by Ernest Easley

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Series: How to Deal with Discouragement
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Nehemiah 3-4

We are back in the book of Nehemiah today and it's from chapters 3-4 that we are going to learn:

How to Deal with Discouragement

A few weeks ago following my vocal cord surgery, I received a tweet asking me, "How are you doing?" I tweeted back, "I'm knocked down, but I'm not knocked out."

Had somebody asked Nehemiah, "How are you doing?" I could hear him saying, "I'm knocked down, but I'm not knocked out."

As Nehemiah surveyed the walls of Jerusalem in chapter 2 and saw them laying in ruin, he said in verse 17, "You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach."

I love the response of the people in verse 18, "Let us rise up and build." "Let US rise up and build." That reminds me of 1 Corinthians 3.9, "WE are laborers TOGETHER with God." There is power in unity! In unity, we can accomplish whatever God has for us to do.

Do you know why geese fly in a V formation? Because it would be too hard to fly in an S formation! Flying in a V formation has been determined to conserve their energy. Researchers have determined that flying in a V formation allows them to fly 71% further than one goose could fly by himself. When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. There's nothing more encouraging than to hear a positive honk from those whom are following! So, be careful what you honk!

It's the geese that teaches us that "one plus one equals more than two."

When you come to chapter 3, you read of the repairs being made. In fact, I counted 34 times in chapter 3 the word "repaired." Five times I counted the word "built." They were repairing the walls and buildin ...

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