Bible Passage: Nehemiah
Preacher: Lois Taviner
Series: Stand Alone
Around this time of year, I can be often heard saying the words ‘I’ll fix that in the new year’, ‘I’ll stop doing that next year’, ‘I’ll start doing that in January’, ‘I’ll quit that habit next year’… I’m sure I’m not the only one?! What if this Christmas, we decided to act now. To address the things in our lives that our broken (personally, emotionally, spiritually, physically, relationally) and decided to bring those things in for repair, now, today… not next year!
The Old Testament relays a story about Nehemiah, cupbearer to king Artaxerxes, who hears that his hometown, Jerusalem is in a bad way. It’s city walls have been broken down and the city is in danger and disgrace. Nehemiah, prompted by God, makes the decision to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the wall. Nehemiah may have been repairing a physical wall, but the cultural, personal and spiritual significance was far greater.
It might not be a wall that you need to repair, but it could be an unhealthy habit, a character flaw, an addiction, a relationship breakdown.
Through Nehemiah’s example, we learn three important facts to a successful repair job:
I’m believing that God is going to begin some deep, significant and life changing repair work in our broken situations.
Welcome to the Repair Shop – you can do it!