11 Truths from Nehemiah
Matt 16:18 - ". . . I will build My church; and the gates of
Hades will not
Empowered by Christ individually
and corporately so we are "useful" to Him as He builds His Church universally
and within our congregation.
1:1-4] Nehemiah weeps, mourns, fasts and
prays upon hearing of the distress/reproach upon Israel because she had not
rebuilt the wall/gates protecting Jerusalem and the Lordís temple. This response
from God is the key to "usefulness". Nehemiahís prayers were corporate. Others
who delighted to revere His Name were also praying [1:11].
Nehemiahís Spirit wrought prayer was characterized by five
essentials: 1) Confidence in God to pray for "huge" things; this intercession
protects the soul from being overwhelmed by the work. 2) Confidence in Godís
Word as it related to Israelís present condition. 3) Prayer for revival. 4)
Prayer with perseverance. 5) Prayer with confession; this kind of prayer
protects against a critical spirit given the abundance of mercy lavished by God
for the personal sin on the intercessor.
[1:11-2:6] Upon arrival
in Jerusalem, Nehemiah "inspects" to evaluate the work to be done. Implicit are
blueprints either in Nehemiahís mind and/or in writing for rebuilding. His
conclusion: There is much work to do, and it will require the cooperation and
sacrifice of all. We likewise must understand Christís NT "blueprints" for
building His Church, and must give of ourselves to follow His written plan.
pleads with Israel to arise and rebuild with Godís favor. He illustrates Godís
mighty favor by sharing with Israel all that God had recently done with Nehemiah
for Israel through King Artaxerxes. Let us motivate one another intrinsically
prompting hearts to trust in our awesome God to work through us.
[2:10] As soon as
Israelís enemies learned Nehemiah had arrived to advance the welfare of the
Nation, they were ready to stop him. They were motivated by the same demonic
forces that have resisted Godís salvation plan from the outset. We likewise must
put on our "belt of readiness" [Eph 6:14] Ė a die-hard resolve/readiness to
wrestle to be "useful".
[2:19-20] When the enemy
heard Israelís willingness to arise and rebuild, they mocked, despised and
falsely accused her of insurrection. Nehemiah tells them that the God of heaven
will give them success. Read again Nehemiah 3, and behold the outcome of
corporate faith. Let us pick up our shield of faith [Eph 6:17] to extinguish
Satanís fiery arrows as He seeks to prevent our "usefulness".
(with persistent prayer): [4:1-6, 9; 6:9,
14] Once hearing Israel commenced rebuilding, she is immediately surrounded by
nations bordering her from the North, South, East and West who seek to fill her
with fear and discouragement. Nehemiahís response is persistent, passionate,
resistant prayer. Look at the passages while asking God to ignite our personal,
family and corporate intercession.
enemies bring a vicious and cunning, verbal attack first from outside and then
from within Jerusalem to spread despair. Nehemiah responds with words
emboldening Israel to remember their great and awesome God. God is The Motivator
of the young, the unmotivated, the willful, the uncertain, the timid Ė beyond
what we can ask or imagine! Letís use our "golden" tongues to embolden.
[4:13-23] With danger
ominous, Nehemiah organized a motivated working force to defend the wall and
gates. Key men are placed at sections most vulnerable to attack. Families are
armed to defend themselves. There is ongoing prayer, round the clock guard, and
the work continues with interdependent cohesion. God united all to both fight
and to work. Letís strive together with one spirit/mind to live, defend and
spread the gospel Ė Phil 1:27.
[6:1-9] The wall was
completed and only the gate rebuilding emained; so Israelís enemies work
relentlessly first to lure Nehemiah out to Chephirim to kill him. They then
alarm Nehemiah of an assassination plan. His response is a dogged refusal to be
deterred from the "great work". Letís identify our great work individually and
as a body at CCSYV, and refuse leave to this "great work".!
[6:10-16] With just the
gates left to be rebuilt, Israelís enemies plot to entice Nehemiah to take up
hiding within the temple where only priests were permitted according to
Scripture. Nehemiahís response is twofold: Can a man like I flee? Can a man such
as I enter Godís temple? Personally and corporately we cannot compromise Godís
Word if we want His powerful work to enable us to be "useful".
An encouraging conclusion! Read Nehemiah 6:15-16
[completion] and 8:1-11 [revival].