Clean Up Your Choir: Lessons from Nehemiah 13

Clean Up Your Choir: Lessons from Nehemiah

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There were two kinds of Temple cleaning going on in Nehemiah 13. (You can read about it HERE,or listen to it HERE.)

The Israelites got rid of:

1. friendly contaminants  — those nice, friendly foreigners welcomed into the choir.

2. the outright enemy — Tobiah, who had not only been welcomed in, but given a room!

     Since we are God’s temple now — “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; You were bought with a price.  Therefore, honor God with your body.”  1 Corinthians 6:19)  — we can learn a lesson from this.

Today we’ll focus on the choir, tomorrow we’ll tackle the Temple.

FIRST things first —  clean out your choir, i.e, the friendly, entertaining voices that sing all around you through the day. Media comes to mind.  Some of those voices sound SO nice, but actually wreak havoc on your faith.    Chip Ingram recommends turning off TV, computers, i-pads, etc for 3 days/5 days/7 days/3 weeks at a time to reset your moral gauge.

It’s important, ’cause as goes our morals, so goes our faith.  They walk hand in hand.  They’re buddies.

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Let’s pray! 

Father, thank you for loving me and setting me free.

Give me ears to hear, eyes to see what voices I need to boot out of my choir.

And help me to not be afraid to turn off the TV, computer, ipad, etc, for awhile so I can turn on my faith and tune in to Your voice.

You did not give us a spirit of fear, but of boldness, power, and sound mind. (1 Timothy 1:7) So help me to be so bold as to do whatever it takes to have more of Your power and sound mind directing things between my ears and in my heart. Be my choir director! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Sing with me! —

♫ ♪ ♪“Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.” ♫ ♪ ♪

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