I want to remind you tonight that we have to come back to the completion of those years that we have been deprived of, and we are in the last section of the wall so to speak until we get back to the sheep gate on this time to the coming of the Lord. Let’s draw the analogy for a moment. I’m taking a few minutes to tell this.
By Joe D. Sizemore
Text: Nehemiah 3:1; 32
Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests, and they builded the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and set up the doors of it; even unto the tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto the tower of Hananeel . . . And between thegoing up of the corner unto the sheep gate repaired the goldsmiths and the merchants.
(Sermon begins with a message in tongues.)
Thus saith the Lord thy God, “I feel that virtue has gone out of Me. Those hands that have touched My garment tonight,” saith God, “will be blessed and honored. Those that are reaching out even now to touch Me so that I can touch them,” saith God, “I have kept My promise and My Word through the ages, and I will not leave thee nor forsake thee, but I will go with thee always, even unto the end of the world. My garment is close enough for you to touch it. I seek thee,” saith God, “Out of the many, many, many millions that populate Mine earth, I seek thee to bless thee, to heal thee, and to strengthen thee. Reach out thine hand and touch Me,” saith God, “and I will in turn let the virtues of My mighty power flow through your life to the healing and blessing that you desire,” saith the Lord thy God. Amen!
What can we really say after the abundance of God’s blessings have been showered upon us? We are coming into the intensity of great Pentecostal euphoria. God is reaching out to address us. He allowed this thought to come into my heart this evening, and I want to bring it to you now. I never saw this before, and I have never preached this before. Let me bring something to you tonight that has blessed my spirit.
Now, I realize those two scriptures (Refer to the text.) probably don’t mean a thing to you right now, but I hope they will here in a minute. I want to preach about “Turning the Corner.” Sounds a little odd, but let me bring it to you anyway. All of us have studied about Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. It was a great venture, a beautiful venture, and a great portrayal of God’s ability to bring His forces back into power. You know the story of Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian captivity. And the Jews came back to build the walls of Jerusalem that had been torn down and trodden down.
Nehemiah was one of the finest characters in the Old Testament. Being of the house of Judah, Persia was his birthplace and home. And when the Jews returned after the exile, many of them preferred to stay in Babylonia, and in one of those families that stayed behind, Nehemiah was a child in that family, and he spent most of his impressionable years in the bosom of a pagan land. Morals were loose. There were very low ideals of life. Moses’ law was mocked, but this young person in the very heart of all the evil never forgot his deep religious connections. In this pagan land, his heart turned toward Jerusalem and turned there as steadily as the eye of the needle in the compass would automatically turn to the north. He just had a sense of the will and the wisdom of God in his early life. That lets me know that these impressionable years that young people are growing up in our own society … you can still keep the compass focused in the right direction by the will of God, and your early, deep religious convictions are about to show, more than you ever dreamed that they would show.