Sermon June 29, 2008 : The persevering spirit of Nehemias

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  • Presenter: Eugene Santiago (translated by Dr. Roberto Miranda)
  • Date: June 29, 2008
  • Location: Congregation Lion of Judah, Boston MA

We’re going to continue with a brief word from our brother Eugene, he’s going to bring a meditation for us and wrap everything up, all that we have heard and experienced. Welcome Eugene.

Thank you, Dr Miranda. Amen. I want to keep worship. Amen. Amen. Let us pray, let us pray. Father, we thank you for your sweet presence in this place. We thank you because Lord, you delivered us and now we are able to worship on spirit and in truth. Father, use me to speak your word in Jesus’ name. Amen.

I want to read a portion of scripture James, chapter 1 and then we’re going to turn to Nehemiah, the first chapter. James 1, verse 2:

“…. Consider pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testimony of the faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature complete and not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding faults, and it will be given to him. But when he asks he must believe and not doubt because he who doubts is like the wave of the sea blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord. He is a double minded unstable on all his ways….”

Nehemiah, the first chapter, verse 4: “… When I heard these things I sat down and wept for some days I mourned and I fasted and I prayed before God of heaven…”

I want to share with you very briefly Nehemiah’s life. Nehemiah was a cupbearer to the king in Babylon and the cupbearer his responsibility was to taste everything the king had to drink before he drank it. I was thinking before I drank this tea, man, I wonder if there’s anything in this thing. But I’m going to trust God.

See, Nehemiah came before the king one day with a sad face. He came to bring him his wine and the king asked him, ‘Nehemiah, what’s wrong with you. And Nehemiah was there and he says, yes, I’m sad because the ruins in my city, where my forefathers are laid and buried, is in ruins.

See, Nehemiah had a desire in his heart and God put that desire there. the desire was to go back to Jerusalem and build the walls. And he aksed the king permission. Hey, can I go back and rebuild the ruins of my forefather’s land? The king looked at him, his wife looked at him and he says, yes.

Isn’t it great when we go before our father and we ask our father for request and he says yes. What a blessing it is that when we go before God and God finds favor in our lives. If I were to put a title to this message I would name it ‘God is faithful’.

Nehemiah went to Jerusalem, this is shown in the story, he went out to Jerusalem, he got permission to go out and build the walls, but before he got there he had to get permission from the king to receive lumber, to receive a save passage back to Jerusalem.

Nehemiah had a perseverance spirit. Nehemiah wasn’t going to give up, he was committed, he was going to endure despite the difficulties, without complaints and he was going to keep trying and trying and trying and he wasn’t going to give up.

The scripture tells us in James that the prayer of a righteous a man avails much. Nehemiah was a man of prayer. Nehemiah always prayed for every thing. Nehemiah had a vision from God and now here he is and the land is all ruined, all around him, and everything was burnt down. See, but God is faithful. What’s impossible for man is possible for God. What we see with our natural eyes at time it would hinder us, maybe even impress us, it may even discourage us, but God is able.

God is faithful because even on the way to Jerusalén he provided Nehemiah with safety; timber to put the place together.

God is faithful. You need to go back to look at Abraham, in Genesis chapter 23, verse 14. Abraham called the name of the place 'Jehova Girah'. His faith was tested but nothing was going to hinder him from bringing his son to be sacrificed. He heard the voice of God and faith motivated him. I’m going to do it because God has called me to do it. I know that God, the one I serve, he’s my provider and right at place when he’s getting ready to chop his head off, the Lord provided. He provided a sacrifice. Jehovah Girah, whatever we need, whatever we desire according to God’s will, he will give to us. Amen.

Understand that as Nehemiah as building the wall with all his truth, with all his teen challenge. Amen. It wasn’t easy; some of these guys were very discouraged, some of them wanted to give up. You see, even the enemy came and attacked them. They wanted Nehemiah to come down to the valley, to say, listen, you’re doing a good job, but Nehemiah was discerning. He had a relationship with God and he said not one time but four times, hey, listen I am doing a good job over here. I’m doing a good job, I’m doing a good job, listen I don’t really have time for that. I am about my father’s business right now. You see, and that’s what the enemy does.

When we’re doing God’s will, when God has us in the place of doing good deeds for him, the enemy comes in, ‘hey listen, come over here, hey let me encourage you, let me tell you how good you’re doing’, that’s a lie from the pit of hell.

When God calls, God is going to fulfill his will in your life. You see, they were discouraged and Nehemiah encouraged them all. What was impossible for, God will make possible. A day to God is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like one day. It took them 40 days to build those walls and the enemy was very mad. It’s just like our lives. The enemy hates because God has built them a church.

And Peter says ‘upon you Peter will build my church and the gates of hell is not going to prevail against her’. God snatches out of this world and he starts to build our lives in his image. I tell you today my friends, stand in the most holy faith, allow God to continue to build his word upon your lives.

Nehemiah had that vision. We should have the same vision in our lives. God wants us to bring people together just like the pastor Miranda, he has the vision for a new sanctuary and he needs to bring people together, a bigger place to worship God. They didn’t have a place to… but it’s going to take a lot of work. And there’s going to be a lot of discourage but I know he’s going to encourage you.

We’re going through it now, we have a facility that it’s two blocks from here. God provided a building for us but now we are the people that God has in this place this time and we have to put it together, we’re going to build that temple up to worship God. I encourage you because the reality is this: the devil is mad and I’m mad too. But my righteous anger is going to prevail because I know the one that died for me, the one that saved me, the one that redeemed me, the one that built me up, the one that encourages me, the one that lifts me up, the one that gives me that extra, extra hum, he is faithful, he is faithful, he’s not going to turn his back on me, he’s going to continue to guide me. Don’t give up.

Lift your hands up, help each other, lift up the pastor’s hands, through prayer, encouragement, sharing the word of God and I’ll end with this: the temple was done, they were united as one body. They read the word, they worshipped God, they sat there and I believe it’s in chapter 9, Nehemiah stared at that place and he understood that his joy didn’t comfort man, it didn’t come because the temple was build, he understood that his joy came from the Lord.

I encourage you again, our joy despite of the circumstances and the situations that we have to face daily, the joy of the Lord is our strength, the power of God is our strength. We can do all things in Jesus Christ. Amen.

Thank you for having us and thank you for letting us share and God bless you all. Amen.

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