Please read the book of Nehemiah. If you face opposition or painful discouragement, this book is such an encouragement and faithful reminder to trust the God of heaven. God’s word is powerful and stands the test of time.
I love the book of Nehemiah; he was a faithful man, one who feared God, a leader with a single vision and served one great God.
Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach(Nehemiah 2:17b).
Nehemiah saw that the walls of Jerusalem had broken down, and the gates were burned with fire. He sat down and wept and mourned “MANY DAYS.” He fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.
Nehemiah was a man of great prayer; before he did anything, he began to pray, intercede, and his speech was of excellence. He cared about his own sins and the sins of his nation, and he knew that God was his most trusted advisor and turned directly to God.
Nehemiah was a man who yearned for the restoration and holiness of all God’s people.
Nehemiah was the king’s cupbearer, and he was concerned about Jerusalem; others had attempted to build Jerusalem’s walls but failed. He had no idea how extensive the damage would be, but he had a vision for the run-down city, and God enabled him to see possibilities in a task that seemed impossible.
Keynote: Nehemiah prayed four months before he approached the king to ask for help.
Nehemiah faced unexpected problems; throughout the story, his enemies ridiculed him, plotted to kill him, mocked him, accused him of lies, accused his motives, slandered him, and tried to bring fear and intimidation.
Have you ever felt like Nehemiah? Has someone ever tried to destroy your character, your marriage, or brought false accusations, accusing you of doing something you did not do?
Nehemiah refused to participate in the slander, he gave God the glory, and he handled these problems by putting his faith in God. He made his prayers to God and stood watch against the enemy day and night. He put on the whole armor of God, and like Nehemiah, we too can put on the whole armor of God as in Ephesians 6:10-18. Nehemiah stood equipped because his eyes were on the LORD of Hosts.
I love this scripture 👉 "Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses" (Nehemiah 4:14b).
when Nehemiah was taunted by his enemies, he replied with truth, he said; “our God will fight for us; he knew the Lord will fight His battles, he asked the LORD for strength. I love Nehemiah’s response to their taunting messages, Nehemiah 6:3, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?
Nehemiah was mission-minded, remained devoted to the task at hand, and refused to allow the opposition to distract him from the work God had given him to do.
What work has the LORD given you to do? What ministry did he place you in? Whether it is public or private ministry, maybe it’s your marriage, your children, your home, your unsaved loved ones, the work field, your neighbors, your community, or a nation.
Again this scripture “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses” (Nehemiah 4:14b).
Oh, may we have compassionate hearts and serve the Lord with gladness and have a heart for a lost and dying world.
The minute we said yes to Jesus, yes to the Gospel we put our faith and trust in Christ Jesus we were given a ministry, a command, Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).
We were given the great commission of sharing the gospel, especially by how we live our lives and the words we choose to speak. Talk is not cheap; words have the power of life or death; the scriptures tell us to use our words wisely. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one (Colossians 4:6).
What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words (Proverbs 18:21). GNT
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear (Ephesians 4:29). ESV
Dear LORD, Holy and awesome, majestic and mighty are You. LORD, please help us to rebuild the broken walls of a broken home, broken marriages, broken vessels, and break our hearts from what breaks Yours. Strengthen us, O’ LORD, so that we may love all those around us, help us to meet the needs of others to show compassion, grace, respect, integrity, honor, and love one another deeply with sincerity of heart according to Your holy and wondrous ways. Help us to fight on our knees, battle in prayer, and be soul-winners no matter the cost. May we be like Nehemiah, whose heart was for Your people and his nation. Make us effective and have an enduring impact on Your kingdom. Please help us recognize our sin and deal with the sin in our lives so that we may effectively help others to know and see Your glorious truth found in the Holy Bible. Your Word is truth.