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Summary: Steps to prevent backsliding

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Prevention: of Falling Back into Sin

Nehemiah

INTRO: Judah was carried off to Babylon for 70 years

1. Their sin took them farther that they wanted to go, cost them

more than they wanted to pay and hurt a lot more than they

could stand

a. Time to come home to the Promised land

B. The personalities & History

1. Zerubbable rebuilds the temple 538BC

2. Ezra 70-80 years later 458BC came & reinstated worship,

taught the Law

3. Nehemiah comes 15yrs later 444BC to rebuild the walls &

repopulate the land.

a. Resume;

1. He was a cup bearer to the king

2. Wall re-builder

3. Governor of Palestine

C. Chap 1-6 gives the recent history

1. Wall reconstructed and all the obstacles

2. Nation now to be rebuilt

D. Prevention of another fall is paramount

1. Walls of Life: home, church, city, community, nation will fall

a. Those things that provide security in life are important

2. When people fall into sin, those walls will fall

3. Prevention is Precaution

a. carefulness

*Dumb Burglar thought he was being careful, wore gloves. Then kind without the fingers Duh!!

I. Things to Do to Prevent a Fall

A. Confirm Salvation: One of God’s

1. Pedigree 7:61,64

2. Know who you are

3. Know WHOSE you are

4. Start right

2Pt 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog [is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

B. Continue (hear to) in the Word 8:5,8

*Look at Watch: A man was seated on a park bench when a little chap of about five sat down beside him and started winding what appeared to be a most prized possession--a watch. "My, what a pretty watch," remarked the man. "Does it tell you the time?" “No sir," replied the boy; "you gotta look at it."

God’s Truth is everywhere, but you must look for it and at it to see it.

1. Worship, to worship v6 2. Glorify God

3. For instruction v9

a. meditation, prayer, Power, Happiness

C. Confessions: Repentance of Sin 9:1-3

1. Confess acknowledge all sin

a. No excuses, denials or blame of others

*Virginia Beach hosp. 1987 was sued by Eric Edmonds. Mr. Edmonds wanted to loose weight, had his stomach stapled. But with in 48 hours after his surgery he went to the nurses lounge area and got into their refrigerator. And ate so much it popped his staples. He sued the hospital for not keeping the refrigerator locked

2. When sin is committed, it will, you will REPENT!

a. fasting in sackcloth is a sign of remorse & repentance

1. Having experienced God’s Mercy & Grace, chap 9

2. Plead for forgiveness

D. Covenant, Agreement Contract: VOW to Serve

Ch 9:36, 38 10:1, 29

1. Irreversible promise, commitment

a. More than just a contribution but a total commitment

*Breakfast of eggs & ham, the chicken only contributes, the hog is committed

2. Service, Honor, worship, witness

a. Submission to His Lordship

E. Claim the Promises of God 11:1

1. Victory 2. Strength 3. Provisions 4. Protection

5. Presence 6. Forgiveness

7. Knowledge, understanding Wisdom

8. Joy, Happiness, Peace & blessings

F. Croon (Sing) for the Lord Praise Giving of Thanks

12:45-46

Ps 107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say [so


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