Summary: We must have the courage to move forward.
WE CAN DO THIS
Th: Brave Hearts
Pr: WE MUST HAVE THE COURAGE TO MOVE FORWARD.
?: What? What keeps us from moving forward?
TS: We will find in our study of Nehemiah 2:9-20, three barriers that keep us from moving forward.
The _____ barrier is that keeps us from moving forward is…
I. COMFORT (9-10)
II. CONTENT (11-18)
III. CONFLICT (19-20)
RMBC 26 Jan 03 AM
ILL Notebook: Obstruction (skin in the way)
As part of combat training, a group of soldiers were made to crawl on their backs under barbed wire while rounds were being fired above them. The training instructor continually screamed at them to “get down!” Near the end of the exercise, the training instructor shouted to one soldier, “Why aren’t you crawling lower?”
“Because,” the trainee said, “my skin keeps getting in the way!”
Does stuff get in your way?
In the Fall of 1980, there was a beautiful young lady that had recaptured my attention. I had been to visit her at college and we had gone to a Broadway show. As I prepared to leave on Sunday evening, I asked her once again to marry me, and she did answer me. . .with a “maybe.” You see this was real progress in our relationship (and also reinforces her weakness for Broadway).
Very late that night, I left to drive from Nyack, just north of New York City, to come back to western New York, where I was expected to be at work at 7:00 am in Leroy.
But at 5:00 AM, travelling through Mt. Morris, something got in my way. . .a policeman. He said I was driving erratically. As I told him my story and that I had been driving all night, he actually demonstrated sympathy for me and let me go. As a result, I did make it to work on time (and, by the way, I also got the girl!).
Two weeks ago, we began studying the book of Nehemiah, which are, in a sense, his diaries.
We see in Nehemiah a man of courage, who did not let stuff get in his way.
He was not deterred because (he)…
1. Nehemiah has a mission.
In chapter one, when his brother reported the condition of Jerusalem and its people, God used that news to break the heart of Nehemiah,
God spoke to his heart.
After spending months in prayer, God opened the door for Nehemiah to speak to the king.
This is significant, because it was the king, Artaxerxes, who was preventing Jerusalem from being rebuilt.
When Nehemiah speaks to the king, however, God uses this to pave the way for Nehemiah to be the man to make a difference in Jerusalem.
Artaxerxes grants Nehemiah’s requests to rebuild Jerusalem, but not only that…he agrees to finance it and provide protection for the trip.
As we finished our study last week, we come to the time to move on to Jerusalem.
It’s time to move.
This simple fact shows us that…
2. WE MUST HAVE THE COURAGE TO MOVE FORWARD.
As we already noted though, sometimes stuff gets in our way.
Knowing this, we want to discover what are some things that keep us from moving forward?
What are the potential obstacles?
3. We will find in our study of Nehemiah 2:9-20, three barriers that keep us from moving forward.