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Eyes to See and Ears to Hear
June 10, 2013
The man Nehemiah is a type of person who is called in every age to make a difference for God. This person is called by God Himself and sent under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. This process can take place in a local church and its full implications are not always known to the participants at the time. Yet to the Holy Spirit they are known and imparted. This type of ministry affects towns, cities and regions by calling the people of God to cleansing, healing and ultimately unity in purpose.
The text found in Nehemiah illustrates the need for cleansing and renewal within the people of God. This is not about the secular worldview and its purposes. It’s about changing a people to live Biblically and for the glory of God. This takes time and concerted effort. Our common enemy thwarts this from ever happening and attacks unifying seasons upon the body of Christ. Sanballat, Tobiah and Gershem are biblical enemies of unity actually against the people of God. They are many times active within the gates of a city and strategically placed to obstruct through deflection, passivity or inaction and aggressive intellectual methods. These types are in every church, town and city across the globe.
The walls of Jerusalem represent brokenness. Brokenness is a total shattering of all human strength and ability. If we want to join God in His work then a total shattering of our motivations and will takes place first. At the time Nehemiah saw no temple system, no worship and no clear purpose operating within the people of God. They were far from what was intended of them from God’s perspective. So Nehemiah does a few foundational things; 1) he notices and prays 2) he fasts and confesses sin of his generational lines 3) he sees and sets himself to do something about what he sees. As an anointed vessel Nehemiah’s enemies cannot and will not prevail over God’s purposes through this type of ministry.
Pastor Gary Wilkerson says “the greatest power bestowed to a man is the power to restore ruins”. When His people are in the midst of troubled times this type of ministry comes on the scene to remind us what God did in the pages of this historical event. It is interesting that Nehemiah organizes the rebuilding according to families, neighborhoods and occupations. His plan is to motivate God’s people toward rebuilding the ruins.
Salvation is a point where one becomes part of the people of God. The penalty of sin has been paid and your eyes and heart have seen it and receive it. This is the work of the Holy Spirit in all of us. The cleansing and healing part is ongoing. This is what begins to separate and send us out to be of service.