Come Let's Build The Church
Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem.
We Must Build Like Nehemiah
Insist Like Nehemiah
When Nehemiah heard the news about the deplorable condition in which war had left Jerusalem ,the fact that it was deserted, the walls broken down, the gates burnt with fire, the people were despised and dejected and the glory of God probably laid in the dust he wept until his eyes turned red. Nehemiah wept not because he could drop some crocodile tears, but because he was greatly concerned about this great city. Unlike some of today’s believers who has no feelings concerning Jerusalem, Nehemiaah, wept, he fasted and waited upon God as to what to do. He prayed this prayer--
Nehemiah 1:5-11 “And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father's house have sinned. We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses. Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations: But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there. Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand. O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king's cupbearer.”
God therefore gave him the vision of rebuilding Jerusalem. Above all He [ God] granted him favour in the sight of the ruling monarch King Artaxerxes. Now that he was in Jerusalem, he went about putting the vision to work. Nehemiah realised that he could not individually and single-handedly do the work, he enlisted the efforts of those who were willing to consecrate their service unto the Lord. He knew that cooperation and partnership can achieve much in the kingdom of God.
Devastating Condition Of Jerusalem- Nehemiah 2:1
Nehemiah 1:1-4; 2:3; Isaiah 1:8; 24:12; Jeremiah 2:15; 9:11; 12:11; 19:8; Lamentations 1:4; 5:18; Ezekiel 20:26; 33:28; Amos 7:9; Micah 3:12; Matthew 23:38. ? (Matthew 12:30; Luke 11:23).
Too bad to behold, Jerusalem, that great city was indeed in ruins, but Nehemiah was never in a hurry. Following his detailed investigations and a full assessment of the situation, he called for help and went for the people, those he could lay hands on, the rulers, priests, nobles included. With the tears of the concerned, he broke down the deplorable condition in which they were and which was not new to them with the people. The Jews themselves were in great distress, the mega city was lying in waste, the walls broken down and the gates burnt with fire. When Nehemiah reviewed the situation, he was so concerned that he made this appeal “Come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach” was Nehemiah’s challenge to the people.”
Are things any different in the church and the world today? The walls of scriptural standard and godly living are ruins. The gates of accountability to God which restrains the believer from going astray, the gates of godly sorrow which brings repentance to the sinner and restoration to the backslider and the gates of perfection towards God are burnt with fire giving error and falsehood free access into the body of Christ.
Is it not a time for God to raise up a modern Nehemiah who will review the sad case of the church with those who have ears to hear and then challenge them to action with “Come, and let us build up the spiritual and moral walls of the spiritual Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach”. The church today is under serious scrutiny the world is watching and writing, the worshipers have made God’s house a mere gathering point to conclude the week. “Come, let us build up the wall”.
In God’s world at large, the walls of moral sanity are broken down. The gates of the restraining fear of God are burnt with fire. The world is fast turning into an animal kingdom where the law of the jungle prevails. God is looking for modern Nehemiah’s who will sit back to assess the condition, seek His face in fasting and praying, gather the willing people together and challenge them to action “with the come and let us build up the wall” slogan. If the politicians of this world can get up overnight and claim “Yes We Can” Yes we can equally build up the broken church walls by getting more people converted through personal, friendship, and mass evangelism. The more people that turn to Christ, the better the moral sanity and spiritual condition of the world become
Map Of Jerusalem
Decide Like Nehemiah
Exodus 17:12; Judges 20:11; 1 Samuel 14:6,7; 2 Kings 6:1-3; Ezra 10:4; Nehemiah 4:16,17; Matthew 18:19; Mark 2:3.
Nehemiah’s decision to build and the basis of his challenge to others to come and build with him was not carnal and it was not born of human will and revolutionary spirit. It had its roots in God. He then told the people of God’s gracious hand upon his life and the backing of the king with some provision.
The people could discern the sincerity and the truthfulness of Nehemiah’s declaration and therefore gave him the needed cooperation. Their reaction could have been one of two: (1) They could have resented Nehemiah’s challenge preferring to remain in their status quo, satisfied with mediocrity and reproach, passively dwelling in the smug security of the ruins than be actively involved in effecting a change (2) They could have replied Nehemiah that his strategy had been used once without any success and therefore it was useless to try again (see Ezra 4).
However they discerned a new move of God, a fresh backing from heaven, a new leader with an unshakable purpose and decided to cooperate. Their words and action are indeed memorable: And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work. Can you discern a new move of God in Deeper Life? Can you see the fresh backing from heaven that we are experiencing?
Can you not perceive how God is raising up new leaders with unshakable purpose of evangelizing the community and fulfilling the Great Commission? What other than cooperation should be your response? Will you be part of the joyful congregation shouting “Let us rise up and build”? Will you not strengthen your hands for this glorious work?
Detractors Are Rebuked
1 Samuel 17:42; 2 Samuel 6:16; Nehemiah 4:2; Job 12:4; Psalm 119:141; 1 Corinthians 1:28; 4:13; John 9:34.
Nehemiah 2:19-20 .. But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king? Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.
The” but” in verse 19 is a distracting and detracting voice. Every move of God is always dogged by detractors sponsored by the devil.. The devil always raises dust and fierce opposition with the intent of stopping what God is about to do with the people.
Here we see the contempt of three detractors in the work of rebuilding the broken walls of Jerusalem. Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem laughed Nehemiah and the Jews to scorn, derided and despised them, questioned the validity, rightness and the moral grounds of the rebuilding project. They accused them of wasting their time and rebellion against the king.
Things are no different today. As we rise up to build, the devil will try to stir up opposition against us. Misrepresentations are the order of the day. You may be facing all these at surface value or behind the scene manipulations, untrue accusations may arise as you are set to do the work of God. What of false rumours?, will you be bored by them? . Hatred and animosity could be sown among brethren. Churches and ministries may even be accusing themselves of causing strife, division, discord, rancor, confusion. They are even accusing each other of preaching and teaching error, of being anti-government and anti-social etc.
It is the enemy that is doing this, it is his known strategy to quench the zeal for the work of God, to destroy our passion for and commitment to the rebuilding project, to stop the restoration of the glory of God in His church and His world.
Irrespective of the giants in the land, the sons of Anak, the Goliaths, Sanballats, Tobiahs, Geshems, Jezebels, etc. we will rise up and build. The gates of hell shall not prevail against the church as we rise up to build to the glory of God.
Dare To Be A Nehemiah?
Determined Till Victory Was Won.
Hebrews 13:5; Joshua 1:5; Matthew 28:20; Acts 18:10; Judges 6:12,14,34; 7:1; John 1:6; 2 Corinthians 3:5.
Nehemiah answered the enemies like a man sent from God, anointed for a purpose (John 1:6). He answered them with courage and confidence “The God of heaven, He will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build”.
The promise of God and the backing of heaven serve as backbone for our decision to do exploits for the Lord. Because God has promised to prosper our efforts, we can therefore arise and build.
The enemies have no portion, nor right, nor memorial in Jerusalem. We should arise and build for God because of His great and exceeding precious promises: (1) I will never leave thee nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5; Joshua 1:5) (2) Lo, I am with you always even unto the end of the world (Matthew 28:20) (3) I have much people in this city, no man shall set on thee to hurt you (Acts 18:10) etc.
The God who has sent us is faithful, He has promised to anoint, equip, reinforce, protect, preserve, empower us for fruitful service. Our responsibility towards making these a reality is to be determined like Nehemiah and to fight the good fight of faith as commanded by God . We must rise up early to do our appointed task knowing fully well that heaven is watching. (Judges 6:12,14,34; 7:1).