Summary: Nehemiah kept the his dream alive by keeping his eyes on what really matters. This is the fourth word of five that will lead us toward a day of pledges.
The Dream will happen! Text: Nehemiah 2:17-20
17 Then I said to them, “You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. (Need) Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach.” 18 And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me. So they said, “Let us rise up and build.” (Testimony) Then they set their hands to this good work. (Agreement) 19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?” 20 So I answered them, and said to them, “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem.” 1. A Godly need. 2. Testimony. 3. Agreement. These three will always win against the adversary!
There isn’t anything worse than a dream that rest in the soul of man that never manifest. A dream that never happens becomes the demise of a man that dies broken hearted! When God is your ultimate dream giver you can bank on the fact that He expects the dream to succeed. When He gives you a dream it will burn within the very fibers of your being. Many things that occur during your day-to-day activities will ignite the flames of this God dream again. As the dream starts to become reality many people will be amazed, and some will even despise and try to kill the dream, but the assignment from the Lord is larger than men’s jealousy, therefore you are to keep and believe in the dream!
Hear me, as men and women of destiny we are to believe in a God dream! As I have already stated, a God dream is larger and greater than any man.
When the ‘Civil Rights Leader’ Doctor Martin Luther King gave that powerful speech I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
A God dream can only be accomplished as the dreamer keeps their faith in God.
Romans 10:17 so then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Here’s a word from God, as the dreamer keeps their ears (their hearing) what they hear, in the word of God, faith will stay available to bring fruit unto the dream!
In other words, as you stay in God’s word and continue to hear God’s word, faith will bring manifestation unto the dream!
It’s too late! Say it’s too late! Nehemiah had already prayed and received peace and confirmation from Almighty God! He had the king’s permission; He had his Jewish brothers behind him. (It’s too late!)
Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem could laugh and try to destroy all they wanted to but, it was too late, Nehemiah wasn’t coming down off the wall because he had a word form God!
The wall was already built in the heart and soul of Nehemiah; therefore, he wasn’t quitting just because some men didn’t like his dream! (The enemy laughed, cussed and threaten Nehemiah, but it was too late!)
Listen unto Nehemiah 2:18 … Let us rise up and build.” Then they set their hands to this good work.
Remember this, even though Nehemiah said these words in ‘chapter two’ his dream begin in ‘chapter one’ as he heard about the walls of Jerusalem being destroyed he wept, prayed and fasted. Then God gave him the dream!
Go Nehemiah and lead God’s people to rebuild the walls in Jerusalem! He rebuilt the walls in record time-52 days!
Remember this, “When God gives you a dream He will allow you to rebuild what was lost and forgotten!”
It will be completed! The dream will happen; it will manifest, because it’s a God dream! Together, we will reach the mountain!