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Hello, God has given me something in Nehemiah 9:17-18 which says,

“They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them, even when they cast for themselves an image of a calf and said, ‘This is your god, who brought you up out of Egypt,’ or when they committed awful blasphemies.”

Stiff-necked: This is pretty much the history of Israel. They rebelled and had other gods, then they were put into slavery and they called out to God who helped them. God saved them every time. The people were stiff-necked, and had rebelled. But God had saved them.

Christians: Christians are saved. We have fallen to sin. We were stuck in our sins, trapped. But Jesus became our sacrifice, and saved us. We have the joy of being saved. So, why not be saved? Why not experience God’s joy. He will save you. Christians will go to heaven. So, why not join us and go through the way the truth and the life (John 14:6). Why not come, and be saved?

What to do: Here is one thing that we are to do as Christians. Follow God. We were once lost in sin. We were stiff-necked, but, God sent His son to save us. Now, if we pray and ask God for strength to follow Him, then we can follow Him. He will give us strength to follow Him. He is so good like that. He will keep you following Him. He loves us, so we should follow Him. He is the way, so we should walk in Him, and follow Him.

God: God is so good, He is so good. He loves us so much. He is almighty, and good. He has saved us out of our sins. He has never left us. Praise Him, and give Him thanks. He loves us so much. Give thanks with a grateful heart, because He gave His own son for us, to be the atoning sacrifice for a world full of sinners. Thank Jesus, for He gave His own life for us. He has saved us out of our sins. He rescued us from the hand of Satan, and from His kingdom. Thank You, Jesus!

Application: How does Nehemiah 9:17-18 apply to us? The Israelites were stiff-necked in their sins, but, God never left them. And when they cried out to Him, He rescued them. We were stiff-necked in our sins too. But Jesus saved us from our sins. Jesus left us His Holy-Spirit. Now, God never leaves us. He listens to us, and watches over us. He was with the stiff-necked, sinning, stubborn Israelites, and He is with us too. Jesus has saved us, and is now with us, watching us, and preparing a place for us (John 14:2). He loves us so much.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for giving Your son for us. Thank You for staying with us. Please help me to love You more. Please help me to grow in You, and be more and more like You. Help me to follow You. Please strengthen me, and other believers all around the world. Thank You for making me Your daughter, and for loving me so much. Thank You for doing so much for me. Please help me to draw close to You, and long to read Your word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Verse(s):

The way, John 14:6,

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Preparing a place, John 14:2,

“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”

Beginning verse, Nehemiah 9:17-18,

“They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them, even when they cast for themselves an image of a calf and said, ‘This is your god, who brought you up out of Egypt,’ or when they committed awful blasphemies.”

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

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