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Hello, God has given me something in Ezra 8:1 which says,

 “These are the family heads and those registered with them who came up with me from Babylon during the reign of King Artaxerxes:”

People: People did actually volunteer or register to go up with Ezra. A lot of people. A lot of people were going to go up with Ezra. The people were willing to go with Ezra, they had willing spirits in the help of one of their fellow people. They would help Ezra like a fellow brother. They would assist him, and help him with what he needed with willing spirits.

Christians: Christians help each other out. We  can work together and not fight. We unite around Christ. So why not join us? Christians are at peace with one another, and we don’t (or shouldn’t) fight with each other. We fight side by side against the evil one. We work together, and we love each other and help each other. Imagine that you are on the battle field and get seriously wounded. Now, normal, physical armies may not help immediately because they are fighting, but the Christians spiritual army does. We spring into action. Why not come and be loved. Christ will save and welcome all who come to Him. So, why not come?

What to do: In application to Ezra 8, I am going to tell you something a Christians needs to do. And that is to help your fellow brother. All of us stumble, and fall into sin, so other believer help. We can encourage the fallen believer and help him to his feet. And then another brother stumbles and falls into sin, and we help and encourage that believer. We need to help each other in any way we can. If we give to someone, we do it cheerfully for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). Help your fellow believer.

God: God is almighty and strong. He is mighty to save, and He is awesome. Give Him thanks, and praise His name. Love Him and give your life to Him. He loves us so much, so much, in fact, that He gave His only son for us on the cross. He gave His life for a world full of sinful wretches. Thank You God! Give thanks to His son, for He gave His own life for us, and then gave us His spirit to be with us. Thank You!

Application: How does Ezra 8:1 apply to us? Ezra 8:1 was in the beginning to telling us that a lot of people came and helped Ezra. Whenever one of our fellow brothers or sisters in Christ needs help, we give it to him/her. Christians should always help one another, which means your either helping or being helped. When we go forth in something other believers help us, just as lots of people helped Ezra. Jesus helped us a whole lot more than anyone else. How? He gave His own life for us, to save us out of our sin, and give us new life in Him. We are now new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17)!

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for giving Your son for us. Thank You for helping us so much. I pray that I would help other believers. Please help me to draw close to You, and love You more. Please help me to know You more. Help me to encourage my fellow brothers and sisters. I pray that I would dwell on You today, and on Your Word. Please strengthen believers, Lord, and please strengthen me. Thank You so much for making me Your daughter, and making me a new creation in You. Please help me to be more and more like You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Give cheerfully, 2 Corinthians 9:7,

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

New Creation, 2 Corinthians 5:17,

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

Beginning verse, Ezra 8:1,

“These are the family heads and those registered with them who came up with me from Babylon during the reign of King Artaxerxes:”

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland


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