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Summary: Nehemiah did not delay in acting out the plan God had laid upon his heart and here we see God's plan being put into action...

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Date Written: January 19, 2013

Date Preached: January 20, 2013

Where Preached: OPBC (AM)

Sermon Details:

Series Title: Building with God

Sermon Title: Acting On God’s Plan - Pt 1

Sermon Text: Nehemiah 2:1-8 [ESV]

Introduction:

Over the past 2 weeks we have seen how Nehemiah has been presented with a problem and how Nehemiah responded to that problem.

We saw how he went to God in prayer and then God led him to assess the situation, convicted him of the sin in his life resulting in a prayer of confession and then God reminded Nehemiah of His faithful presence, even when they may not see Him… HE is always there!

We learned how Nehemiah travailed in prayer over this issue for over 3 months, and finally one day while at work the anguish in his heart overflowed onto his face… he could no longer hide the pain in his heart!

The King questioned him about his sadness and we found how Nehemiah revealed his pain to the king and the king asked him what he could do…

Then Nehemiah, after prayer to God, revealed both his purpose and his plan to the king and the king liked the plan and then equipped Nehemiah to complete this plan…

Nehemiah he saw a problem that seemed FAR too big to tackle… and prayed and God led him and now was comforting Nehemiah with the provision of the king’s help…

We have also looked at how this situation that we read about in Nehemiah is similar to what our church has been dealing with for a long time…

We have learned that we can look at how Nehemiah dealt with his problem and it gives us a template on how we can deal with our problem! BUT preacher, what is our problem? We have a sweet fellowship here…

Well we do have a sweet fellowship, but we also DO have a problem that seems almost impossible to conquer! I have described this problem or issue to you over the past 2 weeks as the ‘elephant’ in the room! What is this elephant? Well, I invite you to look around your seat this morning? I want ALL of you to look at all the ‘empty seats’ in our sanctuary!

These ‘empty seats’ are our problem! This issue is the NEHEMIAH moment of our time! The question is “What are we going to do about it?” We have seen these past 2 wks that we must do some foundational and preparatory things before we can actually attack the problem.

Nehemiah shows us that we must assess the problem, go to God in prayer, confess our sin and have faith that God is there and will not abandon us! Have you done that? I pray we have all come to this point in dealing with this issue…

Nehemiah also showed us that revealing our pain about the situation was ok to do… but then LIKE NEHEMIAH we must move PAST the pain of the situation and look at the purpose and plan that God has for us as a community of believers!

I KNOW that there are those in our fellowship who have expressed their pain and anguish over our situation, but now we have to move PAST that pain… past that anguish… past the disappointment and move FORWARD with a purpose and a plan to remedy the situation at hand.


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