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While Everything Is Falling Apart In The World- Christian Are You Ready To Build?
Neh 2:18 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.
Neh 2:19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king?
Neh 2:20 Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.
Do not just look at the world in ruin, look with the eyes of Christ and see the current possibilities.
It only takes one person to start a spiritual revolution, a great awakening, a revival, a change.
Be that one person, be strong, and do what you are called .
The progression of Pre-Building is a must to grasp.
Neh 2:10 When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel.
Neh 2:11 So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days.
Neh 2:12 And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode upon.
Neh 2:13 And I went out by night by the gate of the valley, even before the dragon well, and to the dung port, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the gates thereof were consumed with fire.
Neh 2:14 Then I went on to the gate of the fountain, and to the king's pool: but there was no place for the beast that was under me to pass.
Neh 2:15 Then went I up in the night by the brook, and viewed the wall, and turned back, and entered by the gate of the valley, and so returned.
Neh 2:16 And the rulers knew not whither I went, or what I did; neither had I as yet told it to the Jews, nor to the priests, nor to the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor to the rest that did the work.
Neh 2:17 Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.
1. Preparation before work.
2. Purposes not to be prematurely divulged.
3. A time for silence.
This is the call, the individual secret from the lord, something your called to do.
We see this lesson in the N.T.
Luk 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
Luk 14:29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
Luk 14:30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
Luk 14:31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
Luk 14:32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
Luk 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
It is the same principle as in the O.T. So we have the N.T. teaching us the same thing.
Preparation before work
We often undertake one thing and another, both in our spiritual and temporal life, without preparation; and for the want of this, failure ensues. Before Dr. Nansen, the Norwegian, started on his Polar expedition, he slept under his silk tent for the double purpose of testing it and acclimatising himself. Other members of the expedition slept in the open air covered with the wolf-skins they were taking out with them. A very famous writer, in order to secure as good a description of a thunderstorm as possible, took up his position during six such storms on the top of a cathedral tower, getting himself drenched to the skin each time. It is not only the doing of a thing, but the preparation for doing it, which in many cases issues in success. No time spent in preparation for what is worth doing is lost. (Signal.)
In this book we get a lot of information on leadership, building. This book has always been one of my books for training leaders. You Man, women of God, being trained up, bible leadership is a must if you want to get done what the lord has called you to do.
The leader; lets look at the leader, what should be in a leader to do and finish a calling, project, ministry, thing.
Nehemiah, the model worker
I. He works thoughtfully. Before he commences this tremendous task he spends some time in deliberation. Who can tell the thoughts of Nehemiah as he moved amidst the ruins of Jerusalem this night? Jerusalem was the home of his fathers, the centre of his most hallowed associations. Before we undertake a work we should gauge its magnitude and become convinced of its practicability (Luk_14:28-30). Men, from the impulse of the hour, put their hand to undertakings which they have never given themselves time to understand, and for which they are not fitted; and hence, when the excitement is over, they abandon the work in disappointment, if not in disgust.
II. He works independently. “I arose in the night, I and some few men with me, neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem.” It is not thus that we are wont to act in this age. There are but few men who would take up any great work, and set about it themselves, without seeking the sympathy and counsel of their fellow-men. If we have some work which presses on us as a duty of general importance, almost the first thing we do is to call our friends together, get their sanction, and form a committee to aid us in carrying it out. We, in these days, work by organisations. Our individuality in work is scarcely seen or felt. We are the limbs of societies, wheels in organisations. What we want is more individualism in action, more of the independent man, and less of the society. Two things will show the importance of this.
1. The opinions of others cannot determine our duty. Duty is between us and God. It is something that is perfectly independent of men’s thoughts.
2. The opinions of others may embarrass us in duty. Duty generally comes to us in very legible writing, wants no interpreter, speaks to us in a very distinct voice. Amid the din of human opinion there is danger of its losing its voice. Let us, therefore, cultivate the habit of acting independently; not proudly, not despising the opinions of others, or refusing their co-operation, but working ever from the force of our own convictions.
III. He worked influentially. The next chapter shows that, under his influence, all classes, male and female, set to work in right earnest.
1. The people saw that he understood the matter. They recognised in him at once a man who knew what he was about, a man of intellectual grasp and might.
2. The people saw that he was thoroughly in earnest. What he said he meant.
IV. He worked heroically.
1. Look at the sacrifices he made.
2. Look at the enemies he encountered. He had, at least, three desperate enemies (verse 19)—Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem. These men showed their opposition—
(1) By ridicule (verse 19, Neh_4:3).
(2) By indignation (Neh_4:7).
3. The labor he effected. He finished the work in fifty-two days, notwithstanding all the difficulties that seemed insurmountable. He overcame the enemies who were malignant, he triumphed over all.( Note Most scholars write the wall was done in 40 days)
V. He worked religiously. “Then I told them of the hand of my God which was upon me,” etc. (verses 18-20).
1. His impulses to act he ascribed to God.
2. His rule of action he derived from Him (verse 18).
3. His sacrifices in the work he made for Him (Neh_5:15).
4. The spirit with which he performed his work was that of dependence upon Him (Neh_4:9-12).
This religion is the philosophy of his power. He felt himself the messenger and the servant of God. (Homilist.)
Beloved are you ready to be a true leader, as the word teaches, or are you trying to do things , programs, events, and such?
The day of doing Church as normal are over. WE must take a deep, fresh breath, of the Holy lord word and follow his direction, some will be dangerous, but 'heavy hangs the head that wares the crown'.
Biblical leadership, the lack of it, is a true crises in most Churches today. I pray you are not such a one and are ready to do whatever the lord tells you to do.