This is a compilation based on the message I gave at my church on 01-03-2013.
Scripture : Nehemiah chapters 1 and 2.
For Nehemiah, it all began with a burden/concern for the people of Israel, his people. He did not neglect it or bury it.
He had a concern for his people.
– prayed, fasted, and wept before God.
– Go to God first when you have a concern/burden.
He was cup-bearer to the King.
– He carried himself up in his career to where he is now.
– do what you enjoy or enjoy what you do
– look at the hard working man, he will stand before kings.
He carried his burden constantly within his heart.
– a burden is something that kind of haunts you constantly.
– you can work on it or bury it with you. Give it life by doing something about it immediately or bury it with you in the grave.
His concern/burden of the heart is noticed by the King.
– Hope. The day will come when your concerns/burdens will be noticed by others or the concerned.
– Keep praying. Keep planning. Keep working.
He laid his concern/burden as a plan before the King/Queen.
– He had already planned before talking to the King. But the King noted it first before he ever opened his mouth.
– BUT Nehemiah was ready with a plan. He had worked/planned enough that he converted it into a workable plan instantly when King noticed his heart/burden.
– Be prepared. Get ready for you don’t know when you will have to lay it down before men. It may come suddenly.
When asked, Nehemiah stated his heart/plan/burden boldly.
– He spoke from his heart.
– He was bold and clear.
– He had a plan.
– He convinced both the King and the Queen at the same time because he was bold and clear.
When asked, he prayed within himself. He prayed silently.
– Trust in God to give you wisdom when you have to talk/present your plan suddenly.
– Before he laid the plan down before the earthly king, he had already laid it down at the Heavenly King.
He was afraid before the King.
– Because it was not King’s work/concern.
– Yet he spoke boldly and clearly.
2:8 “Because the gracious hand of my God was upon me…”
– He concluded that it was because of his God though that did not exclude him from planning/working/thinking.
He shares the burden to the King and Queen.