Series: Stand Alone Message
Topic: Nehemiah – Distractions
Speaker: Brady Boyd, Guest Speaker
Date: November 6, 2022
Nehemiah 6:1-4 NIV
“When word came to Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left in it — though up to that time I had not set the doors in the gates— 2 Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono.”But they were scheming to harm me; 3 so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” 4 Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer.
2 Samuel 11:1-4 NIV
“In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. 2 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, 3 and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “Isn’t this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her.
John 5:19 NIV
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.
- There will always be distractions that pull for your attention and the enemy is persistent. In order to gain focus and discernment, what are some things that only you can do?
- What are some things that you are doing that are in conflict with and distracting you from the things that only you can do?
- “We know we are distracted the moment we become ‘takers’ and not ‘servants’.” As you lean into keeping your eyes fixed on the goodness of God, what is one way you can love your neighbors and care for widows and orphans this week and in this season?