Nehemiah - God Rebuilds Us: Persevere
Topic: Biblical Passage: Nehemiah 4:1–4:8
1 Peter 2:4–5 (HCSB)
Coming to Him, a living stone—rejected by men but chosen and valuable to God— you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:18–20 (HCSB)
Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Work, Measured, Experience/Expansion and protection of the glory of God
Hebrews 3:14 (HCSB)
For we have become companions of the Messiah if we hold firmly until the end the reality that we had at the start.
1. You will always have cynics, naysayers, and party poopers....
Nehemiah 3:5 (HCSB)
Beside them the Tekoites made repairs, but their nobles did not lift a finger to help their supervisors.
2. Know that you will be slandered and laughed at
Nehemiah 4:1–3 (HCSB)
When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became furious. He mocked the Jews before his colleagues and the powerful men of Samaria, and said, “What are these pathetic Jews doing? Can they restore it by themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they ever finish it? Can they bring these burnt stones back to life from the mounds of rubble?”
Then Tobiah the Ammonite, who was beside him, said, “Indeed, even if a fox climbed up what they are building, he would break down their stone wall!”
3. You can and should pray against the enemies of the mission
Nehemiah 4:4–5 (HCSB)
Listen, our God, for we are despised. Make their insults return on their own heads and let them be taken as plunder to a land of captivity. Do not cover their guilt or let their sin be erased from Your sight, because they have provoked the builders.
4. It’s Dangerous, very risky (or should be)
Nehemiah 4:7–8 (HCSB)
When Sanballat, Tobiah, and the Arabs, Ammonites, and Ashdodites heard that the repair to the walls of Jerusalem was progressing and that the gaps were being closed, they became furious. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and throw it into confusion.
5. You will be betrayed, abandoned, or persecuted by people in your own camp
6. The world is devious at its core
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