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Tuesday Devotion: A Study in Nehemiah

Welcome to our Tuesday devotions. Every Tuesday, we will offer a study in the book of Nehemiah. We hope you enjoy these devotions and will also follow us on social media at @thecovenc. We post encouraging Bible verses, upcoming events at The Cove, and much more.

Fight or Fear

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

 

Nehemiah 4:10-14 (NASB)

Thus in Judah it was said, “The strength of the burden bearers is failing, Yet there is much rubbish; And we ourselves are unable to rebuild the wall.” Our enemies said, “They will not know or see until we come among them, kill them and put a stop to the work.”  When the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times, “They will come up against us from every place where you may turn,”  then I stationed men in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, the exposed places, and I stationed the people in families with their swords, spears and bows.  When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people: “Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.”

 

Nehemiah had gotten the people of Israel to rise up and start one of the biggest building projects of that time. Each person was responsible for building a section of the broken down walls around the city, and it was working, last week we saw gaps closed and the structure was half the height.

Now, Jewish enemies who had previously been able to come and go as they wished, had their freedom restricted, and opposition began. Not idle intimidation, but a very real, very scary, menacing threat.

Rumors and murmurings began among the workers. Exhausted, they were only half finished with the job and now they had to contend with the probability that the enemy could strike from anywhere at any time. Nehemiah took the information seriously and stationed people to stand as guards.

Then, in verse 14 he spoke up and said “Do not be afraid of them: remember the Lord who is great and awesome . . .” Yes, what they were going through was fearsome, but God is greater.

The same thing is true today as we battle an unseen, yet real virus. Rumors and changing news happens so fast we can hardly keep up. There is a very real reason to be concerned for the health of our family and for ourselves, but as Nehemiah said, “do not be afraid . . .”

This passage ends with the call to fight for your brothers, sons, daughters, wives and your houses.” I believe we can use this today as a battle cry as a fight for our faith during these unprecedented times. God wants us to stand up and be bold for Him. He is using this microscopic foe to bring us to Himself. I also believe that the great commission that Jesus left us with before He ascended into Heaven, to go to all the world and make disciples is even more of a battle cry than ever before.

May we stand firm in our faith, may we fight for the faith of our families and may we make disciples wherever we go.

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • When there is fear from a real foe, there is often rumors and murmuring. Do our best to find the truth in the middle of everything we hear.
  • No matter how scary a situation we are in, God is bigger. Remember He is great and awesome.
  • Post guards around our situation. The guards I choose to post today are the Truth in God’s word, and wonderful accountability partners who will watch my back as I watch their back in return.
  • Remember who is fighting the fight for us. Jesus died on the cross to take away all of our guilt and shame and fights for us.

The fight was real for Nehemiah just as the battle is real today. His enemy was someone he could see, as well as something (rumors) he could not see. He had to fight each one, yet the strategy was different for each enemy.

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. Even though what is happening today is as scary and as real as what Nehemiah faced, how can we look to the great and awesome God who will fight with us and for us?
  2. Am I contributing to the rumors spread across the internet by passing everything on without checking for truth?
  3. Will I spend diligent time in prayer to be an effective warrior for Christ instead of letting fear take my fighting spirit away?
  4. How will I use this time of quiet and isolation? Spend time in fear, or spend time preparing for spiritual battle?

 

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Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 43:2

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Isaiah 43:2 (NIV):

When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.”

As you begin your week, you can have certainty that God is with you. He is with you through any storm and through any difficult situation. If you are suffering from loneliness being at home and are by yourself, He is with you. If you have lost your job during this pandemic, He is with you. If you or someone you know is sick from Covid-19, He is with you. He is our strength, our comforter, our peace, and our hope. Take some time today to open His Word and let Him speak to you.

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Tuesday Devotions: A Study in Nehemiah

Welcome to our Tuesday devotions. Every Tuesday, we will offer a study in the book of Nehemiah. We hope you enjoy these devotions and will also follow us on social media at @thecovenc. We post encouraging Bible verses, upcoming events at The Cove, and much more.

Fill in the Gaps of our Relationships

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

 

Nehemiah 4:6-9 (NASB)

“So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work. Now when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repair of the walls of Jerusalem went on, and that the breaches began to be closed, they were very angry. All of them conspired together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause a disturbance in it.  But we prayed to our God, and because of them we set up a guard against them day and night.”

At first, it was more important to build the wall and close the gaps then to work on the height. With breaches closed and walls joined together, men who were used to passing through Jerusalem for nefarious purposes no longer had free access.

When I see words such as fitly joined, come together, or gaps closed, I am reminded of relationships as well as the task that needed to be completed. I believe that in the middle of the necessary safety project, God was also rebuilding His people.

The Israelites had been in exile for over seventy years, and even when they had returned to a homeland many had never even seen, they were lost. They existed in a broken down city in broken homes for several years before Nehemiah had the plan to repair the city.

The Jewish people were as scattered, gap filled and broken as the walls around their beloved Jerusalem. God’s plan, carried out by Nehemiah was to bring healing to His children at the same time as they were taking care of the safety issue. God closed the gaps in relationships as the holes in the walls came together and He re-built broken families as bricks were raised. Some of you may say there is a relationship of yours that is broken beyond repair, however, I know that if God could use the raising of the walls of Jerusalem in record time, as well as repair the spirit and relationships of His chosen people, then what you are going through is not too hard for God.

Of course, whenever we fulfill God’s plan, the enemy is angry. In verse 8 we are told how the enemies of God’s people conspired to come and fight against Jerusalem and cause a disturbance. We cannot be surprised at hardship and opposition when we are in God’s will, in fact, I believe this is one way we know we are on the right course.

In verse 9, the people prayed to God, and then they set up a guard against enemy day and night. We need to be just as vigilant. We need to stay in prayer and keep a guard over our family, and ourselves for our enemy is just as real as the flesh and blood that came against the Jewish people during Nehemiah’s time.

Ephesians 6:12 (NASB)For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • To God, broken relationships are as important as broken walls.
  • Working together, in God’s will can build bonds.
  • When we work for God, expect opposition.
  • Be on vigilant in prayer, and guard each other as you work as unto the Lord.
  • Our enemy is not necessarily flesh and blood.

In verse 9 Nehemiah said that they prayed to their God. Prayer was the first action he took when it came to taking on the enemy. He knew the first rule of spiritual warfare. Do not attempt to enter into a battle without serious prayer.

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. Are there relationships in your life that need repair?
  2. Is there a relationship you feel is too broken for God to fix? Pray and watch Him work.
  3. Are you like God’s people in Nehemiah’s time, scattered and lost? Will you allow God’s plan to bring healing as He works on other issues at the same time?
  4. How can we set a guard up around each other as we battle together in prayer?

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Weekly Bible Verse: Romans 15:13

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Romans 15:13 (NIV):

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

As you go through your week, remember that God is the God of hope and of peace. As you read His Word and cry out to Him, He will fill you with a hope and peace that is overflowing and sustaining.

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Tuesday Devotions: A Study in Nehemiah

Welcome to our Tuesday devotions. Every Tuesday, we will offer a study in the book of Nehemiah. We hope you enjoy these devotions and will also follow us on social media at @thecovenc. We post encouraging Bible verses, upcoming events at The Cove, and much more.

Build Up – Not Tear Down

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

 

Nehemiah 4: 1-3 (NASB)

Now it came about that when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became furious and very angry and mocked the Jews.  He spoke in the presence of his brothers and the [b]wealthy men of Samaria and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Are they going to restore it for themselves? Can they offer sacrifices? Can they finish in a day? Can they revive the stones from the dusty rubble even the burned ones?”  Now Tobiah the Ammonite was near him and he said, “Even what they are building—if a fox should jump on it, he would break their stone wall down!”

At this point, Nehemiah had each person assigned and the work began on his own section of the wall. Their morale was high and they were making significant progress. However, prior to the Israelites return to Jerusalem, people from all around were able to come and go. They traveled to and through the city as they pleased. Now that the walls were being rebuilt, this had become a problem to some clear enemies of the Jewish people.

Sanballet and others began an all-out campaign to put a stop to Nehemiah’s plans. Their first attempt is a verbal assault. If this were to happen in our day, I think the term we would use for their attack could be “cyber bullying”. The passage only lists a few people who verbally abuse the Jews, and yet, for this to make it into our text today, I believe many people must have been party to the attack as we will see next week when I cover Nehemiah’s prayer in response to the situation.

Haven’t we seen many of the same instances today that are similar to Nehemiah’s time? I can think of several examples, such as, Christian bakeries, photographers, and florists under attack. Some have been forced to take legal measures to maintain their businesses.

It is true, we fight battles on many fronts today. What God has been saying to me through the book of Nehemiah, is now is the time to stand together and continue to build in the section of the wall God has given us to work on. Hold each other up, encourage your fellow builder in their work. Be an encourager today, speak words of life, build up, and do not tear down.

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • Nehemiah remained faithful to the task God gave him even in the midst of a trial
  • When we are doing the work God has given us to do, expect opposition
  • Do not let negative talk tear us down.

Nehemiah knew he was doing God’s work. He had the favor of the king, a free travel pass and a blank check for all the supplies he needed. He even had all of the Israelite’s on board with the project. With all that he had going right, I wonder if he even anticipated opposition.

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. What opposition are you encountering that you did not expect?
  2. Is there something you know you’ve been called to do, but are now experiencing the biggest fight of your life?
  3. How can we stand together and hold each other up instead of tear down?
  4. If there is someone you’ve already been a part of tearing down, what can you do to help build that person up?

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Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 145

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Psalm 145. This is a Psalm of praise and thanksgiving to our King. As you read and meditate over this verse today, give thanks to the Lord for all that He has done.

Psalm 145 (NIV)

I will exalt you, my God the King;
    I will praise your name for ever and ever.
  Every day I will praise you
    and extol your name for ever and ever.

 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    his greatness no one can fathom.
 One generation commends your works to another;
    they tell of your mighty acts.
  They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
    and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
 They tell of the power of your awesome works—
    and I will proclaim your great deeds.
 They celebrate your abundant goodness
    and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

 The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
    slow to anger and rich in love.

 The Lord is good to all;
    he has compassion on all he has made.
 All your works praise you, Lord;
    your faithful people extol you.
 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
    and speak of your might,
 so that all people may know of your mighty acts
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures through all generations.

The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
    and faithful in all he does.
The Lord upholds all who fall
    and lifts up all who are bowed down.
 The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food at the proper time.
 You open your hand
    and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
    and faithful in all he does.
 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.
 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
    he hears their cry and saves them.
 The Lord watches over all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.

 My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
    Let every creature praise his holy name
    for ever and ever.”

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Tuesday Devotions- A Study in Nehemiah

Welcome to our Tuesday devotions. Every Tuesday, we will offer a study in the book of Nehemiah. We hope you enjoy these devotions and will also follow us on social media at @thecovenc. We post encouraging Bible verses, upcoming events at The Cove, and much more.

 

REBUILD THE WALLS

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

 

Nehemiah 3 is an account of each person who worked on the walls. Some men were assigned a section that was close to their home, and some came from far away. Some were priests and sons of priests. Some men’s normal jobs were specialized, such as perfumers and goldsmiths. Some were nobles, and yet, some nobles did not support the project. In all, there were forty-five named men, as well as many un-named persons who performed the task of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.

Regardless of who they were, where they came from, or what walk of life they represented, all the people had something in common. When Nehemiah put out the call for help, they answered. Each labored on their appointed section of the walls and gates. Can you imagine the scale of undertaking? In Nehemiah’s time, the city was relatively small in comparison as to the size of today’s Jerusalem. However, for men working with hand tools, I am sure the task was daunting indeed.

In chapter four, Nehemiah tells us he had a trumpeter standing near him so he could give direction and sound alarms. This tells us that even with all of the workers listed in Chapter three, they were still spread thin on their own sections. The work was great and the laborers were few.

Matthew 9:35-38 (NASB) stated,  “Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.  Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”

When I think of Nehemiah and the unbelievable job that lay before him to rebuild what the enemy destroyed. I sometimes feel like him. The tasks God has given me are daunting indeed, but God reminds me that He has compassion for His people, and if I beseech Him for the workers, He will send them. I have to remember that I am not alone, just as Nehemiah was not alone.

God has called all of us to carry on the job He started. We are to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We are to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom, and we are to work in the fields for they are ripe for the harvest. Thank God we are not alone. He goes before us and is with us.

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • People responded from far and wide to Nehemiah’s call for help.
  • No matter what our “normal” job is, there is always something we can do to help.
  • Even if our name is not listed, and we don’t get the recognition for the work. God knows.
  • The task may seem daunting, and the odds stacked against us, but when God calls us to a task, He will make a way.
  • God goes before us. We are not alone.

Even with all of the planning and prayer Nehemiah put into the project, when it came to rebuilding the walls and gates of Jerusalem, Nehemiah needed help. The harvest Jesus spoke of in Matthew 9 35-38 is the same. The harvest is great, the fields are ripe but the workers are few.

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. What is God calling me to that seems daunting?
  2. Is there large scale task that is not on your list, yet you feel the tug of the Holy Spirit to respond?.

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Weekly Bible Verse: Philippians 3:13-14

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Philippians 3:13-14 

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Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (NIV). 
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A Cove Recipe: Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake

Are you at home looking for something to new to try?  This is one of our guest’s favorite recipes. Enjoy this delectable Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake.

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Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake
Makes one 8-inch cake

Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe
1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
¾ cup unsalted butter
1 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
¼ + ⅛ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp coffee extract
5 eggs
¾ cup cocoa powder

Chocolate Glaze Recipe
1 ½ cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
¾ cup heavy cream

Preparing cake:
Preheat oven to 350°. Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips and butter in pan over medium heat. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar, salt, and both vanilla and coffee extracts to melted chocolate and butter. Once mixed, add the eggs, beating briefly until smooth. Add cocoa powder and mix until just combined. Bake in greased 8” cake pan for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.

Preparing glaze:
Heat cream to a boil in sauce pan over medium heat. Remove from heat and pour heated cream over chocolate chips in a glass bowl. Let stand for 1-2 minutes, then whisk together until chocolate chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Spread glaze over cooled cake. Tap cake pan a couple of times on counter to spread evenly over cake. Freeze cake overnight. Remove from freezer and from cake pan and thaw just until no longer frozen and serve.

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Tuesday Devotions: A Study in Nehemiah

Welcome to our Tuesday devotions. Every Tuesday, we will offer a study in the book of Nehemiah. We hope you enjoy these devotions and will also follow us on social media at @thecovenc. We post encouraging Bible verses, upcoming events at The Cove, and much more.

 

PLAN IN PRIVATE. PRESENT IN PUBLIC

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

 

So I came to Jerusalem and was there three days. And I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. I did not tell anyone what my God was putting into my mind to do for Jerusalem and there was no animal with me except the animal on which I was riding. So I went out at night by the Valley Gate in the direction of the Dragon’s Well and on to the Refuse Gate, inspecting the walls of Jerusalem which were broken down and its gates which were consumed by fire.  Then I passed on to the Fountain Gate and the King’s Pool, but there was no place for my mount to pass.  So I went up at night by the ravine and inspected the wall. Then I entered the Valley Gate again and returned.  The officials did not know where I had gone or what I had done; nor had I as yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials or the rest who did the work. Then I said to them, “You see the bad situation we are in, that Jerusalem is desolate and its gates burned by fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem so that we will no longer be a reproach.”  I told them how the hand of my God had been favorable to me and also about the king’s words which he had spoken to me. Then they said, “Let us arise and build.” So they put their hands to the good work” ( Nehemiah 2:11-18, NASB). 

Can you almost picture Nehemiah secretly riding around the city three nights in a row? I imagine him and a couple of trusted men on their horses. Nehemiah with a sketchbook in one hand and the reigns in the other. The Bible says there was no animal except those they rode on. This meant they were quiet.

Nehemiah was through getting his knowledge from second hand sources. If he was going to pull off a rebuild of the city walls, he needed to see things for himself. He needed wisdom, and he needed to formulate a plan. None of which could be accomplished if he relayed on other people to show him their version of the situation, or hearsay commentary from enemies inhabiting the city waiting for him to fail.

I am guessing Nehemiah was a type A planner, because he gave the king an estimate of how long it would take to accomplish the task and return to his job. He needed all of his God given skill to access the situation, in the dark, without detection.

When he had gathered all of the information needed, he held a meeting with the officials and nobles. Nehemiah stated something these men already knew, they were in a bad situation. Desperate even. Jerusalem, abandoned. The walls, crumbling and the gates burned. Yet, Nehemiah told leaders that God had been favorable to him. We don’t have his whole speech, but it must have been stirring because the response was . . . “Let us arise and build.”

That is a good example of how our response should be when called by God to do something. “Yes, let us arise and _________” fill in the blank with your own calling.

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • He did not rely on second hand knowledge, but investigated the situation for himself.
  • He made a thorough assessment of the situation, and then formulated a plan before he called the meeting.
  • He rode around the entire city three times. He saw the situation from all sides of the problem.
  • He stated the indisputable facts
  • He told of the incredible favor of the king, and how God had already provided for their building needs.

God had uniquely gifted Nehemiah for the job of rebuilding city walls of Jerusalem that is for sure, but Nehemiah also committed everything to prayer. He walked in his gifting, but he maintained a close relationship with God and only did what he knew God had called him to do.

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. What have I used second hand knowledge to make decisions? What do I need to investigate for myself?
  2. What plans have I come up with on my own without all of the facts?
  3. Are there any plans for things that I need to hold my tongue until I have looked at the problem from all sides?
  4. Am I walking out my calling?
  5. Have I acknowledged the favor and provision already granted by God?

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