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Hello, God has given me something Nehemiah 12:8 which says,

“The Levites were Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and also Mattaniah, who, together with his associates, was in charge of the songs of thanksgiving.”

Levites: Mattaniah, along with his associates, was in charge of the songs of thanksgiving. They would sing songs of thanksgiving to God. What did they have to be thankful for? Well God  kept a remnant in Israel, He accepted their offerings, and He did not destroy them even though He had so many reasons to. Even when they deserted Him, He did not fully desert them. They had many reasons to be thankful.

Christians: Christians have so many reasons to be thankful. We have been saved, and are going through the only way to heaven. So, why not join us? Jesus can and will save you. Think of a little sheep, who wandered out one night in search of the pasture the Good Shepherd always took them. He thought to himself, ‘I don’t need him to show me the way’, so he wandered off, not knowing what lay ahead. After a little while of wandering, he came upon a beautiful pasture. He knew this wasn’t the one the Shepherd always took them to, but he though to himself, ‘Look at all the green grass’, so he went to the pasture. Just as he started eating, he heard a low snarl. He turned around to see a big wolf. The wolf was huge, and his teeth looked fierce. “So foolish you were to search for your own pasture.” the wolf said. Just as the wolf lunged for the sheep, the Good Shepherd stepped in front of the wolf. He took his staff and chased the sorry wolf away. He picked up his little sheep and took him home. Jesus can save you. Just call out to Him.

What to do: Now, as saved sheep, here is one thing that we are to do, in application to this passage. Give thanks. Jesus has saved us from the mouth of the wolf. The Levites had someone in charge of the songs of thanksgiving, for God had helped them. God has helped us in so many ways. So give thanks, little sheep. He has saved you, and now, you have a story to tell the flock. Give thanks to your Shepherd for he has saved you from the wolf. Thank You, Jesus!

God: God has given His son for us. He has loved us so much. Give thanks to Him, like the Levites did, for He is so good. He has saved us from our sins, He has rescued us. Give thanks with a grateful heart, for He has given His son to save us. Jesus has saved us. He has become the atoning, pleasing, perfect, sinless, holy, righteous, pure, sacrifice for our sins, to make us perfect, sinless, holy, righteous, and pure. He has cleansed us, so that we are clean in the Father’s eyes. He has made us new!

Application: How does Nehemiah 12:8 apply to us? The Levites had people for the songs of thanksgiving, because of what God did for them. We should sing songs of thanksgiving to Christ for what He has done for us. Jesus has loved us so much, so we should give Him thanks. We should praise His name. We should also share the reason to be thankful for others. Jesus has saved us from our sins. Give Him thanks. Jesus has died on a Roman torcher stick, after being beaten beyond recognition, for a world full of sinning, wretched sinners. He has made us pure! Thank You, Jesus!

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for making us new. Thank You for loving us. Please help me to draw close to You, and to love You more. Please help me to rejoice in You, and long to be in Your word. Please help me to come to You when I need help. Thank You for giving Your own son to die on the cross for me. Please strengthen me, and help me to grow in you, and more like You. Thank You for making me Your daughter. Thank You for doing so much for me. Please help me to be thankful. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Verse(s):

Beginning verse, Nehemiah 12:8

“The Levites were Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and also Mattaniah, who, together with his associates, was in charge of the songs of thanksgiving.”

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

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