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Ezra 8:22-31
22 For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and
horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way:
because we had spoken unto the king, saying,
The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him;
but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.
23 So we fasted and besought our God for this:
and he was intreated of us.
24 Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Sherebiah,
Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them,
25 And weighed unto them the silver, and the gold, and the vessels,
even the offering of the house of our God, which the king,
and his counsellers, and his lords, and all Israel there present, had offered:
26 I even weighed unto their hand six hundred and fifty talents of silver,
and silver vessels an hundred talents, and of gold an hundred talents;
27 Also twenty basons of gold, of a thousand drams; and two vessels of
fine copper, precious as gold.
28 And I said unto them, Ye are holy unto the LORD; the vessels are holy
also; and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering unto the LORD
God of your fathers.
29 Watch ye, and keep them, until ye weigh them before the chief of
the priests and the Levites, and chief of the fathers of Israel,
at Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house of the LORD.
30 So took the priests and the Levites the weight of the silver, and the
gold, and the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem unto the house of our God.
31 Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the
first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was upon us,
and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait
by the way.

LIGHT from the WORD.

I realize that is a long Scripture for a short devotion.
Christians, please think about this for a few moments!

As Ezra and the company of Jews were ready to return to the land,
they had plenty of silver, gold, precious vessels and fine copper.
There was MORE than enough to rebuild Jerusalem.

But FEAR was in their hearts to travel through harsh territory!
Bands of thieves might overcome them!

As it was then for them, so it is for the church today!

Ezra was "ashamed" to ask the king for fleshly protection on
such a spiritual matter.
But he KNEW, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD,
He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust."

So Ezra called for FASTING and PRAYER!
"So we fasted and besought our God for this:
and he was intreated of us."

Christian, realize that the battle to return America back to morality
may be LONG and will certainly be STRONG!

But with God's HELP, it CAN BE done!
Let our ZEALOUSNESS for God cause us to SEEK Him,
and stand STRONG in the battle SPEAKING the truth!

We MUST fight the physical battle
with SPIRITUAL strength!

Let's have REVIVAL!!
THEN we can have SURVIVAL!

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce