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Is It In You? (2 of 10)
Series: From Ruin to Renewal
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
September 14, 2003
a. One of the most popular sports drinks is Gatorade. Their advertising slogan asks, "Is it in you?" The impression given is that if it (i.e., Gatorade) is in you, you will run faster than a steaming locomotive, leap higher than a hundred story building, and stop bullets with your chest.
b. From Nehemiah, we are going to learn that if it is in you, that is, godly character, you will be able to change your world.
c. Nehemiah was a leader of men and nations. He changed his world. Today I want us to look at some of the traits that made him a world-changer. I'm going to do so under the term "leader." Each letter l-e-a-d-e-r will represent a character trait.
d. Let's stand together in honor of God's word and listen attentively to what He is saying. Read Nehemiah 2.
a. Text: Nehemiah 2:1a, "In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king."
b. Loyal to the King
i. Probably one of the reasons the king looked favorably upon Nehemiah's request was because of the loyalty he had demonstrated over the long haul.
ii. Waiting time is not wasted time. Four months elapsed between chapters one and two.
c. Loyal to the King of Kings
i. He had shown himself faithful in the small things.
ii. Though exiled, though a slave. He still believed in and prayed to the God of heaven. His faith was unshaken.
d. Transition: "Success comes when a thousand hours of preparation meet one moment of opportunity."
a. Text: Nehemiah 2:1b, "I had not been sad in his presence before."
b. Whoever is faithful in the small things will be placed over many things.
c. Colossians 3:22-23, "Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of ...
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