The Joy of The Lord Is My Strength- Paul S. Jacobs

GOD HAD THIS SCRIPTURE ON MY MIND, FOR ALMOST THE ENTIRE WEEK…

“The Joy of the Lord is My Strength” … even a song, I remember singing in church when I first got saved.

So I sought it in the Bible and found it …


Nehemiah 8:10 (NKJV) Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”


I AM HERE TO SHARE WITH YOU THIS MORNING THAT HOW YOU FINISH MATTERS…


The life of Nehemiah and the children of Israel, thousands of years ago is OUR STORY NOW, April 17th 2020!

Nehemiah got word that  in Jerusalem the people were in great distress and the city walls were in shambles…

•TODAY – many are fighting over toilet paper and people in the millions have lost wages, lost their jobs or lost there lives due the Coronavirus.

•TODAY – cities are barren and life has stopped in places like NYC or right hear on South Beach


Nehemiah 1:4

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.

•TODAY – we have fast and prayed, in fact, AFTER  our Passover Fast , The Lord had us to examine ourselves for 7 days to find if there be any root of leaven in us… anything that is blocking our relationship with God

In Nehemiah’s prayer, he took the blame and took on the responsibility along with the sins of his forefathers and generation that has caused God’s response.  

HASN’T THAT BEEN THE RESPONSE OF OUR MAN OF GOD, APOSTLE MCKENZIE AS WE HAVE SEEN THIS VIRUS/THIS CRISIS AS GOD AND NOT THE DEVIL… 

Nehemiah didn’t ask God to remove the punishment… but to see the faithful return to HIM and have MERCY


Nehemiah left the rest in the Hands of God…

•TODAY – Apostle McKenzie has shared that if something is God then how can you stop it?!?!  

oLEAVE THIS IN THE HANDS OF GOD,  

oRETURN TO HIM IN FAITH AND OBEDIENCE

oBE THE LIGHT (UNTIL YOUR CHANGE COME…like Job)


Nehemiah went back to work… 

•TODAY -  we must not shrink back from our daily responsibilities

oREMAIN ON THE PRAYER LINE

oATTEND LIVESTREAM SERVICE

oMODEL YOUR FAITH BEFORE YOUR FAMILY FIRST, THEN YOUR COWORKERS, COMMUNITY

oBE IN A SPIRIT OF EXPECTATION, BUT DON’T STOP!!!


MY WEEKLY ROUTINE:

•maintain my fast /prayer days…

•5-day min per week with my father…

•regular Zoom meetings (including prayer services at work)…

•keep my home in order…

•grocery shop…

•call and encourage others…

•handling some major transitions in my personal life…

•keep to a 3-4 day/week running schedule…


… HOW YOU FINISH MATTERS…


Nehemiah 2:4-5

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.”


TOGETHER (DEFN:) – INTO COMPANIONSHIP OR CLOSE ASSOCIATION 

“the experience has brought us together.”


Nehemiah was NOT alone… YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

•IF YOU ARE A MAN ON THIS LINE, WHO STRUGGLES LEADING YOUR FAMILY IN THESE TIMES… THERE ARE OTHER MEN HERE TO HELP YOU THROUGH… (Men Praying on Saturday)

•IF YOU ARE A LADY WHO NEED ENCOURAGEMENT AND SHARPENING OF YOUR FAITH… THERE ARE MORE THAN PLENTY OF LADIES HERE FOR YOU, LAST WEEK WAS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF THE CALIBER OR WOMEN OF FAITH AND POWER WE HAVE HERE…

•IF YOU HAVE A YOUTH AT HOME WHO IS CONFUSED DURING THESE TIMES AND YOU NEED HELP REMINDING THEM THAT “They are the Righteousness of God in Christ…” (ref: 2 Cor 5:21)

oTHEN THERE IS NO TIME TO WASTE, REACH OUT, CALL, EMAIL!!!

oYESTERDAY I GOT A TEXT FROM A YOUNG LADY AT OUR CHURCH WHO CONNECTED ME WITH A MAN SHE MET AT WORK WHO WANTS TO START THE ONE-2-ONE SERIES… I COMMEND HER BOLDNESS AND CARE FOR THAT MAN!!!


Nehemiah chapter 2 and 3 details the sheer numbers and the skills of those who partnered with Nehemiah to build rebuild their life as they new it in Jerusalem… YOU ARE NOT ALONE!


Then there is Sanballat and Tobiah?!?! 

•for every Crisis you face with faith you will have an opposing force the try and discourage you… 

•make you feel that it is all for nothing

•your efforts will fail…


Nehemiah 4  (NKJV)

The Wall Defended Against Enemies

4 But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews. 2 And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned?”

3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall.”


•LOOK AT WHAT THE SCRIPTURE SAID… “WHEN SANBALLAT HEARD…TOBAIH RIGHT BESIDE HIM”

oEvidently they were not part of this great effort for they were not part of the work or even invited!!!

oYOU CANNOT INLUDE EVERYONE INTO YOUR LIFE IN THIS SEASON!

WHAT WAS NEHEMIAH’S RESPONSE


Nehemiah 4  (NKJV)

13 Therefore I positioned men behind the lower parts of the wall, at the openings; and I set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows. 14 And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”

17 Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon.


THESE SAINTS NEVER ABADON THEIR POST, NEVER STOPPED OBEYING GOD, NEVER PUT THEIR GUARDS DOWN…

•TODAY – we must not stop praying, we must not stop protecting our families… HOW?

oLIVING … WALKING LIKE CHRIST! (John 11:6-9)

•6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 7 and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

•8 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”

•9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light.


Nehemiah 5  (NKJV)

Nehemiah even had to deal with the swindling of the people…

•TODAY -  as these Stimulus checks are rolling out, so are the scammers and those who would use this opportunity to profit upon the people.

•TODAY – we have a man of God and many like him who deals with matters directly, covers us and leaves it in the hands of The Lord… (warns the WITCH ON THE PRAYER LINE)

o13 Then I shook out [d]the fold of my garment and said, “So may God shake out each man from his house, and from his property, who does not perform this promise. Even thus may he be shaken out and emptied.” And all the assembly said, “Amen!” and praised the LORD.


Nehemiah 6  (NKJV)

-AT THE END OF THIS PANDEMIC, CRISIS, WHATEVER NAME IS ASSOCIATED WITH IT… OUR ENEMIES AND MANY UNBELIEVERS WILL KNOW THAT THIS IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION THAT ENDED WITH AN ECONOMIC RESET, IS GOD…

-16 And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was done by our God.


… HOW YOU FINISH MATTERS…

  • WE WILL RETURN TO A MORE GLORIOUS LIFE THAN WE LEFT IN THIS SEASON…

  • YOU WILL SEE WITH YOU OWN EYES THE GLORY AND HAND OF THE LORD…

  • AS A PEOPLE WE WILL BE BACK AND ASSEMBLED AS ONE MAN/ONE CONGREGATION/ONE BODY…

  • THE TIME TO PREPARE IS NOW, LIKE NEVER BEFORE… 

  • THEN THE MAN OF GOD WILL SAY TO US ALL…


Nehemiah 8:10 (NKJV) “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”


… HOW YOU FINISH MATTERS…

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