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The Blueprint

An architect, Master planner, Creator who knows the end from the
beginning.

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The final plan and concept from the foundation to the inner core
to the outer layers of what is to be seen, projected and enjoyed by all!

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The pattern and mandate written by God himself – he wants all to
know but who is bold enough to approach him and dear to find out
the inner secrets of the heart of the father ?

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Building according to the pattern which has been set since the time
for Creation is still pertinent & relevant, transcends through all
cultures, politics and social climates to build what is everlasting,
true, noble, a masterpiece which can withstand the test of time

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PRECEPT UPON PRECEPT, LINE UPON LINE

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This has been laid out by the ONE who was, who is and is to come.

The Master planner has the Blueprint in his hands & willing to share if
only you humble yourselves to come to the feet and learn!

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BOOK OF NEHEMIAH: LESSON 5 / 6

LESSON 5 / 6 – OPPOSITION TO GOOD WORKS

Main text – Nehemiah chapter 4

Nehemiah and the Jews at this stage had begun rebuilding the wall to the point that their enemies began to plot against them and became engrained against them.

Nevertheless, Nehemiah still proceeded wth the construction of the fallen walls of Jerusalem; his focus and prayers were unto God to deal with their enemies.

Verse 1 – 3 shows the indignity of Sanballat and Tobiah towards the great works which were being undertaken by the Jews through the wall being rebuilt. This shows that would be opposition always during the stages of progress and change. The opposition may be known or unknown therefore we should not be ignorant of such.

Still forging onwards, Nehemiah turns unto God in their time of need as the Jews have now recognised their opposition. Their enemies did not relent however and kept trying to antagonise the wall being rebuilt. At times, in our

At times in our own lives whilst we are trying to progress and forge ahead, we should turn unto God for ‘heavenly’ tactics and guidance on how to deal with such as shown in the Bible by Nehemiah.

By turning to God, we are surrendering ourselves and the situations we are engulfed in over to him alone. We are admitting he’s our helper and acknowledging his sovereignty for He created Us and not we ourselves.

Through the prayers, Nehemiah and the Jews were given a strategy in which they would always be alert. Their next steps in chapter four showed how they took up various places around the wall and town of Jerusalem in order not to be consumed by their opposition.

When it comes to our lives, plans, tasks, projects and Kingdom Business – we should always look at what already exists and have a plan of execution in order to bring to fruition the plans!

We should not be ignorant of the devices of the enemy – No.1 opposition

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BOOK OF NEHEMIAH: LESSON 4 / 6

LESSON 4 / 6 – KINGDOM BUSINESS – PLANNING & CONSTRUCTION

Main text – Nehemiah chapter 2: 11 – 15

Nehemiah at this point had the blessing of King Artaxerxes to go forth into Jerusalem. There was opposition here shown by Sanballat and Tobiah (two officials in the land) – who were described to be ‘disturbed‘ by the news of this.

Nevertheless, Nehemiah still proceeded wth the construction of the fallen walls of Jerusalem.

Verse 11 shows careful inspection undertaken by Nehemiah in order to see how much ruin the walls laid in state. Further, in the scriptures, there’s a description of how he analysed and evaluated the walls – shows us we should have a plan of execution.

Nehemiah was looking at how next to construct the walls by looking at what already existed and how it could be amended. We can liken this to modern day as we should effectively look at how we can improve a situation or even have a plan of action.

When it comes to our lives, plans, tasks, projects and Kingdom Business – we should always look at what already exists and have a plan of execution in order to bring to fruition the plans!

Stay Ready ; Be Ready !

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Book of Nehemiah: Lesson 3 / 6

LESSON 3 / 6 – Position of Nehemiah

Main text – Nehemiah chapter 2: 1 – 3

Nehemiah was a cupbearer to the King Artaxerxes in his twentieth year. He had an important role as he was serving the King his wine/drink within the Royal courts. This position carried significance as he was serving in the Royal household. He was serving the King.

Traditionally, cupbearers protected the life of the King. Their job was to detect poison within the fluids being undertaken by the Monarch.

 

For this reason, cupbearers were often among the king’s most trusted servants; hence Nehemiah used this position for the ‘greater good’

  1. Nehemiah used his place of authority to influence the effect of change for his people
  2. His countenance and grievance for his people attracted the attention of the King
  3. His prayer and fasting paved a way to grant him an audience before the King

 

Today, we can use our ‘societal’ position or even the influence we have wherever we find ourselves to benefit the Kingdom and spread the ‘Good News’. The scripture below shows the steps and actions Nehemiah took in order to make his petition unto the King.

He used the close proximity he had backed by the fasting and prayers he had undertaken previously to talk to the King.

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The next lesson (4 / 6): Kingdom Business – Planning & Construction

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Book of Nehemiah: Lesson 2 / 6

LESSON 2 / 6 – Power & Prayer of Nehemiah

Main text – Nehemiah chapter 1: 5 – 11

Following on from the news that Nehemiah had heard about his people in exile and about the fallen wall in Jerusalem. He was deeply grieved and concerned and this was seen in his emotions and demeanour for a number of days in verse 4.

  1. He sat down and wept
  2. He mourned for some days
  3. He took upon fasting and praying

There is power in prayer and Nehemiah went about this ‘strategically’ to say in a sense as there was a way in which he prayed that we can adopt.

  1. Acknowledge God for who He is: Firstly, he acknowledged God for who he is – giving thanks unto God for his love and existing covenant. The scripture below shows us he comes to God adoring him and telling him who He is. By acknowledging God, he knows that he cannot change the circumstances which have befallen his people and the land; he knows to call upon the One who is able to save and restore!

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2. Confession of Sins: – Verses 6 -7 shows that Nehemiah and the people have sinned. Before he makes any requests, he knows the sins of the people and confesses. This act shows us that Nehemiah is ‘human’ and we sin – he asks for forgiveness so as to make a petition unto God thereafter. This shows a heart which is ready to accept fault and come unto God to be cleansed. He asks for forgiveness and acknowledges the wicked acts committed by the Israelites as well as his household.

We can adopt this into our prayer lives by confessing our sins unto God and he is faithful and just to blot them all out so we appear right and blameless before God.

3. Remind God of His Promise / Word: Verses 8 -10 shows us that Nehemiah reminds God of the promise he made to his ancestors. He is bringing the Word of God back unto him.The

The scripture below shows us that which is spoken by God shall surely come to pass. Speak the Word of God back unto Him and he will surely bring it to pass.

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4. Final petition unto God: verse 11 shows the conclusion of Nehemiah in the scripture below as he asks God to listen to his prayer and grant his success as he moves forward to seeing the King. He is involving God in his everyday activities as he was the cupbearer to the King. He is asking God to bless him moving forward.

We too can do this by involving God in our everyday lives and activities through our prayers.

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Four Keys Points from Nehemiah’s Prayer:

  • Acknowledge God
  • Confessions of Sins
  • Remind God of His Promises / Words
  • Make your petitions/requests unto Him

 

Upcoming Lesson 3 / 6 : The Position of Nehemiah – Greater Good

Nehemiah 2: 1 – 3 | Nehemiah uses his place of authority to change the state of his people and land. | This will be taken in the next lesson!

 

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Book of Nehemiah: Lesson 1 /6

Lesson 1 / 6 – A Heart for the People

Main text – Nehemiah chapter 1: 1 – 11

Nehemiah met with one of his brothers and some other men: during this meeting, he enquired about his fellow Jewish brethren who had survived the exile in Jerusalem.

  1. Nehemiah had not forgotten his people
  2. He asked about where he came from
  3. He was troubled by the response he received from the meeting

The response he received during the meeting was not pleasant to him and he was troubled.

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The above verse shows how deeply concerned Nehemiah was for his people that he was grieved.

This deep act constituted in Nehemiah weeping, fasting but also praying unto God as his people were disgraced and in trouble.

Even so, the walls of Jerusalem were in ruins the place in which they dwelt and took great pride in. These acts demonstrated by Nehemiah shows he had a heart for the people and he genuinely cared for and about their wellbeing.

This sort of emotion and display of affection for his people should be found thriving amongst us today.

We are urged in the scripture below to be careful in these last days.

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This scripture is slowly becoming evident in our current time and season as people are becoming selfish and not looking to assist their fellow brethren.

Nehemiah – prime example of having genuine concern and a heart for the people.

Gospel singer William McDowell captures the concern we should have for people in a song entitled ‘Give Us Your Heart’.  The lyrics resonate with this lesson of having a heart for the people around us in the different circumstances they may be encumbered with; just like Nehemiah.

Further down in Nehemiah 1: 5 – 11 (end) he prays unto God. This will be taken in the next lesson.

The next lesson (2 / 6): Power & Prayer of Nehemiah 

 

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Nehemiah – Book of Lessons

Hello everyone!

The Master’s Quill will be delving into the book of Nehemiah.

It is a short book of 13 chapters filled with life lessons.

Over the next few weeks – six lessons will be posted which are derived from this book which is relevant to our lives today.

Remain blessed as you read and learn from these lessons!