Many times our enemy comes against us in such an overwhelming way that we lose our will to reBUILD because of the comprehensive destruction that the enemy has brought to our lives.
Through this message the Holy Spirit will encourage you to WIN in the face of devastation.
Devastation brings _____Despair________.
DESPAIR is ______unbelief______ that fails to _______SERVE_________ God.
- reBUILDing in the Face of Devastation Kicks-off with spiritual ______Coaching/Leadership______ | Nehemiah 3:1-5
Compare and Contrast Eliashib in 3:1 with the Tekoite nobles in 3:5
/ What type of Spiritual Leadership to respond best to? What type of Spiritual leader are you?
- reBUILDing in the Face of Devastation is tackled by Spiritual ____Teamwork_____ | Nehemiah 3:6-25a
Look at the team that God and Nehemiah brought together; goldsmiths, perfumers, rulers, citizens, priests, Levites, residents of Jerusalem, and people who lived far away. The Body of Christ is made up of many parts; the Holy Spirit gives us each a job to do! 1 Corinthians 12:1-31
/ What spiritual ruin are you “looking past?” Who do you need to recruit to help you reBUILD?
- reBUILDing in the Face of Devastation is Won by Spiritual ______Tenacity_____ | Nehemiah 3:25b-32
Yoggi Berra famously coined this cliché in his 2nd year as coach of the Mets, midway through the season when they were in last place in the division (9-games out) and a reporter asked if the season was over, Yoggi replied, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
Some of these city walls had been ruined for 40 years. And some of the ruined walls were actually right on the door steps of people who had been living in the city for a decade. It’s often easiest to miss the mess right at our own feet.
These people needed some tenacity to get the work done.
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. – Philippians 3:12-15 (ESV)
/ In what ways have you allowed Devastation to bring despair to your life? What do you need to do to press on to the finish?
When faced by the devastation by our enemy we can say with confidence what Nehemiah told his enemies, “The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build, but you have no portion or right or claim in Jerusalem.” – Nehemiah 2:20 (ESV)
This Week’s Bible Reading
| Nehemiah 3-5 | 1 Corinthians 12:1-31 | Philippians 3:12-17 | Psalm 140-144|
Coming Up: reBUILD in the Face of:
Accusation (1/31) |
Devastation (2/7) | Discouragement (2/14) |
Intimidation (2/21) | Greed (2/28) | Distraction (3/6) | Fear (3/13) |