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Leadership Lesson

Business Principles of Nehemiah 13 (Need For Godly Leadership) – Last week we looked at how Nehemiah held a celebration for the completion of the new wall. Has God shown you how to celebrate the completion of one of your projects?

Nehemiah spent 12 years leading in Jerusalem, returned to Babylon for 1 year, and then went back to Jerusalem. When he returned to Jerusalem he found a mess! Without going into the details of what happened in the 1 year he was gone (read Nehemiah 13 for the details), Biblical principles were violated. At issue were compromises with enemies of God, not supporting God’s work, ignoring the Sabbath, and marrying outside the faith. Nehemiah took action to correct these problems.

How could things go so bad in 1 year? Principles – People must know the standard. People mostly do what we inspect, not what we expect. Accountability helps people stay on course.

Nehemiah took action to correct these deviations from Biblical principles. As to marrying outside the faith (prohibited by the law of Moses) Nehemiah said, “Wasn’t this exactly what led King Solomon of Israel into sin?” I demanded. “There was no king from any nation who could compare to him, and God loved him and made him king over all Israel. But even he was led into sin by his foreign wives. Nehemiah 13:26 NLT Solomon was the wisest of men, yet his lack of a Biblical standard undermined his wisdom. Do you lead from a position of Biblical standards?

In verses 14 and 31 Nehemiah prays remember me for my obedience to You my God. God has remembered Nehemiah, in His Word, for all time, as an example of a Godly leader! How do you rate your overall leadership using the Bible as your standard? Have you asked God for His rating?

Bit of Wisdom

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! Psalm 139:23-24 ESV

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