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      T work of t H.S is to bring t Blessings of God into your life. Of course you play a big part in weather or not you'll receive. But from t moment of t new birth, God has been working in you, thru t H.S., His restoration power.

      I. (PSA 23:3) Says, "He restoreth my soul." God is in t process of bringing restoration to His body.

                  A. Restoration in areas that we may not be walking in, or He wants restoration for areas in our life that we have lost.

                              1. There is a great illustration of this thru t work of t H.S. in t book of Nehemiah.

                                          a. Nehemiah was a vessel used by God to bring strength to God's people.

                                                      i. In (1COR 10:6) it tells us that t O.T. experiences are for an example for us.

                                          b. Nehemiah's experiences give us an example of what needs to take place for a person to receive: restoration, stability, & spiritual strength.

                  B. NEH 1:1-3 I'm going to read it from t NIV, "The words of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah: In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, (2) Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem. (3) They said to me, "Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire."

                              1. T city of Jerusalem was at a crucial point in history.

                                          a. T Temple was rebuilt, worship restored, but it's walls were in ruin.

                                          b. T walls of a city served several purposes.

                                                      i. They were used for protection from invasion.

                                                      ii. They would build high towers on t walls so that someone could look out to view t area so they could see an enemy approaching, So they wouldn't be surprised.

                              2. Nehemiah's brother brought some bad news, which said that t people of Jerusalem were in great affliction & reproach (or as t NIV says, great trouble & disgrace), because there were no walls around their city.

                                          a. Nehemiah's heart sank as he heard t news.

                                                      i. He wept & mourned for several days.

                                                      ii. He prayed that God would use him to change t condition of Jerusalem.

                                          b. Nehemiah was t cupbearer to t king, & When he was preforming his duty of bringing t king some drink, t king knew that Nehemiah was saddened.

                                                      i. T king asked him, "What's wrong, what do you need?"

                                                      ii. Well, he asked t king to let him go & rebuild t walls. T king gave him all that he needed to complete t job.

      II. T report that Originally came to Nehemiah described a city that was vulnerable to its enemies & embarrassed by its weak position.

                  A. Those walls were important; this is where t temple of God was & in that temple was t very presents of God, But they had no walls to guard it.

                  B. As we realize that these O.T. passages are for an example to us,. we'll begin to see t parallel between t condition of Jerusalem in Nehemiah's day & condition of many Christians today.

                              1. We've been born of t Spirit of God & God has made His home in us, we can worship God freely & even enjoy His presence.

                                          a. Yet for so many they find themselves incapable of coping w/ t troubles that rise up against them.

                                                      i. Even though they are t temple of God, t walls of their soul is in ruin.

                                                      ii. T soul is where you make all of your decisions.

                                          b. It says in (JOS 24:15) "Choose you this day whom ye will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

                                                      i. It's w/ t soul or t mind that you have to choose.

                             2. As we let t H.S. restore our soul from t hurt that we've gone thru, t discouragement, t disappointments we all face, you'll become less & less vulnerable to t attacks of t enemy.

                                          a. We'll no longer have to face t embarrassment of being beaten over & over again by t same weakness.

                                                      i. We're being built up to be that mighty fortress for t glory of God.

                                                      ii. There are times when you're building a wall that it's not always easy, there is some work to do, but there is no other way to do it, you just have to do it.

      III. Nehemiah came to Jerusalem as t H.S. comes to you; to build & strengthen your life.

                  A. Even t name "Nehemiah" is a parallel to t H.S., it's a type or shadow of t H.S.

                              1.Nehemiah's name means, "Jehovah comforts."

                              2. JOHN 14:16

                                          a. Jesus is speaking here of t H.S, our Comforter, & it's His ministry to transform us into t image of t Father.

                                          b. 2COR 3:18

                                                      i. T NIV says, "And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."

                                                      ii. It is t H.S. who is t active member of t Godhead that's here on this Earth. It's His ministry to transform us into t image of God's strength & stability, but this can only happen as we yield to Him.

                  B. T Spirit of God has come into your life & given you everything that you need to create a life that is not vulnerable to every attack of t enemy.

                              1. As a new creation, your spirit is free from sin's dominion, but your soul is in t process of being renewed.

                                          a. Satan will launch attacks on your soul & most of t time in t same areas where he has defeated you before.

                                                      i. He comes against your intellect w/ doubts, confusion, imaginations, & reasons.

                                                      ii. He attacks your emotions w/ fear, lust, temper, anger, bitterness, & unforgiveness.

                                                      iii. He challenges your WILL w/ accusations of past failures or times that you compromised your walk w/ God.

                                                      iv. He cripples your confidence in your ability to made quality decisions.

                                          b. These are t areas of t broken down walls in your life, & they need to be rebuilt, but you can't do it yourself, you need t work of t H.S., you need to let Him be in charge.

                                                      i. PRO 25:28

                                                      ii. According to t Strong's concordance t word "Spirit" in this V means "By resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being, anger, courage, mind.

                              2. T H.S. comes to stand w/ you against your weakness.

                                          a. ROM 8:26

                                                      i. When he says, "T Spirit helpeth" t word "Helpeth" comes from t Greek word that literally means, to take hold together w/ you against."

                                                      ii. T H.S. comes to take hold w/ you against your weaknesses.

                  C. NEH 2:17 This is when Nehemiah came to Jerusalem.

                              1. Now w/ Nehemiah being a type of t H.S., T H.S. is saying to us "Let us build up the wall of your soul that have been torn down.

                                          a. But it's of extreme importance to realize that t H.S. does not rebuild your life for you.

                              2. Look at V 18

                                          a. Likewise you need to respond to t H.S. & say, "Let us rise up & build t walls of my life,"  So that we can be that strong fortress to God's glory.

      IV. Rebuilding t walls won't come w/out opposition.

                  A. Sanballat, t governor of Samaria, came w some accusations.

                              1. 1st he said in (NEH 2:19) "What {is} this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king?

                                          a. Then in NEH 4:2b he said, ("What do these...)

                                          b. Satan will come & mock you as you follow t H.S.

                                                      i. Say t same thing that Nehemiah said to Sanballat in (NEH 6:3) "I {am} doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?"

                                                      ii. Don't come down to t Devil's level. If you're doing God's work you're doing a great work.

                              2. Look at NEH 2:20

                                          a. These should be our words to t Devil.


                                                      i. Satan has no legal right to you.

                  B. (ECC 3:3) says, "There is a time to break down & a time to build up."

                              1. T time to break down & remove t (memories of) failures & compromises is come.

                              2. T H.S. has empowered you & enabled you to recover, restore, reclaim, & rebuild everything that t Devil has stolen from you.

                                          a. It's time to build. So rise up & build!  SUN AM 2/10/91 & WOLCC9/8/91

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