notes from pastor’s preachng saturday night at our young adults retreat:
Book of Nehemiah is post exile… Israel was naughty – prophets told them to repent, consequence was exile…
Jerusalem destroyed, burned by fire. Jerusalem WAS the greatest city on eart – when Solomon was king gold was so in abundance that silver was of no value, all of the nations had been coming to this city, most powerful city on earth,but because of the disobedice they were exiled.
Nehimiah returns, and remembers the city that was…
Let us arise nad build.
Nehemiah saw instead of a ruin, he was looking ahead and he saw what this could be, what God has for the city. He walked all around the city by night and then he shared with all the eople of power what his vision was. And they said yeah, let us arise and build, let us complete this work.
For us and for this generation,
1970’s – teaching gift re-established and restored in the church
1980’s – the prophetic ministry was restored, people aware that THEY could prophecy (common people)1990’s – move of God
2000 – move of God began to wane, over the last 10 years there has been pockets here and there but seems almost quietish… interesting… if it is quiet there is a reason… sense is this, that (music analogy – crescendo, drops, silence, building again, the most almighty awesome finish) this silence we are in is in the dip in the music (church worldwide) – arising.
God is building… we are going to see in our generation something that eclipses what we have seen in generations before.
We have to fight against – when we walk back into a jeruslaem destroyed to be overshawed by the glory from before that we worry about how to rebuild… shadow of the past overshadowing that we’re rebuilding and that we
have to pick up a shovel and dig so the glory of the house can be rebuilt…
Acts 2: last days, pour out Holy Spirit
In the LAST DAYS
Dream dreams, have visions…. Preparing for Jesus return!
When we build on the rock it lasts!
History makers all were just ordinary people who gave it a go and we look at them now and say they are heroes and extraordinary.
Where are the nehemiahs in this generation????
Jesus is worth it! Every last breath I have!
This generation needs people like Nehemiah who wont see a ruin but will see a city, who don’t see just a land but see a city and a nation, who don’t just see an altar but see a temple.
It is time for us to stand up and to act now.
Luke 14 – parable of the feast that a king puts on, sends out people to go and invite people to the great feast, inviting his friends – friends send excuses – then the king looks further and wider and finds those who will come – messengers sent out into the street, invites to those who would come and they came and enjoyed the masters feast…
There are things that are important and really count… in our generation there are tens of thousands of people who don’t know Jesus and it is happening on our watch… we can make our excuses (bags not me)
A church that says bags not to God has nothing happen… lets open our hands wide and say YES GOD SEND ME
Isaiah 6 – who will I send says God… YES GOD, HERE I AM< SEND ME
A person with a nehemiah heart may not feel like an amazing builder, or have anything to give, or that they are gifted… but what made Nehemiah different was that he wasn’t like the others who walked around looking at the ruin and the past, but he stuck at it and pressed on and rebuilt the city… he had a here am I heart…
Here am I lord, when our church is like that God cannot hold himself back, he pours his power out in awesome and mighty ways…
Whatever I have, I am going to pour it out and give.