1. Hello, listening friends.
2. What a joy it is for us to know that you have tuned in to this broadcast.
3. We try to communicate to you the best we know how the great message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
4. It is our prayer that God is using His Word to bless you and enrich your life,
5. and please write to us and let us know that this message is blessing you,
6. and if you have joined us for the first time in this broadcast,
7. we just started a series of messages on Nehemiah.
8. Nehemiah was a man who wanted his life to count for God.
9. Nehemiah did not rush into things, but, rather, he spent time before God in prayer.
10. Nehemiah spent time discerning the will of God.
11. Nehemiah spent time counting the cost and preparing himself in prayer.
12. and, although Nehemiah was sad and frightened,
13. yet, he listened to the will of God.
14. Nehemiah asked the King to rescind the law that he had decreed.
15. He asked the King for all the resources that he would need to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and the Temple;
16. and, then, he asked for time away from the King.
17. so that he could supervise the work himself;
18. and, when the King granted all of Nehemiah’s requests, he did not boast.
19. Instead, he gave all of the credit and the glory to the Lord.
20. “The good hand of God was upon me,” he said.
21. I said, in the last broadcast, that commitment to God has its rewards;
22. but, then, it also has its price.
23. We saw in the previous messages that, after four months of fasting, praying and weeping,
24. Nehemiah came to the place of death.
25. Nehemiah came to the place of death to self,
26. death to a personal ambition.
27. and death to future security.
28. Nehemiah also came to the place of death to self gratification and comfort.
29. and, today, I want to talk to you about the price of commitment;
30. so, if you have your Bibles, please turn to Nehemiah, Chapter 2, verses 11 to 20.
31. Many people, when they see a successful person, they think how easy life must have been to them;
32. but they seldom think of the personal cost involved to that person.
33. In verse 11,
34. Nehemiah went on a three-day journey in the blistering, hot sun.
35. He walked along the dusty road.
36. In verse 12,
37. he got up at night when everybody else was asleep.
38. He told no one of what God laid on his heart.
39. In verse 13,
40. when his night’s sleep was disturbed,
41. he knew that God wanted him to go to inspect the work.
42. A day in the life of a godly person must begin and end in solitude.
43. Godly people must commune with God before they can help people.
44. They must agonize before God before they can pray with people.
45. They hear God before they can speak for Him.
46. The godly person must pay the price of isolation before ever going public.
47. For every minute a believer spends in ministry, he or she should spend equal time before God in isolation.
48. If you only rely on your own thoughts and plans,
49. if you do not consult with God,
50. you will not be able to speak for God.
51. You will only bring a word only from you.
52. Nehemiah was called of God and committed to God,
53. but there were times when he must have been overwhelmed with the task.
54. Well, think with me about the sheer weight of his responsibility.
55. So, while others were sleeping, Nehemiah was awake praying.
56. While others were sleeping, Nehemiah was awake probing.
57. While others were sleeping, Nehemiah was awake studying.
58. While others were sleeping, Nehemiah was awake surveying.
59. Those who want to be leaders
60. must be prepared to spend time alone in preparation and planning as they pray.
61. They must take their cues from above.
62. Today, we are desperately in need of many Nehemiah’s.
63. Would you be a Nehemiah today?
64. Why do I say this?
65. Because today we have many walls that are broken.
66. Today, we have so many people who have broken walls of hope in their life.
67. Today, we have so many people with broken walls of missing peace.
68. Today, we have many people with broken walls of fear of the future.
69. Today, we have many people with broken walls of enslavement to money.
70. Today, we have many people with broken walls of addictions and sin.
71. Seeing these broken walls ought to break our hearts,
72. but seeing these broken walls should do even more;
73. because what we need today are men and women who are willing to spend time on their knees.
74. There are many broken walls on a personal level.
75. Many people are filled with unbridled greed.
76. The walls of thankfulness are broken.
77. Many people live lives of emptiness.
78. The walls of love are broken.
79. Many people hoard their bitterness and pain.
80. The walls of forgiveness are broken.
81. My listening friends, this is very important.
82. You must get out of your self-pity.
83. Stop re-living your past problems.
84. How can you do that?
85. Give them to Jesus.
86. Put them under the blood and, then, get out and do something for somebody else.
87. Does your neighbor hate you?
88. Go over and love them for Jesus’ sake.
89. because the walls are down;
90. and, as we probe these walls,
91. as we examine these walls,
92. like Nehemiah, we can feel overwhelmed;
93. but we have a God Who is far more powerful than any problem in the world.
94. We have a God Who is far more powerful than any sin in the world.
95. We have a God Who is far more powerful than any power in the world.
96. What did Nehemiah do about this overwhelming problem?
97. He did not say, “You people have got to do something.”
99. He said, “We have got to do something.”
1. Then I said to them, “You see the distress we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste and its gates are burnt with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem that we may no longer may be in reproach.”
2. Here is what Nehemiah is saying:
3. Enough shame.
4. The kingdom is in reproach.
5. God’s name is in disrepute,
6. and, finally, in verses 18 and 19 of Chapter 2, Nehemiah encounters three men.
7. You will hear from these men throughout this series of messages.
8. They are Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem.
9. The moment they heard that God is going to do great things,
10. they had to oppose it.
11. They had to resist it;
12. and, here, they began their obstructionist endeavor.
13. These men are no different from many in our time.
14. The moment they hear someone say, “Let’s rise and build;”
15. they say, “Let’s rise and blast and criticize.”
16. There are two kinds of people in this world.
17. There are the constructionists.
18. and the obstructionists.
19. There are people who build and there are people who try to stop the building.
20. Which kind are you?
21. My listening friends, this is important.
22. If you determine that you are to do something great for God,
23. you can count on opposition.
24. Many people will laugh at you.
25. Many people will mock you.
26. People will throw innuendos and false accusations your way.
27. Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem did all of these things to Nehemiah,
28. and there are people like them in every community.
29. Nehemiah faced them directly in verse 20 when he said the following:
30. “The God of heaven will give us success.”
31. Nehemiah was giving them the warning.
32. You either get out of the way, or get going on the way, to serving God.
33. Listen, my friend, as I conclude.
34. If God is for us, who can be against us?
35. The gates of Hell shall not prevail against the Church of Jesus Christ.
36. The God Who called you gives you confidence.
37. He will see His work through.
38. Are you willing to pay the price?
39. Then say to Him, “Here am I, Lord;”
40. and, then, write to us and let us know.
41. We’d love to hear from you.
42. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.