Notes from church service on Nehemiah chapter 7 on June 13 2015
When you see something that is causing you or someone else pain, and you go and do something about it –that is a burden from God.
You must Execute the burden! (In Nehemiah, it was never about building a wall, it was always about building up a people)
Nehemiah appointed gatekeepers, musicians, and Levites. He chose the ones he appointed because they feared God more than most people!
Ex: Going back in history and looking at any time a wall was penetrated by the enemy: (for example, in the building of the great wall of China) the enemy always came through the gate—the gatekeeper was bribed.
If you put the wrong people in the inner circle of your life, you will never do anything for the Glory of God and the benefit of others—you will never execute your burden.
Put the people who love and fear God in your inner circle, and you will EXECUTE your burden!!
3 things present in someone who fears the Lord:
- Respect of God’s Authority – Respect His authority in a unique way-they go with the Word instead of culture
- Revere God’s Character—When we begin to elevate anything over God, we idolize it.
- SUBMIT to God’s counsel—When you respect His Authority of His Word & Revere God’s character, then you will submit to God’s counsel.
Even Jesus didn’t let everyone into His inner circle. Of the 12 disciples, He let Peter, James, and John into His inner circle.
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Is Jesus your counselor?
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12Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15“If you love me, keep my commands. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will bec in you. 18I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
22Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”
23Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
25“All this I have spoken while still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
28“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.
“Come now; let us leave.