10/20/2020— Nehemiah 9-10
3. 百姓在神面前立约，并且要立志遵行神的律法。我们可能会怕和神立约，因为我们知道我们很难信守自己的承诺。然而，我觉得列出我们对神的心志和坚定的信念，并且重新把这些心志和信念献给神是很宝贵的。承诺和信念是有区别的。比较下面两句话：“神啊，我保证绝不再犯这个罪了。”, “主啊，我会尽一切所能不犯同样的罪，如果我跌倒了，我会告诉一位弟兄/姊妹，让光照进我罪的黑暗中”。每当我们觉得自己与神疏远的时候，我们可以借着祷告在神面前重申我们对他的心志。
“You are the LORD, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you give life to everything, and the host of heaven worships you. Neh 9:6
1: what did the people do before they signed their covenant with the LORD?
2: What was the purpose of retelling all the great things the LORD did?
This is a wonderful example of how to repent, how to renew our relationship with God, and/or how to restart the spiritual fire that used to burn in our soul. They just finished building the wall and now they are ready to get right with God. There are some things that they do that are crucial to getting right with God or restart our passion for God.
There are many times in a Christian’s life when they feel dry spiritually, or they are coming out of a season of disobedience or sin. When I am in this situation, I do what we see done in these two chapters.
1. Remember who God is. They remember who God is by declaring it in verse 6 in chapter 9 – “you alone are the Lord…you give life to everything” Do this for yourself and remember who God is to you and why you have first started to follow him.
2. They remember what God has done for them. They now go into a part where they recall the great things God has done for them, and in their case, their ancestors. This is extremely important. For me, When I recall all that God has done for me, my heart quickly feels closer to God. When you feel far from God, do this.
3. They then made promises before the LORD and swore to keep them. Now it can be a bit scary to make promises to God because we have trouble sticking to our word, however, I do see it valuable to make a list of our spiritual convictions and rededicate them to the LORD in a similar fashion as they did. Promised are things we swear to do or not do, while convictions are personal morals that guide our lives and actions. For example, compare the following statements. “God I promise to never commit this sin again” vs. “Lord I will at all cost to avoid this sin, and if I fall I will always tell a fellow brother/sister to bring this sin to the light.” When we feel far from God, we can restate your convictions before the Lord in a prayerful way.
I think these three things will help us to get out of a dry or unfruitful spiritual place.
Oh LORD, you alone are God. I worship you, God. You are my creator and I praise you.
God, you alone are the one who made me feel so accepted when I was broken. God, wherever you lead me I will follow. As I look back on the days of my life with you, you have been so good to me. I praise you for your hand truly has been moving in my life!