I often find myself sort of recapping the work God has done in my life or the times He has been faithful to His word. This is so helpful when I start to doubt or feel like things are never going to change, or when the enemy attempts to attack my mind and convince me God is not faithful to keep me and rebuild in and through my life. Be encouraged to take a moment to identify at least one thing YOU KNOW God has done FOR you, and celebrate that. Praise Him! Rejoice for His goodness and faithfulness to see you through!
Lesson #12 Guard what has been rebuilt and pray for the ability to resist returning to previous mindsets, behaviors and habits.
Nehemiah 13: 18 “Wasn’t it just this sort of thing that your ancestors did that caused our God to bring all this trouble upon us and our city? Now you are bringing even more wrath upon Israel by permitting the Sabbath to be desecrated in this way!”
Finally, we have a tendency to want to fall back as we are going through, and once we've experienced some measure of success, resulting from the rebuilding process. It can be uncomfortable to move forward. We don’t want to leave our comfort zones, but we forget that staying “comfortable” is often what got us to the point where things were falling apart in the first place. Even the people in Nehemiah ended up going back to what had destroyed Jerusalem to begin with.
I pray as you've read through this series, God has been speaking to your heart by His Holy Spirit. I pray you've gained insight and inspiration to continue to rebuild in your life. I pray you are blessed by the biblical lessons we have been able to glean from the book of Nehemiah and may even be motivated to read the book on your own. His Word speaks to us uniquely, and you may receive even more lessons from His Word.
Have a beautifully blessed day and as always, feel free to reach out if you would like to connect. Also, share your praises for God's goodness, by leaving a comment. Chat with you soon :)
individually. We sense it in our hearts or thoughts. It’s what God is speaking to us. Of course, it has to be checked according to scripture, but we all have both general and unique revelations as we rebuild and we have to rely on wisdom and discernment from the Holy Spirit to keep going in spite of challenges or opposition that may come our way.
Nehemiah had various people throughout the rebuilding process that tried to deceive him, but he knew what they were doing because he listened to the Holy Spirit who gave him the ability to discern. We all have the same Holy Spirit within us to give us wisdom and discernment as we rebuild. We want to see the fruits of the Spirit to be seen in our lives.
I’m sure there are people who knew what I was going through four years ago with my physical challenges and the struggles in my marriage. I’m sure there were people two years ago who saw my skirmish with skin cancer and saw that my marriage was still struggling. These are the people that will know the tremendous work God has done in my life over the past four years. As God is rebuilding and transforming us people will see it. Some will like it and some won’t but we have to keep moving forward regardless of the opinions of others. For me, knowing my husband and daughters, as well as close friends have been witnessing God rebuild in and through my life, compels me to keep going. Every. Single. Day.
Nehemiah 9:16-17 But our ancestors were proud and stubborn, and they paid no attention to your commands. 17 They refused to obey and did not remember the miracles you had done for them. Instead, they became stubborn and appointed a leader to take them back to their slavery in Egypt.[d] But you are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and rich in unfailing love.
This is a joy that comes from humility and our responsiveness to God. Our response to God’s calling should be one of humility and willingness to move as a result, rather than proud and stubborn.
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Sometimes when we set out to do something it is done begrudgingly. We dread working out even though we know it’s what is best for our bodies, we get overwhelmed by trying to learn how to eat healthy and don’t want to put in the effort, or we don’t want to pray with our spouses because it feels awkward. Nehemiah 4:16 says that they built with enthusiasm. And they got it done. So whatever we are rebuilding let’s do it enthusiastically!
Lesson #7 - Guard clarity and endurance.
Nehemiah 4:7 – 10 But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs, Ammonites, and Ashdodites heard that the work was going ahead and that the gaps in the wall of Jerusalem were being repaired, they were furious. 8 They all made plans to come and fight against Jerusalem and throw us into confusion. 9 But we prayed to our God and guarded the city day and night to protect ourselves. 10 Then the people of Judah began to complain, “The workers are getting tired, and there is so much rubble to be moved. We will never be able to build the wall by ourselves.”
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