Sunday, I feel like I died a horrible death. We continued our series in Nehemiah and I feel like I over studied, brought too much wood or something. I felt like I was going 75 and the church was going 35 and I had to pump the breaks violently to adjust to the flow of traffic Sunday. We opened this series of Nehemiah last Sunday with the sermon, "Does Anybody Care" Nehemiah 1:1-4 When Nehemiah heard the condition of his people, he: Sat Down, Wept, Fasted and Prayed.
We suggested that Nehemiah cared! We live in a day and age where people can hear bad news about people they are connected to and yet can keep on moving, unaffected, unmoved and unfazed. Other can be moved, but not moved to care, but rather be moved to Comment or Criticize. They can always tell you what's wrong, who is to blame and why it happened but never care enough to weep, pray, fast and sit down.
We live in a day and age where our walls are crumbling. Our children, our churches and our communities show the effects of crumbled walls and no one seems to care. We walk past the effects of disobedience everyday and no one cries, no one fasts, no one prays but so many people comment, no care, no love, but constant criticism.
Acknowledged their past Vs:6-7
Accepted their Punishment Vs: Vs:8
Asked God for Pardon Vs: 9-10
We picked up Sunday at vs 11 and continued into Nehemiah Chapter 2: 1-8 and talked about What do you do When Life Falls Apart. The answer is PRAY. A car traveling on a highway needs to have proper and balanced inflation in all four tires to travel safely. No one would venture to drive any distance with the left front tire inflated at 32 PSI, the right front at 28 PSI, the left rear at 36PSI, and the right rear at 10 PSI. That would be dangerous and unthinkable.
God is Attentive to our Pleas 1:11
God will Allocate His Provisions 2:1-7-8a
God will Answer Prayer 2:8b
Later, this week I will blog (God Willing) the clause in the verse I had never seen before that had me so excited although no one seemed to like it but me.