Summary: Nehemiah's rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem can teach us much about the steps to personal revival.
Rebuilding The Walls
We can learn about revival from Nehemiah’s rebuilding the walls
1. Nehemiah was aware of the PROBLEM.
1:3 “The wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates are destroyed by fire.”
He was not just aware that “something was wrong, He knew exactly what it was...THE WALLS ARE DOWN
We have problems today... war; drugs, aids, homosexuality, divorce, child abuse, pre/extra marital sex, corrupt politicians, corrupt spiritual leaders, famine, hunger, homeless, terrorists, deficits, abortion, rape, murder, and more.
We look at it and say, something is wrong
what is wrong with people today
people don’t care anymore
people are so selfish
it can’t get much worse
Not enough to know that something is wrong… we must know WHAT IS WRONG
Like Nehemiah, we need to see the real problem... the WALLS ARE TORN DOWN
What walls ?????
the walls of purity, holiness, godliness.
“Most of us have gotten so familiarized with the evils that stare us in the face every time we go out upon the pavement, read a newspaper, watch the news, talk to friends, “that we have come to think of them as being inseparable from our modern life” just natural parts of life, the bad that we must accept with the good, “like the noise of a carriage wheel on the pavement.”
All of our problems today come from the destruction of the Walls... of obedience
The walls are torn down and trampled under the feet of modern man.
They laugh at the walls,
those who built them,
those who try to rebuild them.
They say, “We are well rid of the walls” “We are better off”
They see the walls as restricting personal growth freedom and happiness
Glass walls around WTT observation deck
The walls of godliness, holiness, and purity are what made us great and protected us
Now they are broken down!!!
2. Nehemiah was concerned.
1:4 When I heard these words I sat down and wept, and mourned for days; and I continued in fasting and prayer.
Look how he reacted to the knowledge
Wept… mourned… fasted…prayed
Nehemiah not only knew; He cared.
Most don’t know; so can’t care
Some do know; but don’t care
FEW KNOW AND CARE
Do you care that divorce, affairs, and desertion are killing the family?
Do you care that drugs and alcohol are ruining lives that children and wives are abused?
Do you care that babies are being murdered in the millions?
DO YOU CARE THAT ALL OF THIS IS HAPPENENING BECAUSE WE HAVE FORSAKEN THE WALLS?????
Do you care enough to do anything about it??
Nehemiah cared enough to give up ease for work and a peaceful life for constant danger
He cared enough to give up a brilliant future for reproach
He was willing to forsake clean cloths daily for same cloths
IF we really care about the state of the world, America, our state, our home WE MUST ACT
Occupy Boston supporters cared enough about the financial situation of our country that they were willing to put themselves out… be arrested