Saturday’s Military Devotional – Pray and Guard!

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Nehemiah 4:9
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Nehemiah 4:9

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For a complete background on the book of Nehemiah, see this link to the first in a series I preached a number of years ago.

A brief overview is needed to set the scene, Nehemiah is a Jewish cupbearer in the court of Artaxerxes the king. He recently hears of the devastation (complete state of disrepair) of Jerusalem his homeland and becomes very sad.

The king notices he is out of sorts and inquires why, Nehemiah tells him of the state of Jerusalem (which Artaxerxes rules) and the king does something miraculous. He sent Nehemiah to rebuild Jerusalem.

Chapter 4  tells how the Jews are  made fun of, ridiculed and hindered at every turn by their enemies (basically everyone in the city in or with power) 



Nevertheless – This is a pretty bold and in your face type statement. Regardless of who you are, regardless of what you attempt. In others words we DO NOT CARE!

we made our prayer unto our God, – Why don’t we care about your evil efforts, because we have prayed God will intervene.  We have prayed Be on Guard for a power that far exceeds anything you can even conceived to intercede on our behalf. We will not stoop to your level and make fun of, ridicule or get physical. 

and set a watch against them day and night, – We will however be ever vigilant, we will set a watch and be ready to defend what is right. 

because of them. – Though we pray for God’s divine intervention we will not neglect the means He has given us to defend ourselves and those incapable of defending themselves. 



Nehemiah understood who his true enemies were. He also understood his duty was to defend the mission assigned to him by God and king. Nothing has changed for the Christian or Soldier in nearly 2500 years since the Book of Nehemiah was written. 

We have a duty to ignore insults and only worry about serious threats. We need to be in prayer and continually ask God for guidance and divine intervention against our enemies. We need to be prepared to stand Guard and defend and protect that which God has provided for us.

A reminder: 

I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.


I encourage everyone to PRAY FOR AMERICA, BE ON GUARD and PREPARED TO support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic!


Today’s Questions:

Say What?

Observation: What did I read? What struck you as most meaningful?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful? Did it change your view on Prayer and being on Guard?    

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do? How can I start living it out today?



We invite you to join us on Saturday, August 15 for FRC’s Stand Courageous Men’s Conference Live Stream event that will bring men together across the country to see and hear from God in this unprecedented time. The men across this nation need a fresh, God-inspired message to rise up: renewed to be men who lead and serve by following Christ’s example.

Stand Courageous Men’s Conference: Live Stream event

Live from Household of Faith | Gonzales, LA

Saturday, August 15, 2020
9:00am — 5:30pm ET | 8:00am — 4:30pm CT | 7:00am — 3:30pm MT
Live Stream for West Coast 9:00am — 5:30pm PT

Led by retired Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin, founding member and commander of the U.S. Army’s Delta Force and FRC President Tony Perkins — men who have a calling from God to help men develop character, build relationships, and make commitments that will move them closer to God’s good purpose and design.

Other confirmed speakers include Bishop Larry Jackson, Pastors Mark Stermer, Scott Bledsoe, Darryl Smith and Philip Pimlott — all who have demonstrated uncommon courage under fire. This event is a full day covering key areas for men: Man as a Provider, Instructor, Defender, Battle Buddy, and Chaplain.

The Stand Courageous ministry will also provide practical videos and resources to equip us as men to lead and dig deeper into biblical manhood. This is the time we need to bless and challenge men. Together, we can unite and Stand Courageous.

For all the details on this event, go to

To register for the Live Stream event, click here.


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Do you A Sow?

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Let the one who is taught the word share all his good things with the teacher. Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a person sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap destruction from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.  – – Galatians 6:6-10 (CSB)

It is clear here that Paul is writing to the church at Galatia and reminding them (v.6) not to forget their teachers needs). He warns them in verse 7 that God is well aware of their actions and will not be fooled or mocked by them. Further he goes on to say in verse 8 that if you call yourself a child of God and wish to reap eternal blessings then you need to give up the carnal ways of this life including cheating on tithing and giving to others. – Mike

Matthew Poole’s¹ Commentary  

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (v.7 KJV) 

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: this to terrify those who find out vain and false excuses to save their purses; he adviseth them not to cheat themselves, for though they might deceive men, yet they could not deceive the all-seeing and heart-searching God. 

For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap; further to encourage them to this communicating, he mindeth them, that what they distributed in this nature, was no more lost than the seed is which the husbandman casteth into the ground; which in its season springs up, and returneth into the husbandman’s hand with increase. This metaphor of sowing is made use of also, Proverbs 11:18 2 Corinthians 9:6, to express men’s actions; and lets us know, that our actions, when done, are not done with; but as our bodies shall rise again, so what we have done in the flesh shall be revived and judged; whatsoever, either for quantity or for quality, men sow, the same shall they reap: as to quantity, he had said in 2 Corinthians 9:6, that he who soweth sparingly should reap sparingly, and he who soweth bountifully should reap bountifully: as to quality, he here further addeth:. {see Galatians 6:8} 

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (V.8 KJV)

For he that soweth to his flesh; he that layeth out his estate, or spendeth his time and talents, for the gratifying of the flesh;  

shall of the flesh reap corruption; shall or may reap some carnal satisfaction, of a corruptible, dying, perishing nature. 

But he that soweth to the Spirit; but he who layeth out his estate, or spendeth his time, strength, talents, whatsoever God hath given him, for the glory of God, in obedience to the commands, motions, and dictates of the Spirit, or the revelations of the Divine will; 

shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting; he shall not of merit, but of grace from the Spirit, reap everlasting life, reward, and satisfaction. So that as in the world, that man doth not suffer loss that layeth out his money, time, or strength about good things of a valuable and enduring nature; but he only who layeth them out about things perishing, and transitory, and of a corruptible nature: so that man shall not lose his estate that layeth it out for the maintenance of the gospel, and upholding the ministry of it; for he soweth to the Spirit, and shall thereof reap eternal life and salvation: he only loseth his estate, &c., who spendeth it to gratify his lusts, and please his flesh, for all the return which he shall have, will be in poor, sensible, perishing good things, which perish with the using, and will be of no significancy to him beyond this life. 

¹Matthew Poole who is he? Well, C. H. Spurgeon said of Poole’s commentary: “If I must have only one commentary, and had read Matthew Henry as I have, I do not know but what I should choose Poole. He is a very prudent and judicious commentator… not so pithy and witty by far as Matthew Henry, but he is perhaps more accurate, less a commentator, and more an expositor.” Considered one of the great Puritans, few names will stand so high as Poole’s in the Biblical scholarship of Great Britain. Source