Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Nehemiah. Part 16.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

1. Loyalty
2. Tact – sensitivity in dealing with others or with difficult issues:
3. Honesty
4. Prayer
5. Planning
6. Dependence on God.

Nehemiah had done everything he possibly could, but when he achieved success he acknowledged that it had come about not because of his wisdom but because God had been with him.

If he had not thought the matter through carefully, his conversation with the king might have ended with permission for him to go to Jerusalem, but he would have been stopped by the governors of the provinces also known as the Trans-Euphrates.

If he had asked for letters of passage and had therefore been able to get to his destination, but had neglected to secure the requisitions, he would have arrived without being able to obtain the necessary materials.

Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters — yes, even one’s own self! — can’t be my disciple.”

While Nehemiah was planning, he was also praying.

Nehemiah acknowledged that in the final analysis his success was NOT due to his own careful planning but to God –
NEH 2:8 “And because the gracious hand of my God was upon me, the king granted my requests.”

PRO 21:1 The king’s heart is {like} channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes.

EZR 6:22 And they observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy, for the Lord had caused them to rejoice, and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria toward them to encourage them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.

The “existence” of authority demands the function of leadership.
The “possession” of authority carries the responsibility of leadership.

Authority in the family demands parental leadership.
Authority in marriage demands the leadership of the husband.
Authority in the military, business, government, the church, and other organizations demands the exercise of leadership.

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