The Heart of Nehemiah: The Secret to Rebuilding the Church in America – Part 11
LISTEN NOW! Greg, John, and Pat continue their discussion of the importance of having the heart of Nehemiah which they believe is the secret to rebuilding the church in America.
No one calls for justice; no one pleads a case with integrity .They rely on empty arguments, they utter lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.
They are worshiping God for who He is. Worship is about Jesus. They acknowledge God and praised him for who He is. They acknowledge his grandeur. When you repent you reposition God in your heart.
They had to restructure who God is in their heart. King Josiah is an example of one who read Gods word and found out what God’s word says then repented and began to get things in order.
Nehemiah 9: 7 -8
You are the Lord God, who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans and named him Abraham. 8 You found his heart faithful to you, and you made a covenant with him to give to his descendants the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites and Girgashites. You have kept your promise because you are righteous.
Nehemiah acknowledges God’s faithfulness. God is faithful. He remembered the wonders of the Lord. While in bondage Nehemiah is remembering the faithfulness and goodness of the Lord and how God blessed past generations. He also recounts how they failed to listen and remember the miracles God has done for them. They continue to discuss how we are not going to have liberty if we leave God. It’s time for us to come up under the King Jesus. They further discuss how the majority of the church has stopped listening as 97 percent are not even tithing not to mention that according to George Barna only 19 % of believers read the word of God. We have leaders who are leading us into slavery. We begin to look for man to be our provider.
They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them, even when they cast for themselves an image of a calf and said, ‘This is your god, who brought you up out of Egypt,’ or when they committed awful blasphemies.
God is forgiving, merciful, and gracious to us. He is not one to desert his people. Even when they gave credit to false gods, God in His mercy did not leave them. God has not given up on you. You cannot serve other God’s. Don’t mistake the kindness of God for the acceptance of your sin and works.
“You gave them kingdoms and nations, allotting to them even the remotest frontiers. They took over the country of Sihon[c] king of Heshbon and the country of Og king of Bashan. You made their children as numerous as the stars in the sky, and you brought them into the land that you told their parents to enter and possess. Their children went in and took possession of the land. You subdued before them the Canaanites, who lived in the land; you gave the Canaanites into their hands, along with their kings and the peoples of the land, to deal with them as they pleased. They captured fortified cities and fertile land; they took possession of houses filled with all kinds of good things, wells already dug, vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. They ate to the full and were well-nourished; they reveled in your great goodness.
Do you really think that if we don’t stop with the innocent shedding of blood of the 55 million babies that have been killed since 1973 God will not continue to judge us?
How can you be in a protest march regarding higher taxes when 97% of the church is robbing from God? You can say you are rejecting a preacher yet you are rejecting God. We don’t have to go into oppression. We can cry out to God just like others who have gone before us and God rescued them.
2 Chronicles 7:13-14
“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.