Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Nehemiah. Part 24.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Having gathered the people of Jerusalem – the priests, the nobles, and the officials – Nehemiah now announces his intentions.

1. An honest attitude.

NEH 2:17 Then I said to them, “You see the bad situation we are in, that Jerusalem is desolate and its gates burned by fire.”

“I’ve seen the walls, and it’s not all that bad.”
That is what you call an excessive optimist; a person who does not operate in reality.

You could call Nehemiah a true, genuine, undeniable realist.

He did not overlook problems, nor was he overwhelmed by them.

2. There is a humble identification.
3. There is also an honorable invitation.

“Reproach” = “to speak down or to speak poorly concerning the character of someone.”

There are two basic types of motivation in life: extrinsic and intrinsic.

He simply had to be motivated by something “outside” himself to perform the task.
That is extrinsic motivation.

Intrinsic motivation is when you do something motivated by an internal desire or passion.

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