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A good study tool
May 10, 2012
If you are looking for a study on the book of Nehemiah this is the one. The journey of our christian walk from salvation to our God ordained destiny is hidden in scripture. Beginning at the fish gate where we first receive salvation through to our God ordained destiny at the final gate. In this study Connie reveals to us the depths of scripture, original meanings of words and names reminding us that God does nothing by chance and that the challenges and trials life brings us; if we choose to allow them; bring us ever closer to our Lord and his purpose for our lives. This book has left me hungry to discover more of what has been hidden in scripture for us to find.
I was given this book by Destiny Image publishing in return for an honest review.
This book is an excellent handbook to the christian life, if you can afford only one book on the Christian life buy this one. We are introduced to the teaching of God's word in a very direct and understandable way, we are constantly reminded also that the christian life is the Spirit empowered life.
Her illustrations are also testimonies to the grace of God at work in her and through her.
The first chapter lays the foundation for the rest of the book by showing that our Salvation is all through what Christ has done for us and how we are to respond to this grace by loving God.
The second chapter shows how witnessing to god's love to us is an indispensable part of the Christian life and is an overspill from the grace received at salvation.
The third chapter challenges us to be deeply rooted in the Word of God and to grow in our faith and love for God. She rightly calls this going deeper with God.
In chapter four, we encounter very helpful teaching about the trials we will endure, the book is worth buying for this chapter alone. So often we wonder about the trials and tribulations of life and wonder if God has abandoned us but Connie show how God uses trials to build our character.
Chapter five shows how God goes about refining our character by his word and Spirit and lifes experiences.
Chapter six contains vital teaching about being filled with the Holy Spirit and the place of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This chapter with its clear teaching and testimonies will help anyone with questions about the Spirit filled life.
Chapter seven brings to the importance of devouring the Word of God, once again we see the balance in her teaching between Word and Spirit. We are reminded of the authority of God's word as the source of all good teaching and the bar against which we check all teachings and experiences.
chapter eight reminds us that we are in a spiritual battle and that we are called to fight in this battle for the glory of God and for the blessing of our fellow human beings.
Chapter nine is about the importance of worship, our God deserves all the honour and praise and we are given much helpful teaching on how to foster worship in our daily lives.
Chapter Ten reminds us that we have a destiny that is unique for each one of us, this chapter reminds us that we are unique and precious to God and because of this God's plans for us are good.
In summary then this is an excellent resource for the Christian as they live out the life of discipleship.
Get this book and be blessed.
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What a rich book and study on our journey towards intimacy with God. You will no doubt be blessed and receive a deeper understanding of your Christian walk as you study each gate.
As I progressed through the book, I became increasingly excited over what God has been shaping in my own life. Isn't it wonderful that we have a Shepherd that wants us just as we are and will work with us, as the potter does, to shape us into and prepare us for our destinies in Him?
We are all at different levels in our walks, but the Lord never condemns or points us out as "less" than any other. He woos us to continue our walk with Him, keeping our focus on Him, seeking Him for more, growing through each gate. And each gate brings with it a milestone or pillar, a memorial and testimony of God's hand and presence in our life.
I (now) love looking through a new lens of "getting to do difficult seasons," walking through valleys, that if we grow to lean on the Lord, actually strengthen and mature us. And if we allow God to do the work needed in us, a work which can be so difficult at times, we can then be prepared to withstand the heat of the next battle and next level.
I am eager for God to cleanse me all the more, knowing that He makes allowances for mistakes I make, as Connie points out, along my journey. He's not saying I need to get saved again when I do make a mistake! The sanctification process is just that, a process. God knows how to modify us without devastating us, and mature Christians allow God to do the work in others. We can't force or expect others to look like us. I love what Connie said, "We shouldn't fret about changing until we're mature enough in Him that this process is a natural extension of our growth." That is a good word!
God sees who we really are, knows who He has made us to be, has made gates for us to progress through as we mature into that person. Holy Spirit is the greatest teacher and counselor along the way, and His timing is perfect. You are already victorious because of the sacrifice Jesus made for you! But don't quit the journey, it draws us closer to God and along the way, our experience of Him and His glory gets bigger and brighter.
Enjoy the book, it's a necessary and encouraging read for all Christians. "God wants us completely ready to meet the demands of discipleship." Get into the Word, seek Him, listen for His voice, and you will be amazed at His love for you and the destiny that awaits you.
Connie beautifully writes of the restoration power of God in our lives in relation to the rebuilding and restoration of the gates in Nehemiah. As you read this book, I encourage you to embrace the revelatory insights of the gates. Just as Nehemiah's obedience and determination brought forth the restoration and the building of the gates, our heavenly Father longs for us to come to the gates with obedient hearts for the restoration of our lives. There is a plan, a blue print for our lives that God wants to construct in Him. As believers it is important for us to go through the gates. As we do, we develop a maturity in Christ and a better understanding of our life in Him. Through Him our lives are rebuilt and restored.
Pass through the gates and enter into His glory to your final destination in Him. He is the Way!
I highly recommend this book. I was given this book by Destiny Image in exchange for an honest review. My opinions I have expressed are my own. Debbie Assid
Connie Hunter-Urban is a skilled communicator, a uniquely gifted teacher who understands the basic elements of building a solid foundation. "God's Way: Plan for Our Success Nehemiah's" introduces important principles for successful kingdom living and reveals a plan for "Rebuilding the Gates in Your Christian Journey" from the book of Nehemiah, chapter 33.
Hunter-Urban likens the Christian walk to a marathon and a growing, maturation process. A look at the map of Jerusalem (Appendix 1) provides the reader with a visual picture of the progression of the spiritual journey of the believer. Connie sees the sheep gate as falling in love with Jesus, our salvation; the fish gate as sharing the good news of the Gospel, and the old gate as digging deeper into the Word. These phases prepare us for facing trials, building our character, spiritual warfare, true worship, and fulfilling our destiny.
I especially gleaned insight from the parallels with the charts in the appendix showing the "Levels of Ezekiel's Rivers" and the "Wilderness Tabernacle.
Connie's message is biblically based, filled with acumen, written with clarity and passion. It is deeply profound and well organized. "God's Way: Plan for Our Success Nehemiah's" provides an excellent blueprint for "Rebuilding the Gates in Your Christian Journey."
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own. As reviewed for Midwest Book Review.