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New Year’s Commitment

Nehemiah 2:18


1. New Year’s Challenge. . . New beginning.

New things give us an opportunity to start over. A new job means you have a challenge to do better than the last job. In a new job they don’t know your weaknesses, failures and problems. A new job is a second chance.

Other new things that give us a new beginning . . . a second chance:
a. New teachers in a new school year.
b. New house and new neighbors.
c. New years and a chance to live better than last year.

We need to make a new commitment for the New Year. The world makes New Year’s resolutions, I want us to make a NEW YEAR COMMITMENT.

2. New Challenge To Build A New Wall.

Nehemiah faced a new challenge. He had to lead the people to build a wall around their city. “Let us rise up and build” (Neh. 2:18). The wall separated them from their enemies and other nations. It gave them national identification. “So we built the wall” (Neh. 4:6).

Building the wall is man’s work.
“So the wall was finished . . . in fifty and two days” (Neh. 6:15).
Building the wall is God’s work.

“When all our enemies heard . . . they were cast down . . . for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God” (Neh. 6:16).

3. The Scriptures were read and explained.
Nehemiah the leader had Ezra the Priest build a pulpit from which to read the Word of God to the people. From morning till noon—four hours—the Word was read.

“And Ezra brought the Word of God before the congregation . . . and he read therein . . . from the morning until midday before the men and women . . . and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law” (Neh. 8:2, 3).

4. The people understood the Scriptures.

“So they read the book in the Law of God distinctly and gave the sense, and caused them to understand” (Neh. 8:8).

5. They signed a covenant.

Nehemiah didn’t want the people to backslide so he got them to sign a covenant. “Because of all this we make a sure covenant and write it and our princes, Levites and priests seal unto it” (Neh. 9:38).


1. We all make commitments or covenants.
a. We make marriage vows and commit ourselves to each other . . . till death do us part.
b. When a young person joins the military, they swear allegiance to protect our country.

2. Broken commitment.

The football team of Hoquiam High School, the state of Washington, signed a “Code of Conduct.” When they broke their code, the high school principal canceled the season. Of course the ACLU sued the school and the principal, but his decision stuck. A football player said, “You sign it (the Code) because you have to—to play . . . you don’t really believe them. You sign then to get what you want.”

The media made a big deal of canceling the season. An opinion poll revealed 85% of the population backed the high school principal.

3. What does the Bible say?

If a man vows a vow unto the Lord . . . he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth” (Num. 30:2).

“When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it, for He hath no pleasure in fools” (Ecc. 5:4).


1. Setting goals establishes priorities in life. If you don’t establish your priorities, someone else will.

2. Setting goals helps you make real changes in life. If you don’t make a decision to change for the better, it won’t happen.

3. Goals are evidence that you are serious about your God-given responsibilities. When you live by goals, you are not living just for today’s fun, but you live for eternity.

4. A goal is better than a dream. A dream is what you want in the future. A goal is your commitment to work for your dream. The bottom line is

(a) You need dreams, but

(b) You need goals to get you to your dreams.


- - To home and to God’s house.

1. The people made a commitment to the home.

The problem in Nehemiah’s day was separation from the ungodly nations about them. The nations represented immorality and the apostasy of idols, i.e., false living and false beliefs.

Nehemiah told the people they needed separation from sin and separation to God. Their practical application involved mixed-marriages. So, Nehemiah had the people promise they would abstain from marrying outside their faith and outside their nation.

“That we would not give our daughters unto the people of the land, nor take their daughters for our sons” (10:30).

APPLICATION: We must make a commitment to our home.

(1) Children commit to obey parents.
(2) Children commit to respect their family name.
(3) Children commit to love brothers and sisters.
(4) Parents commit to love their children.
(5) Couples commit to be true to their mate.
(6) Couples commit to help their mates grow in Christ.
(7) Each member of the family commits to protect the home and family name.

2. The people made a commitment to God’s house.

“We will not forsake the house of our God” (Neh. 10:39). “To bring the firstfruits of our ground and the firstfruits of all our trees unto the house of the Lord” (Neh. 10:35).

APPLICATION: We must make a commitment to our church.

(1) Commitment to obey Christ who is the head of the Church.
(2) Commit to live pure and holy.
(3) Commit to sharing Christ with unsaved.
(4) Commit to invite friends and build up God’s house.
(5) Commit to read daily the Scriptures.
(6) Commit to pray daily.
(7) Commit to tithe regularly.
(8) Commit to faithful attendance, unless providentially hindered.


“They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse (consequences of disobedience) and into an oath to walk in God’s law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our LORD” (Neh. 10:29).


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