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Leading through Crisis (5 of 7)
CONTEXT: Last week we saw the dream coming together. Everyone was working, the wall was coming up. But things change for the worse… and we get to learn how to Lead in the midst of a crisis.
Nothing reveals what a leader is made of any better than how he or she deals with crisis. Sometimes however we get the unbiblical idea that if God is in something then things will always go smoothly. We tend to interpret pain or discomfort as signs that we are heading in the wrong direction. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
God’s path for your life will intersect with pain as certainly as Christianity itself cannot be imagined apart from a cross.
You see when you become a Christian you suddenly are in conflict with three things that you were at peace with previous.
- The World - Your external enemy
- The Flesh - Your internal enemy
- The Devil - Your infernal enemy
Jesus said it plainly, ‘‘do not think I have come to bring peace, but a sword and if you follow me sometimes your enemies will be the people of your own household’’.
In today’s text the Holy Spirit will show us how to face External Crisis and Internal Crisis through the life of Nehemiah. It began with an external crisis…
1. External Conflict
Nehemiah 4:1-3 (ESV)
1 Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews.
By the way, one of the surest signs that you have an infection of the heart is when you are angry when others are successful OR when you are happy when others fail. Notice the Psychological warfare..
2 And he said in the presence of his brothers and of the army of Samaria, ‘‘What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore it for themselves? Will they sacrifice? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, and burned ones at that?’’ 3 Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and ...
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