Kidside Children's Lesson

Nehemiah Perseveres
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Read Nehemiah 2:19-20 (Are you allowed?) 

1. How do you feel when you are doing something you know you are not supposed to be doing? Even when you know you are doing right, are there some people who can make you doubt yourself? What had Nehemiah done that gave him confidence in the face of this challenge to his authority to rebuild? (Nehemiah 1:7-9)

Read Nehemiah 4:1-6 (Are you good enough?)

2. What is something you know you do well? (ie. Favorite subject, sport, activity) What is something you wish you could do better? How does it make you feel when someone praises your efforts? How do you feel inside when someone makes fun or says harsh things about your work?

3. How did Nehemiah keep his confidence in spite of Tobiah’s accusation that, “If a fox walked on that wall it would fall down?” What can we learn from Nehemiah’s way of responding to negativity?

Read Nehemiah 4:7-15 (Can you overcome enemy opposition?)

4. Success brings enemies, or at least jealous friends. Sanballat & Tobiah knew that a strong Jerusalem meant that their own kingdoms would lose power and influence. Are there people who don’t want you to succeed? (I hate to ask the next question, but we must allow scripture to read our own hearts.) Are there people you don’t want to succeed? Pray for yourself and your perceived enemies, so that walls of hostility do not become footholds for the evil one. (Read Luke 6:27-28 for a direct word from Jesus about this situation.)

Challenge: Nehemiah wins the day with the best halftime speech ever given in Nehemiah 4:14. As you think of the challenges you face as a family today, write your own family “pep talk.” Have a family brainstorm session to name the challenges you want to address and phrases with which you wish to address them. Write your final speech on a note card to read at the table regularly, or post it on a wall or mirror in your house.
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