Obedience—that is what God wants from Christians. Why? He wants to bless us. He wants to use our lives. He wants to have fellowship with us. For all these reasons, God called His people to lives of obedience.
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As Nehemiah continued his prayer; he honestly acknowledged Israel’s sins and placed himself with the people’s offenses. Had Nehemiah acted corruptly? No––of course not, but in his petition he identified with the people and never placed himself above the people. Nehemiah, as an intercessor stood in the gap for Israel. God would answer Nehemiah’s petition and do a great work––amazing.
First, Nehemiah had praised God’s awesomeness and greatness. Second, he understood why the children of Israel were in such a terrible state and confessed: …we have sinned (Nehemiah 1:6). Many things Moses had instructed them from the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, had been disobeyed.
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