• Living in Exile Devotional

    Nehemiah 1:1-3

    When it comes to the “culture war,” American evangelicals often embrace one of two extremes. On the one hand, they can give up trying to influence society altogether. On the other, they might believe the nation will be saved if we elect the right people and pass the right laws. A more biblical approach would be to affirm the legitimacy of Christians serving the common good in the public square while recognizing that the gospel saves, not moralism. View Resource

  • Nehemiah’s Concern for Jerusalem Devotional

    Nehemiah 1

    Nehemiah clearly had a great love for his people, the Jews. As Christians, we must learn from this, for we are likewise commanded to love our people—our brothers and sisters in Christ. We should be seeking to grow in our love for other believers, and we cannot do this without spending time with them in worship and in fellowship. Let us seek every opportunity we can to grow in love for other believers in Christ. View Resource

  • Weeping for God’s People Devotional

    Nehemiah 1:4-11

    The most important reformation of all is the reformation of the church. When the people of God return to Him and submit themselves anew to the Word, then the Lord moves in powerful ways among them. Submission to the Word is achieved each day through repentance and our renewal of our vows to serve Him, and we also help foster reformation when we do what we can to ensure the Word is preached faithfully in our churches. View Resource

  • Nehemiah Approaches Artaxerxes Devotional

    Nehemiah 2:1-8

    Scripture does not oppose trusting in God and wisely planning our steps. To plan wisely, in fact, is an act of faith, for the Lord has blessed us with godly wisdom in the Scriptures, and to learn from this wisdom and have it shape our practice is one way we trust God. Let us seek to act wisely in all that we do, trusting the Lord for the outcome, and we will grow in wisdom as we study Scripture. View Resource

  • Building Amidst Opposition Devotional

    Nehemiah 2

    Dr. Sproul notes that one of the hardest costs to bear for following Jesus in the modern West is the scorn and ridicule encountered from an unbelieving world. This is the kind of opposition that we are most apt to get in the United States today, and the temptation will always be to change our message so that this scorn goes away. May we never succumb to this temptation, faithfully declaring the gospel of Christ in all generations. View Resource

  • Work on the Wall Begins Devotional

    Nehemiah 2:9-3:32

    God’s plan for the church is that we would be united in one faith and mission, and when this occurs we will not be tossed about by cunning and craftiness but will be a mighty army, conquering His enemies (Eph. 4:1–16). Like the Jews in Nehemiah’s day, the church today can accomplish much good as we are united in truth and love. We are called to pursue unity in the body, and as we do so, the Lord will advance His kingdom through us. View Resource

  • Arming the Builders Devotional

    Nehemiah 4

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage that “the reigning fear of God is the best antidote against the ensnaring fear of man.” Good preparations and plans are vital, but the only way not to fear our enemies is to fear the Lord and His might (Neh. 4:14). If He is on our side—that is, if we are on His side—we have nothing to fear from this world. View Resource

  • The Test of Personal Hardship Devotional

    Nehemiah 5:1-13

    God does not need our money and time to advance His kingdom, but He has chosen these means to help support the kingdom’s extension to the ends of the earth. He has called us to give of ourselves as a test of our obedience and to prove that we value Him more than silver or gold. May we be faithful to His call, believing that He will supply all of our needs in accordance with His love for us. View Resource

  • Nehemiah Rescues the Poor Devotional

    Nehemiah 5

    God’s law is given to redeemed people as a delight (Ps. 119:97). When people use the law to put burdens on us that cannot be fulfilled, the law is being used improperly. Nehemiah worked to apply the law properly and ease the burden on the poor, as the law was intended to do. This took great wisdom, and we will be able to apply the law properly only if we seek God’s wisdom and study the law carefully for its intent and right application. View Resource

  • Escaping a Conspiracy Devotional

    Nehemiah 6

    Not everyone who expresses a desire for our welfare intends good for us. Thus, we must take great care in whom we choose to be our friends and be wise when people who once seemed to hate us suddenly appear ready to help us. At the same time, we should not cultivate a suspicious attitude toward everyone. We should believe the best about people, especially in the body of Christ, until they give us good reason to believe otherwise. View Resource

  • Expository Preaching Devotional

    Nehemiah 8:1–8

    Preaching can be a lonely and intimidating task. If you have a preacher who is faithful to Scripture as he preaches, make sure you take the time to thank him for feeding you the Word of God. Moreover, as we study the Bible individually, we can be tempted to read our opinions into the text and compromise its original meaning. That is why we must pray that we would be faithful to the text while we research a passage’s original setting and its immediate context. View Resource

  • Teaching the Law Devotional

    Nehemiah 8:1–12

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage that “those who tremble at the convictions of the word may triumph in the consolation of it.” We can rejoice in the Lord’s grace and forgiveness only if we first understand our need for the gospel and His pardon. Many proclaim the wonders of God’s grace and their peace with the Lord without acknowledging their sin. Such individuals have a false peace and do not truly understand their need for the Lord’s work. View Resource

  • Hungry for the Word of God Devotional

    Nehemiah 8:1-3

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  • The Jews Hear the Law Devotional

    Nehemiah 8

    God calls us to mourn our sin; however, that does not mean He expects us to be in a state of perpetual grief over our transgressions. There are times for celebration, and a healthy spiritual life makes sure to include both celebration and sorrow. When we have confessed our sins, we should celebrate God’s promised forgiveness and rejoice in His mercy and goodness. View Resource

  • Joy and Strength Devotional

    Nehemiah 8:9-11

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