Sunday Service 18 October 2020

Reconstruction I

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Reconstruction I

Nehemiah 2:1-5

1Early the following spring, in the month of Nisan, during the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, I was serving the king his wine. I had never before appeared sad in his presence. 2So the king asked me, “Why are you looking so sad? You don’t look sick to me. You must be deeply troubled.” Then I was terrified,  3but I replied, “Long live the king! How can I not be sad? For the city where my ancestors are buried is in ruins, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” 4The king asked, “Well, how can I help you?” With a prayer to the God of heaven, 5I replied, “If it please the king, and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried.”

Introduction

  • After 70years they have been in exile and now they were coming back to rebuild.
  • There is a time for everything under the sun.
  • During this hour of rebuilding, God stirred Nehemiah. He had an inspiration.
  • Don’t underestimate inspiration, when it comes it means there is a cause.
  • Nehemiah had to have a burden, the time of reconstruction needs to be taken by people with a burden.

 Life Reconstruction Of The Great Commission

LUKE 10:2-3

2He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.”

The Great Commission

  • Recent research (in a large Asian Muslim country) shows that only 4% of the people who come to Christ do so as a result of direct evangelistic methods. 78% come to Christ as a result of a series of interactions or relationships with ordinary Christians (L10T)
  • Moving of the 96% who have not got the gift of evangelism!

Fellowship Or Build Relationships

  • The ministry of reconciliation
  • Appreciation can bring blessing!
  • Generosity

 Life Reconstruction Of Prayer

Prayer Life

  • By waiting on God during times of prayer we allow God to speak to us. He does it in the quiet of our waiting, or through Scripture that He brings to mind, or through our thoughts as we focus on Him in silence, or through other people (later), or through a still voice in our minds, or through indescribable peace or joy and through other ways that He might choose for us. If we do not wait on Him, however, we might miss this experience of Him knowing us.

Prayer Walking

  • Prayer Walking in your street, neighbourhood or city/town;
  • Prayer Walking at key places in your country (such as parliament buildings, monuments, battle fields, other key places);
  • Prayer Walking in countries where the Presence of the Lord is needed (government buildings, temples, battle fields, other key places)

Bless

  • Body – health, protection, strength
  • Labour – work, income, security
  • Emotions – joy, peace, hope, love
  • Social relationships – marriage, family relationships, friends, neighbours, colleagues
  • Spiritual relationship – salvation, faith, grace, mercy, spiritual growth, forgiveness of sin (Neh. 1:6-9)

Life Reconstruction Of Purity

MATTHEW 5:43-48

43“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Forgiveness -How To Get Rid Of Unforgiveness:

  • Acknowledge it is there.
  • Acknowledge that you cannot hold on to it.
  • Acknowledge that Jesus understands because He faced a similar situation as a human being.
  • Give the hurt to Him to dispense of as He sees fit (not by judging the other person). Please note that there is no doubt about the realness of the hurt and wrongness of the action and person(s) that caused it.
  • Now you can forgive the other persons (whether they know it or not).
  • Start praying for them.
  • Start asking for the Lord’s blessing, peace & love on them.
  • Start loving them with His love. (Ask Him to give His love for them to you.)

Things We Need To Guard Against

  • Language and expressions (jokes, gossip, swear words, using the name of God disrespectfully).
  • Emotions (outbursts of anger; always being critical of everyone, meaningless arguments).
  • Attitude (too positive, negative, condescending as a Christian).
  • Annoying habits (to do with the ear, crotch, mouth or nose etc.).
  • Things you do (drugs, flirting, extra-marital sex).
  • Unethical behaviour as individual (lying; unfaithful in marriage; selfish; greedy; eliciting, acceptance or paying of bribes; non-payment of reasonable salaries; Late or non-payment of debts; illegal conduct such as non-payment of tax; not submitting to governing authorities, etc.)
  • Unethical conduct as an employee (not being faithful to one’s employment contract; laziness; insubordination; dishonesty; bad behaviour as a leader towards your followers or colleagues, etc.

Conclusion

  • The moment you are ready for reconstruction you are not alone, God comes to work with you. There is also the cloud of witnesses.
  • The earth is just one small experimental project of God, otherwise there are some other big planets.
  • Be prepared in this time love him, he will keep covenant and mercy to those who love him.

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