Month: July 2018

“HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND TO BAD NEWS?”

This morning, I had the privilege to share the message from the book of Nehemiah 1-2 and entitle it, “HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND TO BAD NEWS?”

Gripers, complainers, self-proclaimed prophets, armchair quarterbacks and on-line/internet commentators abound.  It is easy to analyze, scrutinize and talk all the problems in a country, the church or the world.  Instead of helping the people, country, church or the world, they love to pull them down, reminds me of “crab mentality.”  But what we really need are people who will not just discuss a situation but who will do something about it.

Nehemiah 1: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.”

THE BAD NEWS:

  • The people are in great distress and reproach
  • The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down
  • Its gates are burned with fire.

THE REALITY:

  • How would you respond to bad news?
  • How many bad news did you receive in a day, a week or a month?
  • Bad news, it could be: sickness, pain, cancer, death of a loved one, loss of a job, family problem, divorce, financial problem and etc.

THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM

  • Although the Jews completed the Temple in 515B.C.
  • The city walls remained in shambles for the next 70 years.
  • The walls represented power, protection, and beauty to the city of Jerusalem.
  • The walls were also desperately needed to protect he Temple from the attack and ensure continuity of worship.

“HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND TO BAD NEWS?”

  1. I. SEEK GOD THRU PRAYER AND FASTING
  • Nehemiah intercedes with God -v.4-11
  • Nehemiah intercedes with king Artaxerxes – ch 2:1-8
  1. II. SEEK GOD FOR A VISION WITH HIS PURPOSE
  • Nehemiah 2:1-5
  • Does God have a vision for us?
  • Are there walls that need to be built today?
  • God still wants His people to be united and trained to do His work.
  • As we recognize deep needs in our world, God can give us the vision and desire to “build.”
  • With that vision, we can mobilize others to pray and put together a plan of action.
    • Nehemiah 2:17-20
    • Nehemiah was willing to count the world as loss for the sake of God’s purpose
    • Nehemiah was willing to overcome the obstacles for the sake of God’s purpose

    III. SEEK GOD WITH COMMITMENT TO HIS PURPOSE

  • Nehemiah 2:17-20
  • Nehemiah was willing to count the world as loss for the sake of God’s purpose
  • Nehemiah was willing to overcome the obstacles for the sake of God’s purpose
CONCLUSION:

If you try to do anything in service for the Lord, you will face obstacles and opposition. Some of it will come from the world, but the most difficult opposition often comes from within the church or from your loved ones.  You have to realize up front that you will encounter problems but commit yourself to God and His purpose to endure.

Have a great week and God bless!

/Pastor Neil

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