Resist Intimidation from Spiritual Enemies
Nehemiah's enemies asked to meet with him after he rebuilt and filled the wall's gaps. Because of the great project, Nehemiah said he could not stop the work. The fifth time Sanballat sent a letter saying the Jews plotted a revolt to make Nehemiah king. They tried to frighten the workers but Nehemiah prayed for strength. One tried to get Nehemiah to hide in the temple for safety so he would be discredited by sinning. They completed the wall in 52 days and their enemies lost their confidence realizing the work was done with God's help (Neh. 6:1-19). Resist intimidation from spiritual enemies by prayer so you can rebuild your community.
Mobilize Worship and Prayer
After rebuilding the wall and putting the doors in place, the gatekeepers, singers and Levites were appointed. Nehemiah put two men of integrity who feared God in charge of Jerusalem. They opened the gates when the sun was hot. Nehemiah assembled the nobles, officials and common people for registration by families who returned to Jerusalem from captivity. The list included male descendants of Israel, priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, temple servants, Solomon's servants, temple servants. Some heads of families contributed to the work (Neh. 7:1-73). Mobilize worship and prayer in all stages of rebuilding your community.
Make God's Word Understandable
People listened attentively to Ezra reading God's word and praised Him from daybreak till noon. The Levites instructed people in the Law making it clear and giving the meaning so they could understand what was read. Nehemiah told them to not grieve for the joy of the Lord was their strength. They celebrated with great joy because they understood the words. They found in God's word that they should live in booths during the feast of the seventh month. They built booths and lived in them with great joy (Neh. 8:1-18). Make God's word understandable so people obey it.
Read and Praise God's Word
Israel read from the Book of the Law for a fourth of the day and spent a fourth confessing their sin, worshiping and praising God. They blessed His glorious and exalted name who made the heavens and gave life to everything. God made a covenant with Abram and gave His descendants the land of the Canaanites. He sent miraculous signs against Pharaoh and divided the Red Sea so they could pass through. He led them with a pillar of cloud and fire. God revealed His commands to Moses and gave them bread from heaven and water from the rock to take possession of the land. He forgave and provided manna and water 40 years in the desert. He gave them kingdoms and nations including Sihon king of Heshbon and Og king of Bashan. He made their sons as numerous as the stars to take possession of houses filled with good things. When they disobeyed God and killed the prophets, God handed them over to their enemies who oppressed and conquered them. He gave them deliverers when they cried out to God. God acted faithfully but they did wrong from the Assyrian captivity until then. As slaves in the land given to their forefathers, kings ate its fruit and ruled over their bodies (Neh. 9:1-37). Read, confess sin and praise God's word while remembering His faithfulness through the years.
Follow a Biblical Worldview in All Areas of Life
They put a binding agreement in writing with their leaders, Levites and priests affixing their seals. The rest of the people separated themselves from neighboring peoples to follow God's law and obey His commands. They promised not to give their daughters or sons in marriage to peoples around them. They refused to buy on the Sabbath, did not work the land every seventh year and canceled debts. They gave a third of a shekel each year for the service of the house of God including grain, burnt and sin offerings to make atonement. They assumed responsibility to bring the firstfruits of their crops, fruit trees and firstborn of their sins, cattle, herds and flocks each year to the priests ministering there. They brought a tithe of their crops to the Levites committing not to neglect the house of God (Neh. 9:38-10:39). Follow a biblical worldview in your marriage, work, relationship with God, life balance, spiritual intimacy and financial giving.
Involve Body of Christ in Prayer Walking
The leaders settled in Jerusalem and others spread throughout the land. Nehemiah listed the leaders who settled in Jerusalem from the descendants of Judah and Benjamin, priests, Levites and gatekeepers. Other Israelites along with priests and Levites settled in every town of Judah. Nehemiah listed the priests and Levites who returned with Zerubbabel and Jeshua. The Levites celebrated the dedication of the wall with songs of thanksgiving, music with instruments, singers and choirs. The priests and Levites purified themselves before purifying the people, gates and walls. Nehemiah organized two large choirs to encircle the city. The first was led by Ezra and singers followed by princes, priests with trumpets and Levites with stringed instruments. The second choir went in the opposite direction and joined the first one in the Temple courts where they offered sacrifices and praised God. They appointed men to be in charge of contributions, firstfruits and tithes for the priests and Levites. They purified the singers and gatekeepers according to David and Solomon's commands. During the days of Nehemiah, all Israel contributed daily portions for the singers, gatekeepers and other Levites (Neh. 11:1-12:47). Involve the body of Christ in prayer walking and praising God.
Obey God's Word for Purity
They discovered in God's word that no Ammonite or Moabite should be admitted to the assembly of God. Nehemiah removed Tobiah from his room in the house of God. Nehemiah asked why the house of God was neglected by not giving offerings to the Levites. He warned men against selling food on the Sabbath. He made the people take an oath to not marry foreign women. He purified the priests and Levites of everything foreign (Neh. 13:1-31). Obey God's word in all areas of life to purify yourself and others.
Pray with others that God imparts a biblical worldview in your community in all areas of life. Consider the following:
1. Overcome spiritual enemies by mobilizing prayer and worship
2. Make God's word understandable
3. Read, confess sin and praise God's word as you prayer walk with others while reading, confessing sin and praising God's word
4. Obey God's word in all areas of life