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1 Lessons From The Book Of Nehemiah

2 “Then I said to them, "You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision." And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, "Let us rise up and build." So they strengthened their hands for the good work.” (Nehemiah 2:17-18)

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4 Nehemiah was a builder who cared: Nehemiah was a builder who cared: – A closer look at Nehemiah’s situation (1:1, 11) Two waves of returns – Zerubbabel rebuilt the temple and Ezra restored worship. He is still in captivity in Persia working as the king’s cupbearer Two waves of returns – Zerubbabel rebuilt the temple and Ezra restored worship. He is still in captivity in Persia working as the king’s cupbearer Not just a butler or waiter. He tasted food to prevent poisoning. If its poisoned… bye-bye Nehemiah! Not just a butler or waiter. He tasted food to prevent poisoning. If its poisoned… bye-bye Nehemiah! Not seen as a slave – A close personal relationship. Often an advisor to the king. An important man! Not seen as a slave – A close personal relationship. Often an advisor to the king. An important man! Much work has gone on in Israel and life was returning to normal, but the walls were still broken & burned Much work has gone on in Israel and life was returning to normal, but the walls were still broken & burned

5 Nehemiah was a builder who cared: Nehemiah was a builder who cared: – Nehemiah receives news about Jerusalem that breaks his heart & crushes his spirit (1:2-4) He didn’t succumb to promotion erosion and get lost in pride… He still cared and had a selfless love He didn’t succumb to promotion erosion and get lost in pride… He still cared and had a selfless love Nehemiah asks what’s going on… Truly concerned Nehemiah asks what’s going on… Truly concerned Two bits of bad news (1) Walls are down, so no protection (2) People are in distress & reproach Two bits of bad news (1) Walls are down, so no protection (2) People are in distress & reproach Nehemiah deep care is visible – He sits down, weeps, and fasts for many days. Possibly for 3 months! Nehemiah deep care is visible – He sits down, weeps, and fasts for many days. Possibly for 3 months!

6 Nehemiah was a builder who cared: Nehemiah was a builder who cared: – His care and thoughtfulness is consistent throughout this work effort: Some were upset because they knew he was there to seek the well being of the people (2:10) Some were upset because they knew he was there to seek the well being of the people (2:10) His passion was contagious… others cared (2:17-18) His passion was contagious… others cared (2:17-18) He moves among the people working with them (3) He moves among the people working with them (3) He armed people when they were afraid (4:15-18) He armed people when they were afraid (4:15-18) He got involved in helping needy people (5) He got involved in helping needy people (5) He cared about truth and righteousness, getting personally involved in enforcing it (13) He cared about truth and righteousness, getting personally involved in enforcing it (13) – He was no super-Jew, he wasn’t a prophet, and he didn’t work miracles. He was a normal guy. His power came from his love for God & others!

7 Nehemiah was a builder who cared: Nehemiah was a builder who cared: – When the walls of our spiritual lives, our relationships with others, and this church are in need of repair, do we care? (2 Cor 11:38; Rev 3:16) Are we too preoccupied to see problems? Are we too preoccupied to see problems? Are we broken to the point of taking any action? Are we broken to the point of taking any action?

8 Lessons From The Book Of Nehemiah

9 Nehemiah was a builder from the knees up: Nehemiah was a builder from the knees up: – Another way he showed his care was by hitting his knees in prayer (Neh. 1:4, 11) Vs 5ff records a prayer of his, but he didn’t pray once and be done. He “continued fasting and praying” Vs 5ff records a prayer of his, but he didn’t pray once and be done. He “continued fasting and praying” This goes on for months – he is a very prayerful man This goes on for months – he is a very prayerful man When prayer and fasting are put together, we can know it’s a more intense and focused time of prayer When prayer and fasting are put together, we can know it’s a more intense and focused time of prayer He believes in prayer… he knows its power. The way he prays immediately shows it was a habit in his life. He believes in prayer… he knows its power. The way he prays immediately shows it was a habit in his life.

10 Nehemiah was a builder from the knees up: Nehemiah was a builder from the knees up: – Powerful prayer! Notice how he prayed (1:5-11) He praises God and recognizes God’s faithfulness… The problem wasn’t God’s, God kept His covenant! He praises God and recognizes God’s faithfulness… The problem wasn’t God’s, God kept His covenant! He takes personal responsibility for the problem… He includes himself in his confession. No blame. He takes personal responsibility for the problem… He includes himself in his confession. No blame. He embraces the promises of God and lays claim to them. He bases his hope and his action on them. He embraces the promises of God and lays claim to them. He bases his hope and his action on them. He finishes his prayer by taking personal responsibility for the solution as well. He was God’s man. He finishes his prayer by taking personal responsibility for the solution as well. He was God’s man.

11 Nehemiah was a builder from the knees up: Nehemiah was a builder from the knees up: – Prayer continued to play a central in his work. Most were short “in the moment prayers” Before making his request of the king (2:4-5) Before making his request of the king (2:4-5) When being taunted – protection & justice (4:4-5) When being taunted – protection & justice (4:4-5) When “The Three Stinkbugs” caused problems, he fought back with prayer (4:9) When “The Three Stinkbugs” caused problems, he fought back with prayer (4:9) When some frightened him with false accusations to the king, he prayed for strength (6:9) When some frightened him with false accusations to the king, he prayed for strength (6:9) Prayed for God’s vengeance against those who purposefully defiled their religion (13:29) Prayed for God’s vengeance against those who purposefully defiled their religion (13:29) Often prayed “God remember me” (5:9; 13:14, 22, 31) Often prayed “God remember me” (5:9; 13:14, 22, 31)

12 Nehemiah was a builder from the knees up: Nehemiah was a builder from the knees up: – God’s spiritual brick masons understand all the bricks are held together by prayer! (1 Th 5:16-18) In order to be a builder, we have to be people of prayer In order to be a builder, we have to be people of prayer Prayer permeates all aspects of our lives and all the moments of our days. Prayer permeates all aspects of our lives and all the moments of our days. Four things prayer will do for us: Four things prayer will do for us: – Makes me wait for God, increasing my patience – Clears my vision, so I see things as they really are – Quiets my heart, replacing anxiety with peace – Activates my faith, putting my trust into action

13 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7)

14 He was a builder who arose to action: He was a builder who arose to action: – His concern & prayers mattered, but he matched that by being willing to get involved (1:11) Took personal responsibility for the problem… now he’s taking personal responsibility for the solution Took personal responsibility for the problem… now he’s taking personal responsibility for the solution Was Nehemiah doubting God’s power to fix things? No! Why not just leave the matter in God’s hands? Was Nehemiah doubting God’s power to fix things? No! Why not just leave the matter in God’s hands? No doubt in what God could do, in fact, even greater faith is shown by his willingness to volunteer No doubt in what God could do, in fact, even greater faith is shown by his willingness to volunteer He understood that God often used men and women to carry out His will and answer prayers… people who are willing to be God’s vessels He understood that God often used men and women to carry out His will and answer prayers… people who are willing to be God’s vessels

15 He was a builder who arose to action: He was a builder who arose to action: – While Nehemiah was praying, he was also meditating, preparing, & planning (2:4-8) What if Nehemiah expected God to do it without his involvement? Just had prayed, waited, & watched What if Nehemiah expected God to do it without his involvement? Just had prayed, waited, & watched We know he didn’t do that because he looked for the opportunity and was ready when it came We know he didn’t do that because he looked for the opportunity and was ready when it came There’s no indication that God told him how all of this would go down… He prayed for God to use him! There’s no indication that God told him how all of this would go down… He prayed for God to use him! He was ready for the king to open the door, he knew what he wanted, he knew what he needed, and he even knew how long he would be gone. Ready! He was ready for the king to open the door, he knew what he wanted, he knew what he needed, and he even knew how long he would be gone. Ready! Nehemiah was very active while he was praying! Nehemiah was very active while he was praying!

16 He was a builder who arose to action: He was a builder who arose to action: – He shows he understood there were two sides to the work being done (Nehemiah 2:17-18) He spoke of it being God’s work & gave God the glory He spoke of it being God’s work & gave God the glory He realized that God worked through the people and they needed to be motivated to build He realized that God worked through the people and they needed to be motivated to build Equation: God’s work + Man’s work = Successful work Equation: God’s work + Man’s work = Successful work – He was consistently a man of action (5:16) His motivation was contagious, but it wouldn’t have been if he wasn’t personally involved himself His motivation was contagious, but it wouldn’t have been if he wasn’t personally involved himself His “diary” of wall repair is action packed His “diary” of wall repair is action packed He shows us that a praying man is an active man He shows us that a praying man is an active man

17 He was a builder who arose to action: He was a builder who arose to action: – God’s builders today are people who pray with action… see themselves as vessels of God for His service (Col 4:2-4; 1 Cor. 15:58; 2 Pet 1:5,10) Why should we expect God to do great things among us if we aren’t willing to get involved ourselves? Why should we expect God to do great things among us if we aren’t willing to get involved ourselves? Some people don’t know what’s happening, some watch what’s happening, and some make things happen. Which one are you? Some people don’t know what’s happening, some watch what’s happening, and some make things happen. Which one are you? Have you ever seen a builder, construction worker, with clean clothes? No! Have you ever seen a builder, construction worker, with clean clothes? No! Can’t say, “I hope…” or “I wish…” if we won’t! Can’t say, “I hope…” or “I wish…” if we won’t! Have you been praying for change and nothing is happening? Perhaps it’s because you aren’t happening! Have you been praying for change and nothing is happening? Perhaps it’s because you aren’t happening!

18 “They said, "Let us rise up and build." So they strengthened their hands for the good work.” (Nehemiah 2:18)

19 Lessons From The Book Of Nehemiah

20 …A builder who laid everything on the line: …A builder who laid everything on the line: – Remember Nehemiah’s work and position within the Persian Empire (Nehemiah 1:11) An important man – Stood between the king & his death An important man – Stood between the king & his death A trusted man – Close relationship to the king, more like an advisor than a servant, a place of power A trusted man – Close relationship to the king, more like an advisor than a servant, a place of power Yet this was also a position filled with great risks: Yet this was also a position filled with great risks: – These kings were difficult men – Proud & Stubborn – Not just a risk of being poisoned, but of not being pleasing to the king – The death penalty! – These kings often acted on a whim which left those in close position to them getting hurt. Consider Esther’s situation (Esther 4:16-17) – She is the queen yet has to resolve, “If I die, I die” Consider Esther’s situation (Esther 4:16-17) – She is the queen yet has to resolve, “If I die, I die”

21 …A builder who laid everything on the line: …A builder who laid everything on the line: – When Nehemiah gets the opportunity he was praying for, he is still full of fear (Neh 2:1-3) For three to four months, he had been going before the king with his emotions in check, but not this time For three to four months, he had been going before the king with his emotions in check, but not this time Nehemiah isn’t just afraid… He is very much afraid. Nehemiah isn’t just afraid… He is very much afraid. Afraid of what? The king’s response? The work ahead? Likely the result of what the king had just said Afraid of what? The king’s response? The work ahead? Likely the result of what the king had just said See, Nehemiah was just like us… He prayed for this moment. He planned for this moment. He dreamed of this moment. Yet he is scared in this moment! See, Nehemiah was just like us… He prayed for this moment. He planned for this moment. He dreamed of this moment. Yet he is scared in this moment!

22 …A builder who laid everything on the line: …A builder who laid everything on the line: – He faces his fear with faith & takes on personal sacrifices & risks for God’s cause (Neh. 2:4-5) His willingness to get involved was going to cost him. He could lose his job, get exiled, or lose his life! His willingness to get involved was going to cost him. He could lose his job, get exiled, or lose his life! He had already counted this cost and was prepared He had already counted this cost and was prepared He laid other things on the line: A place of power and prominence, a place of wealth and ease, comfort zone, friends and family, lifestyle, dreams, etc. He laid other things on the line: A place of power and prominence, a place of wealth and ease, comfort zone, friends and family, lifestyle, dreams, etc. Sacrifice & risk when so much was still unknown. Why do it? God’s work needed to be done! Sacrifice & risk when so much was still unknown. Why do it? God’s work needed to be done! Courage came by his faith in God & persistent prayer Courage came by his faith in God & persistent prayer – Risk & sacrifice continued… Faced opposition, personal attacks, gave up pleasures, worked long hours, did what was uncomfortable

23 …A builder who laid everything on the line: …A builder who laid everything on the line: – Today God’s builders are people of sacrifice and risk. Lay everything on the line (Luke 14:25-30) Satan knows what we treasure and what we will put ahead of our faith. He will exploit it, making us choose between it and our walls. Satan knows what we treasure and what we will put ahead of our faith. He will exploit it, making us choose between it and our walls. Real progress always comes with risk and sacrifice… We cannot allow the fear to control us, but faith! Real progress always comes with risk and sacrifice… We cannot allow the fear to control us, but faith! We won’t always have to lay everything on the line, but are we willing to? Deciding in the moment does not work, we have to give it all to Jesus now! We won’t always have to lay everything on the line, but are we willing to? Deciding in the moment does not work, we have to give it all to Jesus now! What if we faced choosing between our life and our faith? How do you hold back a builder who is willing to die for his faith? (Revelation 12:11) What if we faced choosing between our life and our faith? How do you hold back a builder who is willing to die for his faith? (Revelation 12:11)

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25 …A builder with a specific plan for success: …A builder with a specific plan for success: – When Artaxerxes questions Nehemiah, he “set for him a time” – Time conscious (Neh. 2:6) When praying, he was also planning and preparing. He didn’t act impulsively but was a man with a plan! When praying, he was also planning and preparing. He didn’t act impulsively but was a man with a plan! His thoughtfulness shows his seriousness & motives His thoughtfulness shows his seriousness & motives Notice that it was when Nehemiah gave the king a specific time that the king approved the plan Notice that it was when Nehemiah gave the king a specific time that the king approved the plan From this point we see a focused Nehemiah who wouldn’t let anything derail the plan. From this point we see a focused Nehemiah who wouldn’t let anything derail the plan. We see his great character – Not only did the king approve the plan, but the king wanted him back! We see his great character – Not only did the king approve the plan, but the king wanted him back!

26 …A builder with a specific plan for success: …A builder with a specific plan for success: – Nehemiah had all of the practical details for his success worked out (Nehemiah 2:7-9) He knew it wouldn’t be cheap – he requests timber He knew it wouldn’t be cheap – he requests timber He knew access would be difficult – he requests letters He knew access would be difficult – he requests letters The king knew safety would be an issue – sends army The king knew safety would be an issue – sends army Real graciousness reigns… He was direct yet kind – “If it pleases the king” – then “It pleased the king” Real graciousness reigns… He was direct yet kind – “If it pleases the king” – then “It pleased the king” – Finally, he arrives in Jerusalem. He spends the first three days surveying & planning (2:11-16) Many may have thought he was doing nothing, but this was some of the most important work he did! Many may have thought he was doing nothing, but this was some of the most important work he did! Why in the middle of the night? Minimizes opinions! Why in the middle of the night? Minimizes opinions! When he finally speaks he can say, “Here’s the plan, here’s your place, now let’s get started!” When he finally speaks he can say, “Here’s the plan, here’s your place, now let’s get started!”

27 …A builder with a specific plan for success: …A builder with a specific plan for success: – Successful builders purposefully plan for success and prepare for it (Eph. 5:14-16) Some say, “Just jump out in faith” as if faith excludes all planning & purpose. But real faith plans. Some say, “Just jump out in faith” as if faith excludes all planning & purpose. But real faith plans. Too often works are taken on and commitments made without envisioning how it will be accomplished Too often works are taken on and commitments made without envisioning how it will be accomplished Plans need to be specific and practical. Big things happen through smaller thoughtful steps. Plans need to be specific and practical. Big things happen through smaller thoughtful steps.

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29 …Motivated Builders With A Mind To Work: …Motivated Builders With A Mind To Work: – Walls have been surveyed & a plan formed, so the next step is to motivate the people (2:17-20) He could not accomplish this alone… He had a vision, but his dream had to become their dream He could not accomplish this alone… He had a vision, but his dream had to become their dream He motivates by causing them to identify themselves with the problem & the solution – see “we” & “us” He motivates by causing them to identify themselves with the problem & the solution – see “we” & “us” He motivates by identifying himself with them… He was not an outsider, but an insider. Not pointing the finger with blame saying, “Your mess, your work!” He motivates by identifying himself with them… He was not an outsider, but an insider. Not pointing the finger with blame saying, “Your mess, your work!” He motivates by focusing them on their condition and work ahead… needed good & genuine motives He motivates by focusing them on their condition and work ahead… needed good & genuine motives He motivates them by showing God’s hand in all of this He motivates them by showing God’s hand in all of this Their response: A unified voice of motivation and commitment to work ahead… Prepared personally Their response: A unified voice of motivation and commitment to work ahead… Prepared personally

30 …Motivated Builders With A Mind To Work: …Motivated Builders With A Mind To Work: – We see in Nehemiah the same infectious spirit David had in facing Goliath (I Sam 17:29 – NKJV) The army of Israel, trained fighters, fled at his sight The army of Israel, trained fighters, fled at his sight David goes to meet the giant… He is young, he is not trained in war, he has no army, his weapon is small David goes to meet the giant… He is young, he is not trained in war, he has no army, his weapon is small What motivated David? There was something, there was a cause, worth fighting for! What motivated David? There was something, there was a cause, worth fighting for!

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32 …Motivated Builders With A Mind To Work: …Motivated Builders With A Mind To Work: – We see in Nehemiah the same infectious spirit David had in facing Goliath (I Sam 17:29 – NKJV) The army of Israel, trained fighters, fled at his sight The army of Israel, trained fighters, fled at his sight David goes to meet the giant… He is young, he is not trained in war, he has no army, his weapon is small David goes to meet the giant… He is young, he is not trained in war, he has no army, his weapon is small What motivated David? There was something, there was a cause, worth fighting for! What motivated David? There was something, there was a cause, worth fighting for! – From this point we see a people with incredible zeal, focus, & determination (4:6; 6:15-16)

33 “So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.” “So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. And when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem, for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.”

34 …Motivated Builders With A Mind To Work: …Motivated Builders With A Mind To Work: – God’s builders today are still a people who are motivated with a mind to work (Romans 12:3-8) We too have a cause! There is a cause to stand for, fight for, sacrifice for, work for, and live for! We too have a cause! There is a cause to stand for, fight for, sacrifice for, work for, and live for! In most local churches 90% of people want the church to grow, but only 10-20% will do the work it takes. What would happen if the other 70-80% got busy? In most local churches 90% of people want the church to grow, but only 10-20% will do the work it takes. What would happen if the other 70-80% got busy? Good leadership means nothing without driven and determined people following them. Good leadership means nothing without driven and determined people following them. Good leadership understands so they encourage and motivate those around them. Good leadership understands so they encourage and motivate those around them.

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36 A Builder Who Actively Encouraged Others: A Builder Who Actively Encouraged Others: – His encouragement factor was first seen in how he motivated others (Nehemiah 2:17-18) A great leader, but good leadership alone wouldn’t get this work done. It took their hands & strength A great leader, but good leadership alone wouldn’t get this work done. It took their hands & strength “Let us build… Let us rise and build…” – He’s telling them that he will work alongside them “Let us build… Let us rise and build…” – He’s telling them that he will work alongside them Nehemiah was a leader who wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. He led by example. Nehemiah was a leader who wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. He led by example. He encouraged them by bringing them to see their real condition, but helps them turn their focus from their shambled state to a rebuilt future He encouraged them by bringing them to see their real condition, but helps them turn their focus from their shambled state to a rebuilt future

37 A Builder Who Actively Encouraged Others: A Builder Who Actively Encouraged Others: – Practically, he encouraged the people by personally getting to know each one (Neh. 3) Notice how he calls out each builder by name (vs. 1-4). He mentions about 75 names… its not pointless! Notice how he calls out each builder by name (vs. 1-4). He mentions about 75 names… its not pointless! He seems to be moving around the wall and get to know each builder individually… learns personal details about their lives (vs. 8-9) He seems to be moving around the wall and get to know each builder individually… learns personal details about their lives (vs. 8-9) He takes special notice of the work done… Some built diligently and some built lousy (vs. 5, 20) He takes special notice of the work done… Some built diligently and some built lousy (vs. 5, 20) He learns where people live, their family life, and more He learns where people live, their family life, and more He is moving around the wall working side by side… A fellow brick mason personally involved (Neh. 5:16) He is moving around the wall working side by side… A fellow brick mason personally involved (Neh. 5:16)

38 A Builder Who Actively Encouraged Others: A Builder Who Actively Encouraged Others: – The encouragement factor continues… building, motivating, admonishing, supporting others: When discouraged he focused people on God & prayed When discouraged he focused people on God & prayed When others faced financial hardship he sacrificed When others faced financial hardship he sacrificed When the law was read and people were repenting, he went among them encouraging revival When the law was read and people were repenting, he went among them encouraging revival What drastic measures were needed, he took difficult action to ensure righteousness and purity What drastic measures were needed, he took difficult action to ensure righteousness and purity – Builders purposefully encourage (I Ths 5:11, 14) They understand the need for mutual edification They understand the need for mutual edification They try to bring others in and get them involved They try to bring others in and get them involved To truly encourage, we have to get to know each other! To truly encourage, we have to get to know each other! Paul focused on building others up and surrounded himself with others who did the same! (Acts 14:22, etc) Paul focused on building others up and surrounded himself with others who did the same! (Acts 14:22, etc)

39 …Refused To Let Criticism Stop The Work: …Refused To Let Criticism Stop The Work: – From the start he had to face negative criticism from Tobiah, Sanballat, & Geshem (Neh 2:19-20) They had been “concerned” because someone came seeking the welfare of the people They had been “concerned” because someone came seeking the welfare of the people They mocked God’s people – “Jeered” and “Despised” They mocked God’s people – “Jeered” and “Despised” The belittled God’s people – “What is this THING…” The belittled God’s people – “What is this THING…” They scared God’s people – You are rebelling! They scared God’s people – You are rebelling! Nehemiah speaks with directness & boldness… This is God’s work and you have no place here! Nehemiah speaks with directness & boldness… This is God’s work and you have no place here!

40 …Refused To Let Criticism Stop The Work: …Refused To Let Criticism Stop The Work: – When the wall is halfway done, criticism brings the work to a screeching halt (Nehemiah 4) Vs. 1-3: Belittled calling them feeble… Shift their focus to the rubble… mock the work saying a fox could break it down  Destroying the morale! Vs. 1-3: Belittled calling them feeble… Shift their focus to the rubble… mock the work saying a fox could break it down  Destroying the morale! Nehemiah handles this criticism with prayer… The people keep working – “mind to work” (vs. 6) Nehemiah handles this criticism with prayer… The people keep working – “mind to work” (vs. 6) Vs : Enemies gather allies and threaten war… the people are scared stiff! The words of the critics take root in their hearts and they believe it! Vs : Enemies gather allies and threaten war… the people are scared stiff! The words of the critics take root in their hearts and they believe it! Nehemiah says, “Remember the Lord!” – He puts their faith and focus back. He gets them working again & makes a practical plan that settles fears (13-16) Nehemiah says, “Remember the Lord!” – He puts their faith and focus back. He gets them working again & makes a practical plan that settles fears (13-16)

41 …Refused To Let Criticism Stop The Work: …Refused To Let Criticism Stop The Work: – Next they turn to personally attack Nehemiah by discrediting him with criticism (Neh. 6:6-7) Especially painful due to the personal nature – This is dangers because if he’s gone the work ends Especially painful due to the personal nature – This is dangers because if he’s gone the work ends The “Ono Conference” would take him away from the work and provide them a chance to destroy him The “Ono Conference” would take him away from the work and provide them a chance to destroy him They then spread rumors with an open letter – This means anyone and everyone can read it! They then spread rumors with an open letter – This means anyone and everyone can read it! They attack his motives and work – He’s building for an insurrection, he wants to be king himself, he has his own agenda – Personal & devastating! They attack his motives and work – He’s building for an insurrection, he wants to be king himself, he has his own agenda – Personal & devastating! He handles it with openness and blunt honesty – He testifies of the false nature of the rumors and where they really originate. His character backed him up. He gets back to work! (vs. 8-9) He handles it with openness and blunt honesty – He testifies of the false nature of the rumors and where they really originate. His character backed him up. He gets back to work! (vs. 8-9)

42 …Refused To Let Criticism Stop The Work: …Refused To Let Criticism Stop The Work: – God’s builders must be realistic… We will face criticism and we must handle it (I Pet 2:12, 3:16) As a builder you will be criticized and often it will be unfair. Your motives will be attacked, work belittled, effectiveness doubted. It will be personal, painful, and discouraging! As a builder you will be criticized and often it will be unfair. Your motives will be attacked, work belittled, effectiveness doubted. It will be personal, painful, and discouraging! Think about Jesus – His teaching, relationships, and works were constantly under fire unjustly. Think about Jesus – His teaching, relationships, and works were constantly under fire unjustly. Sadly, sometimes criticism will come from within… even our own brethren. Friendly fire hurts most! Sadly, sometimes criticism will come from within… even our own brethren. Friendly fire hurts most! Sometimes we can ignore it and it go away, but often it must be met and handled with frank open honesty Sometimes we can ignore it and it go away, but often it must be met and handled with frank open honesty Note: Sometimes it may be unfair, but still carry a morsel of truth. We need to identify that if its there and use it as motivation (Prov. 29:1) Note: Sometimes it may be unfair, but still carry a morsel of truth. We need to identify that if its there and use it as motivation (Prov. 29:1)

43 Lessons From The Book Of Nehemiah

44 A Builder Who Remembered The Lord: A Builder Who Remembered The Lord: – It would have been easy for the builders in Jerusalem to become obsessed with Nehemiah: The King’s Cupbearer – an important man in the empire The King’s Cupbearer – an important man in the empire He was very motivational, inspiring people around him He was very motivational, inspiring people around him He showed courage in standing up to their enemies He showed courage in standing up to their enemies Did he realize this? Maybe, maybe not, but we never find him drawing attention to himself Did he realize this? Maybe, maybe not, but we never find him drawing attention to himself This book is only 13 chapters, yet Nehemiah refers to God over 75 times. He was a God-focused man! This book is only 13 chapters, yet Nehemiah refers to God over 75 times. He was a God-focused man! – He focused people on God by prayer (4:4, 9) Whether people heard all his prayers or not, people certainly heard and saw him praying often Whether people heard all his prayers or not, people certainly heard and saw him praying often 11 prayers spoken of… “A builder from the knees up” 11 prayers spoken of… “A builder from the knees up” When battles arise, first step is prayer… prayer warrior When battles arise, first step is prayer… prayer warrior Says, “We prayed…” – Discouraged & disheartened, he refocused them on God by praying together Says, “We prayed…” – Discouraged & disheartened, he refocused them on God by praying together

45 A Builder Who Remembered The Lord: A Builder Who Remembered The Lord: – Simple but powerful encouragement: “Remember the Lord, great and awesome” (4:14-15) The work started with a focus on God – “I told them of the hand of my God…” (Neh. 2:18). But fear and mocking shifted that focus. Distracted hearts! The work started with a focus on God – “I told them of the hand of my God…” (Neh. 2:18). But fear and mocking shifted that focus. Distracted hearts! Nehemiah brought them to think about God’s nature… their vision of God wasn’t “big” enough and so their trust and confidence was lacking Nehemiah brought them to think about God’s nature… their vision of God wasn’t “big” enough and so their trust and confidence was lacking “Remember the Lord” brought up many images – David and Goliath, walls of Jericho, Mount Sinai, Red Sea crossing, 10 plagues, flood, the creation… WOW! “Remember the Lord” brought up many images – David and Goliath, walls of Jericho, Mount Sinai, Red Sea crossing, 10 plagues, flood, the creation… WOW! God had not changed! They were serving the same God! No reason for fear, timidity, or dismay! God had not changed! They were serving the same God! No reason for fear, timidity, or dismay!

46 A Builder Who Remembered The Lord: A Builder Who Remembered The Lord: – As we seek to build, we must stay focus on God. Always remembering our Lord! (Is 40:38-41) He is the same God… Our God is GREAT and AWESOME! He is the same God… Our God is GREAT and AWESOME! Trials too strong? Temptations too powerful? Work too difficult? Discouragement too deep? REMEMBER! Trials too strong? Temptations too powerful? Work too difficult? Discouragement too deep? REMEMBER! Many times when the work on our walls slows down or ceases, our focus has shifted away from God. We aren’t “God-centered” – other things steal us away Many times when the work on our walls slows down or ceases, our focus has shifted away from God. We aren’t “God-centered” – other things steal us away As we have opportunity to help struggling people, we must not fail to help them focus on God’s nature! As we have opportunity to help struggling people, we must not fail to help them focus on God’s nature!

47 Lessons From The Book Of Nehemiah

48 A Builder Who Resisted Complacency: A Builder Who Resisted Complacency: – If there was a time for Nehemiah to grow satisfied in the work & effort, this was it: Half way done… less left to do. Many slow down here. Half way done… less left to do. Many slow down here. A major spiritual & physical battle had been fought, he was likely tired, and thus very susceptible A major spiritual & physical battle had been fought, he was likely tired, and thus very susceptible Enemies plans were defeated… a great morale booster Enemies plans were defeated… a great morale booster On the other side, threats and opposition remained and it could have been an excuse to slow down or stop On the other side, threats and opposition remained and it could have been an excuse to slow down or stop – He increases the activity & intensity (4:19-23) He prepares in case of war, but is also pushing ahead in the work. Seems to be working even harder He prepares in case of war, but is also pushing ahead in the work. Seems to be working even harder Why arm them? May have been as much about their confidence level… energizing the work base! Why arm them? May have been as much about their confidence level… energizing the work base! He stays in work clothes all the time… only changing to bathe. Great determination and focus! He stays in work clothes all the time… only changing to bathe. Great determination and focus!

49 A Builder Who Resisted Complacency: A Builder Who Resisted Complacency: – The book of Nehemiah is action packed. He is persistent. Why? He cared about the work! – Successful builders are not super humans in faith. They accomplish much because they are relentless in their faith! (Mt 5:6; Phil 3:12-14) We must never allow ourselves to grow complacent or careless… always room for greater growth and service. Guard against satisfaction! We must never allow ourselves to grow complacent or careless… always room for greater growth and service. Guard against satisfaction! Where’s the line for what’s enough in our serving the Lord? No line is drawn. We show our level of love and devotion by how much we do. Where’s the line for what’s enough in our serving the Lord? No line is drawn. We show our level of love and devotion by how much we do. Guard against allowing our awareness of our failures and weakness to be an excuse for lukewarmness Guard against allowing our awareness of our failures and weakness to be an excuse for lukewarmness When we become satisfied, we quit growing! The pursuit of “just enough” will always leave us shy of “just enough” – Seek to excel! Seek the 2 nd mile! When we become satisfied, we quit growing! The pursuit of “just enough” will always leave us shy of “just enough” – Seek to excel! Seek the 2 nd mile!

50 …Who Immediately Addresses His Problems …Who Immediately Addresses His Problems – From the start it was clear battles would be a reality, but these were exterior (2:10, 19) Tobiah, Sanballat, & Geshem – They weren’t Jews, but gained power. They needed Jerusalem in disrepair Tobiah, Sanballat, & Geshem – They weren’t Jews, but gained power. They needed Jerusalem in disrepair They try to discourage and dishearten the people They try to discourage and dishearten the people Nehemiah never lets this slide, addresses it directly. Nehemiah never lets this slide, addresses it directly. – Now problems start arising from within… Their difficulties multiplied upon each other (5:1-5) A famine in the land – Fears & anxieties compounded A famine in the land – Fears & anxieties compounded Heavy taxes levied by Artexerxes – Frustration & anger Heavy taxes levied by Artexerxes – Frustration & anger Borrowed money at high interest – Despair Borrowed money at high interest – Despair Sell themselves into slavery – Hopelessness Sell themselves into slavery – Hopelessness

51 …Who Immediately Addresses His Problems …Who Immediately Addresses His Problems – He handles this with directness and firmness, he doesn’t let it slide (Neh. 5:16-23) Rebukes the leaders for the problem – Does so publicly Rebukes the leaders for the problem – Does so publicly Led the way in redeeming those sold into slavery Led the way in redeeming those sold into slavery Made loans but refused to charge any interest Made loans but refused to charge any interest Holds problem causers responsible & accountable Holds problem causers responsible & accountable Why so bold? It hindered the work… was unloving, unmerciful, and unjust… but mainly it was a flat disregard for the laws of God! (Deut. 23:19-20) Why so bold? It hindered the work… was unloving, unmerciful, and unjust… but mainly it was a flat disregard for the laws of God! (Deut. 23:19-20) – God’s builders dont ignore problems (2 Cor 5:1-6) Corinth ignored the problem – Paul rebuked them for this and emphasized the negative “leaving” impact Corinth ignored the problem – Paul rebuked them for this and emphasized the negative “leaving” impact If we ignore problems, the problems are still there! If we ignore problems, the problems are still there! Builders who care are motivate to act and speak Builders who care are motivate to act and speak We see the importance, consequences, & potential We see the importance, consequences, & potential But be Balanced… Don’t forget patience, love, & grace But be Balanced… Don’t forget patience, love, & grace

52 Lessons From The Book Of Nehemiah

53 A Builder Who Gave Serious Thought Before Taking Action A Builder Who Gave Serious Thought Before Taking Action – Thoughtfulness is a consistent characteristic… Spent three months in prepare before going before the king… Not just praying, but planning & preparing Spent three months in prepare before going before the king… Not just praying, but planning & preparing Thoughtful before the king in politeness & purpose Thoughtful before the king in politeness & purpose When first arriving in Jerusalem, he surveys the walls at night… seeing the need and creating strategy When first arriving in Jerusalem, he surveys the walls at night… seeing the need and creating strategy – Before handing the difficult internal problem, Nehemiah takes counsel with himself (5:7) NKJV: “After serious thought” – Not being arrogant by refusing advice… making sure he handles it right! NKJV: “After serious thought” – Not being arrogant by refusing advice… making sure he handles it right! He’s angry… easy to get unbalanced, be too harsh He’s angry… easy to get unbalanced, be too harsh It’s a difficult & intense problem… it could get ugly It’s a difficult & intense problem… it could get ugly He’s about to call the religious leaders on the carpet He’s about to call the religious leaders on the carpet This also calms his spirit before reacting to the issue This also calms his spirit before reacting to the issue

54 A Builder Who Gave Serious Thought Before Taking Action A Builder Who Gave Serious Thought Before Taking Action – What if Nehemiah handled this the wrong way? There could have been a huge split in the people There could have been a huge split in the people There could have been an undermining of the authority of the leaders and a loss of confidence & trust There could have been an undermining of the authority of the leaders and a loss of confidence & trust There could have been an end to the work on the wall There could have been an end to the work on the wall There could have been a personal loss of influence There could have been a personal loss of influence – God’s spiritual builders are a thinking people… Given to “personal counsel” (Prov. 15:28; 29:11) Speaking before you think, saying whatever is on your mind is not something to boast about! Think first! Speaking before you think, saying whatever is on your mind is not something to boast about! Think first! In our zeal for truth & righteousness, seek balance In our zeal for truth & righteousness, seek balance Thoughtfulness will calm our hearts before acting Thoughtfulness will calm our hearts before acting Especially when rebuking a leader (1 Tim. 5:22) Especially when rebuking a leader (1 Tim. 5:22) Be a “thinker” to see if action is needed (2 Cor. 13:5) Be a “thinker” to see if action is needed (2 Cor. 13:5)

55 Two more builder principles we have already touched on… – A builder who wasn’t side tracked by things that weren’t a priority (Neh. 6:1-4) – A builder who always gave glory to God (Nehemiah 6:15-16)

56 A Builder Who Inspired Others To Build After Him: A Builder Who Inspired Others To Build After Him: – He was a great builder, but he was only one man He was limited by space – Could only be in one place He was limited by space – Could only be in one place He was limited by time – His work ended at his death He was limited by time – His work ended at his death He was limited by energy – He could only do so much He was limited by energy – He could only do so much – The wall is finished! He may be done building walls, but he’s not done building people! (7:1-3) He would return to Persia… time to “pass the torch” He would return to Persia… time to “pass the torch” Not looking for fame or fight, but for a faithful man who feared the Lord… A reliable and reverent man. Not looking for fame or fight, but for a faithful man who feared the Lord… A reliable and reverent man. He didn’t just provide for leaders to replace him, but leaders in all social and spiritual realms of the city He didn’t just provide for leaders to replace him, but leaders in all social and spiritual realms of the city He instructed, inspired, and encouraged – Built people! He instructed, inspired, and encouraged – Built people! Nehemiah has no succumbed to promotion erosion… He’s not so prideful and insecure that he is afraid of the success, work, and leadership of others Nehemiah has no succumbed to promotion erosion… He’s not so prideful and insecure that he is afraid of the success, work, and leadership of others

57 …Who Inspired Others To Build After Him: …Who Inspired Others To Build After Him: – Moses was also a great leader. Unlike Nehemiah he didn’t recognize this need (Ex. 18:17-18, 21) He had much work to do any many problems to handle… His work was destroying him and he didn’t know it! He had much work to do any many problems to handle… His work was destroying him and he didn’t know it! Jethro could see it and courageously confronted Moses Jethro could see it and courageously confronted Moses Moses was so consumed by leading he was blinded to the toll it took on him, his relationship, the people Moses was so consumed by leading he was blinded to the toll it took on him, his relationship, the people Jethro’s focus – Trustworthy, honest, and God-fearing Jethro’s focus – Trustworthy, honest, and God-fearing – Spiritual builders must raise up other builders to work beside them and follow them (Eph 4:11-6) Don’t let the building and leading die off with you… Make sure we strengthen, develop, & spread Don’t let the building and leading die off with you… Make sure we strengthen, develop, & spread The church is to be equipping saints for the work of ministry… growing leaders & Christ-likeness The church is to be equipping saints for the work of ministry… growing leaders & Christ-likeness But don’t push unfaithful people into leadership roles… This will cause more problems! (Prov. 25:19) But don’t push unfaithful people into leadership roles… This will cause more problems! (Prov. 25:19)

58 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble Is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint. (Prov. 25:19)

59 Lessons From The Book Of Nehemiah

60 A Builder Who Promoted Zeal For The Word: A Builder Who Promoted Zeal For The Word: – Most of Nehemiah’s work has been physical, but now he turns his attention to spiritual building A spiritual foundation laid – Praying & focusing on God A spiritual foundation laid – Praying & focusing on God If they just fixed the walls, they’d still be in disrepair. Needed to be revived, restored, & redirected If they just fixed the walls, they’d still be in disrepair. Needed to be revived, restored, & redirected How do you start a revival, restoration, and redirection? You go to the word of God! How do you start a revival, restoration, and redirection? You go to the word of God! – Next step: The Watergate Revival (Neh 8:1-6) Ezra is reading God’s word, but Nehemiah is there too Ezra is reading God’s word, but Nehemiah is there too What’s the focus? God’s word! Not there for gimmicks, stories, entertainment, recreation, physical needs What’s the focus? God’s word! Not there for gimmicks, stories, entertainment, recreation, physical needs God’s people call for His word with eagerness and a readiness to obey. God’s leaders faithfully respond God’s people call for His word with eagerness and a readiness to obey. God’s leaders faithfully respond Emotions naturally flow forth – They care about what they are hearing. Hearing God’s word, the truth, provokes worship, respect, and weeping. Emotions naturally flow forth – They care about what they are hearing. Hearing God’s word, the truth, provokes worship, respect, and weeping.

61 A Builder Who Promoted Zeal For The Word: A Builder Who Promoted Zeal For The Word: – Notice the response of the people… Godliness! Ask for the word – Spiritually hungry & thirsty. They want it. This isn’t instigated by the leaders! Ask for the word – Spiritually hungry & thirsty. They want it. This isn’t instigated by the leaders! Attentive to the word – They listened… for six hours! Attentive to the word – They listened… for six hours! Showed respect & reverence to the word – Stood, said “Amen,” bowed, and then obeyed Showed respect & reverence to the word – Stood, said “Amen,” bowed, and then obeyed Genuinely repented to the word – they wept then acted Genuinely repented to the word – they wept then acted – Spiritual revival resulted in obedience (8:14-18) Often people are convicted, but then forget. Not these! Often people are convicted, but then forget. Not these! No debate or delay. No complaint. Full obedience! No debate or delay. No complaint. Full obedience! Sought to do all “according to the rule” – They wanted to please God so they wanted to get it right Sought to do all “according to the rule” – They wanted to please God so they wanted to get it right – God’s builders hunger & thirst for the word. Respect & revere the word. Revival, restoration, & redirection. (I Pt 2:2; Hos. 4:16; Ps 42:1-2)

62 A Builder Who Encouraged The Support Of Spiritual Leadership: A Builder Who Encouraged The Support Of Spiritual Leadership: – So much focus has been on Nehemiah. Suddenly its Ezra in the spotlight (Neh. 8:1, 4a) A struggle for some leaders… Jealousy and selfishness can exist. Undermine and unsupportive at best A struggle for some leaders… Jealousy and selfishness can exist. Undermine and unsupportive at best Nehemiah is gracious – Doesn’t struggle against Ezra. This reading of the law was Ezra’s place, not his. Nehemiah is gracious – Doesn’t struggle against Ezra. This reading of the law was Ezra’s place, not his. Certainly he saw and appreciated great leadership! Certainly he saw and appreciated great leadership! – But Nehemiah is still leading… he’s leading in supporting Ezra and his work (Neh. 8:9-11) He stands beside Ezra – Shows approval & credence He stands beside Ezra – Shows approval & credence He reinforces Ezra’s words, emphasizes importance He reinforces Ezra’s words, emphasizes importance He encourages the people – don’t give up, get moving He encourages the people – don’t give up, get moving

63 A Builder Who Encouraged The Support Of Spiritual Leadership: A Builder Who Encouraged The Support Of Spiritual Leadership: – Others supported Ezra that day, standing beside him in his work (Neh. 8:4, 7-8) Each become his “right hand man” – Just stood there Each become his “right hand man” – Just stood there Encouraged Ezra and endorsed him in the eyes of the people. Respect! Listen to what he is saying! Encouraged Ezra and endorsed him in the eyes of the people. Respect! Listen to what he is saying! Men worked through the crowds explaining what was taught and reemphasizing the message to them Men worked through the crowds explaining what was taught and reemphasizing the message to them – God’s builders understand the importance of spiritual leadership, recognize it, get behind it, and support it. Assist and encourage those who lead. Guard against bitterness and jealousy of those in “spotlight” (I Thess 5:11-13; Heb 13:17)

64 Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing. But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.

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66 “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints -- and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us… But as you excel in everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you -- see that you excel in this act of grace also.” (2 Cor. 8:1-7)

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69 And Pilate again said to them, "Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?" And they cried out again, "Crucify him." And Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has he done?" But they shouted all the more, "Crucify him." So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor's headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. And they began to salute him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"

70 And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him. And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. And it was the third hour when they crucified him. And the inscription of the charge against him read, "The King of the Jews." Mark 15:12-28

71 “…This is my blood of the new covenant” For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more." (Hebrews 8:10-12)

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73 Lessons From The Book Of Nehemiah

74 …A builder who stood uncompromisingly & passionately for truth & righteousness: …A builder who stood uncompromisingly & passionately for truth & righteousness: – Background events since the Watergate Revival Spirituality, love for the word, repentance, obedience Spirituality, love for the word, repentance, obedience Then vows were made (Neh. 10): (1) Fully follow all God’s laws; (2) not to intermarry with idolatrous nations; (3) carefully keep the Sabbath; (4) Tithe so priests & Levites could devote to spiritual work Then vows were made (Neh. 10): (1) Fully follow all God’s laws; (2) not to intermarry with idolatrous nations; (3) carefully keep the Sabbath; (4) Tithe so priests & Levites could devote to spiritual work Things looks great! Nehemiah returned to Persia to work as the king’s cupbearer. Eventually he gets permission to return to Jerusalem. What revival? Things looks great! Nehemiah returned to Persia to work as the king’s cupbearer. Eventually he gets permission to return to Jerusalem. What revival? He didn’t return to all new problems… the old problems had returned. Vows broken. Spirituality lost. He didn’t return to all new problems… the old problems had returned. Vows broken. Spirituality lost.

75 …A builder who stood uncompromisingly & passionately for truth & righteousness: …A builder who stood uncompromisingly & passionately for truth & righteousness: – Problem One: Tobiah was being allowed to live inside the temple… Shocking! (Neh. 13:6-14) He consistently opposed the work… Why was someone so bent on wrong, in a place built for right? He consistently opposed the work… Why was someone so bent on wrong, in a place built for right? He handles this with personal firmness – Literally tosses all Tobiah’s stuff out on the front lawn! He handles this with personal firmness – Literally tosses all Tobiah’s stuff out on the front lawn! He is not soft. Nehemiah is very angry and it is visible. His anger is justified. His anger is controlled. He is not soft. Nehemiah is very angry and it is visible. His anger is justified. His anger is controlled. Nehemiah has the room cleansed… Fumigates the stink out of it! All remembrance gone, holy again! Nehemiah has the room cleansed… Fumigates the stink out of it! All remembrance gone, holy again! This was hindering the worship and spiritual service of God’s people! Priests & Levites had to go back to work because of the room made for Tobiah This was hindering the worship and spiritual service of God’s people! Priests & Levites had to go back to work because of the room made for Tobiah

76 …A builder who stood uncompromisingly & passionately for truth & righteousness: …A builder who stood uncompromisingly & passionately for truth & righteousness: – Problem Two: The Sabbath day was being allowed to be profaned (Neh. 13:15-22) Sabbath looked like any other day! Work and business was going on… Did they forget the captivity? Sabbath looked like any other day! Work and business was going on… Did they forget the captivity? Nehemiah immediately confronts the leaders – They are responsible. They should’ve known better! Nehemiah immediately confronts the leaders – They are responsible. They should’ve known better! Nehemiah took physical steps to prevent disobedience. He shuts the gates, puts servants there as guards Nehemiah took physical steps to prevent disobedience. He shuts the gates, puts servants there as guards Nehemiah personally threatens anyone who would break the laws of God. “I’ll lay hands on you!” Nehemiah personally threatens anyone who would break the laws of God. “I’ll lay hands on you!” He acted with toughness and boldness. He probably made enemies. But the message got through! He acted with toughness and boldness. He probably made enemies. But the message got through!

77 …A builder who stood uncompromisingly & passionately for truth & righteousness: …A builder who stood uncompromisingly & passionately for truth & righteousness: – Problem Three: They were intermarrying with the nations around them (Neh 13:23-31) They broke direct commands from God. God not only commanded… warned & promised consequences They broke direct commands from God. God not only commanded… warned & promised consequences Again, there is a keen awareness of the pain of captivity to which this sin directly led Again, there is a keen awareness of the pain of captivity to which this sin directly led Pervasive Problem – Half the kids didn’t know Hebrew! Pervasive Problem – Half the kids didn’t know Hebrew! He handles this with strength & toughness – Curses, physically beats, pulls out hair, holds responsible for sin and change He handles this with strength & toughness – Curses, physically beats, pulls out hair, holds responsible for sin and change Courageous – He goes after the High Priest’s family! Courageous – He goes after the High Priest’s family! Leadership in his prayer… not only prays about the sin but about placing righteousness in its place Leadership in his prayer… not only prays about the sin but about placing righteousness in its place

78 …A builder who stood uncompromisingly & passionately for truth & righteousness: …A builder who stood uncompromisingly & passionately for truth & righteousness: – God’s builders are people who are able to get worked up about things. They will get mad. Luke 2:14-17; Romans 12:9; Jude 1:23 Luke 2:14-17; Romans 12:9; Jude 1:23 Take truth and righteousness seriously. Understand the consequences of error and sin. Take truth and righteousness seriously. Understand the consequences of error and sin. They become passionate and involved. Take action! They become passionate and involved. Take action!

79 Builder Principles… A Builder Who Cared A Builder From The Knees Up A Builder Who Arose To Action A Builder Who Laid Everything On The Line A Builder Who Had Specific Plans For Success A Builder With A Mind To Work & Was Motivated A Builder Who Encouraged Others A Builder Who Refused To Let Criticism Stop God’s Work A Builder Who Remembered The Lord A Builder Who Resisted Complacency & Carelessness A Builder Who Immediately Addressed His Problems A Builder Who Gave Serious Thought Before Taking Acting A Builder Who Was Not Sidetracked By Things That Weren’t A Priority

80 Builder Principles… A Builder Who Always Gave Glory To God A Builder Who Inspired Others To Build After Him A Builder Who Promoted Zeal For God’s Word A Builder Who Encouraged Support Of Spiritual Leaders A Builder Who Stood Passionately And Uncompromisingly For Truth And Righteousness

81 “Then I said to them, "You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision." And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, "Let us rise up and build." So they strengthened their hands for the good work.” (Nehemiah 2:17-18)


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