11/22/15 – Take Courage, for the Hand of the Lord Is On You

Take Courage, for the Hand of the Lord Is On You

John Stange

Ezra 7:1-28

I. What are you setting your heart to do? (v. 1-10)

Philippians 3:12-16 – 12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

II. Who are you encouraging to use their gifts (v. 11-20)

1 Timothy 2:1-4 – First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Hebrews 10:24 – And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,

III. How highly do you prioritize what God has decreed? (v. 21-28)