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​“From Information Received to Action Completed”

Text: Nehemiah 2:10 
10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard of it, they were deeply disturbed that a man had come to seek the well-being of the children of Israel.

Introduction – It is according to whom you read, we are in an “information, consumer age”.
I guess that is true when information companies are worth more than huge manufacturing

Companies, what can you say? For example
 Facebook is worth 636.6 billion,
 Ford motor company 140 billion, 
Now Facebook moves information, Ford makes thousands of vehicles. 
This is a different world.  
Nehemiah asked for and received information, what happened:

I. Nehemiah Had an Opportunity to Ask Questions
A. Nehemiah 1: 1 – 3 
1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah.
It came to pass in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the citadel, 2 that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. 3 And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.”

B. Basically three questions
 # How are the ones who escaped?
  # How are the survivors of captivity?
  # What condition is Jerusalem in?

C. Things were in a state of personal distress (pain)
 and cultural reproach (shame)

D. Information is important; 
  Romans 10:14 
14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

  John 4:35
35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!


II. Nehemiah Began to Process the Information
A. Nehemiah 1: 4 – 2:9
4 So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
5 And I said: “I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments, 6 please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned. 7 We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. 8 Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations; 9 but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.’ 10 Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong hand. 11 O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.”
For I was the king’s cupbearer.
Nehemiah Sent to Judah
2 And it came to pass in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, that I took the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never been sad in his presence before. 2 Therefore the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart.”
So I became dreadfully afraid, 3 and said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire?”
4 Then the king said to me, “What do you request?”
So I prayed to the God of heaven. 5 And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”
6 Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), “How long will your journey be? And when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.
7 Furthermore I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah, 8 and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple, for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy.” And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me.
9 Then I went to the governors in the region beyond the River, and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent captains of the army and horsemen with me.


B. How was the info received?  
 Wept, Psalm 30:5 
5 For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.

 Prayed, Proverbs 15:8 
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
But the prayer of the upright is His delight.

 Fasting, Matthew 17:21 
 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.

 Arrangements for success, James 1: 22 – 24
 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

C. How can we see people move from information to action?


Conclusion - God knows we need action of obedience in our lives!!!

​​“From Information Received to Action Completed”
February 2, 2020
Plan of Action Nehemiah Part two
Text: Nehemiah 2:10 / 19
10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard of it, they were deeply disturbed that a man had come to seek the well-being of the children of Israel.
19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?”

Introduction – Nehemiah is now beginning the Plan of Action. Remember
Nehemiah has already wept, fasted, and prayed now it is time to work!!
“Hard work brings out the character in people, some people turn up their
sleeves, some turn up their noses, some don’t show up at all” quote

  How did Nehemiah begin his plan?
I. Permission to Begin
Nehemiah 2:1 -10 
 2 And it came to pass in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, that I took the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never been sad in his presence before. 2 Therefore the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart.”
So I became dreadfully afraid, 3 and said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire?”
4 Then the king said to me, “What do you request?”
So I prayed to the God of heaven. 5 And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”
6 Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), “How long will your journey be? And when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.

7 Furthermore I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah, 8 and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple, for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy.” And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me.
9 Then I went to the governors in the region beyond the River, and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent captains of the army and horsemen with me. 10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard of it, they were deeply disturbed that a man had come to seek the well-being of the children of Israel.

  1 John 3:17
17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?

A.Asked for leave of absence
B.Asked for letters of introduction  
C.Not everyone is pleased when someone takes the work of God serious.

II. Purpose to the Battered
Nehemiah 2: 11 – 20 
11 So I came to Jerusalem and was there three days. 12 Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me; I told no one what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem; nor was there any animal with me, except the one on which I rode. 13 And I went out by night through the Valley Gate to the Serpent Well and the Refuse Gate, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem which were broken down and its gates which were burned with fire. 14 Then I went on to the Fountain Gate and to the King’s Pool, but there was no room for the animal under me to pass. 15 So I went up in the night by the valley, and viewed the wall; then I turned back and entered by the Valley Gate, and so returned. 16 And the officials did not know where I had gone or what I had done; I had not yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials, or the others who did the work.
17 Then I said to them, “You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach.” 18 And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me.
So they said, “Let us rise up and build.” Then they set their hands to this good work.
19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?”
20 So I answered them, and said to them, “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem.”

A.Looked at the need and asked for Help.
 Proverbs 29:18
 18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;
But happy is he who keeps the law.

B.Assured of God’s Anointing 
  2 Corinthians 1:21 -22
21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

C.Mocked and laughed at by angry people.

D.Nehemiah reminded the battered; God was with him and will be with them!
Hebrews 13:5
5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Conclusion – Plan to begin work if you are going to be part of Revival!!!  








Plan of Action
 Nehemiah
 Part two
February 9, 2020
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From Information to Action part three
Text: Nehemiah 2:18 
18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.”
 So they began this good work.

Introduction
 Nehemiah went from information, to planning, to leadership role, to action happening!! There is a statement that has actually been proven over the years in many applications, “80% of the work is done by 20% of the people”. Here God’s man Nehemiah broke that law! Let us look at the situation;

I. Everyone Able Was To Be Part Of The Work!!
A.Nehemiah 2:18
18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

B.Everyone has a gift of God, what is yours?

C.Helpers, Leadership, Teaching, Giving, etc.

D.John 9:4
  4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 

 Ephesians 4:11 – 13 
 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

 2 Timothy 2:15
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

II. The Clergy Went to Work!!
A.Nehemiah 3:1, 17 – 18, 22, 28
 3 Eliashib the high priest and his fellow priests went to work and rebuilt the Sheep Gate. They dedicated it and set its doors in place, building as far as the Tower of the Hundred, which they dedicated, and as far as the Tower of Hananel
17 Next to him, the repairs were made by the Levites under Rehum son of Bani. Beside him, Hashabiah, ruler of half the district of Keilah, carried out repairs for his district. 18 Next to him, the repairs were made by their fellow Levites under Binnui son of Henadad, ruler of the other half-district of Keilah.
22 The repairs next to him were made by the priests from the surrounding region.
28 Above the Horse Gate, the priests made repairs, each in front of his own house.

B.The Levites, Priest, laid down their robes and went to work!!

C.The Levites had a different situation!

D.Numbers 8:19
 19 From among all the Israelites, I have given the Levites as gifts to Aaron and his sons to do the work at the tent of meeting on behalf of the Israelites and to make atonement for them so that no plague will strike the Israelites when they go near the sanctuary.”

 Numbers 18:24 
 24 Instead, I give to the Levites as their inheritance the tithes that the Israelites present as an offering to the Lord. That is why I said concerning them: ‘They will have no inheritance among the Israelites.’”

Nehemiah 12:44 
44 At that time men were appointed to be in charge of the storerooms for the contributions, firstfruits and tithes. From the fields around the towns they were to bring into the storerooms the portions required by the Law for the priests and the Levites, for Judah was pleased with the ministering priests and Levites.

III. The Women Went to Work!!
A.Nehemiah 3:12 
12 Shallum son of Hallohesh, ruler of a half-district of Jerusalem, repaired the next section with the help of his daughters.

B.Again everyone was to be in the work!!!

C.Galatians 3: 26 – 29 God offers Salvation to all and gifts to all!!
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

D.Are we working our gifts??

 
Conclusion – It will soon be dark let us get BUSY!!!!!
 


February 16,2020
“From Information to Action” pt. 4
Working in the Middle of Adversity

Text: Nehemiah 4:11
 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.”

Introduction: 
 Following Christ will for one’s life promises a sure thing, adversity.
Let’s examine the push back to rebuilding the people and walls of Jerusalem.

What are some options for one willing to keep going in spite of test?  

I. Ask God for Assistance
A.Nehemiah 4: 4 – 6
 4 Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. 5 Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders.
6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.

B.Praying as you work!

C.James 1:12
 12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

D. James 5:16 – 18
 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.


II. Make Proper Adjustments
A.Nehemiah 4: 14 – 16 
14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”
15 When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work.
16 From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah

B.Take the threat serious enough to prepare for battle!!

C.Ezekiel 38: 7
 7 “‘Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them.

D.We have the tools for success – Ephesians 6 : 10 – 12

 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

III. Make Plans of Action
A.Nehemiah 4: 18 – 20
18 and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.
19 Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. 20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!”

B.Clear instruction; Hear the Trumpet, Come for Battle!!

C.Always accept help in the battle

D.Luke 24 : 49 – We will always have the proper clothes for every environment
49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Conclusion – Please don’t stop the purpose!!!!!





From Information to Action 
Part Four

Working in the Middle 
of Adversity
February 23, 2020