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What Will Control Your Future, Faith or Fear?

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What will control your future, faith, or fear?

Nehemiah: Rise Up & Build

Nehemiah 2:1-8

Pastor Daniel Cassels

August 13, 2017

1. _______________ FACE BARRIERS WITH GOD

During the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was set before him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had never been sad in his presence, so the king said to me, "Why are you sad, when you aren’t sick? This is nothing but sadness of heart." I was overwhelmed with fear… Nehemiah 2:1–2 (CSB)

Do not be afraid---I am with you! I am your God---let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you. Isaiah 41:10 (GNB)

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 (ESV)

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5 (ESV)

2. ALWAYS ____________ YOUR FAITH IN PRAYER

Please, Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant and to that of your servants who delight to revere your name. Give your servant success today, and grant him compassion in the presence of this man., At the time, I was the king’s cupbearer. Nehemiah 1:11 (CSB)

…and replied to the king, "May the king live forever! Why should I not be sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins and its gates have been destroyed by fire?" Then the king asked me, "What is your request?" So I prayed to the God of the heavens… Nehemiah 2:3–4 (CSB)

Please help us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks for the blessings we receive in answer to all these prayers. 2 Corinthians 1:11 (CEV)

Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God. At the same time pray also for us, so that God will give us a good opportunity to preach his message about the secret of Christ. For that is why I am now in prison. Pray, then, that I may speak, as I should, in such a way as to make it clear. Colossians 4:2-4 (GNB)

I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1–2 (CSB)

3. BE READY TO ________ AMID GOD’S FAVOR

…and answered the king, "If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor with you, send me to Judah and to the city where my ancestors are buried,, so that I may rebuild it." The king, with the queen seated beside him, asked me, "How long will your journey take, and when will you return?" So I gave him a definite time, and it pleased the king to send me. I also said to the king: "If it pleases the king, let me have letters written to the governors of the region west of the Euphrates River, so that they will grant me safe passage until I reach Judah. And let me have a letter written to Asaph, keeper of the king’s forest, so that he will give me timber to rebuild the gates of the temple’s fortress, the city wall, and the home where I will live.", The king granted my requests, for the gracious hand of my God was on me. Nehemiah 2:5–8 (CSB)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5–6 (CSB)

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. Proverbs 21:5 (ESV)

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)

Many plans are in a man’s heart, But the counsel of the Lord will stand. Proverbs 19:21 (NASB95)

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5 (ESV)

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