by Ernest Easley

Worship That Sparks Revival
Ernest L. Easley
Nehemiah 8:1-12

Today we are continuing our study of the book of Nehemiah. If Nehemiah has taught us anything; it has taught us that the work of God never goes forward without opposition.

The moment the people of God rise up with a mind to work, the Devil's crowd will rise up with a mind to wreck. When God's people say, ''Let us arise and build,'' the Devil's crowd says, ''Let us arise and stop it.''

Yet, as God's people stayed focused on the task and faithful to the truth, we read in 6.15, ''So the wall was finished in fifty-two days.'' And then I love the last part of verse 16, ''for they perceived that this work was done by our God.''

As the project of rebuilding the walls around the city of Jerusalem was completed, their enemies lost their confidence and God got the credit. That's the kind of work that I'm interested in! A work that is defined by accomplishing the supernatural with the help from God!

''for they perceived that THIS WORK was done by our God.''

Now we read in 7.1, ''Then it was, when the wall was built and I had hung the doors, when the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed.'' After wards, everybody was registered by genealogy and beginning in verse 7 through verse 72 we find their names. And then in verse 73b, ''When the seventh month came, the children of Israel were in their cities.''

Everyone had settled into their homes. Everyone had good jobs. With the walls up, everyone was now protected. But there was something missing! And that something was an excitement for God and for the things of God.

I read some time ago about a woman who had been found dead in her home. The strange thing about it was that she had been dead FOUR YEARS! The neighbor had been: mowing the grass, trimming the trees and taking care of the outside of the house thinking that the neighbor had moved. She had moved all right, but what that neighbor didn't realize was that she was ...

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