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!