The Assignment
by Pastor Derrick Jackson on July 1st, 2015

GOD intends for US – The Church – to GLORIFY HIM – Carrying Out the Commandments He Gave Us.
His Commandments Are OUR ASSIGNMENT.

What is Your Church’s Assignment?
What is YOUR Assignment?

Nehemiah chapter 1 => THE ASSIGNMENT is Revealed With A REPORT.

REPORT
Nehemiah 1 : 1 – 3  (NKJV)
Nehemiah Prays for His People
1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah.
It came to pass in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan (fn) the citadel, 2 that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. 3 And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.” (emphasis underlining added)
 
Nehemiah chapter 1 => THE ASSIGNMENT is Received By REPENTANCE (Prayer).
 
REPENTANCE 
Nehemiah 1 : 4 – 11  (NKJV)
4 So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
5 And I said: “I pray, LORD God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You (fn) and observe Your (fn) commandments, 6 please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned.7 We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. 8 Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations; (fn) 9 but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.’ (fn) 10 Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong hand. 11 O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” For I was the king’s cupbearer.  (emphasis underlining added)
 
Nehemiah chapter 2 => The Assignment is Fulfilled by THE Righteous One (God).

Nehemiah chapter 2 => The Assignment is Fulfilled with FAVOR – The Favor of God and
Favor with Humans
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God supernaturally provided everything the Israelites needed to return to their homeland. God gave the Israelites favor with King Artaxerxes. In Ezra chapter 7, King Artaxerxes gives the decree for the Jewish people to return home and he also informs the rest of his empire to accommodate Jews with their return journey and the rebuilding of the temple.  Nehemiah had to RISK his position as the king's cupbearer in order to obtain favor for God's people, the favor supernaturally provided God.

RISK
Nehemiah 2 : 1 – 8  (NKJV)
1 And it came to pass in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, that I took the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never been sad in his presence before. 2 Therefore the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart.”
So I became dreadfully afraid, 3 and said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire?”

4 Then the king said to me, “What do you request?”
So I prayed to the God of heaven. 5 And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”
6 Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), “How long will your journey be? And when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.
7 Furthermore I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River,(fn) that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah, 8 and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple,(fn) for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy.” And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me.  (emphasis underlining added)
 
God’s FAVOR is a Reward of FAITH in Him.
 
REWARD
Nehemiah 2 : 9 – 20  (NKJV)
9 Then I went to the governors in the region beyond the River, and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent captains of the army and horsemen with me. 10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official (fn) heard of it, they were deeply disturbed that a man had come to seek the well-being of the children of Israel.
<< Nehemiah Views the Wall of Jerusalem >>
11 So I came to Jerusalem and was there three days. 12 Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me; I told no one what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem; nor was there any animal with me, except the one on which I rode. 13 And I went out by night through the Valley Gate to the Serpent Well and the Refuse Gate, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem which were broken down and its gates which were burned with fire. 14 Then I went on to the Fountain Gate and to the King’s Pool, but there was no room for the animal under me to pass. 15 So I went up in the night by the valley, and viewed the wall; then I turned back and entered by the Valley Gate, and so returned.16 And the officials did not know where I had gone or what I had done; I had not yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials, or the others who did the work.
17 Then I said to them, “You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach.” 18 And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me.
So they said, “Let us rise up and build.” Then they set their hands to this good work.
19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?”
20 So I answered them, and said to them, “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem.”
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What Appears to be a Risk (YOUR ENEMIES) is Actually A Reward.

--  Your enemies can not defeat you as long as you are faithful to God.

--  They laugh at you initially because they may view you as a slave.

--  They laugh at you initially because they have only seen you as subordinate, in submission to different POWERS that control every aspect of your life.

--  Psalm 23:4-6 (5)  |  REWARD
4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
​​I will fear no evil; ​​For You are with me; ​​Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 ​​You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
​​You anoint my head with oil; ​​My cup runs over.
6 ​​Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me ​​All the days of my life;
​​And I will dwell (fn) in the house of the LORD ​​Forever.

God’s Assignment Has REWARDS!
 
STRATEGY for the Assignment
--  Get to WORK – NO Delay (Nehemiah chapters 3 – 6)
--  Delegate POWER and AUTHORITY (Nehemiah chapter 7)
--  Reestablish God’s Law as Supreme (Nehemiah chapters 8 – 10).


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