Summary: A sermon about getting ready from Nehemiah
> Sermon - Saddling up your Donkey. Nehemiah chapter 2.
> For something to be regarded as a success it needs to get beyond the
> dreaming stage to something that is effective.
> When discussion centres around the modern motor car and the genesis of
> it's development there is much talk about Otto and Daimler. But few
> people have heard of Hugon in France or Bischop in Germany - they had
> built internal combustion engines but, as one comentator states - there
> was no commercial success.
> But Damlier's name is written firmly into the history of the Motor
> vehicle because he persisted with his invention until he saw it through
> to it's logical conclusion which was commercial production and
> wide-spread use.
> Last week I talked about how God has a plan for each of our lives and
> longs to see them reach their full potential.
> Many of us carry in our hearts great dreams and great dreams for our
> Martin Luther King the Black civil rights leader of the 1960's once
> said - I have a dream! Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), who went
> on to organize the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and
> to become a symbol of the movement's commitment to militant, nonviolent,
> direct action against segregation. He and his supporters not only talked
> about their "dream" they lived it.
> By eliminating the most overtly racist practices denying blacks access
> to equal education, jobs, and the voting booth, the civil rights laws of
> the 1960's enabled black Americans to make unprecedented gains in all
> these areas by the early 1980's.
> Martin Luther King carried out his dream at the cost of his life.
> As a civil rights leader in America in the 60's it was almost inevitable
> that he would die as a result of his prominence.
> The passion that Nehemiah felt for Jerusalem was like that - Like Martin
> Luther King he belonged to a nation that had been taken off to captivity
> and had been enslaved.
> Yet despite that Nehemiah had risen to prominence in the land. He was
> the cup bearer to the King Artaxerxes 1 who lived 464 - 424 before
> his position shows that the King found him completely trustworthy and he
> obviously has great favour with the King.
> Last week we looked at from chapter 1 of three great attributes that
> Nehemiah demonstrates when confronted with the bad news that Jerusalem
> is in a state of ruin.
> The three points that we gained from it that apply to our own lives
> 1. Identify the areas in our lives that have opened up gaps in the
> 2. Confess these areas to God in prayer and ask for His help in
> restoring the breach Interestingly the month of Kislev in chapter 1 is
> four months before the beginning of chapter 2 which we are told was the
> month of Nisan - for four months Nehemiah, then wrestled in prayer about
> his problem.
> 3. Effect change by taking initial practical steps to bring change.
> Nehemiah had a great dream - it was a big dream - a dream that was
> seemingly preposterous -
> But Nehemiah has to move on from there. In order to see the restoration
> of Jerusalem he does need to effect change. But in effecting that change
> he needs to demonstrate certain qualities and attitudes without which he
> would be doomed to failure.
> This morning I would like to explore chapter 2 of Nehemiah with you and
> show you three of those qualities and then demonstrate how we can show
> the same Kingdom building blocks we can build into our lives to effect
> major changes.
> The first building block is put in place when our spiritual life
> impacts on our ordinary life. The collision is deliberate and is our
> own doing.
> Nehemiah was a Godly man. He had served the King but his heart had
> always been towards God and he had a deep concern about God's Holy city,
> Jerusalem, and her plight in just the same way that today a Christian
> should have a heart for the fallen state of this world.
> It is incumbent on every Christian to allow the Christian life to impact
> on their world.
> Jesus words are recorded in Luke chapter 9 verse 26 - If anyone is
> ashamed of me and my words, the Son of man will be ashamed of him when