Real People, Real Revival & Real Results
March 9, 2014 Series: Nehemiah
Passage: Nehemiah 9:38–10:39
- God's people heard and understood God's Word, Nehemiah 8:8 (Heard)
- God's people prayed to God, Nehemiah 9:33 (Pray)
- God's people made a covenant with God, Nehemiah 9:38 (Act)
To God's leaders (9:38-10:27)
- The leaders were revived, led the way and made commitments. They put it in writing. The leaders were the ones who signed off.
- God spoke to these leaders' heart. The spiritual leaders should know what God is wanting and doing among his people. In Hebrews 13:17, the leaders were described as people who had to "keep watch over your souls". Leaders will have to give an account to God at the end.
- BAU: Business As Usual â€• God does not want his church to BAU. He wants them revived, changed. Leaders lead the way to spiritual revival for God's people
To God's People (10:28-39)
(a) The General Promise (10:28-29)
- The people made a general promise to obey God's word.
- In Deut 28:1, 15 the people of God were told that obedience to God's word leads to blessings, disobedience leads to curses.
(b) The Specific Promises (10:30-39)
- To Stop Intermarrying (10:30) -- This was not a racial issue. In most cases, when people marry outside the faith, they turn their minds away from God.
- To Keep the Sabbath Ordinances (10:31) -- On the seventh day, they rested, engaged in no commercial deeds. Sabbath ordinances separated them from the other peoples
- To Support the House of God (10:32-39) -- Remember that the people did pay taxes at this point. Now, they pledged to remember their offering, their tithes
When you add all these promises, they are very impactful. These promises changes the way they spent their lives. Their lives changed
What can we learn?
(a) Commit to Obeying the God's Word
- In John 14:15 & 23, we are reminded that the motivation for obeying God is love for God
(b) Commit to being in the world, but not of the world
- Don't have to live by the standards of the world
- Friendship with the world can be toxic to your relationship with God (James 4:4)
- It is different with "God" as your enemy, compared to having a "Human" enemy, therefore, love God more than the world (1 John 2:15-17)
- Christians are told to maintain your distinctiveness (Romans 12:1-2)
What can you do now!
- Pray and reflect on what God is saying to you through His word, today
- Make a commitment to obey God's Word
- Share your commitment with a close and trusted brother or sister in Christ
- Share your commitment with your care group and ask them to help and hold you accountable
Be revived and be changed