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In this message, Pastor David Lindell teaches how walking with God requires readiness on our part. Our prayer is that this sermon encourages you to get ready and experience God's blessing!
SeriesThe Prayer Meeting
Scripture ReferenceNehemiah 13
Get Ready for God to Do It
1. Put the Priority on Worship
Nehemiah 13:15–17 (ESV)
In those days I saw in Judah people treading winepresses on the Sabbath, and bringing in heaps of grain and loading them on donkeys, and also wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of loads, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. And I warned them on the day when they sold food. Tyrians also, who lived in the city, brought in fish and all kinds of goods and sold them on the Sabbath to the people of Judah, in Jerusalem itself! Then I confronted the nobles of Judah and said to them, “What is this evil thing that you are doing, profaning the Sabbath day?
2. Confront Complacency
Nehemiah 13:18a (ESV)
Did not your fathers act in this way, and did not our God bring all this disaster on us and on this city?
3. Fortify Your Convictions
Nehemiah 13:19 (ESV)
As soon as it began to grow dark at the gates of Jerusalem before the Sabbath, I commanded that the doors should be shut and gave orders that they should not be opened until after the Sabbath. And I stationed some of my servants at the gates, that no load might be brought in on the Sabbath day.
Nehemiah 13:20–21 (ESV)
Then the merchants and sellers of all kinds of wares lodged outside Jerusalem once or twice. But I warned them and said to them, “Why do you lodge outside the wall? If you do so again, I will lay hands on you.” From that time on they did not come on the Sabbath.
4. Pursue Holiness
Nehemiah 13:23–25 (ESV)
In those days also I saw the Jews who had married women of Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. And half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod, and they could not speak the language of Judah, but only the language of each people. And I confronted them and cursed them and beat some of them and pulled out their hair. And I made them take an oath in the name of God, saying, “You shall not give your daughters to their sons, or take their daughters for your sons or for yourselves.”
Nehemiah 13:30–31 (ESV)
Thus I cleansed them from everything foreign, and I established the duties of the priests and Levites, each in his work; and I provided for the wood offering at appointed times, and for the firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good.