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NEHEMIAH: THE REQUIREMENTS FOR REVITALIZATION--Preparation, Nehemiah 2:9-20

On the Day of Pentecost, the Spirit came upon a prepared people. They were prepared by unity of purpose and prayer. Then came the Spirit as a rushing, mighty wind. G. Campbell Morgan put it, "We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people again." Nehemiah 2:9-20 provides principles of preparation for revitalization.


1. EXERCISE THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER, 2:9-10.

  • Our authority is assured by God, (v.9). Artaxerxes was King in Persia, but it is the King of kings--who is in charge. Our spiritual authority flows from heaven.

  • Our authority is opposed by Satan, (v.10). When a church begins to exercise its spiritual authority, we may be sure the devil will take note and stir trouble.


2. EVIDENCE THE URGENCY OF THE HOUR, 2:11-12.

  • This urgency was evidenced by sleeplessness. Nehemiah could not rest while the people of God were in peril. When was the last time you carried such a burden for the church?

  • This urgency was evidenced in readiness. Nehemiah took action. For a church to be revitalized requires our readiness to obey.


3. EXAMINE THE REALITY OF THE CONDITIONS, 2:13-16.

  • Do it strategically, (v. 13). Nehemiah was looking for areas of vital importance. What are the priorities for your church to move forward?

  • Do it thoroughly, (v. 14-15). He went over the area with a fine tooth comb. Are there moral issues that need to be confronted, lest Satan find an opening for attack?

  • Do it purposefully, (v. 16). Though Nehemiah had not disclosed his purpose, he already had it formed in his mind. Being disturbed about the church's problems is insufficient apart from a purpose to do something.


4. ENLIST THE ENERGY OF THE BRETHREN, 2:17-18.

  • All people have needs that require the brethren's energy. All the people were in peril. The low spiritual condition of one impacts all.

  • All people are needed to supply the brethren's energy. Nehemiah couldn't do it all, and neither can the pastor. God blesses cooperation.


5. ENCOURAGE THE UNITY IN THE WORK, 2:19-20.

  • Unity enables us to resist Satan's attacks, (v. 19). These people did not care one bit about each other, but they were united in their hate for God and His people.

  • Unity equips us in resting in God's intentions, (v. 20). Nehemiah took his stand on the promises of God. We must rebuke the devil as Nehemiah did.


Are you prepared for the work of revitalization in your congregation?


Yours in Preparation for God's Move,

Dennis Thurman, AMS





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