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Do We Have a Mind to Build?

America is blessed having our foundation laid by men and women of God who gave their lives so that future generations of Americans might build upon that foundation and enjoy the perpetual blessings from God!

Unfortunately, the “walls of defense” have been breached! In fact, the walls have “come a tumbling down!” Our guard has been down and our borders have been breached! In the Book of Nehemiah we see how he faced the same dilemma as he hears news about Jerusalem and then attempts to strengthen the walls of the city before they are over run again.

Nehemiah was grieved; he was broken about the condition of his beloved city – the City of God! He could of said, “Oh well, I have a good job here as the king’s cup bearer.” Sadly, many Americans – even Christian Americans, are found unalarmed, indifferent and unconcerned about the continuing decay of America’s spiritual condition! I don’t have time to get into all the ills of our society – they are numerous! What I want to do is it to speak about Nehemiah’s approach to rebuilding the fallen and decaying walls of any Society!”

[adsanity id=8405 align=alignleft /]The first thing Nehemiah did when hearing about the condition of Jerusalem was to get on his face and PRAY! It was a prayer of humility, trust, repentance, claiming the promises of God and submitting to His will. We are not going to have this humble, prayerful attitude if we continue to keep our heads in the “sands of indifference and denial!”

Nehemiah, after arriving at Jerusalem, scoped out the condition of the city. He was a leader, sent by God to attempt great things for God and expect great things from God! He didn’t have the common attitude that “someone else will do the job.”  The question for all of us is; what can we do about the crumbling political, spiritual, social and moral walls that are rapidly collapsing in America? We can start as Nehemiah did – pray! The Lord may then want us to write, speak; to get involved in some way that would be pleasing in His sight.

Nehemiah was smart enough to realize that he could not go it alone! As we read the Book of Nehemiah we recognize that the “I” and “Me” quickly change to “we” and “they!” Sometimes we may feel that we’re all alone in our efforts to create change for God. We must realize that trouble will visit us sooner or later. Expect opposition along the way as Nehemiah did from within and without his encampment. My friend, if we commit ourselves to get into the “trenches” as a God’s person, we’re going to be fired upon.

If we’re involved in something that we feel is truly changing our community and find no opposition, chances are we’re no threat to evil at all. Nehemiah was not going to let these men of darkness detour him at all! How could he be so certain? He knew that light is greater than darkness, truth is greater that lies, fire is hotter than smoke, good is stronger than evil, love is more powerful than hate and God is greater than the devil!

Aren’t you tired of being always on the defensive! Far too long have the people of light been asleep in the light while our nation is decaying in the night! St. Paul said, “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light!” Our founding, God-fearing fathers and mothers of this nation were willing to lose everything, even their lives, for the future of America!   Are we?

We must not quit. Determination will win in the end. Momentum is everything when attempting great things for God! The one that carries the ball forward will score the touchdown! The fear of many is that they will “fumble.” Remember, the “good fight” we are called to is not so much for the concern of ourselves. It is for our children; for our nation and for our Lord!

By the blessings of God, Nehemiah and the citizens of Jerusalem prevailed and built that wall with all the doors and gates in 52 days! Today, we couldn’t build a wall around Jerusalem in 52 months! The Empire State Building was built in 13 months in 1930 during the Great Depression! We couldn’t do that today! Maybe it was because of the Great Depression that made it possible! People needed work! They jumped at the idea of accomplishing something great and, at the same time, providing for their families. Paul said in Heb. 12:12-13 – “Strengthen the weak hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed!”

A lot is riding on our generation! Most people who have their finger on the pulse of this country realize we are living at a very critical time in our history! I believe it is still possible to rebuild America’s walls that our Founders have laid! Will we be found faithful to that call?[adsanity id=11817 align=alignleft /]

16 Responses to Do We Have a Mind to Build?

  1. JoAnn Dolberg February 5, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

    I love this account of Nehemiah…it is interesting to note that the priests, the spiritual teachers, began the work of rebuilding the wall and they completed the sheep gate. If only Christians would grab hold of that truth…the shepherds and sheep need to begin to build first, and then everyone else who has a heart for God, will follow. Every day, we need to pray, “Protect us from evil,” because the Word of God is alive and powerful, and He, the Christ, has already overcome all manner of evil including death! If only all of His words lived in all Americans…

    • Stephan Nash February 6, 2015 at 7:40 am #

      JoAnn, thanks for the comments. Yes, it must begin with the clergy!

  2. Gary Thomsen February 5, 2015 at 10:49 am #

    Pastor Nash, your comments are so true. We need a Nehemiah as a leader today, but unfortunately we keep electing a wizard of Oz or the mad queen from Alice in Wonderland.
    From killing the unborn to refusing to call sin sin, to making crime legal, to encouraging the aged and infirm to die with dignity, we have truly created a miry pit. Jesus came to defeat death, not merely make it dignified. If His goal was to make death dignified, with His death He set a poor example! I agree with you completely; we need to pray and then pray some more. Lord, open the eyes of those who will not see. Give courage to the ambivalent. Make the unaware cognizant of how You see sin. Bring sinners to You, oh Lord. Amen.

    • Stephan Nash February 5, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

      Gary, thanks for your comments and prayer. You speak the truth (unfortunately).

  3. sumitch February 5, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    All I am able is do is small annual donations and to fight with letters and calls to my elected congressional men. Overall I think they are failing in their duty to protect this country from what Obama has done, is doing and will do if not stopped. I discuss what is happening to my country with people willing to talk about Obama but have encountered many that get upset when I do.

    On a daily basis I see our great flag flying outside the apartment complex where I live and seeing it reminds me to ask the Lord to protect our country. I don’t know if it is something that can be considered a prayer or not. Never-the-less I ask for his protection.

    My detailed knowledge of the bible is not near as great as many although I’ve read much of it. Something tells me that the bible tells me to ask how I can serve God and that I’m wrong in asking for his help. I don’t know where I got that and would appreciate some knowing explanation on whether my asking for his protection is wrong or not.

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie February 5, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

      sumitch: it is a trick of satan to have us not ask of the Lord regardless of how minor it seems to us…the scripture says we should cast all of our cares up upon him 1 Peter 5:7; Philippians 4:4-7; Psalms 37:4,5…and many more verses…

      • sumitch February 5, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

        Thank you Mychal. I don’t know where I got the idea but it’s a relief to know that I can ask for help. And trust me, in today’s world I need help and I think all of us do. It’s beginning to seem that we have world wide guerilla warfare and our moral teachings are being discarded. I can only hope that someone much wiser than me can get the world moving in the right direction. We need a wise courageous leader and unfortunately what we have is leading us down the wrong path.

  4. John McClain February 5, 2015 at 9:33 am #

    As a young boy, I was raised reading books from my parents days in school as a “navy brat”, living in Spain for 2 and Italy for another 2 years, so was reading history as written in the 20’s and 30’s, not politically corrected.
    I was confronting my Dad over the implications and expectations of our founders, and the so simply logical means of our constitution, and our taking God’s law, yet seeing so little of it in life, daily, made me question how we had all this history that “even makes sense to me”, yet we retained no part of first principles.
    My dad would tell me, “son, we have the worst government in the world….except for all the rest”. I would ask, but why don’t we fix the problems, one at a time? His answer was, “we each had different ideas on right and wrong, and without compromise, law won’t be written”.
    I have never been able to justify questioning the Laws of God, when they are laid out correctly, honestly translated they have stood every possible test.

    • Stephan Nash February 6, 2015 at 7:44 am #

      John, thanks for sharing. I believe it was Franklin who answered the question from the lady who asked him, “What kind of government do we have Mr, Franklin?” He answered, “A republic if we can keep it.”

  5. Mychal Massie
    Mychal Massie February 5, 2015 at 8:42 am #

    pastor nash: you are spot on…a true barometer of whether what we are doing is to the glory of God is the extent to which the enemy attacks us…if we aren’t impacting satan’s time here on earth he has no need or interest in fighting against that which we are doing…because if we aren’t doing it to advance the Kingdom of God we are doing it to further satan’s…

    • sumitch February 5, 2015 at 9:54 am #

      Lately when I post something I get a notice that says “Your comment is awaiting moderation”. I’m not sure that I understand what this means and would appreciate knowing what is being done with my post.

      • Stephan Nash February 5, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

        Sumitch, you will have to ask Mychal Massie. I have no idea what that means.

      • Mychal Massie
        Mychal Massie February 5, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

        sumitch: I’m not sure why that is happening…I’ll look into it…sometimes the slightest change to settings throws things of…that said you are I can assure you it is nothing major…

        • sumitch February 5, 2015 at 7:25 pm #

          Good. I was worried I was saying something not allowed or that it was spell checking me. Thank you.

      • Mychal Massie
        Mychal Massie February 5, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

        sumitch: your comments are now posted…for some reason and I have no idea why your some of your comments and those of others were held for approval…it might be our spam features randomly chkg in addition to how it regularly functions…or as I said sometimes the slightest change in settings does it…if it happens again let me know I suggest you send me email per same…that said it’s nothing major…

    • Stephan Nash February 5, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

      Thanks for your comments, Mychal. We must continue to fight the good fight!

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