WE SHALL NOT NEGLECT THE HOUSE OF GOD

NEHEMIAH  10: 39  For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers, where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God.

NEHEMIAH 11-1-2

And the rulers of the people dwelt at Jerusalem: the rest of the people also cast lots, to bring one of ten to dwell in Jerusalem the holy city, and nine parts to dwell in other cities. And the people blessed all the men, that willingly offered themselves to dwell at Jerusalem. 10:39

  • AM SURE WE ALL AS MEMBERS AND LEADERS OR WORKERS IN THIS HOUSE OF GOD HAVE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT THIS PLACE OF WORSHIP
  • WE HAVE PRAYED SOME SPECIFIC PRAYERS OF BLESSINGS AND INCREASE ACCORDING TO THE ANCHOR GIVEN TO US THIS YEAR BY OUR HEAVENLY FATHER
  • WE HAVE ASKED GOD TO BLESS US INDEED AND ENLARGE OUR TERRITORIEIS
  • WE HAVE ASKED THAT HIS HANDS MIGHT BE WITH US AND THAT HE WOULD KEEP EVIL FAR FROM HURTING US
  • IN OTHER  WORDS WE HAVE ASKED FOR INCREASE AND PROTECTION FROM GOD
  • WE ALSO ASKED HIM FOR A WISE AND UNDERSTANDING HEART LAST SUNDAY
  • JUST LIKE SOLOMON DID AND GOD BLESSED HIM BEYOND HIS WILDEST IMAGINATION.
  • NOW I BELIEVE GOD WANTS TO ANSWER ALL OUR PRAYERS THIS YEAR
  • BRETHREN EVERY TIME YOU PRAY AND ASK GOD TO BLESS YOU  HE WILL SEND THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT WILL EVENTUALLY  LEAD TO THOSE BLESINGS IF YOU CARE TO OBEY THEM
  •  THIS TIME  HE   WANTS US TO CORRECT OUR WAYS  CONCERNING THIS HOUSE AND CONCERNING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM:
  • HAGAI 1 :1-5 In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD’s house should be built. Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste? Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
  •  ACCORDING TO THE ABOVE SCRIPTURE,THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL CLEARLY SAW THE NEEDS IN GOD’S HOUSE
  • THEY KNEW WHAT TO DO BUT KEPT OVERLOOKING WHAT WAS URGENT BY POSTPONING THE ACTIONS THEY SHOULD TAKE
  • THAT IS EXACTLY HOW WE ARE,GOD PUTS IT IN OUR HEARTS TO DO SOMETHING IN HIS HOUSE THEN WE KEEP THINKING ABOUT IT
  • WE KEEP DELAYING  AND POSTPONING TILL WE END UP FORGETING ALL ABOUT IT
  • LET ME QUICKLY REMIND YOU THAT THAT IS  HOW SATAN TRICKS US TO DISOBEY  GOD AND  SIN AGAINST HIS WILL AND MISS OUR BLESSINGS
  •  JAMES 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
  • GOD GOT UPSET WITH THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL  AND SAID TO THEM “CONSIDER YOUR WAYS”
  • WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT MEANS THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT YOUR LIFE AND YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH ME ,AND THEN HE SAYS IN HAGAI 1: 6-14

“ Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD. Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it.  Why?  saith the LORD of hosts.  Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house. Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit.  And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hand. Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him, and the people did fear before the LORD.  Then spake Haggai the LORD’s messenger in the LORD’s message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD.  And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the LORD of hosts, their God

  • THESE JEWS KNEW WHAT TO DO  ABOUT THE TEMPLE BUT KEPT SAYING “JUST NOT YET”
  • WE TOO KNOW WE SHOULD REPENT FROM CERTAIN WAYS AND CERTAIN THINGS BUT JUST NOT YET
  • BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SAYS NEVER DELAY TILL TOMORROW WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY
  • AN OLD ENGLISH PROVERB SAYS PROCRASTINATION IS THE THIEF OF TIME
  • THE BIBLE SAYS  IN JAMES 4:14-15 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
  • THE RICH YOUNG RULER KEPT POSTPONING THE DAY OF HIS REPENTANCE AND DEDICATION TO GOD
  • HE HAD TIME TO WORK HARD SO HE COULD BE COMFORTABLE IN LIFE BUT HE DID NOT HAVE TIME TO CORRECT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH   GOD AND BE COMMITTED TO HIM
  • THEN THE OWNER OF HIS LIFE SUDDENLY SHOWED UP AND TOOK HIM OUT OF THIS LIFE AND CALLED HIM A FOOL
  • JESUS SAYS HE WILL COME LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT.HOW WISE ARE WE?
  •  WHATEVER HE IS PUTTING IN YOUR HEART TO DO  FOR HIM SHOULD HELP YOU TO BE DEVOTED TO HIM AND GET YOU READY FOR ETERNITY
  • ARE   YOU EVEN AWARE OF THAT NEED ? ARE YOU GETTING READY DAILY FOR HIM?
  • WE GIVE EXCUSES ABOUT LACK OF TIME  AND MONEY,WE TALK ABOUT  DISCOURAGEMENT BY OTHERS
  •  AS IF THAT WOULD DISCHARGE US FROM WHAT GOD EXPECTS US TO DO
  • THE JEWS THEN  LIKE US NOW, NEGLECTED THE BUILDING OF GOD’S HOUSE  TILL THEY WOULD HAVE MORE TIME OR MORE MONEY
  • WELL GOD SAID CONSIDER YOUR WAYS WHY DID HE SAY THAT TO THEM?
  •   GOD IS ACTAULLY TELLING THEM TO BE WISE ENOUGH TO SEE THAT  THE POVERTY AND THE PROBLEMS THEY WANTED TO PREVENT  BY NOT FINDING TIME FOR GOD WAS WHAT THEY GOT ALL THE TIME
  • NO PEACE,NO SATISFACTION,NO SUFFICIENCY,NO REST ,NO PROGRESS NO JOY
  • JESUS SAYS IN JOHN 6: 27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
  • IF WE ARE REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT COMFORT AND ANJOYMENT IN THIS LIFE,
  • IF WE ARE REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT GOD’S BLESINGS HERE AND IN ETERNITY WE NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT HE CARES ABOUT            MATT 21:13-15
  • And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,
  • GOD’S HOUSE IS IMPORTANT TO HIM AND IT SHOULD BE IMPORTANT TO US
  • IF WE REALLY WANT GOD’S PRESENCE IN THIS PLACE,IF WE WANT TO SEE SIGNS AND WONDERS HERE WE NEED TO BEGIN TO CARE FOR THIS HOUSE LIKE OUR OWN
  • THE JEWS HAD A DIFFERENT AGENDA FOR THE HOUSE OF GOD,BUT GOD’S PLAN IS DIFFERENT
  •  FOR THE LORD IT WAS FIRST PURITY,THEN PRAYERS,THEN POWER AND THEN PRAISE
  • THE HOUSE OF GOD MUST FIRST BE CLEANSED AND  PUT IN ORDER BOTH PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY
  • IT MUST  FIRST BECOME A  HOUSE WHERE THE SPIRIT OF GOD  AND ANGELS  ARE COMFORTABLE TO STAY
  •  THEN WILL IT BECOME  A HOUSE OF PRAYERS , MIRACLES SIGNS AND WONDERS  AND THEN PRAISE OF COURSE WILL FOLLOW
  • WHETHER IT IS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT OR THE NEW,
  • WHETHER IT BE THIS PHYSICAL TEMPLE OR OUR BODIES WHICH THE BIBLE CALLS THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY GHOST,
  • THE PROCEDURE REMAINS THE SAME :PURITY FIRST , THENPRAYERS,POWER AND PRAISE
  • HOW THEN DO WE ATTAIN THESE FOUR STANDARDS OF PURITY,PRAYERS,POWER AND PRAISE?
  • PROVERB:24:3-4 TELLS US HOW: Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches
  • WE NEED DIVINE WISDOM OR DIRECTIVES AND GUIDANCE AS TO HOW TO TREAT GOD’S HOUSE OR PROPERTY IN A WAY THAT IS ACCEPTABLE TO HIM
  • THE REASON WE OFTEN MEET WITH TROUBLE AND DISAPPOINTMENT IN LIFE IS SIMPLY BECAUSE WE HAVE WORK TO DO FOR GOD AND FOR OUR SOULS WHICH WE ARE NEGLECTING
  • WE NEED TO EXAMINE OURSELVES AND SEE IF GOD HAS NOT BURDENED OUR HEARTS CONCERNING HIS HOUSE
  • NO MORE TIME FOR POSTONEMENT OF OUR SERVICE AND DUTIES IN GOD’S HOUSE
  • IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO PLAN TO BE USEFUL IN GOD’S HOUSE ,YOU MUST PLAN AND DO IMMEDIATELY 2 COR 6 : 2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
  • NOW WE ARE GOING TO USE NEHEMIAH AS OUR CASE STUDY FOR PROPER WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING
  • NEHEMIAH 1:3-4  NEHEMIAH HEARD THAT THE WALLS AND GATES OF JERUSALEM WERE BROKEN  DOWN,THEN HE SAT DOWN  AND WEPT
  • THEN HEPRAYED MEANINGFULLY LIKE A PERSON WHO UNDERSTANDS HIS COVENANT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
  •  And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:

 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned. We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations: But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.  Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand. O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.  For I was the king’s cupbearer.

  • GOD SAYS IN ISAIAH 41:21 PRESENT YOUR STRONG CASE,SUBMIT YOUR ARGUMENTS
  • GIVE ME THE  REASONS WHY I SHOULD ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS 
  • COME LET US REASON TOGETHER HE SAYS IN ISAIAH 1  LEARN TO DO GOOD,
  • BE WILLING AND OBEDIENT AND YOU WILL EAT THE GOOD OF THE LAND ISAIAH 1:17-19
  • Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
  • NEHEMIAH SAYS  FORGIVE ALL OUR SINS AND ANSWER ME BECAUSE  OF YOUR COVENANT PROMISES
  • HE ALSO SAID ANSWER ME BECAUSE AM WILLING TO FEAR YOU AND PROSPER
  • IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT DOING ANYTHING IN GOD’S HOUSE OR KINGDOM THEN YOU MUST BE  A  HUMBLE AND PRAYERFUL PERSON
  • WHILE IT MAY BE A VERY GOOD IDEA TO BE JUST AN INTERCESSOR IN GOD’S KINGDOM
  • IT IS  NOT A GOOD  IDEA TO  WANT TO SERVE GOD IN ANY CAPACITY WITHOUT BEING VERY PRAYERFUL ABOUT THAT ASSIGNMENT
  • YOU CANNOT BE IN CHARGE OF THE CHOIR,USHERS,SUNDAY FINANCES SUNDAY SCHOOL,SECRETARY,ADMINSTRATOR,PASTOR,YOUTH LEADER,CLEANER ETC WITHOUT HAVING A VERY POWERFUL PERSONAL ALTAR
  • YOU MUST PRAY FOR YOUR DEPARTMENT IF YOU DON’T WANT TO FAIL
  • PEOPLE ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO LEAD YOU NEED THE HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
  • YOU NEED DAILY GUIDANCE AND DIVINE WISDOM TO SERVE GOD EFFECTIVELY
  • YOU MUST PRAY AND TEACH THE PEOPLE IN YOUR DEPARTMENT TO PRAY BEFORE EVEN COMING TO SWEEP THE CHURCH OR STAND AT THE DOOR
  • NEHEMIAH 2:23 NEHEMIAH’S BURDEN FOR JERUSALEM TURNED INTO A SERIOUS PRAYER AND  ONLY  THEN MISSION
  • EVEN THEN HE CONTINUED TO PRAY,BECAUSE THE MOMENT YOU DECIDE TO SERVE GOD SATAN WILLTRY HIS BEST TO STOP YOU
  • THEN NEHEMIAHTOOK TIME OFF WORK TO GO TO EXAMINE THE DAMAGES ON THE WALLS AND THE GATES OF JERUSALEM
  • APART FROM THE KING ,HE TOLD NO ONE AT FIRST ABOUT HIS VISION AND MISSION
  • HE NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND THE VISION HIMSELF  BEFORE INVOLVING  OTHERS
  • HE WON’T  LET ANYBODY DISTURB HIM NOT EVEN SAMBALLAT AND TOBIAS COULD DIVERT HIM
  • ARE YOU CONSIDERING THIS HOUSE AT ALL? ARE YOU THINKING OF HOW TO DO SOMETHING IN THIS  BUILDING?
  • DO YOU CARE WHETHER IT IS CLEAN, OR IN GOOD CONDITION?
  • ONE DAY I WENT DURING NIGHT VIGIL AND I FOUND A HUGE DUST ON THE RAILINGS UPSTAIRS
  • I BELIEVE THE HOLY SPIIRIT JUST LED ME THERE.I DON’T THINK THE TAP IN THE PRAYER ROOM IS EVEN WORKING
  • NEHEMIAH FIRST PRAYED, THEN HE EXAMINED WHAT MUST DONE
  • HE HAD AN DUNDERSTANDING OF WHAT TO DO  HE  GOT DIVINE WISDOM AND THEN MOBILIZED OTHERS, TODAY AM LED TO MOBILIZE YOU TO CARE FOR THIS HOUSE
  • THE URSHERS ARE TRYING HARD BUT JUST S FEW OF THEM REALLY COME TO CLEAN EVERY SATURDAY
  • NOW THE WHOLE CHURCH MUST BE INVOLVED AND NOBODY WILL HAVE ANY EXCUSE IF YOU REALLY WANT TO BE BLESSED
  • YES WE HAVE A CLEANER WHO IS PAID BUT SHE DOES NOT WORK ON SATURDAYS,BESIDES THIS PLACE IS TOO BIG FOR ONE PERSON TO CLEAN
  • MOBILIZING EACH OTHER, OR ENCOURAGING ONE ANOTHER THROUGH OUR WORDS AND ACTIONS IS RECOMMENDED BY GOD’S WORD
  •  HEB 10:23-24 , EPHESIANS 2:8-10 WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE  UNTO GOOD WORKS,THROUGH FAITH UNTO GOOD WORKS TITUS 3:8
  • HAVING BEING SAVED , YOU MUST BE CAREFUL TO MAINTAIN GOOD WORKS
  • YOU MUST ALSO ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO JOIN YOU IN DOING GOOD
  •  DON’T HAVE THE SPIRIT OF SAMBALLAT AND TOBIAS
  • THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT HERE TO SERVE GOD BUT TO DISCOURAGE OTHERS THROUGH  THEIR COMMENTS AND ACTIONS
  • GOD REWARDS PEOPLE ACCORDING TO THEIR DEDICATION AND WORKS FOR HIM
  • GOOD WORKS ATTRACT GOOD REWARD AND BAD WORKS ATTRACT FIRE AND NO REWARD 1 CORINTHIANS 3: 13-15
  • NEHEMIAH WAS BURDENED, NEHEMIAH EXAMINED THE WALLS AND GATES OF JERUSALEM
  • HE SAW WHAT MUST BE DONE AND MOBILISED OTHERS TO WORK
  • NEHEMIAH 2:18-20 DON’T BE A SANBALAT OR TOBIAS  DO YOU WANT GOD TO PROSPER YOU?
  • DO YOU WANT A PORTION IN GOD’S KINGDOM?
  • HAVING BEING SAVED, YOU MUST BE CAREFUL TO MAINTAIN GOOD WORKS
  • GOD REWARDS PEOPLE ACCORDING TO THEIR DEDICATION AND WORKS TO HIM
  • DO YOU WANT A MEMORIAL OR BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE TO BE OPEN FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN BY GOD MALACHI 3:16-18
  • EVEN THOUGH SANBALLAT AND TOBIAH’S  WERE  MOCKING  AND FULL OF  WRONG ACCUSATIONS
  • NEHEMIAH STOOD FIRM AND  THE WORK OF REPAIRS BEGINS
  • NEHEMIAH 3:5  SAYS THE NOBLES DID NOT HELP,SOMETIMES WE FEEL TOO BIG TO DO CERTAIN TASKS IN GOD’S HOUSE
  • WE FEEL TOO BIG TO JOIN THE CHOIR ,HENCE JUST THE YOUTH ARE THERE
  • WE FEEL TOO BIG  OR TOO BUSY TO JOIN  THE HOSPITAL OR PRISON MINISTRY
  • WE FEEL TOO BIG OR TOO BUSY TO BE AN URSHER
  • WE FEEL TOO BIG OR TOO BUSY TO COME ON SATURDAY TO CLEAN THE CHURCH AND GET IT READY FOR SUNDAY
  • THE CONSEQUENCE OF THAT IS THAT THE BURDEN BECOMES TOO HEAVY FOR THE FEW HUMBLE PEOPLE AND THE HOUSE OF GOD IS NEGLECTED
  • NEHEMIAH 4:10 And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall.
  • NOT ONLY WERE THOSE WHO WERE DOING THE WORK FEW AND WEARY
  • THEY WERE BEING DISCOURAGED ,DIVERTED  AND DISTRACTED BY THE ENEMY ,
  • FEARS AND RUMOURS AND SABOTAGE WERE COMING  FROM WITHIN THEMSELVES
  • THE CONSPIRACY WAS GREAT BUT NEHEMIAH KEPT PRAYING
  • HE WAS A GOOD LEADER WHO MOBILISED THE PEOPLE TO PRAYERS AND HARDWORK
  • NEH.4:11-15  And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.  And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times, From all places whence ye shall return unto us they will be upon you  Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.  And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.  And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work.
  • IN NEHEMIAH 3 WE SEE HOW THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL ORGANISED THEMSELVES TO REPAIR THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM
  • NEHEMIAH 3:1 SHEEP GATE PASTORAL WORK WAS DONE BY ELISHAB AND HIS BRETHREN
  • VS 3 FISH GATE (EVANGELISM) BY THE SONS HASSENAH
  • BUT VERSE 5 SAYS THE NOBLES PUT NOT THEIR NECKS TO THE WORK OF THE LORD
  • VERSE 13 VALLEY GATE BY HANUN AND OTHERS
  • DUNG GATE BY MALCHAH AND OTHERS
  • FOUNTAIN GATE  ( HOLY SPIRIT) BY SHALLIN
  • WATER GATE (THE WORD) AND HORSES GATE TILL ALL THE GATES WERE TAKEN  UP IN REPAIRS
  • IT IS VERY DANGEROUS TO OPPOSE GOD’S WORK OR DO IT DECEITFULLY SUCH ACTIONS JUST ATTRACT THE CURSE OF GOD  NEHEMIAH 4:3-6 ; JEREMIAH 48:10
  • IT IS ALSO VERY DANGEROUS TO SIT IDLE IN GOD’S HOUSE , THAT ALSO ATTRACTS CURSES  ON ONE’S LIFE  AMOS 6:1 SAYS “WOE UNTO THEM THAT AT EASE IN ZION
  • LET US ALSO READ JUDGES 5:23-25
  • IDLENESS,DECEIT AND DELIBERATE OPPOSITION AND WICKED GOSSIP THAT CAN CAUSE DIVISION  IN THE HOUSE OF  WILL ATTRACT SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES
  • GOD SAYS MY PEOPLE PERISH FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE
  • IN SUMMARY YOU CANNOT JUST SIT IDLE IN GOD’S HOUSE AND EXPECT HIM TO BLESS YOU ALL THE WAY
  • YOU CANNOT OPPOSE GOD’S WORK SPIRITUALLY OR PHYSICALLY AND EXPECT GOD TO BE PLEASED WITH YOU
  • YOU CANNOT WORK DECEITFULLY OR RENDER EYE SERVICEAND ESCAPE GOD’S ANGEROR CURSE
  • YOU CANNOT SIT AND DO NOTHING OR WHEN YOU CHOOSE TO SERVE YOU CANNOT SERVE WITHOUT BEING PRAYERFUL
  • YOU CANNOT SERVE GOD MURMURING AND COMPLAINING .ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT GOD LOVES A JOYFUL GIVER DEUT 28:47
  • WHAT YOU SOW INTO GOD’S HOUSE YOU WILL REAP IN YOUR OWN HOUSE PS 132
  • TODAY GOD IS GIVING US ALL  A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE HIM AND  BE BLESSED
  • HE IS CALLING US AFRESH TO WORK IN HIS HOUSE
  • HE IS CALLING US TO CLEAN HIS HOUSE AND PUT IT IN ORDER
  • ONE THING  IS SURE NOBODY CAN REALLY  SERVE GOD WITHOUT BEING SAVED
  • AND NOBODY SHOULD SERVE HIM IN THE FLESH AND NOBODY SERVES HIM IN VAIN
  • PS 35 :27 SAYS THAT GOD HAS PLEASURE IN THE PROPERITY OF HIS SERVANTS
  • COMMITMENT TO GOD’S WORK IS SERIOUS EVIDENCE OF SALVATION AND SPIRITUAL MATURITY 2 CORINTHIANS 8:1-5
  • NOBODY CAN DO  THE LEAST THING IN GOD’S HOUSE WITHOUT MUCH PRAYER
  • THERE WILL BE BOTH PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL CONSPIRACIES AS WELL AS

DISCOURAGEMENT AND WEARINESS

  • NEH 4: 10 SAYS THE STRENGH OF BURDEN BEARERS   WAS DECAYED
  • THEY WERE TIRED AND SO THE ENEMY GAVE THEM SURPRISE ATTACKS
  • IT IS EASY TO GIVE UP WHEN YOU ARE TIRED.IT IS EASY TO GET DISCOURAGED AND TIRED WHEN WE ARE JUST FEW THAT ARE COMMITED
  • THEREFORE GET READY TO PRAY FOR YOURSELF AND OTHERS IN  YOUR GROUP ENCOURAGE YOURSELF IN THE LORD WITH WORDS LIKE “I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME
  • GOD WAS FIGHTING FOR NEHEMIAH AND HIS PEOPLE GOD WILL ALSO FIGHT FOR US IF WE COMMIT TO HIM
  • THEY MADE PROGRESS BECAUSE THEY WERE DETERMINED , COMMITTED  UNITED AND JOYFUL
  • WE HAVE BEEN PRAYING  FOR BLESSINGS AND ENLARGEMENT,FOR  GOD’S PRESENCE AND VICTORY
  • WE NEED TO KNOW THAT WHERE THERE IS UNITY AND SUBMISSION GOD COMMANDS HIS BLESSINGS
  • NEHEMIAH  AND HIS PEOPLE TOOK CARE OF GOD’S HOUSE
  • NEHEMIAH SYSTEMATICALLY FIXED GOD’S HOUSE AND PEOPLE
  • HE  TOOK CARE OF ALL THE NEEDY BRETHREN AND ERADICATED POVERTY IN GOD’S HOUSE
  • THEREFOR HE  PROSPERED AND ALSO HAD INTERGRITY WITH GOD NEHEMIAH 5:17-19
  • HE REORGANISED THE PEOPLE,HE RESTORED THEM BACK TO GOD
  •  REPENTANCE, RESTORATION, FEAR OF GOD CAME AS THE PEOPLE STARTED REPAIRING THE WALL
  • NEHEMIAH DID NOT TAKE ANYTHING FROM THE PEOPLE YET HE PROSPERED
  • HE WAS A GOOD AND DETERMINED  LEADERWOULD NOT BE DIVERTED OR DISTRACTED BY THE OPPOSERS OR TRAITORS IN THE GROUP
  • NO LIES NO PERSECUTION COULD DIVERT HIM,HE WAS FOCUSED, HE CONSTANTLY ASKED GOD TO STRENGTHEN HIS HAND
  • HE WAS FULL OF WISDOM AND GUIDANCE FROM GOD AND HE KNEW HE SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID
  • EVEN THOUGH  THE CHALLENGES WERE GREAT, THE WORK WAS FINISHED BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH HIM
  • GOD WAS WITH HIM BECAUSE HE PRAYED AND WORKED HARD
  • CHAPTER 7 SAYSTHE CITY WAS BIG BUT THE PEOPLE WERE FEW
  • AFTER THE PHYSICAL REPAIRS HE CONDUCTED A CENSUS OF THE PEOPLE THAT HAD RETURNED  FROM EXILE FROM BABYLON
  • HE NUMBERED THEM ACCORDING TO THEIR FATHER’S HOUSE
  • LEVITES, SINGERS ,GATEKEEPERS ALL  WERE  NUMBERED AND ASSIGNED
  • HE NUMBERED THEIR ANIMALS AND THEY  ALL BEGAN TO GIVE TO THE TREASURY OF THE CITY
  • CHAPTER 8  SAYS THEY ALL GATHERED INFRONT OF THE WATER GATE .
  • EZRA READ THE WORD OF GOD TO THEM, EZRA OPENED THE BOOK AND BLESSED THE LORD AND LEAD ALL THE PEOPLE IN DEEP WORSHIP
  • EZRA AND OTHERS HELPED THE PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE WORD OF GOD
  • EZRA , NEHEMIAH AND ALL THE LEVITES NOW BROUGHT SPIRITUAL REVIVAL
  • THEY HELPED THE PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE WORD TILL THEY REPENTED AND  BEGAN TO WEEP
  • BUT EZRA  ENCOURAGED  THE PEOPLE REJOICED BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THE WORD
  • THEY RESTORED GOD’S COMMANDMENTS AS THEY HAD A 7 DAY CONVENTION OF JUST READING THE WORD OF GOD
  • REPENTANCE, REVIVAL, CONFESSION OF SINS AND DEEP WORSHIP SERVICE WAS THE CONSEQUENCE OF PUTTING GOD’S HOUSE IN GREAT ORDER
  • THEY FULLY REPENTED BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH THEM CHAPTER 10
  • EVERYONE  HAD KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING THEY ENTERED INTO AN OATH TO WALK IN GOD’S LAW
  • THEY VOWED TO WALK IN GOD’S ORDINANCES AND COMMANDMENT
  • THEY  VOWED NOT TO INTERMARRY WITH NON JEWS
  • THEY WOULD NOT BE TEMPTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE LAND TO BUY OR SELL ON THE SABATH
  • THEY SET ASIDE OFFERINGS FOR THE HOUSE OF THE LORD
  • FIRSTFRUITS ETC AS WRITTEN IN THE LAW, TO THE PRIEST
  • TITHES TO THE LEVITES, WHO ALSO MUST TITHE TO GOD
  • THE PEOPLE  NOW SAID WE WOULD NOT NEGLECT THE HOUSE OF GOD
  • JERUSALEM WAS RESTORED,GATE KEEPERS AND SINGERS WERE BLESSED
  • CITIES AND VILLAGES WERE RESTORED AND FULLY OPERATIONAL
  •  THE WALL WAS DEDICATED,LEVITES WERE CELEBRATED BY THE SINGERS
  • THE PRIEST AND THE LEVITES REDICATED THEMSELVES
  •  THE  PEOPLE ALSO PURIFIED THEMSELVES AND GOD’S PRESENCE WAS THE RESULT
  • THEY SANG THANKSGIVING SONGS TO THE LORD AND THE JOY OF JERUSALEM WERE HEARD AFAR OFF
  • BUT IN CHAPTER 13  NEHEMIAH WENT BACK TO SERVE THE KING AND AS SOON AS HE DID CHAOS CAME AGAIN
  • TOBIAS WAS EVEN ALLOWED A PORTION IN GOD’S HOUSE.
  • NEHEMIAH HAD  TO  THROW HIM  OUT ,HE NEVER ALLOWED ANY WEAK SENTIMENT
  • THE LEVITES AND SINGERS WENT BACK TO WORK IN THE FIELD BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT TAKEN CARE OF
  • NEHEMIAH CAME AND ASKED WHY IS THE HOUSE OF THE LORD FORSAKEN?
  • HE RE-ORGANISED THE STORE HOUSE, I.E. THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, SO THAT LEVITES, PRIEST , GATE KEEPERS COULD BE PAID
  • PEOPLE HAD BACKSLIDEN  AND WERE  SELLING THEIR STUFF  ON THE SABBATH
  • HE CONTENDED WITH THE LEADERS FOR ALLOWING THAT EVIL AND HE SHUT THE MARKET  GATE TILL AFTER THE SABBATH
  • HE ALSO CORRECTED THOSE WHO INTERMARRIED WITH NON JEWS  AND  REMINDED THEM THAT SOLOMON FELL BECAUSE HE MARRIED STRANGE WOMEN,
  • NEHEMIAH WAS A MAN WHO WORKED OUT A COVENANT OF REMEBRANCE FOR HIMSELF AND FAMILY  WITH GOD
  • HE UNDERSTOOD THAT WE BASICALLY ALWAYS REAP WHAT WE SOW INTO GOD’ S HOUSE AND KINGDOM
  • SO EVERY TIME HE PRAYED HE REMINDED GOD OF THE GOOD HE HAD DONE IN GOD’S HOUSE AND ASKED GOD TO REMEMBER TO REWARD HIM ACCORDINGLY
  • NEHEMIAH 13:10-14;22;31
  • THE POINT HERE TODAY IS THAT GOD ALMIGHTY  WANTS TO GIVE YOU THE OPPRTUNITY TO ASK HIM  TO REMEMBER  YOU AND YOUR HOUSE  FOR SOMETHING YOU DO IN HIS OWN HOUSE
  • HE WANTS TO SECURE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN HIS COVENANT BLESSINGS
  • HE WANTS TO SECURE YOU A PLACE IN HEAVEN,” BEHOLD I COME QUICKLY AND MY REWARD IS WITH ME
  • THERE MUST BE SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE PRAYERFULLY  DOING FOR GOD FROM THE BOTTOM OF YOUR HEART IN THIS HOUSE OR ACCORDING TO THE VISION  HE GAVE US ALL
  • HAVE YOU MADE GOD YOUR PRIORITY? SOLOMON IN HIS WISDOM ALSO FIRST BUILT GOD’S HOUSE BEFORE HE BUILT HIS OWN
  • NEHEMIAH TOOK TIME OFF HIS WORK TO TAKE CARE OF GOD’S CITY AND PEOPLE
  • THE PEOOPLE SAID THEY WOULD NOT NEGLECT THE HOUSE OF GOD
  • SO YOU WHAT ARE YOU SAYING TODAY?
  • WEWANT TO GET CLEANERS FOR THIS HOUSE TODAY.MORE PEOPLE NEED TO GO FOR THE PRISON AND HOSPITAL OUTREACH
  • THE MEN TO CLEAN THE  YARD EVERY SATURDAY AND THE WOMEN TO CLEAN EVERY CORNER OF THE BUILDING EVERY SATURDAY
  • WE SHALL DIVIDE OURSELVES INTO GROUPS AND APPOINT LEADERS FOR EACH GROUP
  • THERE SHALL BE NO EYE SERVICE ,NO PLEASING MEN AND NO EXCUSES NOR COMPLAINING ABOUT ANYBODY IN JESUS NAME
  • WE SHALL BE REWARDED IF WE FAINT NOT,NOT BY POWER NOT BY MIGHT
  • HE THAT ENDURETH TO THE END SHALL BE SAVED
  • WE CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGHTENS US
  •  WE WANT GOD’S POWER IN THIS PLACE,IN OUR LIVES AND FAMILIES
  • OUR ATTITUDE TO GOD’S HOUSE HAS  CHANGED FROM TODAY  IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  • WE SHAL ARISE AND  IMMEDIATELY  BEGIN TO SERVE GOD ACCEPTABLY IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST  AND THE LORD OUR GOD SHALL PROSPER US
  • WE STARTED BY READING  HAGGAI 1  WHERE GOD SPOKE AND CHALLENGED THE POPLE
  • THEY RESPONDED  IMMEDIATELY TO GOD’S VOICE AND HE BLESSED THEM
  •  HAGGAI 2:1 -9   WE ARE ALSO RESPONDING NOW TO GOD’S  VOICE AND BLESSINGS RIGHT NOW IN JESUS NAME.
  • MINISTERATION
  • SALVATION
  • LAYING HANDS FOR LONGSUFFERING
  • DIVISION OF LABOUR