11 Mar KDW-The Process of Re-construction
Kingdom Dynamics Weekly (KDW) March 11, 2019 By Tunde Olugboji Vol 19:09
Title: The Process of Re-construction: Lessons from Nehemiah
This week, we’ll do a drive through the book of Nehemiah, outlining the 5 key lessons from the reconstruction of the gates and the walls of Jerusalem. What can we learn from this amazing rebuilding work that was completed in just 52 days?
1. Communion: Prayer was central to Nehemiah’s Project: When Nehemiah learned that the walls of Jerusalem had been destroyed, and its gates been burned, he fasted and prayed (1:4, 2:4, 20, 4: 4, 6: 9, 14). Before starting anything, do you commit it unto God in prayers?
2. Cooperation: The people cooperated with the leadership in the reconstruction (3:1) Noticeable in Chapter 3 of Nehemiah is the extensive use of the word “next.” It was used at least 26 times, indicating that the people were happy to work next to one another. Also, many people were assigned to work near, opposite, around, or in front of their homes (3:10; 23; 28-30). So, our work for God should start near our homes, our quest to spread the gospel should start with people around us: friends, co-workers, and neighbors. As believers, we must be willing to cooperate and get involved.
3. Commitment: (4:6). Everyone was involved in the project: 42 groups of people were listed in Chapter 3: priests (1), rulers (12-19), craftsmen (8; 32), and Jews from other cities (2; 5; 7). None was useless. Every believer has been gifted by the Holy Spirit to do something. God is much more interested in our availability than our capability or ability. Each man had an area of responsibility. God recognized each worker and put his name in the scriptures. Some were willing to do extra (11; 19; 21; 24; 27; 30). And at the end of the process of reconstruction, they pledged not to neglect the house of God.
4. Courage: In dealing with voices of discouragement, as Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite and others gathered against them, they responded with courage through prayers. Nehemiah even had to deal with fear in his own camp (4: 12-14).
5. Conviction: in the face of intense opposition, they remained convinced that they were carrying out a God-inspired task (4:1-3). When detractors were waging a war of attrition, Nehemiah stood firm. “And I sent messengers unto them saying, I am doing a great work; an important task and didn’t have time to address their issues. Why should the work cease, while I leave it, and come down to you? (6:3-4)”
This week ask God to give you the wisdom to always seek him in prayer, the humility to cooperate with others in the things of God, the commitment to persevere, the courage to look the enemy in the face and not be intimidated, and the conviction to sidestep distraction. Whatever requires reconstruction in your life: your career, marriage, relationship with your spouse, kids and other loved ones; health, service to God, etc. follow these 5 “Cs” and see the Lord show up for you.
Have a great week!