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“Better on Purpose”

Better on Purpose

Sunday morning message delivered by Pastor Talmadge Thomas

Nehemiah 1:1-11

The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah:

In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem.

They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”

When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Then I said:

“Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.

“Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’

“They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”


- Vision is not a product, but a process. Not a destination but a journey.

- In Hewbrew, 18 means LIFE (chai), I declare this year 2018, one of abundant living!

- Trouble won't wait until March to show up in 2018... it's already there or waiting to enter your life. Just because there has been a lull that doesn't mean you have to stop fighting.

- Our minds automatically jump to stories, assumptions, conclusions and beliefs, which can be dangerous if we get caught up in our interpretation of our situations and loose touch with the facts themselves.

- To avoid information overload, our brains filter out a great deal of data about a situation and is selective of what it pays attention to.

- In order to survive unexpected change, we must rely on God and not our own understanding. Our understanding of what God is doing with us is cannot be reached without Him.

- Stop looking for vision from those who only look but don't see. Hanging out with those who are beneath you won't lift you up to where you belong.

- SIGHT is natural, VISION is supernatural.

- When you know the heart of God, the hurt of others should grip you, even if their situations do not directly connect to yours

- If you need something for yourself or your family, declare a fast for yourself! Fasting produces 3 things: 1- Humility, 2- Confession, 3- Repentance

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