Summary: WHEN THE PEOPLE HAVE A MIND TO WORK
Nehemiah 4:1-23 WHEN THE PEOPLE HAVE A MIND TO WORK: - Nehemiah 4:6 So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work. I. GIANT OBSTACLES WILL ARISE Nehemiah 4:1-3
A. The Devil Matthew 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. B. The Deceived. (John 8:44), Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. C. The Deniers we can't do what we are trying to do for the Lord. a) The Feebleness of The People - 4:1,2a 1 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews. 2 And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews
b) The Futility of Their Task - 4:2b will they fortify themselves? c) The Foolishness of Their Faith -:2 will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day?
d) The Frailty of Their Work - 4:3 will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned? D. The Distracters People will try to get us to quit The Church Exists :- (a) to Exalt the Saviour 2 Cor 10:17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. The Glory of Christ Was :-
7a) Possessed before the Foundation of the World John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
7b) Revealed in the Incarnation John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
7c) Beheld upon the Mount Luke 9:32 But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.
7d) Will Be Manifested at His Second Coming Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works
7e) Shared by his Believers Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
7f) Ascribed by the Heavenly Host Revelation 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. (b) to Evangelize the Sinner Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (c) and to Edify the Saint Jude 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. E. The Doubters Mat 13:58 He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief F. The Deserters Disciples Mark 14:50 And they all forsook him, and fled.