When you think of yourself, do you think Authority? I would have to say for myself, thats not the first thing that comes to mind. However, in all reality, it should be. The Word says that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come. That new creation should be someone rooted in authority in the name of Jesus. But thats not always the man or woman on the other side of salvation. Why? Why is it that we have Authority, provision and protection, but we dont always walk as if we do? Today, through the book of Nehemiah, God will show us His perspective on authority. I believe that today God wants to show us that if we ask, God will give us the authority, provision and protection needed to fulfill the work He has called us to do.
In the last year we have seen growth on almost every level.
Our general attendance has increased by almost 400.
Our JHigh has almost tripled; our High School has almost
Our childrens ministry has increased by almost 60 kids.
We have seen almost 3x the amount of HS baptisms.
We have seen almost 3x the number of water baptisms.
We have seen almost double the number of rededications.
God is at Work
Today God is saying, do not relent, do not stop, pursue me... ask (Mt 7:7). In Nehemiah, we see that Israel had made some good progress in rebuilding the temple, but in their story, they stalled out. Here we see Nehemiah ask to go and complete the work that was started. I believe that today is a great day to rededicate ourselves to the work, to keep going, to see the work of The Lord all the way through to completion, to refuse to stall out. (Well come back to this later.)
Seeking the Call of God
The reality is, we all have a calling! Some of us are chasing after ours, some are running from it, some are scared by theirs and some dont understand why God chose them. But the reality is, we all have a calling and our calling in the New Testament church is even greater than what we see here in Nehemiah, because our calling is based on people not stones.
Some of you as you hear me talking about fulfilling your calling, you cringe, you feel so broken and so unworthy that you cant imagine how God could use you. Some of us just dont see how it could ever happen. The reality is, that is a lie from the pit of hell. You not only have worth and the ability, but you have authority in the name of Jesus to overcome anything.
...greater is He who is in you, then he who is in the world (1Jn 4:4).
No weapon formed against you will prevail, and you will refute the tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of The Lord, and this is their vindication from Me, declares The Lord. (Isa 54:17)
...in all these things we are more then conquerors through Him who loves us. (Ro 8:37)
Mark 11:23, Luke 17:6
The mountain in Mark 11 is an obstacle, something that needs to be moved in order for the work of The Lord to happen to you. Maybe this is addiction, maybe its a lifestyle or something that you just wont let go of.
The Mulberry in Luke 17 is something rooted in you. It may be an attitude, maybe it is an offense, maybe its rebellion, lack of trust, hurt, loss...
Either situation, whether it be an obstacle or an attitude, it must be surrendered to Christ in order for you to move on.
There are times in life when we are broken and need Gods restoration. But we cant live there. We must see that God has a calling for us and it must be us pursuing it. Nehemiah wasnt asked by the king, he was so burdened that he asked the king to send him. Nehemiah was prepared for a yes and knew what needed to be done. When we need healing, we need to, for the sake of health, build a time frame around it. We need something to push us towards healing.
Breakthrough isnt, whee, breakthrough. It takes work, it takes pushing, it takes pursuit. We must let Him do what it takes; we must seek the power of the Holy Spirit; we must make drastic changes if that is what it takes. We must understand that through Jesus, we have been given authority to break the pattern, to pursue health, and to complete the work no matter how big the obstacle or how deep the roots.
This only can happen through the authority given to us by Jesus and that happens by following Nehemiahs example when he asked the king for the letters to the other governors. Nehemiah was asking to go with the authority of the king. Have you asked for the authority of your King? (Jn 15:16)
Asking for Provision
Prayer: God give me the strength as I step out in faith to move mountains and rip out the mulberry tree, to take authority. Help me to never stop with asking for authority, but help me follow Nehemiahs example and keep asking. Lord, give me the finances to do the work, give me the gifting to fulfill the call, give me the land to build, give me the people to lead. Father give me whatever provision is needed to fulfill the call you have for me.
Notice Nehemiah didnt ask for protection, but the king gave it to him. The Lord knows that as we step out, the enemy will attack. But we must be confident in this, that if we step out in His name, under His authority, He will give us protection to see the work done to completion. Just as Paul was confident in the fact that He who began a good work in the church in Philippi would see it through to completion, He will do the same for us.
If we ask, God will give us the Authority, Provision and Protection to complete the work He has called us to.
Are we willing to ask God to send us?
Are we willing to use the Authority given to us, to uproot
the mulberry trees?
Are we ready for him to say, yes, go?
Do we know that He will provide?
Do we know that there will be opposition, but there will be