Over the next few blogs from me we will be taking a look at the Book of Nehemiah; who he was, how he rebuilt the wall in Jerusalem and how we apply that to our lives today.
Nehemiah was the cup-bearer for the King. He worked for him, he was a servant to him. Starting in the first chapter of Nehemiah 1, we see that the walls of Jerusalem had been torn down and the gates had been destroyed by fire. This broke Nehemiah’s heart. He knew the importance of the Walls. Walls mean little in most present-day cities, but in Nehemiah’s day they were as important as electrical power or a police force. The Walls offered safety from raids and they symbolized strength and peace. The previous official had kept the people of Jerusalem from rebuilding the walls which caused Nehemiah to grieve even more about it. But He did not just cry about it…he did something about it.
Nehemiah1:5“O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of unfailing love with those who love him and obey his commands, 6 listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for your people Israel. I confess that we have sinned against you. Yes, even my own family and I have sinned! 7 We have sinned terribly by not obeying the commands, decrees, and regulations that you gave us through your servant Moses. 8 “Please remember what you told your servant Moses: ‘If you are unfaithful to me, I will scatter you among the nations. 9 But if you return to me and obey my commands and live by them, then even if you are exiled to the ends of the earth, I will bring you back to the place I have chosen for my name to be honored.’ 10 “The people you rescued by your great power and strong hand are your servants. 11 O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring you. Please grant me success today by making the king favorable to me.[b] Put it into his heart to be kind to me.”
HAVE YOU HEARD THESE STATEMENTS BEFORE?
“What this church needs is…!”
“I can’t believe our government officials. If I were there I would…!”
“Our schools are in such bad shape. Someone should really do something about it!”
Gripers, complainers, self-proclaimed prophets, and ‘arm chair quarterbacks are in abundance! It is so easy to analyze, critique and talk about all the problems in the world. But what we really need are people who will not just discuss a situation but who will DO something about it. Nehemiah saw a problem and was very upset about it. Instead of wallowing in self-pitying grief, he took action. Nehemiah knew what God wanted him to do. God wanted him to motivate the Jews to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls.
Nehemiah prayed and God gave him favor with the King. He was put in a unique position to speak to the king. He was prayerful, concerned and prepared as he looked for the right opportunity to go before the king.
Sometimes many of us just jump into something with out ever asking God for guidance. Each of us are unique and capable of serving no matter our position. Nehemiah used his place as a trusted servant to intercede for his people - we can use our present positions to serve God.
Now Nehemiah was still fearful of going before the king but he refused to allow fear to stop him from doing what God called him to do. When we allow fear to rule us, we make fear more powerful than God.
Is there a task that God is wanting you to do, but fear is holding you back?
God is greater than ALL your fears. Recognize why you are afraid - thats the first step in committing your fear to God. Realize that if God called you to do it, He will help you accomplish it. God’s not going to do it for you. You have to move on your own but God will assist you and guide you through it.
God placed a desire in Nehemiah’s heart to see the Walls of Jerusalem rebuilt and the king granted Nehemiah permission to go to Jerusalem. When Nehemiah went to the city he found a group of unorganized and defenseless people. At one time this group had their own identity, their own language and army. They had once had a vision - but over time with poor leadership their vision was lost.
Maybe at one time some of you had your own identity, you knew who you were, you knew what you were doing, you knew where God was leading you. You had your own language. You were strong and obedient. But something happened. You vision became unfocused and you lost sight of what you were supposed to be doing. The vision and the heart became scattered.
Proverbs 29:18 - Without a vision the church (people) will perish.
The very same thing happens to us. We feel a desire in our hearts, we set goals and visions for our life and our ministry. We discover who we are in the Christ. We have a set mind to do the Will of God. - with the lack of leadership - the lack of listening to leadership - the lack of not acting on your goals …we begin to lose that vision.
What is the status of your vision?
Are your walls standing strong?
Do they need repair?
Are they crumbled all around you?
Have you ever began building walls?
Having a vision for your life or for your ministry is vitally important to see it grow or succeed. In order to accomplish any task with success - a desire, a plan, a vision & action is necessary. With out desire or vision there is little progress anywhere! You can act on something, you can move toward something but with out a plan & vision you will not go far.
Click the link below to read the Pastor's Vision for Church@the9. We are under Pastor Marvin’s leadership. He has been placed by God the head of this Body and God has given him the vision for this Body. We are to follow his lead, honor the Vision and serve this Body to carry it out. It doesn’t matter what position you hold, if its leading worship, cleaning the toilets, teaching the kids or greeting people at the door - each one of us are to follow the Pastors heart, honor the vision and serve this body.