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Nehemiah - God Rebuilds Us: The Anatomy of Action

January 19, 2020 Speaker: Joe Walser Series: Nehemiah

Topic: Biblical Passage: Nehemiah 2:1–2:10

The Bible’s central message is that God is building and re- building the lives of His people!
Ezekiel 34:11–16 (HCSB)
“For this is what the Lord God says: See, I Myself will search for My flock and look for them. 12 As a shepherd looks for his sheep on the day he is among his scattered flock, so I will look for My flock. I will rescue them from all the places where they have been scattered on a cloudy and dark day. 13 I will bring them out from the peoples, gather them from the countries, and bring them into their own land. I will shepherd them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the land. 14 I will tend them with good pasture, and their grazing place will be on Israel’s lofty mountains. There they will lie down in a good grazing place; they will feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.
I will tend My flock and let them lie down.” This is the declaration of the Lord God. 16 “I will seek the lost, bring back the strays, bandage the injured, and strengthen the weak, but I will destroy the fat and the strong. I will shepherd them with justice.
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal.”
Bruce Lee
Proverbs 26:14 (HCSB)
A door turns on its hinges,
and a slacker, on his bed.
Introduction
1. You cannot get there with procrastination
Proverbs 20:4 (HCSB)
4 The slacker does not plow during planting season; at harvest time he looks, and there is nothing.
2. You cannot rationalize why there’s no action
Proverbs 24:33–34 (HCSB)
a little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the arms to rest,
and your poverty will come like a robber,
your need, like a bandit.
3. You cannot take the path of least resistance
Proverbs 26:14–15 (HCSB)
A door turns on its hinges,
and a slacker, on his bed.
The slacker buries his hand in the bowl;
he is too weary to bring it to his mouth.
TOOLS: The anatomy of ACTION!!
1. You must have a burden
Nehemiah 2:1–3 (HCSB)
  During the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was set before him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had never been sad in his presence,  so the king said to me, “Why are you sad, when you aren’t sick? This is nothing but depression.”
I was overwhelmed with fear and replied to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should I not be sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins and its gates have been destroyed by fire?”
2. You must have a big enough burden to risk...
Nehemiah 2:2–3 (HCSB)
so the king said to me, “Why are you sad, when you aren’t sick? This is nothing but depression.”
I was overwhelmed with fear and replied to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should I not be sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins and its gates have been destroyed by fire?”
3. You must live in constant dependence
Nehemiah 2:4 (HCSB)
Then the king asked me, “What is your request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven
4. You must have a STRATEGIC and SPECIFIC plan
Nehemiah 2:6–10 (HCSB)
The king, with the queen seated beside him, asked me, “How
long will your journey take, and when will you return?” So I gave
him a definite time, and it pleased the king to send me.
I also said to the king: “If it pleases the king, let me have letters written to the governors of the region west of the Euphrates River, so that they will grant me safe passage until I reach Judah.
And let me have a letter written to Asaph, keeper of the king’s forest, so that he will give me timber to rebuild the gates of the temple’s fortress, the city wall, and the home where I will live.” The king granted my requests, for I was graciously strengthened by my God.
I went to the governors of the region west of the Euphrates and gave them the king’s letters. The king had also sent officers of the infantry and cavalry with me. 10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard that someone had come to seek the well-being of the Israelites, they were greatly displeased.