Intro: (Pastor Jonah Norman)
Hey everybody. We hope you enjoy today's episode of The 10-Minute Window with Pastor Chip Woodall, the lead pastor of Christwalk Church in Cornelia and Christwalk in the Valley in Clarkesville, Georgia.
Message: (Pastor Chip Woodall)
Everybody if you are listening in, this is the second episode of The 10-Minute Window and the idea behind this is to follow either the Wednesday night or Sunday morning message from Christwalk Church.I am Pastor Chip Woodall glad to be with you today.
Actually, this is recorded here from Christwalk in the Valley, sitting here in the dining hall looking out at what is a awesome sunny day instead of a rainy day, which we have had lots of rainy days. Umm across... looking across the lake and ummm just enjoying being here in this beautiful place, I hope that you would consider going online and looking us up at Christwalk in the Valley or northgaretreatcenter.com and maybe you or ummm your church group might want to consider coming here to be a part of a retreat or what we do here at the Valley near Tallulah Falls, Georgia.
So, last night we were talking about the book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament.
And actually Nehemiah himself, and umm as I was praying earlier in the week, I felt like God would showing me something about how Nehemiah had what I would say as a building anointing on him. Though the name Nehemiah means comforted by God.
So, I want to take a second and talk about that because the type of ministry that he had when he went into repair the walls that were broken down and all the gates literally affected the town, it affected the city, ummm… the region the whole area there. And, most of all, it did something with the people of Jerusalem. It it brought them back together and cleansed and healed them ultimately creating unity. And so his mission, Nehemiah’s mission was to build the wall back around Jerusalem. And, what was so amazing is that he had accomplished this in like a little over 50 days.
So his name, comforted by God, means that God was beside him along the way, anointing him to do this rebuilding of the walls, and he knew that. And so what might have been an impossible task building back the wall all of a sudden became something that happened supernaturally because the anointing was on him and God’s hand was on him.
In Nehemiah Chapter 2 verse 18, this is what the Bible says I am reading out of the New Living Translation. It says then I told them about how the gracious hand of God had been on me and about my conversation with the King. They replied at once, Yes, let’s build the wall so they began the good work.
Look, the walls of Jerusalem this is what represented. It represented brokenness. And brokenness for us and even for them was a total shattering of human strength and ability. So, when you go through the process of being shattered, completely broken, completely surrendered, and let God put you back together and rebuild you, then you can go out and help others go through the same process.
This is what we are teaching at Christwalk. If we want to join God and the ministry that He's doing at Christwalk it is going to cost us everything. And a total shattering of our motivations that are maybe … you know led by our humanity, needs to take place first. If if we let God totally shatter our motivations so that it is soley what He wants us to do for Him and His glory, to help rebuild broken people and broken regions and cities and towns. He’ll use us.
And at the time, Nehemiah here is what is so sad, he didn’t see a temple system, he didn’t see worship and there was no clear purpose operating within those people because of what they had gone through. And they had turned from God. He was compelled to roll his sleeves up and go to work.
I want to take just a second to say this, you know I've been in Ministry for nearly twenty years I've made lots of mistakes, I have disappointed a lot of people, and I’ve also spent time in and out of the office. We need to understand, as if people doing Ministry especially leaders and pastors, sometimes we have to get out of our office.
We need to roll our sleeves up and we need to participate with the people that are working inside the church and get into the highways and byways and the trenches and the ditches, and we need to literally work along beside people and understand what it feels like to meet the needs of those who are broken.
In Nehemiah Chapter 1 verses three and four this is what it said next, they said to me, things are not going well for those who return the Province of Judah. They’re in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down and the gates have been destroyed by fire. When I heard this, listen what Nehemiah said, he said I sat down and I wept, in fact for days I mourned, fasted and prayed to the God of Heaven.
The people he was called to help, his ancestors, were far from what was intended for them from God’s perspective.
So, ehhh… you know at Christwalk Church or even your church or if you're just personally listening to this, if you're going to do outreach . . . like we have an area called Sunshine Circle. And it's a low-income area we're trying to reach out and minister to those people, and then we also uhh are at the soup kitchen every Sunday afternoon and and then we do this through the Valley here we have people come through that we minister to and there's going to be other regions that God takes us to. We have to operate under a Nehemiah anointing and build back what is broken.
And, I want to talk with you about a few foundational things real quick that that I gleaned from the scripture. Nehemiah noticed and he prayed. That is the one thing he noticed and prayed.
The second thing he fasted and not only he confess his own family’s sins but that of his generational lines. And then the third thing Nehemiah saw something, and he made up his mind that he was going to do something about what he saw.
In other words, he didn’t just say well that’s sad. I think too many times we look at people that are broken and situations, families, you know areas, regions, cities, and we just say that is really sad, it is dilapidated, it is broken, it is falling apart.
Listen, as an anointed vessel Nehemiah’s enemies could not prevail over God’s purpose. And that is what we need to adopt to understand is that builders of the Kingdom. This is all the more reason that we need a warfare prayer strategy.
I think I told you in our last episode, if you’ll go to christwalkinternationalministries.org , that is our website, if you’ll go to the ministries part and then scroll down and click on prayer ministry, if you’ll open that up you will see the strategy that we feel like God has given us to pray. And I promise, you if you will implement it, and consistently use it, you're going to truly help build the Kingdom of God through your ministry because you're going to see something changes something be different.
God has created Christwalk to have this kind of kingdom building ministry and I know that. Donna and I sense that. And it means that we have to be out and about. I love the time in the office when I can pray and study but, I also love the time when I'm out meeting people who are hurting and wounded and broken and need to know about Jesus.
Listen everything through the ministry that we're seeing and it’s being expedited and accelerated. I listen to prophetic messages from from people that I trust, and that know they are backed up by the Word, and and everything is being accelerated. And we've known this since the start of Christwalk over two years ago when we were sent here to the mountains of North Georgia. The word that we kept hearing through prayer was acceleration. And guess what? It is still is.
However the origination and the first vision that I had of Christwalk was over twenty years ago. And so to our family, for a long time as we were raising the kids, believing and praying for Christwalk, it didn’t seem as if it was accelerated. In the last 2 years and 4 months, it has been accelerated. Nehemiah built that wall and just a little over 50 days, I think that 52 days, that is accelerated building! And there was some anointing on him to do that,and as we’ve move forward I believe that it is so that we can rebuild broken people and broken places.
I want to tell you just three points I want you to think about from my message last night.
He is rebuilding us personally as individuals. That is the first thing that has to take place. It is happening at our church in Cornelia, if you don’t have a church home I would love for you to visit us we're located at 360 Stonecypher Street in Cornelia, Georgia. We are not a big church we started out with knowing two people and our family, and now we have about 150 people. But we are Christ-centered, we preach the Word of God's truth, and we are established on that.
And and we had someone very close to us, our executive director, Tina Benoit, shared last week about how she has had to overcome the spirit of rebellion and rejection and control, mainly rejection. I have gone through this same process, but it is how God shatters us. And when he breaks us down to that kind of umm.. state then he can build us back.
Here’s the second point, He’s rebuilding families as they heal through circumstances and past wounds and divisions. The reason for this is so the family unit becomes it can become its own ministry team. And under this building anointing, kingdom building anointing, like Nehemiah exemplified, we can adopt that same thing through the Holy Spirit and what God empowers us to do. You can see families rebuilt in your church. Your own family can rebuild if you feel like it's falling apart. Just listen, let God take the shattered pieces and put it back together.
And here's the last point, He is rebuilding Christwalk Ministries to become a global ministry and He can yours also. The world needs Jesus, and we need to build the Kingdom by going to them and sharing His redeeming love.
Thank you for listening today. I hope this blesses you. I hope you can use it in some way to grow for the building of the Kingdom of God. Thank you. Have a good day.
Outtro:(Pastor Jonah Norman)
Hope you enjoyed that awesome podcast from Pastor Chip. If you'd like to contact us you can go to Facebook and Christwalk International Ministries or Christwalk in the Valley or check out our website at christwalkinternationalministries.org or northgaretreatcenter.org