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Rebuilding the Walls

Week 5 Let’s Rebuild Together

It’s better to have a partner than go it alone. Share the work, share the wealth. And if one falls down, the other helps, But if there’s no one to help, tough! — Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Nehemiah was a wise man. He knew that he needed the various gifts and talents of others to rebuild the walls of his hometown. After the detailed report of the condition of Jerusalem was given, many men were up for the task. Nehemiah was aware of those who were unwilling to get their hands with such work; nevertheless, he continued rebuilding the walls with those who were with him.

There is power in rebuilding your inner walls with others. You were never meant to do life alone with hurts, habits, and hangups that impact your physical and emotional well-being. Having the encouragement and support of others helps you to contend with your decision to make healthy changes in your life.

Where you are, today comes from your past or present decisions. Make no more excuses as to why you are not moving forward to change the trajectory of your life in your current condition. God is there to rebuild something beautiful and is sending others to work alongside you to help and encourage you. Will you let them? He is willing, are you?

We all have grace-gifts...

Grace gifts are impartations of God’s love on display to help and encourage others who have needs.

God’s marvelous grace imparts to each one of us varying gifts and ministries that are uniquely ours. So if God has given you the grace-gift of prophecy, you must activate your gift by using the proportion of faith you have to prophesy.  If your grace-gift is serving, then thrive in serving others well. If you have the grace-gift of teaching, then be actively teaching and training others. If you have the grace-gift of encouragement, then use it often to encourage others. If you have the grace-gift of giving to meet the needs of others, then may you prosper in your generosity without any fanfare. If you have the gift of leadership, be passionate about your leadership. And if you have the gift of showing compassion, then flourish in your cheerful display of compassion. —Romans 12:6-8

Today I offer you life and prosperity or death and destruction. —Deuteronomy 30:15

Dear Friend, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually]. — 3 John 2

Next Step: Let God and others into your present condition. If you don’t know of anyone to help, ask the Holy Spirit to send you a few people in your life. Join The Sunday Shift next week live on Facebook for week six, “Keep At It and Fight.”

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Rebuilding the Walls

Week 4 Press On Under Cover in the Dark

They said, “We’re with you. Let’s get started.” They rolled up their sleeves, ready for the good work. — Nehemiah 2:18

Nehemiah knew that he had the favorable hand of God with him and his few friends. In spite of his critics, Sanballat and Tobiah, Nehemiah pressed on to inspect undercover the broken walls during the night watches. He didn’t utter a word to anyone while he was on his mission. He persevered until he was ready to reveal his report to his friends who were with him. Nehemiah believed, and God backed him up.

For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame. — Romans 10:11

God is saying to you today, “My face has seen your condition. Come, let’s rebuild your walls. You will no longer live in disgrace again. I am supporting you and backing you up.”

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. — Isaiah 55:1

From the Scripture above, God is inviting you just to come; that’s it!

It’s time for you to show up so that you can go up. Roll up your sleeves, and get ready for the good work. The haters will be there to mock you and when they reveal themselves shoot back like Nehemiah did saying, “The God-of-Heaven will make sure I succeed. I’m his servant, and I’m going to work, rebuilding. You can keep your nose out of it. You get no say in this—the walls that I am rebuilding are none of your business!”

Next Step: Press on this week undercover during the night watch and pray. Get ready to put your hands to the plow and get started with what the Spirit of God reveals to you. Join The Sunday Shift next week live on Facebook for week five, “Don’t Rebuild Alone!”

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Rebuilding the Walls

Week 3 Get Rid of Distractions and Praise God

Many hardships and perplexing circumstances confront the righteous, But the Lord rescues him from them all. — Psalm 34:19

As soon as Nehemiah set arrived at his hometown to rebuild the walls, here comes Sanballot the Horonite and Tobiah Ammonite, his enemies. When they heard of Nehemiah’s interest to look after the People of Israel, they were agitated and angry. How typical! Here you begin to address your inner infrastructure by taking note of your condition, you weep, pray and fast to the God of Heaven, He hears your complaint, and His generous hand is upon you so that you have His possessions as you rebuild your wall and now your enemies show up. 

The Sanballots and the Tobiahs’s are right on time believe it or not. They are on the heels of your faith in God. Every time you begin something good for yourself or others, there will always be distractions whether they come in the form of things or people. Expect them! You have pushed through this far to be where you are with the faith and favor of God—the King.

Arise today as you hear God’s answer to you just like He answered Jehoshaphat through Jahaziel in 2 Chronicles 20:14-20.

 14 the Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men standing there—Jahaziel (son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah the Levite, who was one of the sons of Asaph).

15 “Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem, and you, O king Jehoshaphat!” he exclaimed. “The Lord says, ‘Don’t be afraid! Don’t be paralyzed by this mighty army! For the battle is not yours, but God’s! 16 Tomorrow, go down and attack them! You will find them coming up the slopes of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. 17 But you will not need to fight! Take your places; stand quietly and see the incredible rescue operation God will perform for you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem! Don’t be afraid or discouraged! Go out there tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!’”

18 Then King Jehoshaphat fell to the ground with his face to the earth, and all the people of Judah and the people of Jerusalem did the same, worshiping the Lord. 19 Then the Levites of the Kohath clan and the Korah clan stood to praise the Lord God of Israel with songs of praise that rang out strong and clear.

20 Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way, Jehoshaphat stopped and called them to attention. “Listen to me, O people of Judah and Jerusalem,” he said. “Believe in the Lord, your God, and you shall have success! Believe his prophets and everything will be all right!”

Like Nehemiah and Jehoshaphat, you will get reports and distracting news that the “ites” are coming against you, and fear may arise. Push past all the distractions and put praise unto God between you and them and rebuild your walls anyhow. Don’t allow their tension to bring you to a place contention again. You are about God’s mission to rebuild and restore the ruined places in your life.

Let this simple repentance prayer of Nehemiah be yours and keep on praising God as He is rebuilding your walls, “Listen to my prayer oh God, I am not trying to impress you. I repent for treating You like dirt. I have ignored You and haven’t followed Your commands. Nor have I respected Your decisions for my life. My inner walls are broken, and I need You. I’ m returning to you today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

What, then, shall you say in response to these distractions? I have heard from the Spirit of God. I will not need to fight! I will take my place; stand quietly and see the incredible rescue operation God will perform for me. I will not be afraid or discouraged! I will go out tomorrow, for the Lord is with me! --2 Chronicles 20:17

Next Step: Get rid of distractions and praise God. Continue to fast at least one meal this week and pray to God and listen to His responses. Join The Sunday Shift next week live on Facebook for week four, “Come Let’s Get Started.”

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Rebuilding the Walls

Week 2 Ask for What You Want

And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. — 1 John 5:14

King Artaxerxes took noticed in his presence the countenance of Nehemiah the cupbearer. The king inquired, “Why the long face? You’re not sick, are you? Or are you depressed?” Nehemiah became more agitated because of the reality of his depression, and fear was on display. The king began to dig deeper into his situation and asked, “So what do you want?” After much prayer, Nehemiah responded to the king his desire to rebuild the ruined, broken walls. Nehemiah found favor with the king. The generous hand of God was with Nehemiah and the support of his leaders as he sought out to rebuild the walls. 

The broken and wasted places in your life never go unnoticed by God. He sees you and cares for you! You already have God’s attention that is why He sent Jesus to save you, show you the way, and support you as you proceed with Him.

Lord, how wonderfully you bless the righteous. Your favor wraps around each one and covers them under your canopy of kindness and joy. —Psalm 5:12

I cry out loudly to God, loudly, I plead with God for mercy. I spill out all my complaints before him and spell out my troubles in detail. —Psalm 142:1-2

All this is proceeding along lines planned all along by God and then executed in Christ Jesus. When we trust in him, we’re free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go. So don’t let my present trouble on your behalf get you down. Be proud! —Ephesians 3:11-13

God said, “I’ve taken a good, long look at the affliction of my people in Egypt. I’ve heard their cries for deliverance from their slave masters; I know all about their pain. And now I have come down to help them, pry them loose from the grip of Egypt, get them out of that country and bring them to a good land with wide-open spaces, a land lush with milk and honey, the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite. —Exodus 3:7-8

God has heard and seen your afflictions and pain. Physical, emotional, relational, and social pain. As you are deciding and or continuing to rebuild your “inner” walls start with fasting and prayer for unbelief, doubt, and lies. Ask God for what you want. Pour out your request in details to Jesus—the King, He is the only one who can pull you through your situation. You have the support of His leadership to back you up.

Let this simple prayer of Nehemiah be yours as you start your day, “So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you send me to rebuild the walls.”—Nehemiah 2:4-5

What, then, shall you say in response to these things? If God is for me, who can be against me?

Next Step: Continue to fast one meal this week and pray. Ask in details what you want from the King. You already have His favor.

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Rebuilding the Walls

Week 1 Fasting and Prayer

 “And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?  “Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. —Matthew 6:5-6

Nehemiah had much revelation knowledge on how to begin to rebuild the broken walls and gates after he fasted and prayed to God. During this series, Rebuilding the Walls, we will glean from the wisdom of Nehemiah and begin to rebuild the walls of our lives from the inside out.

Broken and shattered lives, cracked foundations, and leaks we have settled upon and living below the boundary lines of the Kingdom of God. God has already rebuilt your “inner” walls where the infrastructure has been torn down. His work within you was upon the finished work and worth in Jesus Christ, and not by any of your actions of the flesh.

Now is your time to activate and embrace the work of God.

Look at the new thing I am going to do. It is already happening. Don’t you see it? I will make a road in the desert and rivers in the dry land. —Isaiah 43:19

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. —Ephesians 1:4 

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. —John 16:33

To begin rebuilding your “inner” walls start with fasting and prayer.

God is the Source of the foundation for your life. Nehemiah inquired about his brothers and was overwhelmed when he heard the news about how things were not going well for them. They were in great trouble and disgrace. He fasted and prayed to the God of heaven.

This week we will gain insight on the advantages of fasting and prayer to the God of heaven.

Fasting is for you, not God! Biblical fasting is not a religious activity to get God to move on your behalf. God has moved already. The purpose of a biblical fast is to move the obstacles and distractions such as: doubt, fear, ideologies, lies and so much more that the enemy has planted in your soul so that you don’t have a clear crisp transmission to hear and respond to God from your prayers. Jesus did not require fasting as a part of Christianity: "They Pharisees said to him, 'John's disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.' Jesus answered, 'Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.

Prayer is an act, not just a posture. It is simply communicating and fellowshipping with God concerning your needs and desires. Prayer is also a two-way conversation. 

Let the simple prayer of Nehemiah start your day, “O Master, listen to me, listen to your servant’s prayer—and yes, to all your servants who delight in honoring you—and make me successful today so that I get what I want from the king.” —Nehemiah 1:11

God has marked you to prosper in every area of your life, and prayer is the process that He uses to deliver His goods to you. What do you sense God is revealing to you from your prayer today? Take moments throughout the week to pray and have simple conversations with God and take note to His response.

Next Step: Pray about living a fasted lifestyle where you fast at least one meal a week and exchange eating natural food for your body for feeding your spirit. Try listening, reading, and praying God promises.

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Rebuilding the Walls

They'll rebuild the old ruins, raise a new city out of the wreckage. They'll start over on the ruined cities, take the rubble left behind and make it new. —Isaiah 61:4

It’s time to rebuild the internal walls of your life on a good foundation. Together with the help of the Spirit of God, we will gather up the fragments of what we have left and start over on the ruins. It is time for you to be revealed as the son and daughter of God.

Come back here here daily to shift and start rebuilding your ruined walls. We are waiting to see what God is going to do for you, with you, and through you.

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