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Nehemiah Leadership Lessons – Weapons of Warfare

Pastor Phil Derstine 5-22-22

 

Ezra rebuilt the Temple – Nehemiah rebuilt the Walls

·      Your Temple represents your FAITH (heart)

·      Your Walls represent your LIFESTYLE (character & conduct)

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

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

 

1. Become a Builder (Spiritually speaking)

·      Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs...”

·      Jude 1:20 “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.”

 

2. Stay on Guard

·      Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

·      Nehemiah 4:6 “So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. (9) But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.” (Half-way Hazard)

·      James 1:8 “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

·      Romans 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

 

3. Reject Negative Reports

·      Nehemiah 4:11 “Also our enemies said, Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.”

·      Nehemiah 6:2 “Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono.  But they were scheming to harm me; (3) So I sent messengers to them with this reply:       I am carrying on a great project and cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” (Get out of the Valley of Ono)

·      Your Choice: Living in Freedom (Spiritual Realm) or Bondage (Physical Realm)

·      Spiritual Realm – The Kingdom (Matt. 6:33), The Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:13), God (I John 5:4)

·      Physical Realm – The World (James 4:4), the Flesh (Rom. 8:13), The Devil ( I John 5:19)

 

4. Use your Offensive Weapons

·      Nehemiah 4:17 “Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried materials took their load with one hand doing the work and the other holding a weapon, (18)  And each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked

·      II Corinthians 10:4-5 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the          pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

·      Weapons of our Warfare

1.     Confess the Word – Luke 4:4 “And Jesus answered him saying, It is written…”

2.     Use the Name of Jesus – Mark 16:17 “And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name they shall cast out devils…”

3.     Reference the Blood of Jesus – Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony…”

 

God is Fighting for Us! (Song by  Darlene Zschech)

·      Nehemiah 6:15 “So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. (16) When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.”

·      II Chronicles 20:15 “Do not be afraid or discouraged… For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”