RISE UP-2

RISE UP-2
Nehemiah 2:17 “Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.”

Nehemiah 2:18 “Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said Let us rise up and build So they strengthened their hands for this good work.”

…From yesterday…

Matthew 15:13 “But he answered and said Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted shall be rooted up”

Whatever God has not planted in our lives must be removed. We must rise up and build. God will make all the provisions available but he will not come down to do the building.

Hear this:

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

Genesis 1:2 “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

In Genesis 1:1-2, God Himself had a major challenge. The world which he had made was ruined by the enemy. It was indeed a complete mess. When you study from Genesis 1:3 downwards we began to see how God started speaking and things began to take shape, but beloved if you think God just spoke and everything happened, you’ve not studied your Bible well. Hear this:

Genesis 2:1 “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished and all the host of them.”

Genesis 2:2 “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made”

Job 38:4 “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?…”

Job 38:5 “Who hath laid the measures thereof…who hath stretched the line upon it?”

Beloved, when God saw the devastation he spoke words, almost equivalent to our prayers and confession of faith, He then rolled up His sleeves and got down to work!

To be continued…

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RISE UP-1

RISE UP-1
Nehemiah 2:17 “Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.”

Nehemiah 2:18 “Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said Let us rise up and build So they strengthened their hands for this good work.”

Nehemiah finally arrived at Jerusalem. The first thing he did was to go round the city to see the extent of damage. He went round the whole city and saw the level of devastation.

Everything that could go wrong had literally gone wrong and the situation was bad. However, he did his survey well and had his plan set out. When he was done, he spoke to the people and they agreed to do the most important thing, RISE UP AND WORK!

One thing most people refused to do is to rise up and do something about their lives. Many people knew that something is not right about their lives, some even go round it like Nehemiah but refused to rise and do something about it.

Beloved, the elders and the men of Jerusalem has been living in the town that was ruined and devastated but they never thought of doing something about it. The perverse and broken down nature of their city has become their new normal.

These men have found a way to live with the anomaly. They were satisfied with the new status quo. Ruin has become something they have come to accept as normal.

Beloved, don’t ever let abnormality become your new normal. Whatever has gone wrong in your life must be corrected. Ruin is not what God wants for our life.

Matthew 15:13 “But he answered and said Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted shall be rooted up”

Whatever God has not planted in our lives must be removed.

To be continued…

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WHAT DO YOU WANT?-3

WHAT DO YOU WANT?-3
Nehemiah 2:4 “The king then asked me, “So what do you want?” Praying under my breath to the God-of-Heaven,” (MSG)

…From yesterday…

The first thing Nehemiah requested for was permission to go and build; which is very key. This talks about been sent to fulfil a mission and the timing as well. Friend, that vision or that project you’re about embarking on, are you sent? Did the king give you the go ahead?

Secondly, he asked for security. There is nothing you want to achieve that the enemy will not contend. The devil will strategically come against you to stop you so you must be adequately protected. Nehemiah asked for security so that he can successfully complete the assignment.

The third and final thing he requested for was resources. No matter how powerful your vision and aspirations are, without the requisite resources it will not take off. Provisions must be available for us in order to fulfil our assignment.

Nehemiah, carefully outlined those things and guess what?

Nehemiah 2:8 “…And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.”

Nehemiah 2:8 “…The generous hand of my God was with me in this and the king gave them to me.” (MSG)

Here is the interesting part, Nehemiah asked for all those things from the earth of an earthly king, a mere mortal like himself and it was granted, how much more the One who installs and removes kings!

The King of kings and the Lord of lords. The Holy One of Israel, the One who made the heaven and the earth. The One before whom everything and everyone bows.

Friend, go to God, ask for a go ahead on that project, request for security and all your resources as well. You have no reason to be stranded in life and destiny.

The King of the whole earth is our God and Father. There is nothing we ask of Him that He cannot provide.

Guess what? He has thrown that same blank cheque to you and I again today, so, “What do you want?”

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WHAT DO YOU WANT?-2

WHAT DO YOU WANT?-2
Nehemiah 2:4 “The king then asked me, “So what do you want?” Praying under my breath to the God-of-Heaven,” (MSG)

…From yesterday…

When Blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus finally met Jesus, what naturally comes to mind is that he needed healing from his blindness but what shocked everyone was that rather than heal him, he asked the question; “What do you want?”

Hear this:

Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire when ye pray believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

You must always come to the place of prayer with a desire. Your desire is what you communicate to God. Don’t appear before God praying general prayers. Know what you want in detail.

When the question was thrown to Nehemiah, without batting an eyelid, he began to roll out his requests. He had them well outlined. Hear him:

Nehemiah 2:5 “And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers’ sepulchres, that I may build it.”

Nehemiah 2:7 “Moreover I said unto the king, If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that they may convey me over till I come into Judah;”

Nehemiah 2:8 “And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into…”

Look at Nehemiah’s requests; he wanted permission to go to Jerusalem to build, he needed security and he needed resources. Those are very daring things to ask a king like Artaxerxes.

Friend, in the journey of life and destiny, you need those three things as well. They are very key to the fulfilment of your divine mandate. If they are not in place, there will be chaos.

To be continued…

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WHAT DO YOU WANT?-1

WHAT DO YOU WANT?-1
Nehemiah 2:4 “The king then asked me, “So what do you want?” Praying under my breath to the God-of-Heaven,” (MSG)

When the King noticed the countenance of Nehemiah, he asked him the all-important question, “What do you want?”

Friend, this is the point where men fail. I have gotten to the place of prayer before and even discovered that I personally don’t know what I want. I have equally had cause to discuss with people who needed prayers and discovered they don’t know what they want as well.

It’s a very dicey and funny situation. In as much as we are praying, sweating and fasting, I have since discovered that many are praying amiss. Many are praying general prayers without focus and direction.

God works with specificity; that was why in our earlier meditations we said prayer must be planned for. We also said you must take with you words. Aside the word of God, you must have what you want to go and say.

The reason why many people don’t get answers to prayers is because they don’t even know what they want. I am sure you have prayed prayers such as; Lord bless me, Lord make me rich, Lord give me car and so on.

Friend, those are general prayers and the question God will be asking you rather is Son/Daughter get specific, what do you really want?

Hear this:

Mark 10:47 “And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.”

Mark 10:51 “And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight”

The above conversation is one that always look appalling. The Bible says that, Blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging but when he heard that Jesus was passing, he began shouting to him to have mercy upon him.

When he finally met Jesus, rather than heal him, he asked the question again; “What do you want?” 

That’s the same question he is asking us today, “What do you want?”

To be continued…

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THE MERCY OF NEHEMIAH-2

THE MERCY OF NEHEMIAH-2
Nehemiah 1:11 “O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer”

Nehemiah 2:1 “And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence.”

…From yesterday…

Beloved, your prayers must be specific and strategic. Nehemiah could have been praying that the king should not kill him or that the king should give him money to go repair the walls, but not at all. He simply ask for what opens the loins of kings, it is called mercy.

I call this particular type of mercy the “Mercy of Nehemiah”. My spiritual father once told me that you don’t just ask for mercy in the place of prayer, you should know who has obtained the type of mercy you want, and anchor your request around it, that is spiritual intelligence in prayer.

If you check through scriptures for example, you’ll see the mercy of Moses, that’s the mercy that preserves the life of a man even when others are killed. Every male child when Moses was born were killed on the order of Pharoah but mercy exempted Moses.

Look at what mercy did for Nehemiah:

Proverbs 3:4 “So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.”

Mercy makes you get things you are not even qualified for. Mercy makes men give to you what they will not give others. As we will see later, Nehemiah got everything he wanted and much more because he obtained mercy.

Friend, I stand in agreement with you today, and declare that mercy will preserve you. Mercy will open the heart of men to you. Mercy will take you to great places in Jesus name.

May you enjoy the “Mercy of Nehemiah” in Jesus name.

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THE MERCY OF NEHEMIAH-1

THE MERCY OF NEHEMIAH-1
Nehemiah 1:11 “O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer”

Nehemiah 2:1 “And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence.”

Nehemiah asked God for just one thing “mercy”. He could have asked for different things but he asked for the very thing that unlocks the treasure house of wealth and possibilities to us.

I once read a commentary that described the nature of King Artaxerxes. History has it that nobody must appear before him sad, especially his close aids. The Persians believe if you appear sad before the king you can make him sad and angry such that he will commit an error in judgment.

Even if you’re sad, once you’re about to appear before him, you must put up your best smiles. It is said that if a man appears before the king sad, he can be beheaded!

Nehemiah has never appeared before the king sad but now he needed to in order to win the favour or mercy of the king. He knows if the king favours him, he can have everything he needed for the restoration of Jerusalem.

So, he needed mercy for two things; One, so that he will not be killed for appearing sad and two, so that the king can grant his request and provide resources for him to fix the broken down wall of Jerusalem.

Beloved, the reason why some doors have not opened to you in high places is because you’ve not obtained this kind of mercy.

There is a mercy that forces kings to favour you. Quit praying wrong prayers, command that mercy upon your life today!

To be continued…

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