Nehemiah Leadership Lessons

Nehemiah Leadership Lessons – Rebuilding your Walls

Pastor Phil Derstine 5-15-22


Ezra rebuilt the Temple – Nehemiah rebuilt the Walls

·      Your Temple represents your FAITH (heart)

·      Your Walls represent your LIFESTYLE (character & conduct)

·      Isaiah 60:18 “Thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.”

·      Godly Lifestyle (character & conduct) is a result of our Choices (reap what we sow)

·      Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”


Nehemiah rebuilt the Walls of Jerusalem – A result of PRAYER – VISION – ACTION

·      Isaiah 58:12 “Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorers of Streets with Dwellings.”

·      Walls safety and protection

·      Streets direction and destination

·      Dwellings relationship and family


1. PRAYER – Conversations with God bring repentance and understanding of God’s Purpose

·      Nehemiah 1:4 “When I heard these things, I sat down and wept.  For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.”

·      I Peter 4:7 “The end of all things is near.  Therefore, be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.  (8) Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (9) Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  (10) Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 

·      Nehemiah 1:6 I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s house, have committed against you. (7) We have acted very wickedly towards you. We have not obeyed the command, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.”

·      I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”   

·      Nehemiah 1:8 Remember the instruction (promise) you gave your servant Moses…”

·      Isaiah 43:26 Put Me in remembrance: let us contend together; State your case, that you may be justified.” 

·      Jeremiah 1:2 “I am watching to see that My Word is fulfilled.”


2. VISION – Understanding of God’s Purpose gave Nehemiah favor with God and Man.

·      Nehemiah 2:8 “Because the gracious hand of my God was upon me, the king granted my requests. (9) The king had also sent army officers and cavalry with me.”

·      Luke 6:38 “Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.” 

·      Proverbs 3:3 “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: (4) So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.”

·      Nehemiah 2:17 “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire.  Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace(18) I also told them about the gracious hand of my God upon me and what the king had said to me. They replied, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.”


3. ACTION – Acting in Faith to obey God releases His supernatural Blessings.

·      Nehemiah 2:20 “The God of heaven will give us success.  We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.”

·      “Don’t just pray for revival, LIVE in revival!” – Jonathan Cahn

·      James 1:25 “But a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”