Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                          Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Feb 1, 2012:                     "A Walking Faith is a Talking Faith!" 
Wed PM Worship                                 

Text: Ne 6:9-19 (King James Version)

  "Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

                                       The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;"

 

Nehemiah 6:9   For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.

Nehemiah 6:10   Afterward I came unto the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah the son of Mehetabeel, who was shut up; and he said, Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple: for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee.

Nehemiah 6:11   And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, being as I am, would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in.

Nehemiah 6:12   And, lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; but that he pronounced this prophecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

Nehemiah 6:13   Therefore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that they might have matter for an evil report, that they might reproach me.

Nehemiah 6:14   My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.

Nehemiah 6:15   So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days.

Nehemiah 6:16   And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.

Nehemiah 6:17   Moreover in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters unto Tobiah, and the letters of Tobiah came unto them.

Nehemiah 6:18   For there were many in Judah sworn unto him, because he was the son in law of Shechaniah the son of Arah; and his son Johanan had taken the daughter of Meshullam the son of Berechiah.

Nehemiah 6:19   Also they reported his good deeds before me, and uttered my words to him. And Tobiah sent letters to put me in fear.

 

Let's pray. Father,  Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.

Open my ears so I can hear Your voice.
Open my mind so I can understand Your Word.
And open my heart so I may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN

 

2 Timothy 1:5   When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

2 Timothy 1:6   Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

2 Timothy 1:7   For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:8   Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

 

                                       "Fear Paralyzes Faith Mobilizes!"

The devil is the sinister minister of fear. It's the opposite of faith, which is what pleases God.

3 points on fear:
1. Fear Degrades our Lord.
It's an insult to God.
An insult to His sovereignty - He is in control, but fear says no He's not.
An insult to His providence - He guides us, but fear says, no He doesn't.
An insult to His power - He protects us, but fear says, no He doesn't.

When Israel left Egypt they were halted at the banks of the Red Sea. They were afraid and said, wish we had died in Egypt! Why were they afraid? They forgot what God had just done thru the 10 plagues to get them out. Fear comes when we forget that God is standing right beside us!

Fear degrades our Lord. He is insulted as we forget His presence and stop trusting in Him.

So, God parts the waters for Israel and they cross, miraculously, on dry ground. So now, all their fears are dispelled, right? Wrong! Soon they run short on food and water and say, Moses, did you bring us here to die? Sure, God can part the waters, but can He give us water in the desert? Yes, He did, right out of a rock, and manna from the sky! Are they over their fears now? No! They come to the edge of the Promised Land, some of the spies return with a bad report and what gripped their hearts? Fear! See how fear degrades our Lord?!

2 Timothy 1:7-8
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner:
Get the picture, here's Paul in prison, telling a guy who is free not to be afraid. This means that fear should have nothing to do w/ our circumstances. Fear is a choice. So is trust!

2 Timothy 1:12
12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.


Paul is basically saying I may be in prison, but I know who's in control, I know who's with me, I know who's providing for me, and Know who's guiding me.


Like Paul, Nehemiah isn't focused on the enemy but on God.


If the enemy can get you re-focused he can paralyze you with fear!

v. 11-12a, 9b When we are fearful, we have forgotten 3 things:
 Who God really is.
 Whose we really are and belong to.
 What God has already done for us.

Fear degrades our Lord.

2. Fear Destroys our Lives.
Proverbs 29:25
25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
A snare is a trap. What does a trap do? Immobilize! Render ineffective!

In our text the enemy wants to trap Nehemiah with fear. There was a prophet named Shemaiah, not a real man of God, but a hireling who did it just for money. The enemy uses Shemaiah by paying him to set a trap. He hid in his house and pretended his life was in danger. He got Nehemiah's attention and urged him to flee ... an attempt to get him to leave the work of the wall.

v. 12 Nehemiah recognized Satan's fear trap.

Satan is still laying that trap for us today.

Fear brings a snare, and it also brings torment.
1 John 4:18
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
You can torment yourself physically with fear. Anxiety, ulcers, high blood pressure, stomach problems of all kinds.

Who here is terrified of public speaking? Come on up and finish the message will ya?!

ill.--a man was getting up in years. His brother died, leaving him a million dollars. The kids were afraid to tell Grandpa about this big inheritance because he had a weak heart. They didn't want him to have a coronary. They said, let the pastor tell him, he's trained at breaking bad news. They instructed the preacher and he agreed. He joined grandpa on the porch, rocking. A little small talk, then he broached the subject. "Just hypothetical, what would you do if you inherited a million dollars?" He said, "Well, at my age I don't really need it. I guess I'd just give it all to the church." The preacher fell over dead of a heart attack.

Fear is to the body what sand is to machinery. But faith is like oil.

Hebrews 11:1   Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

 

Daniel 11:32   And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

 

Matthew 9:28   And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.

 

Matthew 9:29   Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.  If they had not had faith to believe they would have left the same way they came. "BLIND"

Matthew 9:30   And their eyes were opened;

 

Luke 8:24   And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.

 

Luke 8:25   And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being  afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! For he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

 

James 1:3   Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

James 1:4   But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

 

James 2:17   Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

James 2:18   Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.

James 2:19   Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

James 2:20   But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

 

Matthew 21:21   Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be

done.

Matthew 21:22   And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

 

Fear bring a snare, torment, and...

Fear brings bondage.
Hebrews 2:15
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.


Many cannot enjoy the moment because they are so afraid of what might happen.

Some can't focus on their job because they are so afraid of losing it. Some can't enjoy life because of fear of death, or losing their health. Every time they hear about a disease they think they've got it. They hear symptoms and think they are developing them, psychosomatically.

Fear not only destroys our lives, it degrades our Lord...

3. Fear Delights our Enemy.
Nehemiah was a gifted leader, but it doesn't matter if he is paralyzed w/ fear, his talents would be of no value.

And if we don't use our gifts, we fail to be a blessing to God, but we delight the enemy. Some can sing but won't, out of fear.
[teach, pray aloud, come forward to altar, surrender to preach, get assurance of salvation]
Matthew 25:25
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth:

What is the answer to fear? Do what Nehemiah did. Stay God focused, rather than enemy focused. Remember His sovereignty, providence, and power.

1 John 4:4
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Psalm 27:1
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Romans 8:31
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Fear of God alleviates all other fears. And if you kneel before God, you can stand before man!