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But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP

The Seeds of Promise Devotional Series


But the people were silent and answered him not a word, for Hezekiah had commanded, Do not answer him. II Kings 18:36 AMP

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Bible Basis

June Book Read From Read To Devotional
3rd Ezra Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Confirmation

Memory Verses

Moreover I make a decree what ye shall do to the elders of these Jews for the building of this house of God: that of the king’s goods, even of the tribute beyond the river, forthwith expences be given unto these men, that they be not hindered. Ezra 6:8 | . 12 And the God that hath caused his name to dwell there destroy all kings and people, that shall put to their hand to alter and to destroy this house of God which is at Jerusalem. I Darius have made a decree; let it be done with speed. Ezra 6:12 | 16 And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy, Ezra 6:16 | For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments. Ezra 6:16
What is more powerful than the word of a prophet (Mark 6:4) in the ears of a skeptic heart ? The same word from the mouth of two or three witnesses who had no communication. God will establish (confirm) His word (2 Corinthians 13:1)

Key people

Here is a list of key people found in today’s reading (in order of appearance) with bios from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

  • King Darius. Commonly known as Darius the Great, he was the third Persian King of Kings of the Achaemenid Empire, reigning from 522 BCE until his death in 486 BCE.
  • Tattenai. Governor of the province west of the [Euphrates] River.
  • Shethar-bozenai and their associates. Carried out King Darius’ decree with due diligence.
  • Haggai. The prophet.
  • Zechariah. The son of Iddo.
  • King Artaxerxes.
  • Ezra. The priest, the scribe [who was] learned in the words of the commandments of the Lord and of His statutes to Israel.

Today’s Devotional Reading: Ezra 6 – 7


Though the adversary would entice you with, “…if you be a Son of God, do [this or that]”, he is not your master so far as you yield your members (body, mind, soul, talents, all that pertains to you) to God. Thus, do not be commanded by the prince of the world when you are a child of the King of Kings.

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Romans 6:16

Decently and in order, confirm the source of leadership in your life (I John 4:1).  And do not be the mule that stops the cart if God IS SPEAKING TO YOU THROUGH someone else.

23 Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of the God of heaven: for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons? 24 Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this house of God, it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them. Ezra 7:23-24

27 Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers, which hath put such a thing as this in the king’s heart, to beautify the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem: 28 And hath extended mercy unto me before the king, and his counsellers, and before all the king’s mighty princes. And I was strengthened as the hand of the LORD my God was upon me, and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me. Ezra 7:27-28

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