HOW TO THRIVE

– Jesus: Our Restorer of All That Is Broken (Part 2) 

HOW TO THRIVE 

(Nehemiah 8)

Are you thriving today – living the abundant life Jesus wants for you? If not, it is definitely possible!

Our only hope for resuscitation, restoration, and revival is the “One Who Restores All the Broken Things” – JESUS! He will heal and rebuild the broken areas within us, He can bring beauty out of ashes, and “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory (1 Samuel 2:8). God’s desire is for us is to thrive and live life abundantly.

How do we, as believers, get to that point of thriving and living an abundant life? In Nehemiah 8:1-3, we see the first step as well as the progression. In this passage, all the exiles gathered together in the open square and they asked Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses. Ezra brought the Law before the assembly, and then he read from it from morning until midday and all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law. They sought out God’s Word and they were attentive to it.

Jesus, our restorer of all that is broken, wants us to thrive through His Holy Word. Fortunately, we are not limited to someone reading to us from one of few remaining copies of Scripture. We have easy access to the Bible. Our part is seeking out and paying attention to His Word, the Bible. What happens when we do this?

… Repentance
… Restoration
…Reconciliation

Look at Nehemiah 8:6. “Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. Then all the people answered, ‘Amen, Amen!’ while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.”  They received instruction from God’s Word and responded in worship. Notice what happened while reading God’s Word. (1) There was a longing of heartshunger, (2) there was the lifting of handsholiness, and (3) there was the lowering of headshumility. This is the progression that leads to restoration and thriving.


INTEGRATING TRUTH INTO EVERYDAY LIFE

We cannot begin to thrive without seeking God through His Word. As the exiles heard God’s Word, their mind’s were renewed and transformation began. God’s word “is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:2). It clarifies our thinking separating what is of God and what is of the flesh.

The Bible says God’s Word is also like a mirror reflecting to our mind what we are really like. Additionally, it is like a hammer pounding at the areas within us that are hardened by sin and breaking down areas of resistance to God. God speaks to us through Scripture showing us what is keeping us from thriving and possibly even holding us in captivity.

The Bible mentions several other word pictures describing the impact of God’s Word. Look up the following and reflect on how they illustrate the impact of God’s Word on your life.

  1. Fire – Jeremiah 23:29
  2. Seed – Matthew 13
  3. Gold  – Psalm 19:9-11
  4. Honey – Psalm 19:9-11
  5. Lamp – Psalm 119:105
  6. Milk – 1 Peter 2:2
  7. Sword – Ephesians 6:17

 

 

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