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Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Do you have Divine instructions from GOD? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show how to get Divine instructions from GOD. IV. TEXT: Nehemiah 4:9 (New Living Translation, Second Edition) But we prayed

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I. EXORDIUM:

Do you have Divine instructions from GOD?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show how to get Divine instructions from GOD.

IV. TEXT:

Nehemiah 4:9 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

But we prayed to our God and guarded the city day and night to protect ourselves.

V. THESIS:

Pray first and GOD will give you instructions sooner than what you think.

VI. TITLE:

Prayer gives instructions

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: uncertain. Autobiography of Nehemiah

B. Date written: 445 B.C. to 430 B.C.

C. Purpose: To document the political restoration of Judah, under Nehemiah's leadership

D. To whom written: Restored remnant in Jerusalem and future generations

E. Main themes:

Rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem

Rehearsal of certain divine laws

Restoration of ancient ordinances

F. Keyword: wall

G. Key verses:

Nehemiah 6:3 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

so I replied by sending this message to them: “I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come. Why should I stop working to come and meet with you?”

Nehemiah 6:15-16 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

So on October 2 the wall was finished—just fifty-two days after we had begun.

When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard about it, they were frightened and humiliated. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Pray first

"But we prayed to our God"

Seek GOD's Words for answers - He already talked thru His Words before the foundation of this world.

Ephesians 1:4 (New King James Version)

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

B. GOD will give you solutions

"and guarded the city day and night to protect ourselves"

1. Posted a guard day and night to meet the threat.

Nehemiah 7:5 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

So my God gave me the idea to call together all the nobles and leaders of the city, along with the ordinary citizens, for registration. I had found the genealogical record of those who had first returned to Judah. This is what was written there:

a. Divine guidance and instruction

GOD's promotion and ways are always greener, let GOD seek it for us not us.

Psalms 23:2 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.

Isaiah 42:16 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

I will lead blind Israel down a new path, guiding them along an unfamiliar way. I will brighten the darkness before them and smooth out the road ahead of them. Yes, I will indeed do these things; I will not forsake them.

Luke 1:79 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.”

John 16:13 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.

b. We need to be teachable

Proverbs 18:15 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)


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