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Developing Godly Vision, part 3

Nehemiah 4: What to Do with Opposition to Vision?

Jamé Bolds

on 3 February 2013

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Transcript of Developing Godly Vision, part 3

vision 2 3 opposition to vision... bridging doctrine and practice. 4 5 Nehemiah 6 7 Developing Godly Vision 1 Developing Personal Vision see what is -- speak to what it will be --
imagine what it may become. Nehemiah 4:1

Now it came about that when
Sanballat heard that we were
rebuilding the wall,
he became furious
very angry
mocked the Jews. "to fight and cause confusion" Nehemiah 4

10 Thus in Judah it was said,
"The strength of the burden bearers is failing,
Yet there is much rubbish;
And we ourselves are unable
To rebuild the wall."

11 Our enemies said,
"They will not know or see until we come among them, kill them and
put a stop to the work." Neh 4:20 Conflict = Vision 4:7 Now when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repair of the walls of Jerusalem went on, and that the breaches began to be closed, they were very angry.

4:8 All of them conspired together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause a confusion in it. can't have
without friction. 5 "God will fight for us..." Nehemiah 4

14. "Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for
your brothers,
your sons,
your daughters,
your wives
your houses." afraid, fear, feared,
revere, worship, obey,
terrified, respect, respected... 99% perspiration
1% inspiration Nehemiah 4

13 So I stationed people at the lower places behind the wall in the exposed places.
I stationed the people by families, with their swords, spears, and bows.

14 When I had made an inspection, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people... awesome 15. God frustrated their intentions. Then all of us returned to the wall, each to his own work.

16 From that day forward, half of my men were doing the work and half of them were taking up spears, shields, bows, and body armor. Now the officers were behind all the people of Judah...

17 ...keeping one hand on the work and the other on their weapon. 18 The builders to a man had their swords strapped to their sides while they were building. "Young man, why would I feel like a failure? And why would I ever give up?
I now know definitively over 9,000 ways that an electric light bulb will not work.

Success is almost in my grasp."
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