Title: Is Your Mind on the Master’s Plan?
Main Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-6
But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews. 2 And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned?”
3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes upon it, he will break down their stone wall.”
4 Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their reproach on their own heads, and give them as plunder to a land of captivity! 5 Do not cover their iniquity, and do not let their sin be blotted out from before You; for they have provoked You to anger before the builders.
6 So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work. (NKJV)
Now it came about that when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became furious and very angry and mocked the Jews. 2 He spoke in the presence of his brothers and the wealthy men of Samaria and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Are they going to restore it for themselves? Can they offer sacrifices? Can they finish in a day? Can they revive the stones from the dusty rubble even the burned ones?” 3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was near him and he said, “Even what they are building—if a fox should jump on it, he would break their stone wall down!”
4 Hear, O our God, how we are despised! Return their reproach on their own heads and give them up for plunder in a land of captivity. 5 Do not forgive their iniquity and let not their sin be blotted out before You, for they have demoralized the builders.
6 So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work. (NASB)
Nehemiah’s Thought Process: Compassion, Vision, Decision
We are a people who need personal restoration. We meet other people in life who also need personal restoration. We live in an area that needs collective restoration. When you put these three things together you get the church that Jesus died for and the purpose for His people.
The Lord will see us through all of the opposition and the challenges of rebuilding our lives, as we strive to help rebuild the lives of others, but we must commit to serving Him no matter what the cost.
1 John 5:4
1 Peter 5:10
What is the Master’s Plan?
1 Timothy 2:3-4
What are some specific ways a person under the new covenant (New Testament Christianity) can have a “mind to work” specifically related to God’s Plan of Salvation?
What are some specific ways we can restore ourselves, the church, and the World around us all at the same time?