GOD RAISED UP A MAN – by David Wilkerson – David Wilkerson Today – TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014

GOD RAISED UP A MAN
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

In Nehemiah’s day, the walls of Jerusalem were in ruins, the city a literal
pile of stones. And the church was totally backslidden, with no witness left.
The wicked powers surrounding Israel persecuted them severely, mocking every
work they tried to undertake.

How did God respond in such a time of ruin? Did He send a well-trained army to
help them? Did He send a palace guard to smite their prominent enemies? No, God
raised up a man—Nehemiah.

Nehemiah was a man with God’s burden on his heart. He spent his time praying,
fasting and mourning, because he was broken over Israel’s condition. He also
continually dug into God’s Word, grasping prophecy and moving in the Spirit.

Although Nehemiah served as cupbearer to the king of Persia, he remained
separate from the wickedness surrounding him. In the midst of all the
sensuality, immorality and godlessness taking place in Israel, he maintained a
holy walk with the Lord. And, in turn, everyone who heard him preach was
purified in soul.

Soon a revival of holiness swept the land. “The priests and the Levites
purified themselves, and purified the people, and the gates, and the wall”
(Nehemiah 12:30). The house of God also was purged, with everything of flesh
cast out. Nehemiah sent workers into the temple, telling them, “I want every
piece of filth out of here. Don’t leave anything that has to do with idolatry
or sensuality” (see Nehemiah 13:8-9).

Beloved, this is God’s concept of revival! It is all about sweeping out every
chamber in your heart that’s unclean and unsanctified. He wants no dark places
left.

Where did Nehemiah get such spiritual authority, to cause compromisers to
tremble, and to bring back godly fear to the temple? The king did not give it
to him. No church bishop gave it to him. He didn’t learn it from a Bible
school.

No, Nehemiah got his authority on his knees—weeping, broken, wanting to know
God’s heart. And because he was a man of prayer, he was able to confess the
sins of a whole nation: “That thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant,
which I pray before thee now, day and night . . . and confess the sins of the
children of Israel . . . both I and my father’s house have sinned. We have
dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments”
(Nehemiah 1:6-7).

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