Today in the 40 Day Devotional series, we read…

Day 18 Begin with Brokenness

Read Nehemiah 1:1-11

“When I heard these words, I sat down and wept. I mourned for a number of days, fasting and praying before the God of heaven.” Nehemiah 1:4 (HCSB)

Brokenness is often what God uses to reveal vision. Nehemiah serves as an example of a leader who was broken over a city and its people.

Enemies destroyed the wall around Jerusalem, leaving the city in a vulnerable position. The people were in great trouble and disgrace.

Nehemiah sought God’s heart and followed His leadership. He was available for God to use.

Church revitalization requires bold, courageous leadership. Nehemiah painted a clear picture of what revitalization leadership looks like in our day.

(1) Nehemiah asked questions. He wanted to know about the city and its people. What questions do you need to ask? Is your church in need of revitalization? Are the people committed to sharing Jesus and developing believers in the faith? When was the last time you baptized a new believer?

(2) Nehemiah accepted reality. He heard the news that the wall was broken down, and the people were in trouble. Do you need to accept reality? Your church is declining; church members lack passion and enthusiasm; and you need to be revitalized as a leader.

(3) Nehemiah acted now. He cried, prayed, fasted, and surrendered. What do you need to do now that will lead to revitalization in your church? Do you need to cry, pray, fast, and surrender?

Are you broken over the “current reality” of the church God has called you to lead?

Prayer

I challenge you to ask questions, accept reality, and act now. God desires to use you as a revitalization leader.