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Practical Lessons from the Book of Nehemiah Speaking to Us! (1 of 2)
Gerald D Branch
Proverbs 29:18; Nehemiah; Isaiah 54:2
Keywords: SIGHT; Problem; Solutions; vision; hearing
Proverbs 29:18 KJV 18 Where there is no vision, the people perish:
Such then should NOT be our case, since God has given us a vision for serving Him here in the Channelview area.
NAU Isaiah 54:2 "Enlarge the place of your tent; Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not; Lengthen your cords And strengthen your pegs.
I want us therefore to look at some Lessons from Nehemiah:
These are lessons that apply to both our personal lives and our church.
Listen first to
NAU Nehemiah 1:1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. Now it happened in the month Chislev, in the twentieth year, while I was in Susa the capitol, 2 that Hanani, one of my brothers, and some men from Judah came; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped and had survived the captivity, and about Jerusalem. 3 They said to me, "The remnant there in the province who survived the captivity are in great distress and reproach, and the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates are burned with fire." 4 When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
As we know from Bible study, Jerusalem was in sorry shape.
The people had been hauled off into captivity because they had been rebellious, and had not followed the Lord. Whenever we do not follow Jesus today, people and churches can get into the same shape because of exactly the same reasons... we fail to follow the Lord... we allow our focus to get off Jesus, and we start following our own paths.
As we see from the first chapter of Nehemiah, right off, Nehemiah's world went upside down. Some people brought a pretty disturbing report to Nehemiah one day.
But here is a real key point that MUST be understood... it is HOW Nehemiah resp ...
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