Unforgiveness is Never an Option

Originally posted on Aletheia (Truth) Blog:
The very word “forgiveness” is the essence of freedom, while its antithesis (unforgiveness) is the heart of bondage. In a society that values revenge over forgiveness we have an opportunity to show people something supernatural, which reveals to them the grace and mercy of God. Yes, forgiving even an unrepentant offender shows them the grace and mercy of God… Continue reading Unforgiveness is Never an Option

Persevering Through Peril – Part 2

Originally posted on Aletheia (Truth) Blog:
Before we start, this is going to be the last section of Nehemiah I am going to cover for a while. I have put up posts covering all of Nehemiah chapters 1-6 as I post this. I am being led to step away from finishing this book for the time being. I am praying about what I should do… Continue reading Persevering Through Peril – Part 2

To Judge or Not to Judge

Originally posted on Aletheia (Truth) Blog:
“The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9 “There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, There is not even one.” Romans 3:10-12… Continue reading To Judge or Not to Judge

Persevering Through Peril

Originally posted on Aletheia (Truth) Blog:
When we finished last week Nehemiah had just finished a prayer in Nehemiah 4:5 asking for God to take vengeance against Sanballat and Tobiah for the evil they had done. Their mocking had succeeded in demoralizing the workers who were rebuilding the wall. We pick up now this week where the building has continued. “So we built the wall and… Continue reading Persevering Through Peril

Autumn Blessings ~

Originally posted on CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann:
Autumn brings to the soul relief, as hot Summer days, slip to an end God sent the season for weary hearts to restore, repair and mend. Unlike the Autumn trees, that shed their changing leaves God sent the season for failing hearts to adhere, embrace and cleave. Just as with the Autumn winds, there comes a new… Continue reading Autumn Blessings ~

The Full Armor of God

Originally posted on Aletheia (Truth) Blog:
Last week we saw the beginning of the opposition as Nehemiah rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. The struggle was not just physical in nature, but spiritual as well. Behind the scenes in the spiritual realm a fierce battle was going on. What many people forget is that everything we do has a spiritual implication. You cannot separate it from… Continue reading The Full Armor of God

Preparing for Battle – Nehemiah 4:1-5

Originally posted on Aletheia (Truth) Blog:
In 1896 at the Battle of Adwa in Ethopia, the Italian forces led by General Baratieri fought against The King of Ethiopia, King Menelik. Menelik’s forces had an estimated 100,000 soldiers while the Italians only had 25,000. A few years earlier Italy had given the Ethiopians state of the art rifles and ammunition in hopes of annexing the nation… Continue reading Preparing for Battle – Nehemiah 4:1-5

Reconstruction Begins – Opposition Begins

Originally posted on Aletheia (Truth) Blog:
When we finished last week we saw Nehemiah inspecting the walls of Jerusalem carefully. The Hebrew word speaks to one who is not just looking at the damage, but also what needs to be done in the way of repairs. Reading about how methodically Nehemiah went about the wall with a thorough examination begs the question, “Do we examine… Continue reading Reconstruction Begins – Opposition Begins

Carrying Out the Will of God Requires Sacrifice

Originally posted on Aletheia (Truth) Blog:
When we finished last time we saw that the queen mentioned in Artaxerxes chamber was more than likely his step mother, Queen Esther. The very Esther which rescued the Jews from the evil Haman was again being used by God to influence King Artaxerxes to consider Nehemiah’s request. Scripture tells us in Nehemiah 2:6 that “it pleased the king”… Continue reading Carrying Out the Will of God Requires Sacrifice