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How To Have God's Good Hand Upon You

by Wayne Cordeiro on October 07, 2020

Today's Reading:
Ezra 7,8; Luke 20

Today is Wednesday, October 7th! Here is another injunction to remind us of the power of Hid Word. Never take His Word for granted. It is more relevant than this morning’s news!

Scripture

“… and the King granted him all he requested because the hand of the Lord his God was upon him … for Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.” (Ezra 7:6, 10)

Observation

Ezra succeeded greatly in his ministry, and I notice one recurring phrase often repeated: “The hand of the Lord was upon him.” What a comforting and confidence building thought! This has always been one of my greatest prayers: that regardless of what I do or say, my prayer is that the good hand of the Lord be on my life and ministry.

Application

Since I was in my 20’s, I have been an avid student of the “hand of God.”

I have seen the hand of the Lord move from one leader to another and from one ministry to another. I have seen the hand of the Lord on a church and I watched it thrive in ministry. I have also seen His hand removed, and almost overnight, that same church loses its fire.

There’s one critical element that Ezra reminds us of: “… and the King granted him all he requested because the hand of the Lord his God was upon him … for Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel” (Ezra 7:6, 10).

  • Set your heart to study the Law of the Lord
  • Practice it
  • Teach His statutes and ordinances

Three non-negotiables.

Prayer

Father, I want Your hand to remain on New Hope. I pray that You would help us to maintain the heart and attitude that 1) sets our hearts on Your Word, 2) to practice it and 3) pass the baton of faith from one generation to the next.


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