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 !
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’
- Nehemiah used his place of authority to influence the effect of change for his people
- His countenance and grievance for his people attracted the attention of the King
- 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.
The next lesson (4 / 6): Kingdom Business – Planning & Construction
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.
- He sat down and wept
- He mourned for some days
- 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.
- 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
- Nehemiah had not forgotten his people
- He asked about where he came from
- 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.
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.
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
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!
Many times we try to limit God, put him into a box or within an ideal of what we want.
We are reminded in the Scripture below – nothing is too hard for him.
Challenge God today and see if He would not show up and show out for you!
Just believe in Him!
We have conservations everyday with family, friends, colleagues etc; but are the words attractive and seasoned?
Do the words you speak tear down and destroy?
or . . .
Do the words you speak edify & encourage?
The scripture above urges us to think about what we say before we utter our words. In conversations past, we may react on impulse by what we hear. As humans, we are usually reactive to these instances which may lead to an instance which may not be favourable.
‘Be proactive with gracious words for the outcome would be favourable’ – The Masters Quill
However, the Word states our words should be ‘seasoned’!
This can be likened to a chef preparing a sumptuous meal; he seasons the main dish for it to be palatable for the consumers. In the same way, the Lord says we should season our words and speech so you would know how to answer each person.
No matter the situation or circumstance you find yourself in; let the conversation be full of grace and affection!
It may be difficult as discussions and conversations may not be in the direction you anticipated but rely upon the Holy Spirit; He would surely lead you and season you.
Each one of us is on a journey whether we realise this or not; the person beside us, in front or behind us is in their own lane.
Each person identifying and trying to navigate through their route.
This is called ‘Life’.
This can be likened to us (humans) being vehicles but we need a driver who will steer the vehicle. Christ is the driver who would steer the vehicle, the Holy Spirit is the SatNav system who will guide us, whilst the Bible is the fuel in which we need to continually fill ourselves with. The people we carry along with us to make it to the end – Heaven can be likened to passengers on this journey.
What we emit is the words, actions and decisions we take from the ‘exhaust pipe’ – this is ultimately seen by believers and non-believers alike! The life we live today is not our own for we were bought at a price & belong to Christ; some may argue we have free choice to do what we will but that also was initiated by the Father.
Trying to navigate ‘life’ – with many routes can be confusing without someone to guide you and steer you in the right direction.
The life we live today is not our own for we were bought at a price & belong to Christ; some may argue we have free choice to do what we will but that also was initiated by the Father.
Fearfully & wonderfully made individual with a lot to say; rather than saying it verbally it shall be penned via words which can be read.
Creative. Bold. Intuitive to the Holy Spirit.
Words on a page which tell a story, words which may edify, encourage, admonish, words to make you ponder and words to uplift you!
Rather than words being spoken, they would be words which can be uttered and interpreted via your own voice in your own time and space to tell the story inspired by the Father.
Who is the Father? He is God the Father who manifests in three personalities – Father, Son & Holy Spirit.
I am here to discover and fulfill the purpose of the One who sent me but to also tell others about the One who saved me.
A platform to express what I see, hear or to say how I feel without having to verbally utter it but put pen to paper and make my voice to be heard.
That is me & that is why I am here.