Lessons from the book of Nehemiah
Definition of Vision:
“Without prophetic vision people run wild, but blessed are those who follow ⌊God’s⌋ teachings.” GOD’S WORD
The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah:
In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, 2Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem.
3They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”
4When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.
Around 587BC the Babylonians invaded Judah and destroyed the city of Jerusalem, along with Solomon’s temple. This was the third of three campaigns into that region. About 70 years after the first Babylonian invasion, Cyrus, King of Persia, gave the Jews permission to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. Under the leadership of a man named Zerubbabel, these exiled Jews returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the temple.
The temple was not being maintained. Sacrifices had ceased. The Jews continued to adopt the religious practices and culture of the surrounding nations. By the time our story begins, the political, social, and spiritual conditions in Jerusalem were deplorable.
Notice that Nehemiah’s vision didn’t start out as a vision. It began as a concern or a burden for his nation and it’s people. We serve a creative God and he has made a vision unique for each one of us. Just as no thumb print is the same, each plan for our lives is unique for us.
The most important thing in life is to discover God’s unique plan for your life.
A vision begins as a concern
TENSION: (What is and what could be)
DISASTISFACTION, FRUSTRATION by the state of things, being heart broken by the situation around you. CONVICTION: Where Vision is, there is an inner conviction to see change.
Vision always demands for a candidate to champion the change needed. CONCERN:
A vision may not require immediate action
You may not need to leave school right now when you get that vision, you may not resign that job immediately.
WAIT. TIMING. This is important otherwise failure, discouragement and disillusionment may result.
Vision is like a baby in the womb, it takes 9 months we do not want to have a premature baby.
In the fullness of time God sent forth his son.
WAITING: It matures the vision and matures us for the vision.
Learn to wait for his timetable. Phil 2:13-14
Moses had a great idea.
Pray for opportunities and plan as you wait.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE WAITING?
Prayer changes us, it helps us to open our inner ears and eyes. It keeps us in an expectant mode.
Prayer changes our dreams into visions. In a dream you are desiring for a better day, you are wishing that something happens, that someone does something about the situation.
Vision is where you see yourself as part of the solution. A pastor by the names of David Derry said: “Dreamers dream about things being different. Visionaries envision themselves making a difference. Dreamers think about how nice it would be for something to be done. Visionaries look for an opportunity to do something.”
2. PLAN Nehemiah began to develop a plan during this season of waiting. When the door opens, are you ready to enter in.