God’s work makes good progress when God’s people receive strength from God’s Word.

Ezra 6:1-7:28  -  God’s work makes good progress when God’s people receive strength from God’s Word. Haggai and Zechariah were faithful in preaching God’s Word to the people. Their preaching ministry was very important. It was just what the builders needed. It inspired them to keep working. God’s House was rebuilt and God’s people rejoiced …

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God’s work doesn’t always move forward smoothly.

Ezra 4:1-5:17  -  God’s work does not always move forward smoothly. We face determined opposition. Where there is opportunity, there will be opposition (1 Corinthians 16:9). The servants of Satan rise up to oppose the servants of the Lord. This is what happens here. The Lord’s enemies had some success: ‘the work on the House …

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In life’s hard times as well as its happy times, the Lord is with us.

Learning From God's Word

“The Lord made them joyful”(Ezra 6:22).

We do all that we can to make ourselves happy – yet we, still, have the nagging feeling that there’s something missing. The more we try to find happiness the more we fail to find it. What’s our problem? Is it all about our starting-point? – ‘I will make myself happy.’ God’s Word tells us that there’s another starting-point: “The Lord made them joyful.”

The Lord makes us joyful – What does this mean? Does it mean that we’ll, always, be feeling on top of the world? No! It doesn’t mean that. We still, have, our ups and downs. What difference, then, does the Lord make? Is it not this – despite all our ups and downs, we know, deep down in our hearts, that the Lord is there with us in life’s hard times as well as its happy times?

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The return of God’s blessing begins with a real confession of sin.

Ezra 9:1-10:44  -  The return of God’s blessing begins with a real confession of sin - ‘our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens’ (9:6). If God chooses to bless us, it is not because we deserve to be blessed by Him. It is because He loves us …

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To all of us, God gives His call … and His strength.

EZRA 1:1-2:35  -  To ‘all’ of us, God gives His call. We are to ‘rebuild the House of the Lord’. To ‘all’ of us, He gives His strength: ‘Then... all those whose spirits God had moved, arose to go up and build the House of the Lord’ (1:3,5). If the work of God is to …

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Returning to the Lord – and seeking His blessing

Ezra 8:1-36  -  The return of God’s people to Jerusalem was not simply a geographical return - moving from one place to another. It was a spiritual return. They were returning to the Lord. They were seeking His blessing  (21). Without God’s blessing, we are nothing. We may have happy memories of better days, recalling …

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