There are only a few today who have the same heart-break as Nehemiah did when he heard the report, “The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire (Nehemiah 1:3). There are so many evidences today that the church has been weakened by constant battle against the tide of moral decay and loss of being spiritually anchored. The fires of political and cultural struggles are leaving the gates of truth in the church in a state of ruin. The effectiveness of the church’s influence is at an all-time low; not because we do not have a majority voice in the halls of government, or because we have not elected the right persons into office, but because we have lost our moral power by living out the Word of God in the power of the Spirit.
Where are the Nehemiah’s who mourn over the condition of the church (Matthew 5:4)? Nehemiah “sat down and wept and mourned for days, and…continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven” (Nehemiah 1:4). Jesus wept over Jerusalem, the city at the center of a people He called out of Egypt to represent Him among the nations (Luke 19:41-44). They had ceased living for their God-given purpose.
Where are the Nehemiah’s who look beyond the rubbish and ashes that have piled up over the years; those who will turn a deaf ear to the mocking of the Sanballat’s; those who will use discernment to stop the subtle seduction of the Tobiah’s? Where are the Nehemiah’s who care more about God’s purpose and plan for His people, His church, than programs and organizational structures that divert our attention away from the real calling of the church. F. W. Boreham said, “The charred ashes of yesterday’s bush nourish the roots of tomorrow’s orchard” (A Packet of Surprises, page 71). If you are interested in seeing God transform the ruins and ashes on yesterday, look with me at men who zeroed in on fulfilling God’s plan.
Nehemiah began with repentance, gathered those who were not afraid to get their hands dirty by removing the rubbish, worked with tools of construction and the armor of God, so that even the enemy was amazed at the results – two choirs purified and ready to worship in the unity of the Spirit. If this strikes a chord in your heart; if you want to rebuild on a biblical foundation and see God’s plan for the ages fulfilled, we want to hear from you! We are looking for Timothy’s who are willing to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12), please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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