Nehemiah 2:11-14 and 4:10
2 Corinthians 5:17
Maybe the problem is too much rubble inhibiting the new work.
1.) Seeing the Rubble = Nehemiah 2:14
What is the rubble in your life?
2 Samuel 11:1-5, 2 Samuel 11:14-21, 2 Samuel 12:1-15
If you don’t deal with your rubble, then God will.
What have you left alone that needs to be resolved?
You don’t have to deal with the rubble in your life, but if you want to build new then you must.
2.) Calling It What It Is = Nehemiah 4:10
Nehemiah 4:6, 2 Samuel 12:13
We redefine sin to suit ourselves.
All sin is against God first.
Don’t create the wreckage.
Don’t wait to confess.
1 Corinthians 10:13, 1 John 1:9
We may be tempted to redefine the rubble, but if we don’t see it for what it is, we may be tempted to leave it alone.
3.) First Things First = Nehemiah 4:10.
The continuing work may reveal more rubble than we first thought.
Matthew 3:2, 4:17, Acts 2:38
We work out our stuff WITH Him.
We want God to magically take it all away.
Philippians 2:12, Romans 8:13, Colossians 3:5, Colossians 3:9, 2 Timothy 2:15
If we don’t clear out the old rubble first, new work can get stopped in its tracks.
4.) Clearing the Path for Progress = In 4:10
Clearing out the old rubble makes the new work go much easier.
Repentance is a gift from God to get the decks cleared so the work isn’t hindered.
We must not be afraid of digging out that old pain and letting God turn it into victory.
God is ready to help, but we have to begin the work of clearing out the old rubble.
Don’t be afraid, God is building something beautiful in your life.