In our study of Revival in Nehemiah chapters 8 and 9, we discover that God's Word must be preached in His prescribed way in order to achieve His prescribed result. Ezra the Scribe in our example of effective Expository Preaching of God's Word.
The 20th Century was the only century in America's history where God did not visit our nation with Revival and Awakening. Whether it be on a local level, in a church or in a community, or on a national level, this sermon from Nehemiah chapters 8 and 9 shows us what true Revival looks like as the Word of God is preached and God's people are mobilized.
When we do the Lord's Work the Lord's way, we can expect obstacles and severe opposition from the world and from Satan. It goes with the territory. Nehemiah is our example of how those obstacles are overcome and how opposition is conquered.
How do we exercise "mustard seed" faith that moves mountains? What does it look like? Nehemiah is our example of how each one of us can experience what it means to move mountains.
When Nehemiah prayed and wept before the Lord for months on end, God began to reveal to Nehemiah how he would be specifically used as an essential part of the answer. From Nehemiah's prayer, we learn how we collaborate with God in what He is doing. Prayer is how we stay in step with God in our families, in our churches, and in our communities. Prayer is spending time in God's presence, waiting on Him, until we know what to do.
When you begin to see a severe need; when you see the devastation and rubble in someone's life or maybe a ministry need that concerns several troubled and "rubbled" people, how can you begin to discern that God wants you to be specifically involved? How do you know when God is calling you to a ministry or to serve in a particular way? With Nehemiah as our example, we will see three particular principles from God's Word that will give you insight and direction.
There's a lot of talk about walls these days: The building of the wall along our border with Mexico; The walls that divide people or prevent them from opportunity. Are walls a good thing or a bad thing? And what happens when walls continue to be breached and a toehold of the enemy becomes a stronghold and then a stranglehold?