BOOK OF NEHEMIAH: LESSON 4 / 6

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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

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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

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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