Apostolic Christian Fellowship Temple, Inc.
|Posted on January 11, 2013 at 10:04 AM|
The Rebuilding of the Temple
As we embark on this New Year, we want to continue to set our sights on things above. The year, 2012 has been a year to remember the good the bad and all the frustration we had to deal with. During 2012, some things may have been lost, gained or even given up. Paul reminds us that we are no longer looking at our past, but we are pressing towards the mark of the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus. In other words whatever happened in 2012 is left behind. We are blessed to be in 2013, let us move forward remembering all the great things that happened in 2012, carrying those actions into 2013. If 2012 was a season of testing, trials or tribulation let 2013 be your season of blessing and restoring.
In the book of Nehemiah, he received bad news about his homeland and country, after praying and fasting and repenting to God about the corrupt ways the children of Israel treated God, the Lord gave him favor with the king to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls of the city.
The favor of God was upon Nehemiah with such an anointing that the king gave Nehemiah a letter for material, along with soldiers for protection as well as being made governor over the city.
Three points of favor:
When seeking Gods favor there are 3 areas we want to address,
1. Your heart must have great compassion concerning the vision
2. Pray earnestly with a conviction of repentance. (Nehemiah 1:6)
3. Speak Gods words into existence (Nehemiah 1:8-9)
Nehemiah had an awesome level of faith in God, after gathering the rulers, and experience builders, Nehemiah began building the wall.
Spirit of adversity Nehemiah 2:19
Whenever you’re doing a work for the Lord the enemy will show up and not be late. As soon as the word went out about Nehemiah rebuilding the wall, Satan dispatched his warriors of evil, Sanballat and Tobias. Satan’s job is to stop us at any means necessary.
a. He will attempt to embrace you, (Nehemiah 4:1-3)
b. He will conspire against you, (Nehemiah 4:8). In this case Sanballat was so angry he was preparing to go to war with the Jews. The prayer and constant vigilance of Nehemiah caused the war attempt to cease. Prayer will always turn back your enemies and the heart of those who are trying to destroy the work of the Lord. Now don’t sleeps on the enemy, your prayers have power but the enemy will continue to strike at you.
Satan’s attack on the vision
1. Poverty and famine, (Nehemiah 5:1-3)
2. False rumors, (Nehemiah 6: 5-8)
3. Attempt on your life, (Nehemiah 6: 10-13)
Sanballat tried numerous attacks on Nehemiah. He went as far as sending messages including a false prophet, but Nehemiah prevailed and completed the rebuilding of the walls in 52 days.
After completing the walls Nehemiah was confronted with an in house problem from the rich, the nobles, and rulers who were oppressing the poor, making them mortgage off their property leaving them to borrow money to buy food. In some instance they were being forced to give their children up as slaves to keep from starving. Nehemiah was very angry at the injustice the people was receiving and brought the offenders to repentance (Nehemiah 5: 10-12). Nehemiah served as governor for 12 years just to put the government structure in order.
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