Book of Nehemiah: Lesson 3 / 6

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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

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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!

 

Book of Nehemiah: Lesson 1 /6

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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 

 

Slow to speak?

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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?

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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.

 

 

Holding Onto The Past?

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Various things in life may occur which leave a bitter taste, scent or image in our mouths, minds and hearts.

‘Forgive & Forget’ may come to mind when such occurs to us.

We have someone on which we can call upon to help make us not only to forgive others but to also help forget past experiences or memories.

We have someone on which we can call upon to help make us not only to forgive others but to also help forget past experiences or memories.

In this New Year – 2017; we have potentially 353 unwritten pages left to make an impact.

The scripture below encourages us to forge ahead & forget what was in the past.

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As we embark on this forward journey, let us put to bed the former things; Christ has made a way already – just for us to walk in it & make an impact.

It is for us to make a genuine and purposeful decision to walk into what He has already planned.

In this case, there is a mathematical equation;

You + Him = Purpose

 

Remain in His Plan & He will surely come through for you!

 

Equipped for a Godly Life?

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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.

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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.

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Serve, Service, Servant – Are you willing?

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“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom”. – Ecclesiastes 9:10

This scripture shows us that service / work has been bequeathed in our hands.

It is a gift from God which should be done whole-heartedly as stated. It is work required of us NOW for once we depart there is no work to be utilised, no planning, knowledge or wisdom.

There should be no eye service but genuine service in all we do and in all we endeavour to do. This leads into what can be achieved through serving and rendering a service. It builds character and resilience – characteristics of a great leader.

Serving and being a servant teaches humility.

Humility is a characteristic of a dove – synonymous with the Holy Spirit which lives within us; let us adopt this character and let it dwell within us.

God favours the humble coupled with our service – this can only make our Maker smile down upon us!

1 Peter 5;5 says “In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favour to the humble.”

‘Humility costs nothing but it’s worth surpasses its’ value’ – The Master’s Quill

The ultimate example of a servant who is also our leader; Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:5-8 shows us what he did for humankind.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature of God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

He became human; just like us to save us from ourselves (sinful nature). What a selfless master we have! To be a great leader, you must be willing to serve. He obeyed the Father even until death in verse 8.

Many times, today, we strive to be the best – a leader at the forefront of events. This is not wrong as it is good to have high aspirations and goals for ourselves; however, to be a truly great one you must serve.

To serve is not be lowly or inferior but it is to be of service and help to others around you. This may be in society, community, office or whatever environment you find yourself working in.

I pray that God will continue to bless the work of our hands and cause us to be humble servants in whatever environment we find ourselves in!

 

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Remain blessed,

The Master’s Quill

 

The God I Serve, The God You Serve, The God We Serve

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This poem came at a time when I was questioning my faith slightly. I was thinking about who I was really serving. I guess ‘life’ in quote hit me.

‘Is it really worth serving God?’ ‘Who am I doing it for?’ ‘Why me?’

These were some of the questions which ultimately led to God speaking to me. He made take my eyes off of what was going around me but to focus on Him. He made me realise it is about Him and not the environment I was in.

The poem below is titled ‘ The God I Serve, The God You Serve, The God We Serve’

(** represents the line – The God I Serve, The God You Serve, The God We Serve)

Our Creator, our friend, our Defender

Lifter Up of our head, El-shaddai (our provider)

The All-knowing, Omnipotent God, Jehovah Elroi (the One who sees)

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The One who sticks closer than a brother

The Way, The truth & The life

Our intercessor – our advocate who aids in our weaknesses

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The One who does not make you look like the trial you have passed through

Help in ages past, Defender of the weak

Pillar of strength and support, Pillow which captures each tear shed in secret

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The meek tissue which gently wipes each tear, The stillness which echoes louder than a sound

He makes a way when it seems there is not in sight

Father to the fatherless, Husband to the widow

Hope to the hopeless, Giver of life – Ultimate sustainer

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The love which is unfathomable, unquantifiable

His erudition surpasses the greatest human mind

His generosity cannot be appraised via the most complex mathematical equation known to man

Too big to even try to put into a single word

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His protection is second to none, He knows the hairs on our head

Yet a thousand tongues are not enough to worship this King

He exalts and dethrones at his wish

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King of all Kings – He exalts and dethrones at his wish

The earth is his footstool & Heaven is His throne

At the mention of his name, every knee bows

Every tongue confesses – Jesus is Lord!

Jehovah Elyon – Most high

Birds of the air cannot reach the heights of the skies even if they tried

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The twenty-four elders fall on their faces and worship proclaiming Alleluia! Amen

The magnitude of your presence just leaves us speechless

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Turning sorrow into joy – weeping may endure but the gladness which is coming brings peace to the heart

Causes the dry bones to be made alive again – sinew unto sinew

The one who pours his spirit unto the sons and daughters to prophesy, old men to dream and the young men to see visions as stated in Joel 2;28

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Mercy, loving-kindness and unmerited grace are gifted to us daily

Time is in his hands yet He is not bound by time

His mercy is from everlasting to everlasting

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Slow to anger, rich in love, clothing us with his blessings

Redeems us from destruction, mighty hand of deliverance

An imperceptible safety net which keeps us from harm even when we are careless

Justice for the oppressed, Glimmer of light for tomorrow

Jehovah Hashopet – The Great Judge

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Adorned with majesty and honour; no one can bequeath his royalty

Often imitated never actualized in reality

Clothed with light as a garment stretched across Heaven as a curtain whilst seated in glory

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Jehovah Rohi – Great Shepherd who tends to our needs

We lack nothing but guided on the path of righteousness

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The Great I AM,

Jehovah Ori – Great Resplendent One

Sending forth His only Son to die for us – true father indeed

Continually watching over us – he does not sleep nor take a break

Surveillance over his children supersedes 100%

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God of Angel armies is forever on your side

Though silent at times, never doubt he is not present

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Jehovah Elkanna – Jealous over his own

Jehovah Nissi – Banner over our lives

Jehovah Chereb – Sword & Shield encompassed into one

*The God I Serve, The God You Serve, The God We Serve*

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Thank you for reading!

Until next post – remain blessed!

The Master’s Quill x