Nehemiah (10-11): Making Deals With God

Nehemiah: 10-11
Nehemiah 9:36-38
First term: no foreign women
Deuteronomy 7:1-4
1 Kings 11:4-8
Second term: keep the sabbath
Exodus 20:8-11
Third term: give tithes and offerings
2 Corinthians 8:7
2 Corinthians 9:7

The terms of their “deal with God”:
We’ll honor You in our relationships.
We’ll honor You in our time.
We’ll honor You in our finances.

We can’t really make deals with God.
Acts 17:24-25, 28 NIV
“God, I will do whatever you want me to, no matter the result.”

Nehemiah (9): Is This What Revival Looks Like?

Revival (defn) 1) an improvement in the condition or strength of something. 2) an instance of something becoming popular, active, or important again.

“Revival is the awakening or quickening of God’s people to their true nature and purpose.” Robert Coleman

Nehemiah 9:1-3
They hear God’s word.
They ask God’s forgiveness.
They cry out in worship.

Nehemiah 9:4-25
Acknowledging God’s goodness.
Nehemiah 9:26-30
Acknowledging God’s discipline.
Nehemiah 9:31
Acknowledging God’s mercy.
Nehemiah 9:32-35
Acknowledging God’s righteousness/faithfulness.
Nehemiah 9:36-37
Acknowledging their need for the Lord.

They hear God’s word, they ask God’s forgiveness, and they worship Him. They start to acknowledge him for who he truly is.

Nehemiah (8): The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength

Nehemiah 8:1-8
We need to be eager to hear and understand his word.

Nehemiah 8:9-12
The very fact that you are being convicted by God’s word is evidence that he still loves you… is still pursuing you… and still hasn’t given up on you. It is cause for great joy.

Nehemiah 8:13-18

Nehemiah 8:10b “Do not be grieved” Nehemiah says, “for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

Deuteronomy 34:6-7

(The last few minutes includes our outreach spotlight segment.)