Exo 3:1  Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
Exo 3:2  And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.
Exo 3:3  And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.”
Exo 3:4  When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”
Exo 3:5  Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

When the LORD saw that he turned: God didn’t speak to Moses until He has Moses’ attention. Often God’s Word doesn’t touch our heart the way that it might because we don’t give it our attention.

The burning bush was a spectacular phenomenon that captured Moses’ attention; but it changed nothing until Moses received the Word of God there.


Neh 1:2  that Hanani, one of my brothers, came with certain men from Judah. And I asked them concerning the Jews who escaped, who had survived the exile, and concerning Jerusalem.
Neh 1:3  And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.”

Nehemiah’s Prayer
Neh 1:4  As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

His heart was for the things of God, his heart was not on himself, but on others.

Nehemiah’s immediate reaction was extreme. He didn’t just feel bad for Jerusalem and its people; right away, there was no strength in his legs (I sat down), and he began to weep and to mourn.
Mourned for many days: God was going to use Nehemiah to do something about this situation. But first, God did something in Nehemiah. Any great work of God begins with God doing a great work in somebody.

Neh 2:12  Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. And I told no one what my God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem.
We have to have the heart, the prayer, the vision, the passion to be used of God , then He will direct His Purpose

It appears that Nehemiah prayed for four months before he did anything. Later, when the work of rebuilding the walls actually begins, it only takes 52 days to finish the job. But that 52-day project had a four-month foundation of prayer.


Ac 20:22 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.
Ac 20:23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.
Ac 20:24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace

Act 21:10  While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.
Act 21:11  And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’”
Act 21:12  When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem.
Act 21:13  Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Act 21:14  And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”
Act 21:15  After these days we got ready and went up to Jerusalem.


Act 26:13  At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shone around me and those who journeyed with me.
Act 26:14  And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’
Act 26:15  And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.
Act 26:16  But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you,
Act 26:17  delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you
Act 26:18  to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ 


Joh 4:31  While this was happening, Jesus’ disciples were saying to him, “Teacher, please eat something.”
Joh 4:32  But Jesus told them, “I have food that you don’t know anything about.”
Joh 4:33  His disciples started asking each other, “Has someone brought him something to eat?”
Joh 4:34  Jesus said: My food is to do what God wants! He is the one who sent me, and I must finish the work that he gave me to do.

Mat 9:35  And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.
Mat 9:36  But seeing the crowds, He was moved with compassion on them, because they were tired and scattered like sheep having no shepherd.

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