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Summary: What is the things we should be fighting for? Nehemiah teaches us that we need to be reminded what we are fighting for...

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THE RIGHT FIGHT

More than 400 years before Christ… the people of Israel found themselves in a hard moment. After over 100 years of exile… separation from their home and scattered abroad… they struggle to keep their heritage, their faith, their history. Nehemiah is one those exiles… and hears about his homeland… Jerusalem in ruins.

Nehemiah 1: 3 They said to me, "Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire." 4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.

Nehemiah made himself a part of the prayer…

Nehemiah 4: 13 Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. 14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, "Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes." 15 When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to his own work.

A teenage daughter… In 7th grade, long brown hair… with friends… and is doing well… but making some really bad choices. A father is upstairs standing in her room… talking with her… well, fighting with her… trying to get through his heart, thoughts and concern for his daughter… she is trying to convey her heart, her needs, her fears… and the sides have been drawn… then Reggie (the dad) in a moment with talking to his daughter… who was very verbally skilled… took a verbal shot at him… that was so personal, and cut to the quick…

• He was devastated… took him by surprise…. Took his breath away… And he didn’t know what to do in that moment… so he walked out, went downstairs, left the house, got in the car… and drove away…

• 15 minutes later he gets a call… his daughter on the phone… “Daddy… I’m sorry. You know I didn’t mean it… but, (a moment where the child becomes the parent) but, why did you leave? “

• Why did you walk away… Daddy, I need to know that I’m worth fighting for…

In our passage this morning…

Nehemiah is up against all kinds of odds… as they rebuild their society, their city… their families.

This is the Right Fight – fighting for your kids, your grandkids, your spouse, learning from life’s mistakes… and investing into the families and people around us… starting at home, coming to church, and then outside these walls.

Here the significant moment again, half way through building the wall they are threatened…

Nehemiah 4: 13 Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. 14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, "Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes." 15 When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to his own work.


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