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Evangelist Jordan (Chosenwithcare) | 1514 comments Mod
“Re-Building God’s Temple”

Subject: A Spiritual Message: Part 1

Scripture Reading: John 2:19; 2:21, I Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19, Revelations 11:19, Luke 18:1; 21:36, Romans 8:26

Here are six steps Nehemiah took to rebuild the walls that had crumbled after the previous invasion:

1. He began with prayer.
He prayed for himself, he prayed for his nation and he even confessed the sins of the forefathers who had brought destruction to Jerusalem. In fact, he said he prayed night and day. The burden he had for his city was very clear. He knew that even though the rebuilding of the walls was a physical project, at the end of the day it was only God who would enable them to complete it. He was a desperate man seeking the Lord. We face similarly desperate times, yet the church has largely quit the practice of consistent, deep, pleading corporate prayer. We must ask, “How desperate must the situation become before you begin a ministry of prayer in your church?”
2. He invited other people to join him
(See Nehemiah 2:17). He said, “Let us build the wall.” In other words, he was going to be part of the rebuilding he was called to complete, but he knew that this was a community project. He threw out the invitation to see who among his kinsmen would buy into his vision.
3. The priests were the first to volunteer
(Nehemiah 3:1). Translating that into today’s language, the pastors are to lead the way. We are the gatekeepers for the people whom God entrusts to us. Here in America we desperately need pastors who have the vision to be able to lead their people with a Gospel-centered redemptive ministry that affects the culture.
4. Whole families were included.
There are long lists of families, and the reason they were included is that Nehemiah knew these families had to have a sense of ownership. In fact, each family built their own part of the wall. They were essentially saying, “If the enemy comes in, I don’t want him coming over my part of the wall.” The families bought in. If America is going to be spiritually rebuilt, it will not be from the top down; it will be built from the bottom up, so to speak, and families need to be rebuilt.
Parents must train their children spiritually in ways that we once took for granted. It is no longer valid to expect the church to do it or society to be sympathetic to it. Parents must be involved to see their loved ones preserved and the larger culture changed.
5. Nehemiah was not distracted by opposition.
From the beginning of his obedience, Nehemiah faced ridicule from Sanballat, Tobiah and their sympathizers. Lies were spoken against him, and a pesky contingent opposed the fact that he was rebuilding the walls. Nehemiah took note of his enemies, but their opposition did not deter him.
6. Nehemiah resolved injustice and conflicts.
He knew that the resolution of conflicts and injustices were necessary in order to continue rebuilding. You will never have a situation in which everything will run flawlessly, and there will nearly always be some level of conflict in any great task. As we see both in our country, and within the church, there is frequent conflict and disagreement. The church alone has a remedy, a Person, who can bring peace to any situation. We must bring Him to bear at every turn. Of course, it is important to acknowledge that many Christians are praying for revival in America. We want God to revive His church. In fact, things are so desperate that apart from a widespread turning to God, we will not reverse the trends in American culture. But I fear that we want revival to do what we are unwilling to do ourselves—namely, to personally witness to our culture along the highways and byways of everyday life. We want God to come in great power to convert people, but the Bible stresses the need for personal evangelism. I believe that America’s crumbling walls cannot be rebuilt until Christians—bankers, lawyers, nurses, factory workers—all see themselves as representatives of Christ wherever He has planted them. One of my greatest disappointments is the number of Christians who work next to unbelievers without ever making it clear that they are Christians. Lovingly and winsomely, we must share the Gospel message through our lips and testify to its transformative power by our lives. Unless that happens, America’s walls will not be rebuilt. We as the church, through the power of the Gospel, have the seeds of renewal. Unless they are watered, cared for and cultivated, we will not rebuild our

Week # 7 QUESTIONS:
Questions for Review

1. Did God give us human bodies to use and abuse as we like, or does He expect more?
2. How does He expect us to view and care for the marvelous bodies He designed?
3. Our body is what to the Holy Spirit?
4. How does God want us to think, and what mind should we have?
5. Who enabled Nehemiah and the people to rebuild the wall?
6. When Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall what did he ask them?
7. When Nehemiah ask the people to help who volunteer first?
8. Should we include our families to pray with us?
9. Who was Sanballat, and what was his problem?
10. Who was Tobiah?
11. Did Nehemiah stop working when the enemy started his attack?
12. What was the conflict and injustice at this time?
13. When conflict come what must we do as a Church and an individual?
14. How many chapters are in the book of Nehemiah?

Weekly Word # 7: Ark of the Covenant.

Our weekly reading for this week: Nehemiah 10-13


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Evangelist Jordan (Chosenwithcare) | 1514 comments Mod
Prayer: This Week’s Prayer:

Lord God Almighty, we come to You in the name of Jesus Your Son, asking for You to open the eyes of our heart to see this message in a spiritual way, help us to be receptive of divine revelation concerning the building of our house unto You. Our bodies is the Your temple so we can worship You, and You can dwell in us forever. Create in us a clean heart, and renew the right spirit in us, so we can see You. “Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord Open the eyes of our hearts we want to see You we want to see You Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord Open the eyes of our hearts we want to see You we want to see You To see You high and lifted up Shining' in the light of Your glory Pour out Your power and love As we sing holy, holy, holy Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord Open the eyes of our hearts we want to see You we want to see You Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord Open the eyes of our hearts we want to see You we want to see You To see You high and lifted up Shining in the light of Your glory Pour out Your power and love As we sing holy, holy, holy; To see You high and lifted up Shining' in the light of Your glory Pour out Your power and love As we sing holy, holy, holy To see You high and lifted up is our desire today, in Jesus’ name, we pray, AMEN.”


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Evangelist Jordan (Chosenwithcare) | 1514 comments Mod
Week # 7 QUESTIONS

Questions for Review Answers

1. Did God give us human bodies to use and abuse as we like, or does He expect more?
No, God want us to honor Him in our bodies in worship to Him and only to Him. Yes, He expect more from us as His people who are called by His name.
2. How does He expect us to view and care for the marvelous bodies He designed?
God expect us to rebuild our lives to honor Him, and He want us to view our bodies as His righteous temple.
3. Our body is what to the Holy Spirit?
Our bodies is the temple of the Holy Spirit, (I Corinthians 3:16) and read verse 17 too. It’s a living place for Gods’ Holy Spirit while here on earth.
4. How does God want us to think, and what mind should we have?
(I Corinthians 2:16) says, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.” We get this mind when we are born again, and when we read God’s Word daily. This is the rebuilding of the Temple of God’s Spirit.
5. Who enabled Nehemiah and the people to rebuild the wall?
God did, and the mind they had to work; they honored God with their whole heart, mind, and soul.
6. When Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall what did he ask them?
Sorry about this question, it was a little confusing not knowing who he asked. I would think he was talking about the people helping him rebuild the wall, but I can’t find a question, except the one he asked Sanballat and Tobiah in (Nehemiah 6:3). Sorry!
7. When Nehemiah ask the people to help who volunteer first?
Nehemiah 3:1 says, “Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests, and they builded the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and set up the doors of it; even unto the tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto the tower of Hananeel.”
8. Should we include our families to pray with us?
Yes, we could! God designed the family to pray together.
9. Who was Sanballat, and what was his problem?
Sanballat was a governor of one of the region in the Babylon/Persia kingdom; he was Nehemiah’s enemy and didn’t want them to rebuild Jerusalem, because God had gave their land to the Jew.
10. Who was Tobiah?
Tobiah was also another governor a region in the Persia kingdom, and didn’t like the Jew, because God gave his land to the Jews too.
11. Did Nehemiah stop working when the enemy started his attack?
No, Nehemiah was a warrior he was determine to do what he needed to do to get the job done. He loved his people and country.
12. What was the conflict and injustice at this time?
Nehemiah 5:7. I pondered them in my mind and then accused the nobles and officials. I Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them.” He concluded that the problem lay with the nobles and the officials, and the men of influence. They were stealing from the people.
13. When conflict come what must we do as a Church and an individual?
We must confront the issue by bringing it out in the open, confront that person. We must pray too. Apostle Peter confronted the problem in the early church concerning the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their wives were neglected in the daily ministration, (Acts 6:1-7).
14. How many chapters are in the book of Nehemiah?
There are thirteen chapters in the book of Nehemiah.


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Evangelist Jordan (Chosenwithcare) | 1514 comments Mod
Our weekly word………Week # 7

Ark of the Covenant:

God made a covenant (a conditional covenant) with the children of Israel through His servant Moses. He promised good to them and their children for generations if they obeyed Him and His laws; but He always warned of despair, punishment, and dispersion if they were to disobey. As a sign of His covenant He had the Israelites make a box according to His own design, in which to place the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments. This box, or chest, was called an “ark” and was made of acacia wood overlaid with gold. The Ark was to be housed in the inner sanctum of the tabernacle in the desert and eventually in the Temple when it was built in Jerusalem. This chest is known as the Ark of the Covenant.

The real significance of the Ark of the Covenant was what took place involving the lid of the box, known as the "Mercy Seat." The term ‘mercy seat’ comes from a Hebrew word meaning “to cover, placate, appease, cleanse, cancel or make atonement for.” It was here that the high priest, only once a year (Leviticus 16), entered the Holy of Holies where the Ark was kept and atoned for his sins and the sins of the Israelites. The priest sprinkled blood of a sacrificed animal onto the Mercy Seat to appease the wrath and anger of God for past sins committed. This was the only place in the world where this atonement could take place.

The Mercy Seat on the Ark was a symbolic foreshadowing of the ultimate sacrifice for all sin—the blood of Christ shed on the cross for the remission of sins. The Apostle Paul, a former Pharisee and one familiar with the Old Testament, knew this concept quite well when he wrote about Christ being our covering for sin in Romans 3:24-25: "…and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith." Just as there was only one place for atonement of sins in the Old Testament—the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant—so there is also only one place for atonement in the New Testament and current times—the cross of Jesus Christ. As Christians, we no longer look to the Ark but to the Lord Jesus Himself as the propitiation and atonement for our sins.


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Evangelist Jordan (Chosenwithcare) | 1514 comments Mod
Our weekly reading for this week:

Nehemiah 10-13
I finished reading this week’s reading assignment.


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Evangelist Jordan (Chosenwithcare) | 1514 comments Mod
SHARING:

On question 6 I really didn’t understand it because it didn’t say who (them) was; I read chapter 13 this morning and saw this

Nehemiah 13:10-11
“10 And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given them: for the Levites and the singers, that did the work, were fled every one to his field.
11 Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the house of God forsaken? And I gathered them together, and set them in their place.”


That was a good question, amen! The question was………….

When Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall what did he ask them?

“Why is the house of God forsaken?”

They had left building the House of God, the Temple at this time.

“Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste?”
Haggai said this! (Haggai 1:4), and then he said this “Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing?” (Haggai 2:3).

Let’s think back now to Ezekiel………………
This section of Ezekiel is a sad era in the history of Israel. The Glory of the Lord led Israel out of Egypt. The Glory of the Lord appeared to Moses, in the burning bush on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 3:3-4). He appeared to them in a cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night, the very presence of God, He nurtured Israel in the wilderness providing food and water.

Four hundred years after Israel took possession of the land, they were instructed to build a House for the presence of God in Jerusalem. Solomon completed this Temple in 960 B.C., the presence of God, the Glory of the Lord, affirmed and blessed the House, by filling it with His presence.
“10 And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord,11” so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord. I Kings 8:10-11

Here in Ezekiel chapters eight to eleven reveals how the presence of God, leaves His Temple, Solomon’s Temple, because of the sins taking place. Before He leaves, Ezekiel is brought to the Temple to witness why God’s presence is leaving the Temple. Ezekiel testified to what the nation’s leaders are doing in secret, thinking God did not know. He witnesses the idolatry taking place in secret how the nation’s leaders worshipped abominations in the Temple. God asks Ezekiel, “Have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the darkness” (Ezekiel 8:12).
God then allows Ezekiel to see the events in the spiritual realms; God calls His angelic “Guards” to slay the idolaters in the city (Ezekiel 9). This action is later fulfilled when the armies of Babylon destroy the city and slay its inhabitants in 586 B.C.
After witnessing the slaughter and judgment in the spiritual realms, Ezekiel cries out asking God, "Ah, Lord God! Will You make a complete end of the remnant of Israel?" (Ezekiel 11:12). God responds by promising a day of restoration, even though they are judged, they will be restored, God will bring them back to the land and put a “New Spirit in them”, they will be given a “heart of flesh”, they will then be “my people”. Even though the events seem bleak for the nation, God is not done with Israel, they will be restored.
This restoration of obedience will take place in the last days, the end-times, when Israel comes to know their Messiah. Ezekiel 36 to 48 deals with these progression of events.

Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit right now, and if we defile it God will remove His Holy Spirit, spiritually, amen.


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