NEHEMIAH: REBUILDING YOUR BROKEN WALLS


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We will be talking about Nehemiah, which describes his work in rebuilding Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. He was governor of Persian Judea under Artaxerxes I of Persia.

When they were taken captive, their temple (the one King Solomon built) was destroyed and the walls as well. Ezra the scribe built the temple and Nehemiah the Tirshatha built the walls.

Nehemiah was cupbearer to the king. Learning that the remnants of Judah were in distress and that the walls of Jerusalem were broken down, he wept for Jerusalem. Notice Nehemiah did not just weep, he also asked for forgiveness, took up the challenge and stood in the gap for the Jews. Nehemiah 1:1-11.

Prophet Jeremiah prophesied against Jerusalem, her kings, and the people because of their sins. The prophecy was fulfilled during the reign of king Zedekiah. 2 Chronicles 36.

Sin has a payday, trust me; it is never a good payday!!! Sin opens the door for the enemy to come in. Nehemiah agreed and accepted that the Jews had sin and he asked for forgiveness both for himself and his people. He was not playing the blame game.

In chapter two, he asked for king Artaxerxes permission to return and rebuild the city. Artaxerxes sent him to Judah as governor of the province with a mission to rebuild, letters explaining his support for the venture, and provision for timber from the king’s forest.

Upon his return to Jerusalem at night, he took along with him “ Trusted Few”

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(To be successful in life, you can’t have the crowd as your friend. You need an inner circle of people that understand your vision, which will encourage you to accomplish it. This group of people will stop at nothing until they see you become the best at what you do.)

These trusted few had the same mind, vision, purpose, and goal with him. They observed and took stock of the damage done to the walls. His inner circle was silent, they didn’t speak about it.

We need to learn how to stay silence; Godly silence is a powerful weapon to success. It is not everything happening around us or every plan we have that we are going to broadcast.

In chapter 2:17-18 Nehemiah encouraged his team in building back the walls. We need people to encourage us to get back up when we fall, we people with like minds to push us and make us see success as our only option.

When we have something great to achieve, there is a great door of opposition!

1 Corinthians 16:9. For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries. (Other translations says, “ Many Oppose Me, Many Enemies.”

There are forces to contend with on the pathway in rebuilding your broken walls. They are problems at the edge of a breakthrough. The door of opportunity was open for Nehemiah and the Jews but a mighty force of opposition led by Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite was present. Nehemiah 1:10, 2:19-20.

At the peak of your breakthrough, the devil becomes real to you. When you have made the decision of a new start, a new turn around, the opposition will arise. It is very funny and strange to comprehend because you were once down, the devil was not noticing. But as soon as you make the decision for a new start, there’s a rage of hell against you.

When Nehemiah and the builders decided to build and the work for the rebuilding of the walls started from chapter four, they encountered all sorts of oppositions. They conquered because they stayed focus and they were determined.

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  • Opposition by Ridicule: Nehemiah 4:1-6.

The enemies of the Jews mocked them saying, “What do theses Feeble Jews?” people around you who do not understand where you are coming from and where you are heading to will mock and ridicule you as soon as you being rebuilding your broken walls.

You have to stay focus, be determined. It’s your end that matters most. Focus on the positive things you are doing.

  • Opposition by Anger: Nehemiah 4:7-9.

When the enemy mocked Nehemiah and the Jews and didn’t succeed in making them stop the building of the walls. They became very angry with them. Vs 9.

In every good thing you want to achieve in life, the opposition will arise. When people can’t stop you from achieving your God-given dream, they start getting angry with you at every given opportunity. You will defeat this opposition with intense prayer in Nehemiah 4:9.

  • Opposition by Discouraged Co-Workers: Nehemiah 4:10-23.

When oppositions arise from people close to us, it is sometimes very hard to conquer. Nehemiah understood the power of the inner circle and its effects. He tackled the situation immediately. You are the carrier of your own vision. You need to strengthen your inner circle. The prayer of faith is needed and encouraging ourselves in the lord is a weapon to succeed.

  • Opposition by Greed and Heartlessness:

People will envy you when you start taking positive steps and having positive results. It is all because of jealousy. The people who you trusted most will disappoint you. It is not because they hate you; perhaps they can’t handle your new self. Jealousy is very common these days; the only antidote is focus and determination. Keeping and protecting your vision with silence.

Joseph was talkative; he paid the price dearly for it. David did not announce to Saul and the rest of Israel that he has been anointed a king. Jesus stayed silent for 30 years.

To build back our broken walls, silence is a great tool. It keeps the enemy guessing, and we keep on advancing.

  • Opposition by Deceits and Craftiness: Nehemiah 6:1-14.

When the enemies of the Jews had tried every means possible is stopping the rebuilding of the walls and did not succeed, they tried deceits and false prophesy. Nehemiah 6:1-14.

Nehemiah is a man filled with the Spirit of God, without the Spirit of God in man, man is living a life without meaning.

The Spirit of God in man gives Life and Inspiration, which leads to a better Understanding. And Wisdom to be able to Discern and learn the strategies of the devil.

Job 32:8

But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

The next verse says

“Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.”

The message translations say, “Getting old doesn’t guarantee good sense”

A false prophet was hired to distract and stop the work. We need to say, guard, using the Gift Of Discernment, this way we’re able to conquer the devil. The Spirit of God in us helps in making and taking decisions, it gives insight also on right and wrong bits of advice.

Nehemiah was focused, watchful and prayerful. His inner circle had the same goal and vision with him. Having people around us with the same mindset and goals are the quickest and easiest way to achieve our great dreams. Because they will stop at nothing until they see us as the top.

“We need to carefully choose our circle”

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The walls were finally built and completed in 52 days, not because they were many and they had the manpower. Nah it was because they were only determined and like minds were working together. Focus and success were their driving force.

Like I said from the beginning, Ezra built the Temple. The Temple signifies the return of True Worship to God. Nehemiah built the Walls. The Walls signifies the Defense of the Jerusalem and its inhabitants.

In the era of Ezra, the opposition was not as fierce as that of Nehemiah. Why? The enemy knew with the walls down and the temple rebuilt, the enemy could still attack with ease. But with the building of the walls of Jerusalem which signifies her defense, the opposition was great and fierce because the enemy knew, she’s now protected and her people are safe.

The enemy doesn’t care about those that are already down. He cares about those that are standing and the one planning to get back up.

“Righteous man falls 7 times and still get back up, because of his Vision.”

You need to get back to your original Vision for your life. Face the opposition and stay focus, you will be victorious if you do. The best is only good enough for you, go for the best and press harder for the utmost goal. You will definitely come out successful.

After Nehemiah had finished building the walls of Jerusalem, he restored order and put everything in place. He placed the right people in the right department.

He read the laws of God to the people. We need to do exactly the same and we will have positive results.

Making God number 1 in our lives will keep our walls, which signifies our defense safe from attacks.

Sin is not Negotiable, we must Avoid Sin.

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WHO REALLY ARE YOU?


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Who are you? I just asked a very simple and easy question, but the answer is very difficult to get. Let us go to the bible, am sure we will be able to answer this simple question by the time God is done speaking to us.

Let me refresh your minds.

After the fall of man, it took 42 generations to have the once close relationship and fellowship man use to have with God. Jesus came and reconcile man back to God. But before that time there was a period known as the time of silence.

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From the time in creation, God usually spoke through messengers (prophets, high priests, seers etc.) and at the end of the old testament which is the book Malachi, God did not speak anymore for the next 400 years. It was a time when no one knew anything nor heard anything. It was a time of the total blackout.

John the Baptist came into the scene. He is known as the forerunner of Jesus Christ.

This is where we are heading! In the gospel of John chapter one, the people asked John a very simple question, “ Who Are you?”

John 1:19. And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?

The question of Identity

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Who really are we? Let us be real, do you really have an idea of who you really are? Do you understand the kind of destiny you have? Do you have an idea of the life you are supposed to be living? Do you understand the career you should be pursuing? Who really are You?

The day you are able to answer this simple question, your life will never remain the same again. People are living in this world without identity, they have no purpose, no mission, no vision, no goal, no life! This is so sad.

When you fail to know who you really are, you are automatically a failure.

When you have answered the question of your identity you are already in the pathway of greatness. Your identity determines the actions and reactions you are taking and making now.

Joseph knew who he was, he couldn’t trade his God-given vision for the pleasure of sex; Ruth understood that her identity was found in Naomi, and she will lead her to her Boaz. She just couldn’t let go of Nomi, Oprah did not understand this. Joshua knew he was meant to be a leader; he stayed focused, paying close attention to his identity. David understood his identity, he knew he was meant to be a king. He acted towards that path of kingship. The prodigal son got back to his senses and discovered his identity; he just couldn’t continue living with pigs and eat the same meal prepared for pigs. He went back home, back to his roots.

When you really know who you are, my friend you can’t waste your life in worldly things and with things that will not benefit your life. Never! You will not continue to dwell in all kinds of sins; you will definitely flee from all forms of sin.

 The day you really understand who you really are, you will not play with your destiny on the altar of pleasure.

God is searching for people that understand who they really are so He can fill them with His raw power and fire.

John the Baptist knew his identity; he could answer the simple question.

John 1:20-21.

And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.

I am not the Christ! Very simple and straightforward answer. He refused to take the wrong identity. Remember the people asking him these questions, they knew the bible. They were expecting Jesus. Notice that John the Baptist refused to fit into the shoes of Jesus. He refused to bear the wrong name, nor take the fake identity. John the Baptist chose to accept who he was.

They asked him again in verse 21.

And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No

He said a big NO! Elijah was a man known for the demonstration/manifestation of the power of God. The people felt John was Elijah. John the Baptist chose to remain where God Has called him to be and to do the assignment God Has given him.

In verse 22 the people finally reveal who they really were and said

“Then said they unto him, Who art thou? That we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?” 

This makes us understand that people are waiting to know and understand who we really are the devil is on a mission to find out. Because the day they understand us, that day they are able to predict us. 

In verse 23 the real John the Baptist was revealed.

He said I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. 

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He gave his answer in the words of the scriptures to show that the scripture was fulfilled in him. He answered this simple question in a very humble, modest, self-denying expression.

His identity, goal, vision, and mission were to gather the people in preparation for our Lord Jesus Christ.

When you know and truly understand your identity, you will overcome the spirit of destiny misplacement, you overcome the spirit of lust and pride. John the Baptist was mistaken to be the Messiah, he did not connive at it; never! He refused to dwell in the office where he did not belong.

Many people, who don’t know their identity or have lost it, tend to make this great mistake. They fit in the wrong place in life. It is a big mistake when a doctor is fitting into the position of a tailor….

Your identity is what makes you different and unique from others, it differentiates you, makes you outstanding, and in all successful. If the difference in a man is spotted out, being positive or negative, it is because there’s something unique or outstanding about him and this is what makes him different from other people.

You must study what makes you positively unique (differences) and not your weakness, this will help you get closer to your assignment.

Your success in life is your identity and it is strictly related to what makes you stand out from the multitude.

When you understand your identity life becomes simple, you are able to answer these three questions, which are:

  1. Who are You? This solves your IDENTITY! John the Baptist knew who he was. When they asked him Who are You? He could answer! He said, “I AM THE VOICE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS!” This is it. John 1:19-25.
  1. Why are you Here? This solves your PURPOSE! Your assignment is found in your purpose. This influences your decisions and approaches towards life.
  1. How Shall I Be? This solves how you FUNCTION AND HOW YOU OPERATE! It directs you to your destiny with ease!

Finally!! Answers to the questions will narrow down your life to a simple one. You actually remove from your life, Confusion, Frustration, Stress, and Anxiety & Worry. Leading you to a successful life and great achievements in life.

Some People are Satisfied with it if it good; Some want it Better. The Best is only Good Enough For Me!!!!🙌👏💒💎
God bless,

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