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Written by Chris Kibble   
Tuesday, 08 January 2019 15:44

Dear all,

 

It's hard to fail to be impressed by Nehemiah. He's in a position of privilege as cupbearer to the king - both as a security checker and a confidante of significant standing. But he's prepared to sacrifice this comfortable life and even his own life to help restore Jerusalem to its former glory.

 

 

His story starts with a conversation. The dire state of Jerusalem is brought to his attention and he is overcome by emotion. But this doesn't stop him from getting down on his knees and spending the next four months in preparation. During that time, he fasts, prays and meditates. He reflects on God's sovereignty, faithfulness and the need for Israel's repentance. During this time of prayer and reflection, he also develops a vision for how Jerusalem could be. Then he asks for God's blessing on his conversation with the king.

 

He waits for the right moment and it actually comes via the king himself who is concerned about Nehemiah's demeanour. It was an 'Esther' moment where both Esther and Nehemiah at different times in the same city have a request for their king which, if taken wrong, could have been fatal for either. Happily all goes well for both. Nehemiah not only gets leave of absence but suitable timber, letters of passage and an armed escort. In due course, he also manages to obtain the co-operation of local Jewish leadership.

 

Having a dream or vision or whatever you'd like to call it for a church is vital because, according to Proverbs 29:18 in the KJV 'where there is no vision, the people perish'. I wonder what your dream might be for Lord's Peace Chapel?

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Chris

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 January 2019 15:46