God is looking for people who will make a difference in the difficult places of life!
* People with vision who see possibilities, not problems
* People with courage who will finish the job
* People with faith who believe God can use them Nehemiah was that kind of person.
He was a layman called by God to give Jerusalem a new beginning. In spite of opposition, Nehemiah stayed on the job and saw the holy city restored. Nehemiah was a successful leader who teachers us:
* How to encourage others to serve the Lord
* How to detect and defeat the enemy's tactics
* How to keep going when the going is tough
* How to make prayer a vital part of your life
Satan is tearing things down in this world, but Jesus Christ is building things up. For which one are you working? No matter how difficult the situation may be, get acquainted with Nehemiah and learn how to Be Determined!
But that period also brought the recently returned exiles into great temptation and potential disaster. The biblical record of the three returns of the Jews from Babylon provide not only a history of the restoration, but also many spiritual lessons concerning God's faithfulness, Satan's strategy, and the importance of separation from sin.
Dr. Laney presents a synthesis of the restoration period and discusses the interpretive, historical, geographical, and theological issues involved in these often-neglected but spiritually-rich books.
The prophets Haggai and Zechariah make that clear in their prophecies concerning the temple. This booklet reveals the heavy prophetic flavor contained within the books of Ezra and Nehemiah.
In this booklet:
• Proper Temple Building
• Rally Around God
• Beware of Enemies
• Purified Together
• Protecting God's Treasure
• Nehemiah—A Man of Zeal
• Good Soldiers
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It's Time to Rebuild
We live in a post-Christian age marked by moral and spiritual decay. We have watched our comfortable walls collapse as our faith has been attacked on every side.
But take heart! God can raise up leaders dedicated to defending His truth and following His blueprints for holy living. One of those leaders might be you—because no matter where you live and what you do, you have a circle of influence.
And your influence is desperately needed.
How does a believer construct secure barriers to hold back the discouragement and moral danger of this world? Respected ministry leader Michael Youssef takes you through the book of Nehemiah to help you learn the keys to godly leadership and restoration.
Discover what it takes to rebuild walls in this highly relevant study of a people who traded their rubble for rejoicing.
The account of Nehemiah embraces a period of about twelve years. It treats another subject and consequently it has another bearing than the book of Ezra. In the book of Ezra we see the altar re-established in its place, the foundations of the temple laid, the house itself built, and all this work followed by the purification of the people from their profane alliances. Thus, the object of this book is the service of worship of the people of God and the moral state which must accompany it. On the other hand, the book of Nehemiah speaks of the restoration of the walls, the gates and the dwelling places of Jerusalem. Thus, while Ezra presents the restoration of Judah and Benjamin from the religious point of view, Nehemiah speaks from the civil point of view and in the course of these meditation we will consider the bearing of this restoration for ourselves.
Learn how God intervened to restore a remnant of his people in Israel in the fifth century BC, a time when the nation’s existence had reached a desperation point. God’s ways have not changed. He still acts on behalf of those he is calling to follow him. As an absolute sovereign, he expects complete obedience to his will.
See how God overruled the dominant powers of that time to fulfill his purpose in the world. This practice has not changed. God is still King; however many circumstances and the boasts of the ungodly may seem to mask that fact.
Understand the true basis for prayer as God’s people in any age relate to their true King and persist in their obedience to him.
This book was intended to be a bridge between the Christian Church and those outside its walls. My intended reader is a pre-Christian – the person that is looking for the relevance of Christianity for his/her life and is asking sincere questions about the Christian faith. New Christians would also benefit from this book, as would anyone who had little or no knowledge about the contents of the book of Nehemiah. My hope is that Christians would purchase this book to use as a tool for witnessing to their unsaved friends and family members. I also included questions for reflection or discussion at the end of each chapter so that small groups could go through the book and discuss it together.
This book was written in such a way that all thoughtful individuals might be interested in it. I avoided writing a research paper or a theological treatise. I explained unfamiliar terms and concepts. I used personal anecdotes and humor to make the reading more enjoyable. I referenced a wide range of sources: from Sports Illustrated to Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life; from Dr. James Dobson to a story about Billy Graham. In addition, When Building a Life is not an intimidating book – only 19,000 words in length – which is one of its greatest strengths. This makes it more likely to be read by people who do not usually have time or patience to read religious books.
The nine phases of building a life that are covered in the book are (1) Don’t Do It Alone: This chapter explains that when undergoing such a task as building a purposeful, joyful life, we all could use help. Nehemiah set an example by seeking God’s help through prayer when he began his mission (of rebuilding the walls surrounding Jerusalem). (2) Pray, Plan and Persevere: Nehemiah faced numerous challenges while fulfilling his calling. However, he also demonstrated that with prayer, careful planning and perseverance, those obstacles might be overcome. (3) Do Not Conform: Nehemiah did not follow in the footsteps of other Jewish leaders. Rather than conforming, he courageously took a stand for his beliefs and did what he knew was right. (4) Do Not Go To Ono: Ono was the place where Nehemiah’s adversaries wished to meet with him. Nehemiah turned down their invitation to meet on the plains of Ono because he was focused on fulfilling his mission. (5) Experience the Joy You Desire: Everyone is looking for joy in his or her life. Nehemiah revealed that lasting joy comes from following the will of God. (6) Evaluate and Respond: When the teaching of God was read to the assembly in Jerusalem, it was discovered that there was a gap between God’s expectations and what the people were actually doing. They evaluated how they were doing things and responded by making necessary changes. (7) Celebrate Your Progress: After the wall surrounding Jerusalem was completed and Nehemiah began rebuilding the structure of the community, they had a celebration. (8) Monitor the Storeroom: Nehemiah cleared out a storeroom that was being used inappropriately. We also should consider what lies hidden in the unseen storerooms of our lives and clean them up when necessary. (9) Take Your Task Seriously: Building your life is a serious business. Nehemiah took his role as a leader very seriously and did not tolerate any inappropriate behavior among his people.