“And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before God of heaven” Nehemiah 1:3-4 KJV
As soon as Nehemiah had heard the condition of his people and the condition of the city of his God the bible says he sat down. The words had affected his soul in such a profound way that he could not stand, the news that his people were in great affliction overwhelmed him, it was an emotional overload. He began to weep and consider his people, their condition and their God. Nehemiah is probably one of the greatest leaders in the entire bible. He in the midst of captivity was able to win the favor of the king and influence his own people to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. But he did so much more than rebuild the walls; he restored the spiritual identity of his people before God.
HOW DID HE RESTORE THEIR IDENTITY?
1. He rebuilt the walls, they had a place that identified them
2. He restored the leadership and the priesthood. (Porters, Elders, Singers and Levites)
3. He restored the Law
4. He restored the Worship and Sacrificial system of his people
5. He restored Jerusalem and its people as a viable, recognizable nation.
ONE MAN WITH A BURDEN
I stand back in amazement at what Nehemiah accomplished for the Kingdom of God and his people. Nehemiah’s life was on different course he was working in the palace for the king (his life was good). When upon hearing the news of his people a burden gripped his heart that forever changed his destiny and his purpose. I think many today struggle to identify their vision, their purpose and their identity because they do not have a burden. The moment Nehemiah was overcome with a burden for his people, his identity, purpose and vision were clear to him. We must understand that it is a God given burden that will lead us into the destiny that God has ordained for us, the apostle Paul said, “…if that I may apprehend that for which I also am apprehended of Christ Jesus.” What does this mean? It means that God chose me for a predestined purpose. In other word before I was created there was already a chosen purpose for my life. The purpose, the calling, the need was already there before I was created. As a matter of fact I was formed for the purpose not the purpose for me. Remember Jeremiah, “Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” God in His omniscient perfect knowledge had already chosen Nehemiah to restore and rebuild the people and walls of Jerusalem and in God’s perfect time He sent him a divine burden. What really made Nehemiah the great leader that he became was the ability to recognize and harness the power of the burden which God had released in his life. God did not just release a burden he released Nehemiah into prophetic divine destiny. One man with a burden changed the spiritual condition of an entire nation.
RECOGNIZING AND HARNESSING THE BURDEN
Vision and purpose should follow the burden. Have you ever felt so moved by God about something that it caused you to weep in His presence. I am not talking about resentment about some spiritual failure or sin for that you need repentance. I am talking about something or somebody that moved your heart so that it caused you to just weep and wonder what you could do to help. Here is an example I was the conference speaker at a youth camp this past summer when in the night service I was privileged to hear a young minister (Anthony Romo) preaching the word of God. He showed a video of him and his choir ministering at a street in Phoenix, AZ at the end of the video he is baptizing some people on the street who had just repented. When that video was shown everyone in that camp-meeting began to weep and mourn – it is because a divine burden was being released into the hearts of the young men and women that were at that camp meeting. I am positive that 95% of those young men and women did not do anything with that burden that was divinely deposited in their hearts. This is what separated Nehemiah from other men he recognized the burden but he didnt just leave it at that, the bible says that immediately he began to mourn, fast and pray before God. He began to harness the burden, he began to speak to God and consecrate his life over this burden he was feeling in his heart. In this spiritual process of mourning, praying and fasting God began to pour into him the vision and the plan for restoring the walls and his people. Nehemiah not only recognized the burden but he harnessed it, he used it as platform to spring him into the divine destiny which God had already ordained for him. If their is something that causes you to weep and be moved in the kingdom of God it is because God is trying to release a divine burden into your life you must recognize it and immediately began to fast and pray over the burden God has given you. If you are struggling for identity or for a vision for your ministry it may be because you do not have a genuine burden from the Lord.
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF
1. Am I constantly changing my vision? My ministry name?
2. Do I really feel satisfied with my ministry?
3. Does my ministry feel routine?
4. Am I seeing a supernatural move of God in my ministry?
5. Is my ministry bringing fruit into God’s kingdom?
MEN AND WOMEN WITH A BURDEN
God is looking for men and women who have a burden for His kingdom. He is looking for men and women who have the faith to impact their society on a supernatural level. Their is no telling what you can do for God and His kingdom when you recognize and harness the power of the divine burden God has placed on your life. Remember if God sends a burden into your heart don’t waste time put everything to the side and harness the destiny which God has ordained for you.
© 2007 Apostolic Messenger Minister Daniel Bracamonte