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Build and Battle SermonBlog Day 3 Nehemiah 4:13-23

There is Forward Building:  4:13-23

          Therefore I positioned men behind the lower parts of the wall, at the openings; and I set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.  And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, ‘Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.’

           And it happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had brought their plot to nothing, that all of us returned to the wall, everyone to his work. So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders were behind all the house of Judah. Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon. Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me. Then I said to the nobles, the rulers, and the rest of the people, ‘The work is great and extensive, and we are separated far from one another on the wall. Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.’

          So we labored in the work, and half of the men held the spears from daybreak until the stars appeared. At the same time I also said to the people, ‘Let each man and his servant stay at night in Jerusalem, that they may be our guard by night and a working party by day.’ So neither I, my brethren, my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me took off our clothes, except that everyone took them off for washing.

             In these final verses Nehemiah moved forward in the building of the wall. It was a forward building at its best under Nehemiah’s leadership by the power of God. In spite of the enemies, Nehemiah determined that he would press through to fulfill that calling which God had given.

 13:                   Phase 1. Position

14-15               Phase 2. Proclamation

16:                   Phase 3. Protection

17-19:              Phase 4. Preparation

20-21:              Phase 5. Communication

22:                   Phase 6. Unification

23:                   Phase 7. Deprivation

           As God builds His kingdom, His servants are called to battle the enemy while continuing to build and serve. Is what you are doing part of the building, or is it adding to the battling? Move forward to fulfill the calling God has given you.