Nehemiah 2:17-18 “Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach. Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.”

Those that met in Halifax, North Carolina in April 1776 weren’t the first to talk about separation and independence. Yet, they were the first to truly do something about it. Someone had to be the first to take this bold step. Without their courageous leadership, others would have been less likely to voice similar calls.   North Carolina sounded the call, and their delegates rose up to build. As a result, others answered the call.

In his day, Nehemiah sounded the call to rise up and build. Those listed in the third chapter of Nehemiah answered the call. Others had probably lamented the condition of Jerusalem. Yet, Nehemiah and these individuals rose up and built. As a result, others answered the call.

What about modern day America are you stewing about while hoping that someone else will take the lead? What am I concerned about in our land while hoping that someone else will take steps to resolve my concerns? We must not wait for someone else. Instead, we must rise up and build. After all, someone needs to be the first to take bold steps before others will also answer the call.

PLEASE PRAY FOR BOLDNESS AND INDIVIDUAL INITIATIVE IN SOLVING OUR NATION’S PROBLEMS. We must not expect anyone else to take the lead. We must rise up and build now!

SET YOUR ALARM: If you’re ENCOURAGED (by boldness in NC & Miss. in protecting safety & religious liberty) set your alarm (to pray for our nation, NC & MS)!

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