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International Church New Year 2011 Resolution
 

This is a brief excerpt of the sermon given by Pastor Alexander Thomas during the Watch Night service on Friday, December 31st, 2010 at the International Church Atlanta, Georgia.


This New Years message was taken from Nehemiah 2: 17-20

The wall of Jerusalem was broken down and the gates were burned with fire. This was the condition even after the temple was finished. As seen in the book of Ezra, the walls were being built gradually, but like the building of the temple, the work was long neglected. Upon hearing this news, Nehemiah seeks permission from the Persian king to go to Jerusalem. Arriving in Jerusalem, he mobilizes the people to begin rebuilding the wall. Nehemiah's plan for rebuilding the wall involved the people working together, each family group taking a certain section of the wall and working on it. In other words it was a team work.
 
Once the work was started he faced with opposition, both from without and from within. Nehemiah responded with prayer. Nehemiah stood firm against the enemy until the project is complete, and the city resettled.

Impossible tasks can be accomplished when God is helping those who honor Him.

Nehemiah the kings cup bearer, heard the word from Jerusalem
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." Nehemiah 1:3 (NKJV)
Why the rebuilding around the wall is important. Rebuilding the wall around the city allows the people worship freely without being attacked by the enemy.

Upon hearing the word from Jerusalem what Nehemiah did?
So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. And I said: "I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments Nehemiah 1:4-5 (NKJV)

Rather than criticize, Nehemiah wept, mourned and prayed with fasting
when our life is in mess, family is in a mess, struggling with any thing, this is a good example to follow weeping before God with fasting and prayer. Nehemiah agonized, confessed sin, and quoted Scripture refering to Deuteronomy chapter 28, "Lord, you promised that if we sinned, we could be scattered. But you also promised that if we returned again to you, You would gather us from wherever we've been."
Nehemiah placed his faith on what God have spoken. He was a man of prayer always offering up prayers unto God.

In order to receive anything from God we need to trust His Word.

As the work started he faced opposition from the enemy.
Satan always oppose the work of God.
But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, "What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?" Nehemiah 2:19-20 (NKJV)
Ridicule and mockery are tools that the enemy often uses to discourage the work of God. The cause for fear is getting our eyes upon the enemy and his threats. The cure is to keep our eyes on the Lord.

What Nehemiah did in face of opposition?
So I answered them, and said to them, "The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem." Stability is needed when we dealing with problems.

The building of the wall was completed in 52 days.
So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days. Nehemiah 6:15 (NKJV) Success comes when we walk with Christ.

Just like a challenge before Nehemiah, we have a challenge before us. As we relay totally on God He will give us success.

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