Summary: It is time to rise above all the troubles of life ,and to get to where the Lord would have us to be.
LET US ARISE
The walls of our Churches, Families, Schools, Friendships, Social Clubs, are all in great need of repair. Today, hopefully, we can find ourselves with the mindset to work to better ourselves and our relationships as did Nehemiah.
1. RECONGIZE THEY NEED REPAIR Vv. 13-17
A. They are Broken down….Vv. 13
B. They are Consumed with fire….Vv. 13
C. Notice the Distress we are in….Vv. 17
D. Notice we Lieth in Waste….Vv. 17
2. GO AND FIX IT Vv. 18
A. Let us rise and build….Vv.18c
B. So they strengthened there hands for this good work….Vv. 18d
C. It is important to know, everyone knew the work was a good work, it would be good for all to be rebuilding, not just the walls, but all the things noted in the intro.
3. DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED BY NAY-SAYERS Vv. 19
A. They laughed us to scorn….Vv. 19b
B. They despised us for doing good….Vv. 19b
Nehemiah 4:19-23 says…..
And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another. 20 In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us. 21 So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared. 22 Likewise at the same time said I unto the people, Let every one with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night they may be a guard to us, and labour on the day. 23 So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard which followed me, none of us put off our clothes, saving that every one put them off for washing.
~They were not discouraged by what was being said about them, they knew there was
work to be done, and they were determined to get it done.
~They were willing to have a tool in one hand and a weapon in the other to get the job
~Are we willing?
~We know there is work to be done, will we do it?
4. REMEMBER WHERE YOU’RE STRENGTH AND WILL TO WORK COME
FROM Vv 20, 18a
A. I’m not singing for you, but for the Lord
B. I’m not cleaning for you, “ “ “ “
C. I’m not working for you, “ “ “ “
D. I’m not laboring for you, “ “ “ “
E. I don’t care what they think, “ “ “ “
~We need to rise above all that holds us back, and do the work that we know needs to be
~When our Lord called out to His dear friend Lazarus, and said come forth, it did matter
that there was, grave clothes, a stone at the door, or that he had been dead for days, there
was work to be done, and it was done. “The Father was Glorified”
For the Cause