DEVOTION:THIS IS AN OVERDRAFT PROTECTION!
Nehemiah understood the critical role he had played in rebuilding the nation of Israel during this post-exilic period. As he was putting the final touches to his work, he began presenting to God some very interesting requests.
Remember me for this, my God, and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for the house of my God and its services. Nehemiah 13:14
Remember me for this also, my God, and show mercy to me according to your great love. Nehemiah 13:22b
Remember me with favor, my God. Nehemiah 13:31b
We see that Nehemiah is consistently asking God to remember him for the things he has done for the house of God and its services.
Just in case you are not sure why Nehemiah is making these kinds of requests, let’s read the following passage.
At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”
Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked.
The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.” Acts 10:1-6
Pay attention to this message from the Angel.
The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Acts 10:4b
Notice that God remembered Cornelius because of his prayers and gifts to the poor. What Cornelius had done became a memorial offering before God. The result was, when the Good News was being spread to all the nations, God made sure Cornelius received this good news of salvation to all mankind.
He was remembered for his good deeds.
1. Have you done anything for the Lord or his house lately? In other words, is there anything that would cause God to remember you in times of need?
2. You probably have heard the statement; “We cannot take our money to heaven, but we can send it ahead of us”. Let me add this, whatever you do for The Lord here on earth, will cause heaven to work for you here on earth.
3. To put in a contemporary language, do you have anything in your savings in heaven that will protect you from any overdraft charges later on? Or do you have anything in your savings in heaven that the Lord can draw from to help you here on earth? In other words, when you are in need, do you have anything before God that would cause Him to remember you?
4. Nehemiah had worked and put in place an overdraft protection for his future. Do you have one? Do you have an overdraft protection in heaven to cover you in times of need?
If you have been faithfully serving the Lord
If you have been faithful in giving tithes
If you have been caring for others
If you persistently prayed
And you are honest
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You can ask God to remember you!
FOR THIS IS AN OVERDRAFT PROTECTION FOR YOU!
By Pastor Shadrack Ruto