We Write the Narrative – By Aligning Under God’s Kingdom Agenda – Protecting the Vision
Nehemiah 2: 11-12 & 17-18
READING FOR WORSHIP GUIDE: Nehemiah 2: 11-12 & 17-18
||Proverbs Ch. 29; Nehemiah 1: 1-11; Isaiah 58: 1-12
||Proverbs Ch. 30; Nehemiah 2: 1-20; Ephesians 6: 10-20
||Proverbs Ch. 31; Nehemiah 4: 1-23; II Corinthians 5: 21
||Proverbs Ch. 1; Nehemiah 5: 1-19
||Proverbs Ch. 2; Nehemiah 6: 1-19
||Proverbs Ch. 3; James 4: 1-12
||Proverbs Ch. 4; Ephesians 4: 1-16
We Write the Narrative – By ALIGNING UNDER GOD’S KINGDOM AGENDA – PROTECTING THE VISION
We are examining our individual and collective kingdom assignments through the values, vision, and mission God has given us at Quinn Chapel.
VISION – A vision is a clear comprehensive “photograph” of a person or an organization at some point in the future. It provides direction because it describes what the person or organization needs to be like, to be successful within the future.
- Vision is not about “doing” but “being”
- Think – God’s PROCESS, God’s PROMISE, God’s PASSION. We live in the inspiration of Holy Spirit’s vision for our lives.
- We cannot succeed in achieving a vision; we must live in the inspiration of it until it accomplishes itself
- Vision is not accomplished – Genesis 16: 1-15 – Abram, Sarai, Hagar. If we attempt on our power, we produce problems and not the promise.
VISION (optical) – the special sense by which the qualities of an object… constituting its appearance are perceived through a process in which light…is transformed and transmitted to the brain.
- For there to be vision there must be light.
- What we see in the light shapes our thinking
Nehemiah 2: 11-12 & 17-18 – 11 I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days 12 I set out during the night with a few others. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on.
17 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me.
They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.
PROTECTING THE VISION
When God provides vision for your life there will be opposition. Let’s discuss in what forms opposition presents itself and the weapons God has given you to rise above the opposition and remain in the vision.
Remember, we remain in the inspiration of the vision as the vision fulfills itself. Therefore, the enemy’s efforts will be to distract you from or pull you out of the vision.
The book of Nehemiah describes a man who was given vision by God for the work of Restoration (Isaiah 58: 12 for definition) and experienced opposition to God’s Vision. The account of his life describes the opposition experienced by Nehemiah and the responses that kept him “in the vision”.
- Sadness, disappointment, and discouragement as a result of bad news. Nehemiah 1: 1-11.
- Process, Promise, Passion – Your passion may come from something you hate!
- Pray, fast. Bathe the problem in prayer.
- Make yourself available to God to make the situation better.
- Those who would kill the vision in its early or formative stages. Nehemiah 2: 11-16.
- Moses, Joseph, and Jesus Christ are examples of those the enemy attempted to destroy at a young age in order to kill God’s plan or vision for God’s people.
- Remember the game “Connect the Dots”.
- People will not be able to connect the dots and see the vision as you have been able to see the vision.
- Those who can’t see the vision will at times become frustrated with your course and believe it is their duty to kill the vision;
- And if they believe it is necessary, even kill the possessor of the vision.
- Keep the vision to yourself to allow God to give you more clarity of what the vision entails.
- Do your homework, by researching and defining what God is revealing.
- Ridicule and mocking. Nehemiah 2:19-20.
- Stay focused on your relationship with God.
- Those who mock and ridicule are not tied to your destiny or God’s Vision for your life.
- Additionally, we often want to further wrap ourselves in the vision in an attempt counter the sting of ridicule and mockery.
- Remember, “the joy of the Lord is your strength”.
- The vision will inspire you.
- God will strengthen and protect you and the vision!
- Embarrassment by using public ridicule. Nehemiah 4: 1-6
- Do not respond to it.
- Turn to God in prayer asking God to deal with them by
- Turning their insults back on them;
- Giving them over as plunder in God’s victory;
- Asking God to cover their sins so you do see them;
- Keep moving forward.
- People plotting together against you and the vision. Nehemiah 4: 7-9.
- Go to Ephesians 6:12 and remember, “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
- Remain prepared for spiritual warfare. Use every weapon God has given you, especially prayer!
- Rubble from our past that weighs us down tiring us resulting in fear. Nehemiah 4: 10-23.
- “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” (General George S. Patton, Jr. And Vince Lombardi).
- Remember, “2 Corinthians 5:21 – “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” and remove the rubble.
- You are the righteousness of God, right now and always because of the finished work of Jesus on the Cross.
- Your failures are simply steps toward your future.
- FALL FORWARD!
- Partner with another for encouragement and support.
- Injustice, control, and abuse of power by those who wield influence. Nehemiah 5: 1-19.
- Confront injustice head on.
- Express what God’s view of injustice is and how God addresses it.
- Unjust people do not do what is “right” simply because it is “right”. They change their behavior because there are consequences for not doing so (v13).
- Demonstrate the behavior you want to see in others (vv14-19). If you want to see change, be the change you want to see (Bishop Edgar Vann).
- Distraction from God’s Vision using things that look appealing but are actually harmful and aimed at your destruction. Nehemiah 6:1-4.
- STAY ON THE WALL!
- Rumor and innuendo intended to weaken your resolve. Nehemiah 6: 5-9.
- Pray God’s strength.
- State the truth.
- Move forward.
- Intimidation and fearful self-interest that can be pointed to discredit you and the vision. Nehemiah 6: 10-15.
- Recognize fearful self-interest and intimidation when you experience them.
- “Submit yourself, then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4: 7)
- Attempts to undermine and intimidate after experiencing success. Nehemiah 6: 16-19.
- People will tell you that you were wrong even after the successful completion of God’s assignment.
- Always look to God, remembering the battle was won before the fight started.
- Because we are in the train of His majestic robe, we ride in with the Victor (Eph. 4: 7-8). CELEBRATE GOD’S VICTORY! It’s your victory
GOD’S VISION FOR QUINN CHAPEL
(A Kingdom Building Assignment!)
- A congregation conducting all activities and operations in excellence; honoring and glorifying God in all that we do.
- A LIGHTHOUSE shining the healing power of Christ glory on those who are wounded, bound, or without hope.
- A congregation with full operation of Holy Spirit.
- A world-wide distribution center receiving money and other resources, then applying and distributing them to those who are the “least of these.”
- A completely restored and fully operational facility expressing the glory of God.
- A congregation that assists other congregations to further the Kingdom of God.
INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
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