Nehemiah 1:1-11• A leader has a clear recognition of the need• A leader is personally concerned with the need• A serious leader goes first to God with the problem• A leader is able to personally meet the need himself
Nehemiah 2:1-10• A leader waits rationally• A leader makes plans• A leader looks for the right opportunity
Nehemiah 2:19-20• A leader understands there will be inevitable opposition• A leader stands up to the opposition
Nehemiah 4:1-6• In the face of opposition a leader first takes the problem to God (4:4-5)• In the face of opposition a leader does not personally retaliate (4:4- 5)• In the face of opposition a leader encourages to stay the task (4:6)
Nehemiah 4:7-22• Causes of Discouragement • Loss of Strength (4:10) • Loss of Vision (4:10) • Loss of Security (4:11) • Loss of Confidence (4:12)
• Cure for Discouragement • Unify efforts towards a goal (4:13) • Direct attention towards the Lord(4:14) • Maintain a balance of thoughts and actions (4:15-17) • Determine a rallying point (4:20) • Develop a “serving others” mentality (4:21-22)
Which Are You? Encourager Discourager “Let’s try something different to lead “We have always done things this way others to Christ … maybe we will get … why change?” better results!” “We could really use your help” “We can’t get anyone to do anything around here” “You have been such a great “I have already put in my time … let encouragement, can you help with others do some of the work” this?” “I think we can have some success if “We tried that once, it didn’t work” we plan to do something like this” “Let’s plan to do things and make “Slow down, what’s the hurry?” things happen. Let’s get excited” “Lets focus on the Lord’s work and get “Seems like there are just a few everyone involved” getting there way around here” “Let’s focus on making sure “I’m not getting what I need” everyone’s needs are met”
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