Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Nehemiah. Part 21.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A phrase was coined in honor of this man’s work, spoken by people who would settle for nothing less than, “the real McCoy.”
Nehemiah, was a real McCoy – a genuine, authentic follower of God.

We are allowed to observe, not only the strengths of Nehemiah, but also his weaknesses.
We are able to watch him when he is fearless and courageous, and also when he is weak and afraid.

“Queen” – Hebrew noun shegal = a close intimate friend, a close contact, a partner and one the king consults with.

Because Nehemiah was doing a great job.

He was not the type of individual who would make a decision or a commitment and then take on another one without fulfilling the original one.

Problem projects and problem people stand within the jurisdiction of our sovereign God.

God can soften the hardest heart in answer to the prayers of His people.
And when He does that, we must be ready and willing to act, to step forward based on faith.

They were people who were going to stop Nehemiah him in his plan.
So he says in effect, “My king, I’m gonna tell you, I got your OK, but I’m going to need a little more than that.”

HAG 1:3 Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet saying, “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house {lies} desolate? Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, “Consider your ways!” You have sown much, but harvest little; {you} eat, but {there is} not {enough} to be satisfied; {you} drink, but {there is} not {enough} to become drunk; {you} put on clothing, but no one is warm {enough}; and he who earns, earns wages {to put} into a purse with holes.Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified,” says the Lord. {You} look for much, but behold, {it comes} to little; when you bring {it} home, I blow it {away.} Why?” declares the Lord of hosts, “Because of My house which {lies} desolate, while each of you runs to his own house.”

During these 4 months of waiting, Nehemiah was doing a lot more than praying.
He was planning.

The silent heroes of this pulpit are not those who stand behind it, but those who support it. The silent hero is the fellow that never gets to the field but says to the fellow that’s gifted, I’ll stand behind you.

Four months of silence – nobody applauding Nehemiah – but in the solitude of that secret place, he faithfully bombarded the throne, “Lord send me to Jerusalem, change the heart of the king that I can go.”

When the Lord has his hand on certain individuals it is like a sweeping wind that people are moved to respond.

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

Opposition – when you walk by faith, you will invariably encounter the Sanballat’s and the Tobiah’s – people who live by Murphy’s Law. If you’ve read the Peter Prescription, you have read Murphy’s Law – which says, it won’t work!

There are people who live by that principle – their whole life is one big negative; there’s a critical spirit that just surveys and covers them and whatever comes to their attention – it won’t work.

When you walk by faith, you will encounter the hostility of people who walk by sight.

They are rebuked by the life of faith.
They are especially rebuked because they don’t have it.

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