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Summary: Our attitude toward the Work of the Lord needs to be one of I Can't Stop! What I'm do for the Lord is way too important to allow myself to be distracted by those who are jealous!! The need is of great importance!!

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Scripture: Nehemiah 6:1 – 3

Title: “I Can’t Come Down”

Introduction: Chaldeans – Exile – Only the Best! – Leaders.

----The most prominent citizens of Judah: professionals, priests, craftsmen, and the wealthy. (Leaders-10,000)

---This TATIC is still being employed against-present day Christians! / Take away the Ability to be Successful - – Creative – Builders!

---Nehemiah: Cupbearer to the King of Babylon. (Neh. 1:11)

---Nehemiah received NEWS of Condition of the Jews who were Left Behind after the Siege of Jerusalem. (Neh. 1:3)

---This Broke the heart of Nehemiah!

THE BIRTH OF A BURDEN! (It all began with a Burden)

• To Nehemiah Jerusalem was the Most Important Place!

• Upon hearing about the Horrible Condition of the People & the City he was broken! (Neh. 1:4)

• Notice HOW Nehemiah RESPONDED to the Bad News: “I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven”

A BURDEN CANNOT BE HIDDEN! (Neh. 2:2)

• Just in a matter of days the King NOTICED the Heaviness displayed on the Face of Nehemiah!

• This OPENED the Door for Nehemiah to Pour Out his heart to the King!! (Neh. 2:3)

• Recognition of a REAL Burden Opens Doors!

SHARING THE BURDEN!

• The King replied, “What Do You Want?” (2:4) Wow!!

• With a Prayerful answer, “I Want To Go & Rebuild My City Jerusalem!!! (Judah) (Neh. 2:5)

• The King GAVE him EVERYTHING he Needed! (2:8)

THE WALLS! (Neh. 2:17)

• After surveying the condition of the City Nehemiah began to Develop a Plan to Rebuild! (Neh. 2:12-20)

WHY BUILD THE WALLS? (Protection)

----The WALLS Keeps the Enemies OUT & the People Safe!

----You CAN’T build on the INSIDE until build the Walls!

---Important: Under the Leadership of Ezra the Temple had been REBUILT & Now The Walls!

WHAT DID THE WALLS REPRESENT?

------The Walls said, ‘There’s Something ‘On the Inside’ Worth Protecting!’ ---PROTECTION!!!

---No one Gets In WITHOUT our PERMISSION! (Power!)

SO WE BUILT THE WALL Neh. 4:6

----Soon into the Project OPOSITION arose! (Neh. 2:19)

• The work continued because “They Had A MIND TO WORK! (Neh. 4:6)

---As the Work Progressed Greater OPPOSITION occurred! (Neh. 6:1 – 2)

----The ATTMPT to Distract was VERY STRONG!

I’M DOING A GREAT WORK!

---It was a Great Work because it was for God!

AN COMPELLING COMPULSION TO CONTINUE!

---An irresistible urge to Keep Pressing On to the Completion of this Divine Achievement! I CAN’T!

• IN the Face of Ridicule – Slander – Loss – Death the Work CONTINUED!

CONCLUSION: This ENORMOUS work was Finished in ‘52’ days! (Neh. 6:15)

---Nehemiah’s great task began with HEARING the Bad News about the Torn Down Condition of Jerusalem!

---I believe Nehemiah Compelling drive was a mixture of a BURDEN & DREAM------------!

The Walls would have NEVER been BUILT IF Nehemiah had not TOLD the King what his Burden was about!

IF YOU DON’T HAVE A BURDEN FOR THE LORD’S WORK: YOU NEED TO START PRAYING FOR ONE!!!

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