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Greatest Comeback Pt. 4 Rebuilding Your Life
April 25, 2021

Greatest Comeback Pt. 4 Rebuilding Your Life

April 25, 2021

Greatest Comebacks

Pt. 4 – Nehemiah – Rebuilding Your Life

 

Step One: Be honest with , and .

Neh. 1:2Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem. 3They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace.  The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.” 

Step Two: my sin. 

4When I heard these things, I sat down and wept.  For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.  5Then I said: “O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands, 6let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s house, have committed against you. 7We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.        

Step Three: Ask for . 

Neh. 2:4Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and answered the King, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can rebuild it.” 6 Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, “How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?” It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time.7I also said to him, “If it pleases the king, may I have letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, so that they will provide me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah? 8 And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the king’s forest, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?” And because the gracious hand of my God was upon me, the king granted my requests…9The king also sent army officers and cavalry with me.

Is. 1:17Seek justice, encourage the oppressed.  Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.

 Gal. 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” (Rom. 15:1-2, The Message).

Step Four: . 

Neh. 4:6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.

Step Five:

Neh. 4:1When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed.  He ridiculed the Jews, 2and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?” 3Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—if even a fox climbed up on it, he would break down their wall of stones!”

7…when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the men of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. 8They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it.

 Neh 4:16From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor.  The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah 17who were building the wall.  Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, 18and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked… 23 Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water.

Neh. 6:15 So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. 16When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.

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