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Nehemiah is mostly known as the man who rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. While Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, and the walls came tumbling down, Nehemiah rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem.
But rebuilding the wall was just a small part of Nehemiah’s job. After the construction project was over, his life revolved around helping the Israelites rebuild their relationship with God. Because the wall was down, Israel had been unprotected and they could not be what God had set them apart to be: Worshipers of God. By rebuilding the wall, they establish themselves again as God’s people.
In this first sermon, Pastor Bryce introduces us to the situation of Nehemiah, and it becomes apparent that there are three key lessons we can learn from the this first take look into Nehemiah’s life. Three lessons that effected him, and can effect us in our relationship with God.
Look at these lessons and work through the accompanying suggested life adjustments:
- When my life lacks regular rhythms of God-worship, I tent to revert back to self-worship.
To re-focus on God, ask yourself: What does your regular God-worship look like? What do you dot connect with God? How regularly do you do it? How much is this action an integrated part of your day? It might be time to reorganize your day around some basic spiritual disciplines, like prayer, Bible reading, and worship.
- When I am busy “getting things done”, I can easily forget what HE has done already.
When was the last time you reflected on what Jesus has done for you? Stop right now, take out a piece of paper, and write down what Jesus has done for you. Do that now, before you continue. – Did “restoring your relationship with God” make the list? It should! Because “in Him, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.” This is a portion of 2. Peter 1:3. Look up the whole Bible verse and memorize it. Maybe even memorize verses 3-8.
- When I am invested in one Kingdom, I can’t serve in another.
Nehemiah served the king of Persia, but his heart and mind was in Jerusalem, the city of God. You might not have to change jobs, like Nehemiah did. But take a moment and evaluate the areas of your life where you are busy doing stuff, when you could be working for God. What is one area in your life, where God has been nudging you to be invested in His kingdom? Maybe it is time to make arrangements to move in that direction.
Through the Bible in one Year
Join us in reading through the entire Bible in one year. Each day of this plan guides you through passages from both the Old and New Testaments, allowing you to see connections between the history of our faith, and the fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan. Readings average four chapters in length, so it is posible to do. When you use the YouVersion Bible App, you can even have the app read the Bible text to you – very useful when you are in the car or otherwise occupied with your hand.
All you need to do is click the link to the Bible Plan, which should lead you straight to the Bible app. Your two options are now (1) to read the plan on your own, one day at the time. Or (2) you can make it more fun and rewarding, by sharing the plan with one or more friends, and then even “Talk about it”.