A Family Affair (Nehemiah 4)

And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.” Nehemiah 4:14

Marriage changed my life completely. I never knew what real love was until I met my wife and we began our life together. As with any couple, we’ve had our storms and struggles, yet I would not change her for anyone else in this world.

My wife confirmed Proverbs 31:10: “An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.”

Phil&Daysi

(Daysi, I love you!!!)

My life changed even more radically when we started to have kids together. My oldest, Junior, is 7 and he is an active, rambunctious kid with a mind of his own who is destined to do great things in his life. My youngest son, Ezekiel, is 4 and he’s a smooth operator. He’s already trying to date some 18 year olds. I’m expecting him to leverage some of that charm into success in life. And my daughter, Abigail, is age 2. She’s my princess and my love. I tell my wife that Abigail can start dating at 13, but I won’t be allowing her to brush her teeth, comb her hair, or wear deodorant until she goes to college. And any guy who wants to marry my daughter will have to love her equally as me, because no one will be able to love her more.

VargasKidsMy family is my treasure. They are my life. I would give anything for them because I love them more than my own life.

That’s why I want to make sure they are going to heaven…

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Be the solution!

“O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” Nehemiah 1:11

I love that Nehemiah wasn’t a victim. He saw a need and then went about to become the solution. So few people take advantage of the “God moments” in their lives in order to wallow in the misery of “what-if?,” suffering in malaise of their own inaction.

Consider that God created everything perfect (Genesis 1-2). Everything had a perfect place in creation. The sun was created in perfect proportion and distance to the earth. Animals were created and placed in their perfect habitats. Even mankind was designed by God and placed in their perfect environments.

Yet, the lack to properly use free will caused the expulsion from perfection (Genesis 3). Adam and Eve’s decision to eat from the fruit caused them to forfeit the perfection which God had intended to give them throughout their lifetime. How many times have we done things that have ruined the perfect intentions of God in our own lives?

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God didn’t call you to be a victim. He called you to victory.

At the outset of his book, Nehemiah is informed that the few living in Jerusalem—God’s holy city—was living in shame because the walls are burnt down and in ruins. In short, they were a people living as victims in a world that wanted to keep them as such.

A few chapters later, we read that Nehemiah was able to rally the people to build that wall in 52 short days. Though there were several challenges (primarily by the unholy trinity of Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem), it only took one man of God to rally the people and finish nearly 5 miles of rebuilding in a little over 7 weeks.

Mark 10:27 tells us: Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”

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