Over the next few months, I’ll be doing my best to post some blog content here on Mondays that coincides with the message I preached the day before. I always preach from the OVERFLOW (hence the title of this blog series) of study, knowledge and notes that I compile, so there is often plenty of content that I just don’t have time for during a 45-minute message. This will be the platform for some of those ideas to come to life.
Due to the last-minute nature of some of this content, I can’t guarantee the depth of these blogs, but I hope they will be something you enjoy and get a lot out of nonetheless.
As always, please feel free to comment and share with your friends on social media (check the links and social icons at the bottom of each post). This doesn’t need to be a monologue. The more voices we have in the conversation, the better the dialogue gets!
Sometimes we will discuss something I touched on in the message, but couldn’t go deep with. Other times, it will be a completely fresh idea that didn’t even get a mention.
Today is the latter.
So, here we go. Overflow #1…
At Awaken, we just launched a brand new series of messages called UNRUINED: Revival Rises from the Ruins. It’s a study through the book of Nehemiah that we will be journeying through for the next few months.
On Sunday we covered only the first 3 verses of the book. It’s hard to put the day into words. We prayed for God to move in power and that He did. People responded to the Gospel in both venues and at every service, for a total of 14 faith decisions! I’d say Unruined is off to a roaring start!
We talked a lot about Nehemiah – his family, life, and career. What we didn’t get a chance to talk about was his name.
Nehemiah means “the comfort of Jehovah.”
In the Bible days, naming a baby was a much different task for the parents than it is today.
They didn’t Google the top 100 B.C. baby names or even choose a name based on how it sounded, looked, or if kids would use it against them one day on the playground. If those were the criteria, I doubt Ichabod, Dodo, or Maher-shalal-hash-baz would have made the cut. You never know though (I’m looking at you, Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette).
When a Biblical couple named their baby, they based the name either on a family name, a desire they had for the child’s future, or the circumstances at the time of the child’s birth.
Whichever was the case for Nehemiah, his name had some deep meaning!
I find it amazing that the man that God would use to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, bringing comfort to the people of Israel, was named “The Comfort of Jehovah.”
As followers of God, we are agents of comfort in a world full of pain. (tweet this)
You may not have “comfort” in your name, but as a follower of Jesus, comfort is your game.
God pre-wired Nehemiah with comfort, and He’s built the same into you as one of His kids. Not only is the Holy Spirit (a.k.a. “The Comforter”) inside of you, but any comfort that you’ve received from God is was given not only to comfort you, but for you to pass onto others!
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. – 2 Corinthians 1:3–5 (NLT)
God is the manufacturer of comfort; we are the distributors.
If God put it in you, He wants to pour it out of you. (tweet this)
That gift He gave you was never yours to hoard all to yourself.
That desire He placed inside of you wasn’t meant to stay inside of you.
What goes in must come out.
So what is it for you? What has God built into you that you need to share with others? What are you tempted to hold onto for yourself, that you need to open your hands and give to others?