and Gomorrah; the 7000 prophets reserved in Israel despite the persecution of Ahab and Jezebel. When the Israelites were taken into captivity in Egypt, God delivered His remnant and took them to the Promised Land. Some fifty thousand people return to the land of Judea in Ezra 2:64-67, and yet, as they compare themselves with the numbers in Israel during its prosperous days under King David, their comment is, “We are left this day as a remnant.” The remnant theme is carried into the New Testament where Paul tells us that “at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace” (Romans 11:5). Although most people of Jesus’ day rejected Him, there remained a set of people whom God had reserved and preserved in his Son, and in the covenant of His grace. Throughout all generations since Christ, there is the remnant of the faithful whose feet are on the narrow road that leads to eternal life (Matthew 7:13-14). This remnant will be preserved through the power of the Holy Spirit who has sealed them and who will deliver them safely at the last day (2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 4:30).

The Book of Ezra is a chronicle of hope and restoration. For the Christian whose life is scarred by sin and rebellion against God, there is great hope that ours is a God of forgiveness, a God who will not turn His back on us when we seek Him in repentance and brokenness (1 John 1:9). The return of the Israelites to Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the Temple are repeated in the life of every Christian who returns from the captivity of sin and rebellion against God and finds in Him a loving welcome home. No matter how long we have been away, He is ready to forgive us and receive us back into His family. He is willing to show us how to rebuild our lives and resurrect our hearts, wherein is the temple of the Holy Spirit. As with the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem, God superintends the work of renovating and rededicating our lives to His service.

The opposition of the adversaries of God to the rebuilding of the temple displays a pattern that is typical of that of the enemy of our souls. Satan uses those who would appear to be in sync with God’s purposes to deceive us and attempt to thwart God’s plans. Ezra 4:2 describes the deceptive speech of those who claim to worship Christ but whose real intent is to tear down, not to build up. We are to be on guard against such deceivers, respond to them as the Israelites did, and refuse to be fooled by their smooth words and false professions of faith.

In my conclusion these are thoughts to take in consideration: God bless you!

1. Nehemiah was obedient to God and His Word. He refused to compromise. He was obedient to the will of God. He condemned the evils severely. He had fearless convictions and stood by them.

2. Nehemiah kept focused on the right issues. He refused to let people side track him. He knew his priorities and stuck with them. He kept focused on his goals and objectives. Nehemiah kept working for a permanent correction to the evils of his day. But he also had the future of the nation in mind.

3. He was a man of prayer (13:14; 22; 29; 31). He was bold in the presence of God. He was consistent in his devotion to the Lord.

4. Nehemiah took bold action when he knew it to be the will of God. When you deal with sin you have to deal with it head on. You cannot put off what must ultimately be done. The longer you wait, the worse it gets.

5. Has a Tobiah wormed his way into your life and now sits enthroned where Jesus Christ should be? Is the temple of the Holy Spirit cluttered with Tobiah’s filth and defilement? Do you need to do some spiritual temple cleaning so Christ will be the Lord of your personal life? What are some attitudes, thoughts, behaviors, and compromises that diminish your love for Christ?

6. Has a daughter of Sanballat captured your affection and stolen your loyalty to Christ? How sad when Christian youth choose to enter into a marriage covenant with unbelievers. It would be far better to break your heart now than later when life really gets complicated. Yes, it does grieve the heart of God.

There can be no half-measures in the Christian life. Throw Tobiah out of the temple. Clean it up now.

Nehemiah was abandoned to the will of God. That is the first requirement of a great leader and all followers.

This great builder, reformer and Jewish leader were a man with his faith focused on God. He concluded his testimony to God’s faithfulness, praying, “Remember me, O my God, for good.” That is my prayer!

The apostle came to the end of his life’s ministry and declared: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

Ending Prayer……….

Let’s Pray…………

Father God, we come to in Jesus’ name, we honor You, we give glory and praise for the things You have done; Thank You for the gift You have put in our lives. Thank You for understanding us, and for Your grace and mercy in our lives. Help us to accept Your discipline, and honor Who You are. Please bless us so we want disappoint You. Help us to make it our priority to obey You in everything. Forgive us so we can enter into Your presence with thanksgiving in our hearts. Bless us to be bold to come before You with all our problems, and our praises. We will enter Your gates with thanksgiving in our heart, and into Your courts with praises. Thank You, Father. Bless us to learn from all the mistakes we learn about those in this study, and help us to be bold like Ezra, Nehemiah, Jeremiah, Zerubbabel, and all those prophets who came before us. Help us not to accept anything from the enemy, in Jesus’ name. Bless us to keep our temple clean and presentable and acceptable for Your Holy Spirit to dwell in us always. Thank You for Jesus bringing us out of captivity and darkness, and place us in Your marvelous light. This study has been a blessing, Lord. Please, Father, continue to bless us with the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom to live a holy life before You. We need Your presence in our lives daily. Continue to help us build our live in a holy manner. Bless our country, Lord, and bless all countries that honor You as the God of all creation, this we pray in Jesus’ name. Lord God, continue to save those who are lost. AMEN.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

See you in the next study

Evangelist Claudia Jordan