Nehemiah’s Burden for Jerusalem…
The book of Nehemiah is set at time wgen the Isralites were coming back from Babylonian captivity.
Nehemiah in Persia serving King Artaxerxes,hears that the walls and the gates of Jerusalem lies in ruins and desolation, he wepts, the burden for concern of Jerusalem walls grow in him.
Nehemiah 1:1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,
Neh 1:2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and [certain] men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
Neh 1:3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province [are] in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also [is] broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
Neh 1:4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned [certain] days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,
Neh 1:5 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:
Neh 1:6 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.
~Have a concern for your people,neighbours,friends and family and for your nation.
Nehemiah was living a good life,but with that position,still used that chance to gain favour from the King so as to go back to start the rebuilding of the gate and the walls.
We need to have a deep concern for our fellow brethrens who have fallen away. Others walls have been destroyed by the devil.
In these perilious and dangerous times we are living, the devil is using all devices to pull down your wall so as to destroy you.
We have been exposed openly, the gates of our spirit are left open without a guard to protect it.Satan comes in and out any time he wants.
Example, the youths have gone unto drugs,immorality and poor habits. People have been strangled with world desires and worries that they find no time in seeking God.
That devil is pouncing and punching us with all kinds of tribulations, sickness,poverty,war,hatred,corruption,prayerlessnes,lacks and all fruits of evil.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.
One whose walls are pulled down,gates have no guard to protect the person, then he is open to danger ans attacks from satan.
~Pray for those who their walls have been destroyed.
The scriptures say that, when Nehemiah heard that the walls and gate of Jerusalem still lie in ruins, he wept and prayed unto God.
He interceded for his fellow Isralites for their sins and wickedness.
This is what we are to do, intrecede for your nation, lost youths, the church leaders, our politicians who have sinned and have done wickedness on the land.
Remember not to be selfish, dont pray for yourself alone, infact , pray for others more, than for yourself.
Neh 2:1 And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, [that] wine [was] before him: and I took up the wine, and gave [it] unto the king. Now I had not been [beforetime] sad in his presence.
Let the pain for your people be seen.
Bear in mind that the devil never gets tired in looking to destroy you.There are always some people who will use different device to pull you down again.
Neh 4:7 But it came to pass, [that] when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, [and] that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth,
Neh 4:8 And conspired all of them together to come [and] to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.
But,the bible tells us that Nehemiah was never shakened by by the oposers ,the Arabians and Ammonites, Sanballat and Tobbiah.
Keep praying and continue to be alert in the spirit.
Neh 4:9 Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.
The devil is saying, you wont get anywhere far, he is seeking to destroy you.
Neh 4:11 And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.
Nehemiah developed one of the best strategies ever,
Neh 4:16 And it came to pass from that time forth, [that] the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers [were] behind all the house of Judah.
Neh 4:17 They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, [every one] with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other [hand] held a weapon.
Neh 4:18 For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and [so] builded. And he that sounded the trumpet [was] by me.
Remember, as you rebuild the walls, the hand should hold on your weapon, sword of of the Holy Ghost.
Never give the devil a chance to penetrate.
GOD BLESS YOU.
Sermon by, Youth , Sister Anne
at G.R.C Mombasa,Mtongwe on Friday 29th Jan 2016 during 5th day of fasting and prayers theme "Lord Change my Story, Transform my Mind Romans 12:2"